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The Struggle (1991)

by L. J. Smith

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Profiles two vampire brothers--Damon, who is so determined to make Elena his queen of darkness that he would kill his brother to possess her, and Stefan, who desperately seeks the power to destroy Damon.

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Honestly so disappointed. I had high hopes due to TV show but am still reading the series and trying to push the TV version out of my head. ( )
  Hollee.Archibald | Nov 25, 2021 |
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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#1 The Awakening - ★★★★★
#2 The Struggle - ★★★★★

The Struggle is the continuation of the Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith. The second book that features the life of popular girl Elena Gilbert and her endeavors with the mysterious vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore.

The Struggle continues where The Awakening ends; Elena is looking to talk to Damon, knowing that he has something to do with Stefan's disappearance.

I felt like there was more action in this book, compared to the first one. It made me more engrossed with the story and I was very excited for all the twists.

Elena was obviously the main character in this book, alongside Stefan and Damon. I am not sure how I felt about Elena in this book. She seemed to ignore everyone for a while and just be her selfish self - which resulted in getting people in trouble.

On the other hand, I really loved the history of Stefan and Damon. The memories from hundreds of years ago. The author manager to portray the time very well, and I was easily transported into another world, another time... I think these scenes were definitely the favourite part of this book.

I wish we saw more chapters with Bonnie and Meredith. Even though best friends, it didn't feel like they were too involved in the story. We didn't get to know them properly and it has already been two books. I really hope book three will let us meet these two characters better.

I am happy with the book in general.

The scenes, the plot, the twists - they were all very carefully put together. Elena's love choices are opening up, letting us wonder which brother she might choose. Making us choose sides (team Damon here!). This battle between the love and hate of the two brothers definitely seems interesting.

The ending was everything I was hoping for and now I can't wait for the next book. The Awakening and The Struggle were only an introduction and the real adventures are yet to begin!

I recommend it to all of you that love young-adult, teen romance and vampire stories. It will keep you on your toes for sure!

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  InnahLovesYou | Jan 3, 2020 |
Ahhh vampire fluff. Easy listening while cleaning. Guilty pleasure :) ( )
  ChelleBearss | Mar 10, 2018 |
Iniziato e finito in un giorno.
La lettura è scorrevole, piacevole e tuttosommato ricca di suspance.
Non manca niente a queswto libro, benchè catalogato come un 'libro per ragazzi' l'autrice riesce comunque a coinvolgere anche chi ha degli standard decisamente più alti.
La protagonista è decisamente ben strutturata, è umana e quindi con pregi è difetti.
e' riuscita a creare una ragazza forte, decisa e combattiva ma allo stesso tempo in grado di provare paura e quindi di sentirsi indifesa.
Il 'cattivo' del storia è un personaggio piuttosto ambiguo, Damon, è il fratello del protagonista, Stefan, che in questo capitolo della saga viene un po' messo da parte, e cerca a tutti i costi di conquisare? Catturare? Uccidere? Giocare? con la ragazza (fidanzata di Stefan).
Ed è proprio qua la bravura della scrittrice.
Non c'è nulla di scontato e molto elementi che sembravano esserlo alla fine del libro non si rivelano tali (esempio: il diario, sembrava scontato che fosse stato Damon a rubarlo!).
Beh, che dire, aspetto con ansia il nuovo libro nella speranza di vedere come si evolverà la storia.
Unica paura... non è che alla fine lei si innamora del fratello cattivo?
Speriamo di no... sarebbe così scontato! ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
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To my dear friend and sister, Judy. A special thanks to Anne Smith, Peggy Bokulic, Anne Marie Smith, and Laura Penny for information about Virginia, and to Jack and Sue Check for all their local lore.
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Profiles two vampire brothers--Damon, who is so determined to make Elena his queen of darkness that he would kill his brother to possess her, and Stefan, who desperately seeks the power to destroy Damon.

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