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The Awakening / The Struggle (Vampire…

The Awakening / The Struggle (Vampire Diaries, Books 1-2) (original 2017; edition 2007)

by L. J. Smith (Author)

Series: The Vampire Diaries (Omnibus 1-2)

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Presents the first two volumes in the Vampire Diaries series, in which popular and beautiful high school senior Elena finds herself torn between two vampire brothers, the dark and brooding Stefan who wants to protect her from the horrors of his past and the dangerously attractive Damon, who is determined to use her to get revenge on his brother.… (more)
Title:The Awakening / The Struggle (Vampire Diaries, Books 1-2)
Authors:L. J. Smith (Author)
Info:HarperTeen (2007), 512 pages
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#1 The Awakening - ★★★★★
#2 The Struggle - ★★★★★

I had The Awakening and the Struggle (the first and second books from the Vampire Diaries series) on my shelf for years.

When I say years, I mean it. It all started when I was in high-school, around 6 years ago, and I was in love with the Vampire Diaries TV Show. When I found out there are books as well, I begged my mum to buy them for me. And once I had them, I never got to read them, because teenage logic...

I recently noticed the Vampire Diaries books sitting on my shelf, forgotten, and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to read it in October, because of the whole spooky vibe. So there it is now - even thought the wheel didn't choose it, I did, because it deserved the attention!

Elena Gilbert is a popular girl in high-school and she always gets what she wants. Boys want to be with her, girls hate her, or want to be her best friends. And when this new boy Stefan comes into town, all mysterious, Elena wants him. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret that Elena might now be ready for just yet. And her life, as well as the life of everyone living in Fell's Church is in grave danger... Elena finds herself between two brothers - one who came for a new life, and the other, who came for revenge...

Reading this book, while already knowing what the plot it, I thought I found find it boring. But no. I still enjoyed every single page of it, and I still devoured this book in one day.

From the first chapter, this book is intense and captures your attention. It is written in third person, but it also contains diary entries that belong to Elena and capture her deepest thoughts that she doesn't dare share with anyone else.

I loved Elena!

Her character is exactly what I was expected and what I have known to love - brave and fierce, and also willing to sacrifice her own happiness and safety for the people she loves the most.

Elena's friends, Meredith and Bonnie are the friends every girl needs. Funny and caring. A few pages in, and you will get to love them too.

Stefan - the mysterious new guy in school. The guy that tries to stay away from the girl he really wants because he's a danger to her. A little bit of Twilight vibes, but we can get past that. Because there is one thing that Twilight didn't have, that you can find reading The Vampire Diaries...


Even though we only get a glimpse of him in this book, we can feel his presence throughout the whole book. We can feel his connection with Elena, as weird and spooky as it may be. All that danger that he carries with him, we all want to see whether there's anything good in him at all. His story is the most intriguing one, I think. His hunger for revenge makes you really understand both sides of the story and choose a side for yourself.

So, are you team Stefan, or team Damon?

I loved reading this - it was an amazing experience and it reminded me of my high-school days, of those innocent happy memories. My teenage life didn't include vampires, but hey - it was still awesome!

Pick the Vampire Diaries up if you love Young Adult spooky books, if you loved Twilight and if you love vampire, love and mystery stories in general.

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 |
I've had some volumes of The Vampire Diaries on my shelves for a while now, and I can't for the life of me remember why. I do enjoy modern vampire stories, so maybe I just snagged them at some point simply because vampires. Last month I started watching the show for the first time and I thought, sure why not.

These books are very different from the TV series that was based on them, but it was a lot of fun to see the different little threads that the show picked up and what they changed. I'd say the show is a much better supernatural teenager soap than these books are supernatural YA, but I also enjoyed the books on their own merit. They do, however, feel very dated, not just in their content but in their form. These were published in the early 90s, when YA was an entirely different beast than it is now, and that difference is abundantly apparent here. (In a word, I'd call these books "unsophisticated.")

As a note, I'll point out that, as always, my star rating is meant to indicate how well I *enjoyed* the book, not represent some attempt at an objective assessment of how good it is. Often my enjoyment stars and my assessment stars (if I gave those) would probably line up pretty well. In some cases they are likely far apart. This is one of those cases. Take that as a caveat lector, I suppose. ( )
  lycomayflower | Apr 17, 2019 |
The Vampire Diaries is a good book about a normal girl. With a normal life. In a normal neighbor hood. But little did she know that soon it all would change. Super nature life will come back to Fells Church (The name of the town) and change every thing. Elena falls in love with one of the super natural vampires and then turns into one. She dies and becomes a vampire and wakes up with a brain injury where she thinks Damon (Super natural) is Stefan (Brother of the super natural but is also a super natural) and Stefan loves her but she doesn't know that. She thinks that Damon loves her.

I Loved It, and I hate reading so that means something. I love the drama! The romance! The action! When it all goes together they make a GREAT book! The things I like to read are about peoples love life and drama and in this book they have diary entries about how deeply they love each other and all that. And I love that! ( )
  MadisonG.G1 | Mar 27, 2019 |
I love these books. I can't even call them guilty pleasures because I don't feel even a little bit guilty about reading them. ( )
  Max_Tardiff | Oct 29, 2018 |
Sweet Valley High with vampires, anyone? I can see why these books didn't kick off the vampire frenzy when they first came out. The characters are one-note and not very likable or believable. But I kept reading... ( )
  VanChocStrawberry | Apr 2, 2018 |
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Presents the first two volumes in the Vampire Diaries series, in which popular and beautiful high school senior Elena finds herself torn between two vampire brothers, the dark and brooding Stefan who wants to protect her from the horrors of his past and the dangerously attractive Damon, who is determined to use her to get revenge on his brother.

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Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
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