The Awakening and the Struggle eBook ☆ The Awakening

The Awakening and the Struggle eBook ☆ The Awakening


The Awakening and the Struggle [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Awakening and the Struggle By L.J. Smith – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This book has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 A DEADLY LOVE TRIANGLEElena the golden girl the leader the one who can have any boy she wantsStefan brooding and mysterious he seems to This book and the MOBI · has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE A DEADLY LOVE TRIANGLEElena the golden girl the leader the one who can have any boy she wantsStefan brooding and mysterious he seems to The Awakening ePUB ´ be the only one who can resist Elena even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his pastDamon sexy dangerous and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan the brother who betrayed Awakening and the PDF/EPUB è him Determined to have Elena he'd kill to possess herCollected 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.

  • Paperback
  • 492 pages
  • The Awakening and the Struggle
  • L.J. Smith
  • English
  • 05 June 2014
  • 9780061140976

About the Author: L.J. Smith

SMITH Lisa and the MOBI · Jane Smith is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries The Secret Circle The Forbidden Game Dark Visions Wildworld and Night World series She has written over two dozen books The Awakening ePUB ´ for children and young adults and has enjoyed writing every one of them She lives in the Bay Area of California with a backyard that is full of flowers which she adores especially with many different shades Awakening and the PDF/EPUB è of rosesShe loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area which has lots of trees lots of animals lots of beaches to walk on and lots of places to hike Once while hiking she saw a snow white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile She also likes to collect things angels they remind her of her late mother tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape nineteenth century children's literature and books about uantum physics especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe A militant optimist she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood a fancy way of saying that she likes to read write and discuss books with strong female characters and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes and Japan with its bustling urban life and exuisite mountain sceneryHer favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett the author of the Discworld series for its wild and witty satires on life death war love assassins coppers and Australia Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar analyze that She doesn't have a favorite TV show because she doesn't have time to watch TV and only owns one for playing moviesHer favorite people are her readers each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection Note L J Smith wrote books of The Vampire Diaries series After that a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series L J wrote books of The Secret Circle series After that a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series L J did not write any of the Originals or Stefan's Diaries These were written by Kevin Williamson andor various ghostwritters.



10 thoughts on “The Awakening and the Struggle

  1. Shawna Shawna says:

    2 stars – Vampire RomanceYoung AdultAlthough the Vampire Diaries precedes Meyer’s Twilight Saga it’s impossible not to compare the two series and I have to say that I much prefer Twilight This felt a little bit too much like a vamped out version of “Mean Girls” and I didn’t really get into the story or care about any of the characters at all They’re all so selfish juvenile and petty and okay I get that it’s a young adult series but it felt really immature and teen angsty to me waaay so than Twilight Bella at least is an identifiable lovable heroine with insecurities awkwardness and compassion but Elena in Vampire Diaries is the rich spoiled perfect popular blonde reigning ueen of the school who only seems to want aloof brooding mysterious new guy in school Stefan just to prove that she can have whoever and whatever she wants And there wasn’t enough any relationship building between Elena and Stefan to make me really give a hoot about them; so when dark dangerous Damon comes to wreak total havoc I was just glad that it finally spiced things up a bit ‘cause I was honestly rather bored with the storyThere’s just way too much attention placed on fashion speak dear diary reflecting popular girl rivaling and sniping and exhaustive gossiping for my taste It ends with a big love triangle Elena’s fate hangs in the balance cliffhanger so I’m curious to find out what happens but not necessarily enough to continue reading the series I will however check out the Vampire Diaries TV series on the CW which seems like a perfect home for the teenie vampire drama

  2. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Since these books are going to be a TV show in Sept I thought I'd buy the booksSome people have read it and compared it to Twilight but I have to say that these books are NOTHING like Twilight except for the part where she's human and the brothers aren't But that's about itSo I've read the first one The Awakening and The Struggle and I have to say that I was kind of disappointedElena is an uptight snobby girl who gets what ever she wants and when she doesn't she pouts like a 2 year old out to get revenge and sneak in her mothers pantry to steal chocolateHer character does improve through out the book but she was very hard to relate to while readingStefan spends half the book ignoring her yes for a good reason but still then when he does finally talk to herBANG They are together and in love???I like Damon at least he's consistent as the bad guy in the book His character is very sexy and very mysteriousI just felt like the books did not show just cause as to WHY these two love each other? Not to compare this to Twilight but at least with those books it showed the progression stage of Edward and Bella's relationshipElena and Stefan have nothing then a ghost of a memory and some heated attraction for one another?There was nothing to lead them up to there romance Elena thought of him as a challenge and for Stefan Elena just reminded him of a girl he use to loveDamon is the only character that comes into play that I can understand He was the one who lurked from afar and didn't try to disguise his obsession with love His was purely lust I think this is the first time I have ever rooted for the bad guy to get the girl I want Elena to be with Damon Stefan just isn't doing it for me I guessI don't hate the books but I don't love them eitherThe only reason I'm giving this two stars is for plot and writing styleI just wish the time was taken for us to feel why they were in love and not just have it thereIt's sad to say that I think the TV Series will be better then the books

  3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    Elena is the most popular girl in school her boyfriend Matt a classic all American sporty nice boy Then she sees the new boy Stefan dark sensual and totally oblivious to her She determines to have him and promptly gets rid of Matt There are a few complications though one Stefan is a vampire from the Italian renaissance period; two she looks a lot like Katherine the girl he was in love with who made him a vampire before killing herself thinking he and his brother Damon whom she also converted would then stop fighting over her; and three Damon is also in the city and he has his sights set on ElenaThese teen vampire books have been out for than a decade but have only recently been merged into two single volumes rather than the original fourIt's a familiar enough story a little similar to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books but not note that it was published in 1991 than 10 years before Twilight still comparisons crop up though if anything this could have been inspiration for Meyer This is a much darker story than the Twilight books people actually die in The Vampire Diaries and Damon is a truly malevolent character There are the usual elements of normal teenager life home troubles back stabbing friends parties and lusty teenage boys who drink too much The writing style is succinct and to the point but the details necessary for a dark atmosphere strumming with tension are all there I would recommend this double volume for the first book The Awakening ends on a bit of a cliff hanger while the end of The Struggle is not uite so bad though very exciting I can wait to read the second volume I certainly want to find out how it is resolved since what happens to Elena at the end is a bit frightening and I was surprised at my sympathy for Stefan whose pain is very real

  4. Ivana - Diary of Difference Ivana - Diary of Difference says:

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest #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 logicI 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 attentionElena 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 revengeReading 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 dayFrom 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 tooStefan 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 DAMON 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 awesomePick 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 LJ 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 disappearanceI felt like there was action in this book compared to the first one It made me engrossed with the story and I was very excited for all the twistsElena 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 troubleOn 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 bookI wish we saw 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 betterI am happy with the book in generalThe 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 interestingThe 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 beginI recommend it to all of you that love young adult teen romance and vampire stories It will keep you on your toes for sureBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    I'm DNF'n this book at 30% and I hate not finishing a book but I just can't bring myself to read any of itNot only is Elena a horrible self centred bitch after one night of kissing Stefan the next morning she's Florence nightingale I can't stand her not even a little argh Love someone you don't even know? GET A GRIP CRINGE

  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Don't let the 4 out of 5 stars fool you into thinking this is good inventive writing I picked these books up for nostalgic purposes Back in the early '90s when I was an adolescent oh how I date myself I read and reread these books They were so romantic and exciting I remember even then being annoyed by the hack writing but overlooking it because of the fantastic nature of the stories I mean come on who wouldn't fall for a tall dark handsome vampire with an Italian accent I'm only humanReading them again as an adult was part experiment but mostly fluff fun For whatever reason I'm seemingly incapable of getting through beach reads or other books with no real substance and sub par writingwith the exception of Young Adult books There is a soft spot in my heart for those angst ridden horror lite forbidden romance themes that weave their way through the pages and into the minds of pre teen girls that are waiting to have their braces taken off and dream of such huge life events like homecoming and take a deep breath prom I am not criticizing girls for this As I've already implied I was one of themMy peeve with this particular series is really of a concern The greatest attributes of the primary characters are their beauty elegance and grace Love is always a reaction to someone's beauty or passion The protagonist is ueen of the school In short each book is like reading a 250 super model photo shoot There's just no way you'll ever be these fictional characters Perhaps that is part of the allure for many kids who read these but I distinctly remember talking with my friends about which character in the book we'd want to beand frankly all are either shallow or wracked with glamorized self loathingThe remaining uestion is why on earth after all this criticism did I give the books 4 stars Well they were a welcome regression back to days of summer reading of staying up too late to find out if the heroine would get the guy and save the town against forces of evil As simple mindless entertainment goes they work just fine I don't know how a reader first approaching them now would feel about them but with my childhood link to them I was rather forgiving of the many glaring problemsApparently a new book will be coming out in this series early next year I must confess I will most certainly be reading it

  7. a a says:

    I either read an interview or saw one with Stephenie Meyer who remarked that she got her plot to Twilight from a dream that she once had After having read this I can say in all certainty that if she got the idea from a dream it was at some point after reading this series Look no further for her source material here it isJust a few of the parallels that I noticed Stefan Edward can read minds Stefan and Elena fall splendidly and exuisitely in love with each other despite the fact that there's little narrative to their love story Stefan wants to stay away from Elena because he's a killer and so on ad nauseum Credit LJ Smith here though considering that she was the one that did it first and she did it better although I'd say not much since I'm being honestParticularly in the first novel The Awakening I found the main character Elena to be selfish spoiled and revolting Perhaps it's because the popular pretty girl foil is simply something that I can't related to or perhaps it's because the idea of making my friends swear in blood that they won't stop until they 'get me' a boy is totally and completely absurdIn the second book Elena is a touch palatable but that might have been because the story as a whole got marginally better leaving less time but still ample believe me for Elena to wax poetic about the unexplainable love for Stefan that seemingly flourished after one kissI'll give this three stars because it did get better in the end but a realistic rating would have been two or two and a half

  8. Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

    Okay so I promised myself I wouldn't do this but here I go as Kat would say UNPOPULAR OPINION TIMEI hated all four of these books hated UNADULTERATED LOATHINGI had posted this as a two but am changing it to a onemuahaha because I am not as nice as I used to beElena is our spoiled popular idiotic MC and I hate her she gets everything she ever wants She has no compassion and is completely self absorbed how is this different than any other teenage girl you ask? She is the embodiment of all that times ten I HATE herAnd I love LJ Smith guys I do I've read her Nightworld series many many times and her Dark Visions has one of my favourite love interests of all time Gabriel swoons D So hating these bothered me A LOT and not just because I love the show Okay okay the reason I'm breaking my rule to not review this I am 100% team Matt And I'm gonna tell you why He is sweet he is funny he is strong and he is kind he is everything I would want a teenage girl to love He isn't brooding he doesn't hold grudges he is loving and understanding without being martyrish So why is he alone? He is alone because he is not supernatural and that fucking pisses me off Teenage boys have a raw deal right now girls are fangirling all over vampires and werewolves and superheroes how can a red blooded most likely clumsy human boy compete with this fantasy world? He can't And that makes me sad Dear Ms Smith if you wanted to make me love Elena and Stefan

  9. Kati Kati says:

    This omnibus carries the first two books of Smith's tetralogy The Awakening and The Struggle I would give the first one two stars the second one four The first one was namely too much of a sugary teenage romance I'm probably too old to read young adult stuff anyThere were some things that really annoyed me in these books Elena was perfection incarnated the prototype of a Mary Sue she had everybody wrapped around her little finger she always got what she wanted be it the title of the Homecoming ueen or every boy in school and when she didn't she let the waterworks flow adopting the you hurt me so expression And of course when two half a century old vampires arrived in town she was the love of their life at first sight they wanted to spend their eternity with her and only with her no other woman had ever mattered snortsBut the story did get better once the author stopped concentrating on the Homecoming ueen's dating plan and remembered that she wasn't writing an after school special but a romantic horror story Because the horror part was really well written It was even rather scary in some places I suspect that the next two books in the tetralogy will be betterAnd yes this is the series that the CW's adapting for TV I think it'll fit their programing plan perfectly it's Gossip Girl with vampires after all

  10. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    It's another teen vampireromance novel YayActually it's kind of cheesy When Stefan Salvatore shows up at Elena's high school it's love at first sight He's gorgeous and exotic and she's looking for someone new She's fair haired and popular and closely resembles his ex Oh there's one thing Stefan's a vampire From renaissance Italy And another thing his older brother Damon has also shown up And they're battling for Elena's affectionsSo corny but so fun to read The ending was a cliffhanger so I guess I might just have to pick up the next book in the series31008

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10 thoughts on “The Awakening and the Struggle

  1. Shawna Shawna says:

    2 stars – Vampire RomanceYoung AdultAlthough the Vampire Diaries precedes Meyer’s Twilight Saga it’s impossible not to compare the two series and I have to say that I much prefer Twilight This felt a little bit too much like a vamped out version of “Mean Girls” and I didn’t really get into the story or care about any of the characters at all They’re all so selfish juvenile and petty and okay I get that it’s a young adult series but it felt really immature and teen angsty to me waaay so than Twilight Bella at least is an identifiable lovable heroine with insecurities awkwardness and compassion but Elena in Vampire Diaries is the rich spoiled perfect popular blonde reigning ueen of the school who only seems to want aloof brooding mysterious new guy in school Stefan just to prove that she can have whoever and whatever she wants And there wasn’t enough any relationship building between Elena and Stefan to make me really give a hoot about them; so when dark dangerous Damon comes to wreak total havoc I was just glad that it finally spiced things up a bit ‘cause I was honestly rather bored with the storyThere’s just way too much attention placed on fashion speak dear diary reflecting popular girl rivaling and sniping and exhaustive gossiping for my taste It ends with a big love triangle Elena’s fate hangs in the balance cliffhanger so I’m curious to find out what happens but not necessarily enough to continue reading the series I will however check out the Vampire Diaries TV series on the CW which seems like a perfect home for the teenie vampire drama

  2. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Since these books are going to be a TV show in Sept I thought I'd buy the booksSome people have read it and compared it to Twilight but I have to say that these books are NOTHING like Twilight except for the part where she's human and the brothers aren't But that's about itSo I've read the first one The Awakening and The Struggle and I have to say that I was kind of disappointedElena is an uptight snobby girl who gets what ever she wants and when she doesn't she pouts like a 2 year old out to get revenge and sneak in her mothers pantry to steal chocolateHer character does improve through out the book but she was very hard to relate to while readingStefan spends half the book ignoring her yes for a good reason but still then when he does finally talk to herBANG They are together and in love???I like Damon at least he's consistent as the bad guy in the book His character is very sexy and very mysteriousI just felt like the books did not show just cause as to WHY these two love each other? Not to compare this to Twilight but at least with those books it showed the progression stage of Edward and Bella's relationshipElena and Stefan have nothing then a ghost of a memory and some heated attraction for one another?There was nothing to lead them up to there romance Elena thought of him as a challenge and for Stefan Elena just reminded him of a girl he use to loveDamon is the only character that comes into play that I can understand He was the one who lurked from afar and didn't try to disguise his obsession with love His was purely lust I think this is the first time I have ever rooted for the bad guy to get the girl I want Elena to be with Damon Stefan just isn't doing it for me I guessI don't hate the books but I don't love them eitherThe only reason I'm giving this two stars is for plot and writing styleI just wish the time was taken for us to feel why they were in love and not just have it thereIt's sad to say that I think the TV Series will be better then the books

  3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    Elena is the most popular girl in school her boyfriend Matt a classic all American sporty nice boy Then she sees the new boy Stefan dark sensual and totally oblivious to her She determines to have him and promptly gets rid of Matt There are a few complications though one Stefan is a vampire from the Italian renaissance period; two she looks a lot like Katherine the girl he was in love with who made him a vampire before killing herself thinking he and his brother Damon whom she also converted would then stop fighting over her; and three Damon is also in the city and he has his sights set on ElenaThese teen vampire books have been out for than a decade but have only recently been merged into two single volumes rather than the original fourIt's a familiar enough story a little similar to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books but not note that it was published in 1991 than 10 years before Twilight still comparisons crop up though if anything this could have been inspiration for Meyer This is a much darker story than the Twilight books people actually die in The Vampire Diaries and Damon is a truly malevolent character There are the usual elements of normal teenager life home troubles back stabbing friends parties and lusty teenage boys who drink too much The writing style is succinct and to the point but the details necessary for a dark atmosphere strumming with tension are all there I would recommend this double volume for the first book The Awakening ends on a bit of a cliff hanger while the end of The Struggle is not uite so bad though very exciting I can wait to read the second volume I certainly want to find out how it is resolved since what happens to Elena at the end is a bit frightening and I was surprised at my sympathy for Stefan whose pain is very real

  4. Ivana - Diary of Difference Ivana - Diary of Difference says:

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest #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 logicI 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 attentionElena 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 revengeReading 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 dayFrom 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 tooStefan 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 DAMON 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 awesomePick 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 LJ 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 disappearanceI felt like there was action in this book compared to the first one It made me engrossed with the story and I was very excited for all the twistsElena 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 troubleOn 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 bookI wish we saw 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 betterI am happy with the book in generalThe 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 interestingThe 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 beginI recommend it to all of you that love young adult teen romance and vampire stories It will keep you on your toes for sureBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    I'm DNF'n this book at 30% and I hate not finishing a book but I just can't bring myself to read any of itNot only is Elena a horrible self centred bitch after one night of kissing Stefan the next morning she's Florence nightingale I can't stand her not even a little argh Love someone you don't even know? GET A GRIP CRINGE

  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Don't let the 4 out of 5 stars fool you into thinking this is good inventive writing I picked these books up for nostalgic purposes Back in the early '90s when I was an adolescent oh how I date myself I read and reread these books They were so romantic and exciting I remember even then being annoyed by the hack writing but overlooking it because of the fantastic nature of the stories I mean come on who wouldn't fall for a tall dark handsome vampire with an Italian accent I'm only humanReading them again as an adult was part experiment but mostly fluff fun For whatever reason I'm seemingly incapable of getting through beach reads or other books with no real substance and sub par writingwith the exception of Young Adult books There is a soft spot in my heart for those angst ridden horror lite forbidden romance themes that weave their way through the pages and into the minds of pre teen girls that are waiting to have their braces taken off and dream of such huge life events like homecoming and take a deep breath prom I am not criticizing girls for this As I've already implied I was one of themMy peeve with this particular series is really of a concern The greatest attributes of the primary characters are their beauty elegance and grace Love is always a reaction to someone's beauty or passion The protagonist is ueen of the school In short each book is like reading a 250 super model photo shoot There's just no way you'll ever be these fictional characters Perhaps that is part of the allure for many kids who read these but I distinctly remember talking with my friends about which character in the book we'd want to beand frankly all are either shallow or wracked with glamorized self loathingThe remaining uestion is why on earth after all this criticism did I give the books 4 stars Well they were a welcome regression back to days of summer reading of staying up too late to find out if the heroine would get the guy and save the town against forces of evil As simple mindless entertainment goes they work just fine I don't know how a reader first approaching them now would feel about them but with my childhood link to them I was rather forgiving of the many glaring problemsApparently a new book will be coming out in this series early next year I must confess I will most certainly be reading it

  7. a a says:

    I either read an interview or saw one with Stephenie Meyer who remarked that she got her plot to Twilight from a dream that she once had After having read this I can say in all certainty that if she got the idea from a dream it was at some point after reading this series Look no further for her source material here it isJust a few of the parallels that I noticed Stefan Edward can read minds Stefan and Elena fall splendidly and exuisitely in love with each other despite the fact that there's little narrative to their love story Stefan wants to stay away from Elena because he's a killer and so on ad nauseum Credit LJ Smith here though considering that she was the one that did it first and she did it better although I'd say not much since I'm being honestParticularly in the first novel The Awakening I found the main character Elena to be selfish spoiled and revolting Perhaps it's because the popular pretty girl foil is simply something that I can't related to or perhaps it's because the idea of making my friends swear in blood that they won't stop until they 'get me' a boy is totally and completely absurdIn the second book Elena is a touch palatable but that might have been because the story as a whole got marginally better leaving less time but still ample believe me for Elena to wax poetic about the unexplainable love for Stefan that seemingly flourished after one kissI'll give this three stars because it did get better in the end but a realistic rating would have been two or two and a half

  8. Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

    Okay so I promised myself I wouldn't do this but here I go as Kat would say UNPOPULAR OPINION TIMEI hated all four of these books hated UNADULTERATED LOATHINGI had posted this as a two but am changing it to a onemuahaha because I am not as nice as I used to beElena is our spoiled popular idiotic MC and I hate her she gets everything she ever wants She has no compassion and is completely self absorbed how is this different than any other teenage girl you ask? She is the embodiment of all that times ten I HATE herAnd I love LJ Smith guys I do I've read her Nightworld series many many times and her Dark Visions has one of my favourite love interests of all time Gabriel swoons D So hating these bothered me A LOT and not just because I love the show Okay okay the reason I'm breaking my rule to not review this I am 100% team Matt And I'm gonna tell you why He is sweet he is funny he is strong and he is kind he is everything I would want a teenage girl to love He isn't brooding he doesn't hold grudges he is loving and understanding without being martyrish So why is he alone? He is alone because he is not supernatural and that fucking pisses me off Teenage boys have a raw deal right now girls are fangirling all over vampires and werewolves and superheroes how can a red blooded most likely clumsy human boy compete with this fantasy world? He can't And that makes me sad Dear Ms Smith if you wanted to make me love Elena and Stefan

  9. Kati Kati says:

    This omnibus carries the first two books of Smith's tetralogy The Awakening and The Struggle I would give the first one two stars the second one four The first one was namely too much of a sugary teenage romance I'm probably too old to read young adult stuff anyThere were some things that really annoyed me in these books Elena was perfection incarnated the prototype of a Mary Sue she had everybody wrapped around her little finger she always got what she wanted be it the title of the Homecoming ueen or every boy in school and when she didn't she let the waterworks flow adopting the you hurt me so expression And of course when two half a century old vampires arrived in town she was the love of their life at first sight they wanted to spend their eternity with her and only with her no other woman had ever mattered snortsBut the story did get better once the author stopped concentrating on the Homecoming ueen's dating plan and remembered that she wasn't writing an after school special but a romantic horror story Because the horror part was really well written It was even rather scary in some places I suspect that the next two books in the tetralogy will be betterAnd yes this is the series that the CW's adapting for TV I think it'll fit their programing plan perfectly it's Gossip Girl with vampires after all

  10. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    It's another teen vampireromance novel YayActually it's kind of cheesy When Stefan Salvatore shows up at Elena's high school it's love at first sight He's gorgeous and exotic and she's looking for someone new She's fair haired and popular and closely resembles his ex Oh there's one thing Stefan's a vampire From renaissance Italy And another thing his older brother Damon has also shown up And they're battling for Elena's affectionsSo corny but so fun to read The ending was a cliffhanger so I guess I might just have to pick up the next book in the series31008

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