The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith


“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.”


Cover of "The Vampire Diaries: The Awaken...


Completely different than the TV show. I am one of those people who is in love with this show (team Damon all the way) but this book was quite different than the tv show. The characters were the same and the story line was the same but how some of the characters act is different than in the TV show.

Caroline in the TV show is just a little full of herself and is very popular. In the book she is second in command and quite bitchy (mind my french but there was no other way to put it.) Matt is as sweet as always and Stefan is the same still. He is haunted by his past. Then there is Damon who is exactly the same (thankfully.) But they met differently in the TV show (I liked that meeting better) but what can I do.

Tyler has a different last name in the book. His last name is Smallwood but in the TV show it is Lockwood. But he is sill extremely obnoxious and irritating as he was in the begging. Vicki is still the same but not much really happens with her.

There is also this difference between powers. Damon has a lot of powers but in the TV show he can only compel people and he is fast and stuff like that.

So far my opinion of this book may seem negative but it is a great book. It is just better if you read the book first. I personally enjoy the TV show more but the book is still a great thing to read so you can see where the TV show came from.

The entire book seems very Twilight-y to me. Stefan is Edward, Damon is Jacob, Elena is Bella, and everyone else is the friends in Forks. What an uncanny resemblance (must be a very common theme in books now.)

But still if you enjoy the TV show you should see where it came from so I do recommend you reading this book.

The setting of the book is still the same in this small town but one major difference for me is Elena. She seems a little more pushy in this book, a little more snotty and more popular. In the TV show she met Stefan and thought he was hot and then they became a thing. In the book Elena desires and has to have Stefan at any cost. That was one of the biggest differences which I found.

But overall this was a very enjoyable book and will be reading the other ones in the series.

So, who are my fellow Vampire Diaries fans?

Go Team Damon!!!!!!