The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening (YA Book Review)

Book Review, Young Adult Books
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith. Young adult novels about two vampire brothers vying for the attention of a human girl.

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

Series: Vampire Diaries (Book 1) | Paperback: 272 pages | Publisher: HarperTeen; Rev Mti edition (August 25, 2009)


About the Book

A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?


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My Thoughts on The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening

I was writing an article about awesome bad boys and bad girls in YA and kept running across The Vampire Diaries in my research*. I’d heard of the series, of course, but I had never read the books or seen the TV show, so I decided to go for the books first (as any self-respecting bookworm would).

At first, it reminded me of Twilight. like, a LOT. But I knew that this series came out before vampires started sparkling in the sunlight.

I kept reading.

It was fabulous. It made me remember the reason I fell in love with YA in the first place. The passion! The romance! And let’s not forget the spooky, scary parts of the book that give it that extra something.

The interesting characters, the creepy atmosphere, and a bad boy you can’t help but love…*sigh*.

Yeah. I liked it. A lot. I gave it four stars, but it’s more like a 4.5.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a resurrection of paranormal YA books. It’s been long enough. We’ve made the rounds with sci-fi, contemporary, sick-lit, and fantasy. I’m ready for some more books with bloodthirsty/beautiful creatures in them.

Content: Some scary parts, a murder, attempted rape, violence, and kissing (boy/girl).

Source: I got this book from the library.


*If you clicked on the link, you’ll notice that The Vampire Diaries isn’t on the list. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to squeeze it in, but I still loved the book and both brothers.


Read the Series

The Awakening
The Struggle
The Fury
Dark Reunion


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