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. 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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  • Reply
    February 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve been told that the books are nowhere near the vicinity of the tv series so I didn’t bother. Is it bad that I didn’t really like the tv series as well? Like, I couldn’t even get through the first episode of the first season. SAD.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      I’ve only read the first book, so it’s difficult to say how it compares to the TV show. I had a hard time with the first episode too, but once I got past it, I really liked the show. I’ve only watched halfway through the second season, so I’m just getting started. I plan on reading more of the books. I’m in this weird “I need a vampire story” phase right now.

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    Aimee J Brown
    February 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Your review made me smile. I haven’t read a good paranormal book in a long time. I guess it might be time for me to start again! Resurrection paranormal! 🙂

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    March 2, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I gotta admit here, I am a very intense Twilight saga lover. I don’t like it when books remind me too much of the series, but if they are a bit like it, I don’t mind. And it seems like this one takes it to its own originality at one point as well, which is promising. I have the series on my TBR now 😉

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      March 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      It was a little weird how similar the two series are at first, but they each blaze different trails, so I think you’d like it. This series was also written a long time before Twilight was, so you know it’s not derivative. Any similarities are coincidence or just the fact that you have two stories with a similar premise.

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    Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    March 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I read this book YEARS ago. In fact, I couldn’t stomach Twilight because LJ Smith was my first foray into YA PNR and I couldn’t help comparing – A LOT. I LOVED this series although I’ve only read the first original 4 and I remember clearly enjoying the first three the most… I’m glad you got to pick it up and enjoy it!!!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      March 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks! I’ve only read the first book, but I’m hoping to get to the rest of the original series soon. They aren’t too long, so I should be able to squeeze them in. I liked this one enough that quitting the series isn’t an option!

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