Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Review: Vampire Dairies by L.J. Smith
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Romance
When I watched this preview for the show, I was all set on reading the series. Overall though, I wasn't too impressed. Maybe if I would have read it during my Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine days, I might have have liked it.
Head's Up: This review is only for Book One: The Awakening and it contains spoilers!
I had some problems with Elena. She’s this beautiful popular girl everyone envies. It’s mentioned in the beginning she’s an ice queen. So I was prepared to read about a mean girl. I have no problem with a mean girls. Sometimes they give a nice spin on things, but Elena wasn’t one. She really didn’t have a personality besides being whiny, annoying, and selfish.
When she spots new boy, Stefan, she decides she has to have him. Stefan wants no part of her since she looks just like the love his life, Catherine, who’s been dead for a long time. Because he ignores Elena (in front of everyone) it’s the end of the world to her. I didn’t understand it because they never talked. The only thing she likes about him is his looks. Since she's got it in her head he must be her boyfriend, she tries a bunch of times to make him jealous, but he still isn’t giving her the time of day. When she gets attacked in a graveyard suddenly he’s there saving her.
After that night, they're a couple. Their whole relationship was too rushed for me, and by the end of the book, I still didn't see any chemistry between them. But anyhoo, Elena runs into another mystery guy who turns out to be Stefan’s brother, Damon. He's the bad guy to the story. (My sister couldn’t help but roll her eyes and yell out a, “You would!” when I said I liked him.) With him back in the picture, it makes things tricky with Stefan especially when he starts messing with Elena.
After Stefan’s past is revealed (the only part I found half way interesting), and a bunch of murders happen – the plot kicks in from there. It does make for a fast read which some people might like, but I couldn't get past how flat the characters were to contiune it. I think I’ll just stick to the TV show, and see what happens with it.
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