The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L. J. Smith
HarperTeen, 2007, 512 pgs.

What can I say, I'm on a vampire kick this week, must be the New Moon movie poster that keeps popping up on the Internet! Yesterday I finished Volume 1 of The Vampire Diaries right after I finished Bitten and Smitten (my review)! I really didn't know these books are 18 years old, so they were published waaayyyy before the Twilight craze, I should have been reading these books years ago!

The Vampire Diaries Volume 1 contains the first two of four books from the series, The Awakening and The Struggle. The main characters are pretty, popular Elena and the brooding, dangerous and darkly handsome vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. Elena feels immediate attraction to Stefan and is determined to catch his eye especially since he doesn't seem interested. Elena always gets what she wants but this time she just might get more than she bargained for. Damon, in a centuries old feud with his younger brother Stefan, is determined to have Elena no matter the cost to her, her family, or the town. Nothing will stand in his way...or so he believes.

Since this book contains only the first two of four books, I was left hanging. I really want to know what's going to happen to Elena and who she will choose. I really enjoyed this book because it just wasn't about vampires but life as a high school student as well. Of course, since Elena is the "queen" of her school she has to fight to keep her title out of the hands of devious ex-friend, Caroline. I also liked the back story of Stefan and Damon and how they came to be vampires, which really explains a lot about their fascination with Elena. This is YA fiction, but it's not tame, there's drinking, murder, and a little bit of language but this is a good read for anyone who likes a good vampire drama/romance!

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