Review: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

June 19, 2013 Book 4

Title: The Awakening

Author: L.J. Smith

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Vampire Diaries #1

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: March 1st 1999 (first published 1991)

Source: Own Ebook

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) (First Cover) The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) (Most recent cover)

Goodreads Summary: 

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?

My Thoughts:

Elena Gilbert is your typical cheerleader and popular girl, so I liked that about her because its a change to how the main female/ heroine is in contemporary novels–not all but most. In the majority of these books, the girl’s shy and/or average. Here we have the queen bee, which made it be something refreshing.

Elena can have anyone she wants from school, any guy, it’s gonna be hers. They gawk at her, give her complements, do anything to gain her attention. That is, until Stephan Salvatore comes strolling into her kingdom. He’s mysterious, sexy-looking, but most of all, fresh meat.

But what I disliked about her was that she was so obsessed with Stephan. I was dumbfounded at how she was. And then, when they get to be together she’s all like “OH I love you Stephan. I trust in you.” And that kind of thing when its so quick makes me want to barf.

Overall the story was good. The plot is interesting and keeps you wondering what is this “Power” Stephan keeps talking about.

I think I would have given it more stars if it wasn’t for the fact that I was starting to watch the TV series while reading. Advise, never do that. Like NEVER EVER NO! Think of it as an omen. It’s not the same a book and a movie than a TV series. I was expecting so much stuff that I think that was why I got let down at how the book turned out. Elena book and Elena TV series are so different, and so is Katherine! If you think of both as being two independent things, it’s good. But if you compare them, gosh I don’t know how such an awesome thing as the TV series got to be that.

If we put that aside (again), then the book is good. We have much more information on how Stephan became a vampire, his thing with his brother Damon, Katherine, and much more. While I watched the TV series, it complimented it because what I didn’t know in the book, I knew in the series, and vice versa. Independently, it was also good and interesting. In this case it’s okay i read and watched both at the same time.

And the other thing I loved is that we have ACTUAL vampires! Like, they’re the ones from the first legends and folklore! Add or take a thing here or there, but it’s so awesome. There’s no nonsense some of the vampires these days have. I loved that.

But seriously, if you don’t want to be extremely confused and/or frustrated, don’t read a book and watch the series at the same time, unless you want to make a compare and contrast. Do at your own risk.

Would I read the next books? Definitely, because even though the end was so weird–Elena just screamed Damon and boom it ended–I am really curious as to what will happen.

Rating: 3 stars

i liked it

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂