Sunday, May 24, 2009

[Series Spotlight] - The Vampire Diaries

Book 1: The Awakening

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...
Elena Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.
Stefan Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.
Damon Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.
The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

Book 2: The Struggle

Damon, the evil vampire brother is detemined to make school beauty Elena his queen of darkness. Even if it means killing his own brother to possess her. Stefan, Damon's brother and Elena's boyfriend, is desperate for the power to destroy Damon - but knows that means succumbing to his thirst for human blood. Elena, irresistibly drawn to both brothers, knows her choice will decide their fate. But who will she choose...?

Book 3: The Fury

Elena, believing she was helping her boyfriend, Stefan, is tricked by his brother Damon into exchanging blood with him - not realizing that this will transform her into a vampire too. Now crazed with her own wild craving for blood, it is up to Stephan to save her.

Book 4: Dark Reunion

Elena, brought back from the dead, calls on Stefan and Damon to recreate their powerful vampire trio. Together they must face incredible evil and battle against it with their combined strength, cunning and charm - only then can they find peace, and save the friends they have left behind.

Book 5: The Return: Nightfall

Elena Gilbert is alive - again.

When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her - the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon - she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.

Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.

Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .

But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.

The first four books originally were published in the early 1990's. Then in 2007 and 2008 they were released with new covers in the omnibus edtions. This year, a new book was released called Nightfall. So far I've just read the first two books and really enjoyed them. The series has been turned into a tv series that will air this fall on The CW. Below is a the teaser trailer.


  1. I do hope they wont make them into an idiotic teen show with drama, drama and more teen drama

  2. Anna,

    I bought these for B - she liked them well enough, but said they weren't as good as some she'd read.


  3. Another vampire series? Wow! These are cool covers, though.

  4. Well the characters are teens so, there is a good chance there will be a lot of drama involved. I'm gonna at least check episode one to see what it's like.

    B is right. They aren't as good as some.

  5. Hey Anna:

    I saw the trailer for the show the other evening and it didn't look too bad.

    Will have to check it out..


  6. I loved this books! I didn't read them until they were reprinted in the 2000s, but I feel in love with Smith's work instantly. And I'm glad that after so many years, she decided to write more in the series (book 5) and she still has to write more, because if you've read that one, you know it ends on another huge cliff hanger. Argh. Lol. Plus she mentioned doing Damen's book one day...

    I hope they do a good job on the TV show, otherwise I'll be mad. I hate when the mess up good books by trying to make movies or shows out of them, and doing a crappy job at it.

    Oh, and just a bit of advice to others, if you've read Vampire Diaries (or even if you haven't), I would strongly suggest you make sure to read her other books as well, Night World series and Secret Circle series. Love them all. Great author, even though she's been around and writing for, what, 20 years or more?

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  7. Hi TBQ

    If you check out Lisa's website. She has a list of upcoming Vampire Diaies.

    Nightfall- Out Now
    Shadow Souls

    I'm pretty sure they changed things for the show. They made Elena a brunette and gave her a brother.

  8. so funny, I just mailed off those books for paperbackswap. Hmm, maybe I should have read them first...

    oh well. Thanks for posting this :)

  9. I was SO upset when I learned that my library only has the third one. I can't wait to read these... hopefully before the show comes out.



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