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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?

Topics: Vampires, First in a Series, United States of America, Romantic, Supernatural Powers, Love Triangle, and Brothers

Published: HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollins on Oct 26, 2010
ISBN: 9780062064738
List price: $6.99
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Review: This might be one of those times it hurt me to see the show before reading the books.What I loved: I didn't really love anything about this book. I did think it was a quick read and really well written though.What I liked: I liked the amount of detail put into the scenery, something I think is missing from alot of book. I liked Stefan, Matt, Bonnie, and Meredith. I thought Caroline was sufficiently *itchy.What I didn't like (still not warmed up too): Elena. I am sorry but at no point do I think she deserves to get the guy. She is shallow, self-serving, manipulative, and a little to much like Katherine from the show. All I kept thinking is Stefan and Matt have the worst taste in women. I might start to like her as the series progresses but right now I just don't like her character at all. Which could be a problem since she is the center of the series.Overall I gave it a 3, there was enough good parts to outrank my dislike of Elena.read more
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I hated this, didn't even finish it. I really like the TV show, though.read more
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This was a good read, but I thought is was nothing like the TV show. I mean I know that book and their TV shows will be different but there was a lot of differences that I notices from the books and the TV shows. No offense to the author, but I kind of liked the TV show better. In the book, I believe Elena is a blonde and I don't picture her at a blonde. In the TV show she had dark hair. I think that Elena looks better in the show. Same with some of the other characters: Bonnie, Caroline, etc. I enjoyed reading this book though, because I love vampire stories. I would recommend this to anyone who likes vampire stories but just be aware of the changes if you have read the books AND watched the TV show.read more
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16 years before Twilight, there were the Vampire Diaries! Seriously, they are SO much alike. I still prefer Twilight though, and it wasn't really my own choice to reread this so shortly after my first read of it, but it's being translated to Danish, so I was asked to review it for my publisher. Thankfully it's a quick read! It's not bad - just nothing special either.read more
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OK--so it's no Twilight, but enough of my friends have read the series that I thought I'd give it a try. I'll keep going so I can see what happens...Have any of my FB friends read this??read more
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Usually I say that the book is better than the movie/TV show but not in this case: the TV show is actually one of my favorites, but this was disappointing. Good, but Elena was really shallow, and I couldn't believe that for someone who had just lost her parents.......still good though.read more
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This was definitely not my cup of tea. I admit I didn't completely finish the book, I just couldn't. My eyes were falling out of its sockets.Elena is one of the most disliked characters (imo) and she's obsessive and annoying. So instead of having to finish off the rest of the series I wikipedia-d the next books and am I thrilled to find out I didn't waste my time curled up to this series.read more
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Actually, the Vampire Diaries is kind of a nice series. Elena is definitely nicer than Bella for one thing. The story is more or less the same and that's because there is only a limited amount of things that can be told about vampires at high school. The comparison with Twilight is therefore inevitable.Twilight is defnitely the better, more romantic series. LJ Smith does not hook me as much. That being said, LJ Smith dares to go a bit further and makes the story more gruesome, and is not as goodygoody as Stephenie Meyer.read more
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Decided that I can't *stand* the character of Elena in the book and therefore this series is not worth finishing.read more
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While I'm not entirely certain I've forgiven the author for making such utterly shallow and somewhat materialistic characters, I have to admit, I really loved the story and it kept me glued to the book.read more
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I appreciate that L.J. Smith was writing young adult vampire novels twenty years before it became over-popular and overdone. This book started out like addictive candy that I couldn't get enough of, but quickly became less and less interesting. Stock characters, flat plot, and the whole thing felt inevitably dated. I had to force myself to finish, and now I'm done . . . I'll still finish out the trilogy, though. I'm that dedicated.read more
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I loved this book when I was about 13 and it actually holds up surprisingly well. It's not as dated as I thought it would be, more sensual than I remembered, and I think the TV show's doing a nice job of adapting the plot and characters for today's teens.read more
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 Not great literature, but the story moves along nicely. I kept waiting for the plotlines of the TV series to show up. And Elena has blond hair in the book. Same self-sacrificing love of a vampire for a human as in the Eclipse series leading to the same doubting by the woman that she is worthy of him.read more
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vampire falls in love with human. love can come over everything such as dead and enemy. it's a romantic and adventurous story..read more
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A very enjoyable read. The plot had enough of a difference to keep me enthralled and the multilayer characters were exciting to get to know. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.read more
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I started reading this series because I enjoyed the show so much I just had to read the books. What a disappointment. I know these were written pre-Twilight, but while reading this I felt like I was reading Twilight. It’s basically the same story, but the characters are not as likeable. Clearly Meyer ripped this one off but somehow she made the story more interesting, for me at least.

The main problem I had with this story was that Elena was a hard character for me to like. She came off very bratty and selfish. Stephan never became a crush for me. He was way too aloof. The romance scene where both characters decide they like each other was not well developed. All of a sudden they went from avoiding each other to “I’ll die for you”…bleh! I just couldn’t help rolling my eyes as I got to the end of the story. Thankfully, the show made some changes to make the characters more likeable.
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This was pretty unimpressive. It wasn't awful but it didn't really have a whole lot of substance. It started off pretty good- I quite liked the beginning. However, Elena and Stefan were declaring their love for each other after literally one conversation and it all got a bit silly after that and I found myself rolling my eyes a few times. One minute they had never spoken two words to each other and the next minute they were 'in love'. It was just kind of silly. The writing was easy and light and it was a quick enough read which made up for the lack of everything else.read more
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Elena, the most beautiful and popular girl in high school, becomes fascinated by the new and mysterious Italian boy in school, Stefan; however, she can’t believe that Stefan isn’t interested in her. What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is trying to protect her from what he is—a vampire. The two fall in love anyway, but problems arise when Stefan’s dangerously attractive brother, Damon, arrives in town and decides he wants Elena for himself. The book has numerous similarities to the Twilight series, which readers might enjoy. The author does not seem to develop the characters well and most of them seem shallow, selfish, and weak, even the heroine. That makes it difficult for the readers to sympathize with the characters and engage with the plot. The Awakening is only book one in the Vampire Diaries, therefore, the storyline and characters might develop more as the series progress. Young adult readers might be drawn the darkness, mystery, and suspense if they like vampires-themed literature; however, there are better vampires books out there. Additional Selection.read more
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I enjoyed this book reading about the relationship between Elena and Stefan and Damon. Unlike the tv show which I am a fan of Tyler, in the book not so much he really plays the bratty card well. I liked how Damon kept the mysteriousness of himself. Definitely a great teenage read!read more
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I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I blazed through this book. I didn't realize it was an almost-20 year old book, but I think that the story, as well as the characters, have stood the test of time. The story didn't seem "dated" like some other books I've read. The plot is somewhat predictable, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable as mind candy. I read loads of YA lit, much of it pretty intense and serious, and it is nice to take a break from the serious, and move into a story you can just enjoy for what it is: a suspenseful fantasy. No having to read between the lines and try to figure out character's motives and pasts, it's all laid out for you. There are a few slightly steamy scenes between Stefan and Elena, but they are tasteful and nothing more happens that making out, although you can definitely feel their passion/desire for one another. This is one of those paranormal romances that I don't have to worry about recommending to younger teens because there is very little swearing, and no sex at all. Overall, I'm giving the book 4 stars for getting me out of reality and into a fantasy for a bit.read more
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This book was so weird, and a bit boring. In the beginning it kept going on and on about how Elena's trying to find out what Stefan is, but never actually finding it. It's really frustrating for the reader, since there's not really any suspense cause we already know he's a vampire because of the title: VAMPIRE Diaries. But it's also one of those books that you just want it to end while you're reading it, but you want to keep reading it when you're done. The last page was really interesting, but I guess that's how they get people to read the next book.read more
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The Vampire Diaries is a thrilling and romantic book! This is the first book of the series of Vampire Diaries. The book talks about a girl who had just lost her parents and is very down. Until she meets Stephen who she can relate to and talk to. A little chemistry happens between Elena and Stephen, but there is more than her her personality that apeals to Stephen. Apparently Stephen is a vampire and in the past he used to know this girl names Katherine who looks exactley the same as Elena ans so the story begins... I would recommend this book for people who like reading Twilight and Shiver, they all share the same romance and horrorread more
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I started watching the series before reading the books. I think I prefer the series to the books, only because they picked some pretty delectable vampire men to star in it.read more
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Fairly typical beginning of a vampire saga although with the love triangle element. The downside of this volume is the high school atmosphere (although admittedly the youthfulness of the characters is necessary to carry the passion). I am the wrong gender and age to enjoy accounts that include the pettiness of girls' rivalry and the fluttery expressions of feeling.read more
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Review: This might be one of those times it hurt me to see the show before reading the books.What I loved: I didn't really love anything about this book. I did think it was a quick read and really well written though.What I liked: I liked the amount of detail put into the scenery, something I think is missing from alot of book. I liked Stefan, Matt, Bonnie, and Meredith. I thought Caroline was sufficiently *itchy.What I didn't like (still not warmed up too): Elena. I am sorry but at no point do I think she deserves to get the guy. She is shallow, self-serving, manipulative, and a little to much like Katherine from the show. All I kept thinking is Stefan and Matt have the worst taste in women. I might start to like her as the series progresses but right now I just don't like her character at all. Which could be a problem since she is the center of the series.Overall I gave it a 3, there was enough good parts to outrank my dislike of Elena.
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I hated this, didn't even finish it. I really like the TV show, though.
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This was a good read, but I thought is was nothing like the TV show. I mean I know that book and their TV shows will be different but there was a lot of differences that I notices from the books and the TV shows. No offense to the author, but I kind of liked the TV show better. In the book, I believe Elena is a blonde and I don't picture her at a blonde. In the TV show she had dark hair. I think that Elena looks better in the show. Same with some of the other characters: Bonnie, Caroline, etc. I enjoyed reading this book though, because I love vampire stories. I would recommend this to anyone who likes vampire stories but just be aware of the changes if you have read the books AND watched the TV show.
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16 years before Twilight, there were the Vampire Diaries! Seriously, they are SO much alike. I still prefer Twilight though, and it wasn't really my own choice to reread this so shortly after my first read of it, but it's being translated to Danish, so I was asked to review it for my publisher. Thankfully it's a quick read! It's not bad - just nothing special either.
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OK--so it's no Twilight, but enough of my friends have read the series that I thought I'd give it a try. I'll keep going so I can see what happens...Have any of my FB friends read this??
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Usually I say that the book is better than the movie/TV show but not in this case: the TV show is actually one of my favorites, but this was disappointing. Good, but Elena was really shallow, and I couldn't believe that for someone who had just lost her parents.......still good though.
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This was definitely not my cup of tea. I admit I didn't completely finish the book, I just couldn't. My eyes were falling out of its sockets.Elena is one of the most disliked characters (imo) and she's obsessive and annoying. So instead of having to finish off the rest of the series I wikipedia-d the next books and am I thrilled to find out I didn't waste my time curled up to this series.
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Actually, the Vampire Diaries is kind of a nice series. Elena is definitely nicer than Bella for one thing. The story is more or less the same and that's because there is only a limited amount of things that can be told about vampires at high school. The comparison with Twilight is therefore inevitable.Twilight is defnitely the better, more romantic series. LJ Smith does not hook me as much. That being said, LJ Smith dares to go a bit further and makes the story more gruesome, and is not as goodygoody as Stephenie Meyer.
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Decided that I can't *stand* the character of Elena in the book and therefore this series is not worth finishing.
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While I'm not entirely certain I've forgiven the author for making such utterly shallow and somewhat materialistic characters, I have to admit, I really loved the story and it kept me glued to the book.
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I appreciate that L.J. Smith was writing young adult vampire novels twenty years before it became over-popular and overdone. This book started out like addictive candy that I couldn't get enough of, but quickly became less and less interesting. Stock characters, flat plot, and the whole thing felt inevitably dated. I had to force myself to finish, and now I'm done . . . I'll still finish out the trilogy, though. I'm that dedicated.
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I loved this book when I was about 13 and it actually holds up surprisingly well. It's not as dated as I thought it would be, more sensual than I remembered, and I think the TV show's doing a nice job of adapting the plot and characters for today's teens.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
 Not great literature, but the story moves along nicely. I kept waiting for the plotlines of the TV series to show up. And Elena has blond hair in the book. Same self-sacrificing love of a vampire for a human as in the Eclipse series leading to the same doubting by the woman that she is worthy of him.
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vampire falls in love with human. love can come over everything such as dead and enemy. it's a romantic and adventurous story..
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A very enjoyable read. The plot had enough of a difference to keep me enthralled and the multilayer characters were exciting to get to know. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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I started reading this series because I enjoyed the show so much I just had to read the books. What a disappointment. I know these were written pre-Twilight, but while reading this I felt like I was reading Twilight. It’s basically the same story, but the characters are not as likeable. Clearly Meyer ripped this one off but somehow she made the story more interesting, for me at least.

The main problem I had with this story was that Elena was a hard character for me to like. She came off very bratty and selfish. Stephan never became a crush for me. He was way too aloof. The romance scene where both characters decide they like each other was not well developed. All of a sudden they went from avoiding each other to “I’ll die for you”…bleh! I just couldn’t help rolling my eyes as I got to the end of the story. Thankfully, the show made some changes to make the characters more likeable.
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This was pretty unimpressive. It wasn't awful but it didn't really have a whole lot of substance. It started off pretty good- I quite liked the beginning. However, Elena and Stefan were declaring their love for each other after literally one conversation and it all got a bit silly after that and I found myself rolling my eyes a few times. One minute they had never spoken two words to each other and the next minute they were 'in love'. It was just kind of silly. The writing was easy and light and it was a quick enough read which made up for the lack of everything else.
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Elena, the most beautiful and popular girl in high school, becomes fascinated by the new and mysterious Italian boy in school, Stefan; however, she can’t believe that Stefan isn’t interested in her. What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is trying to protect her from what he is—a vampire. The two fall in love anyway, but problems arise when Stefan’s dangerously attractive brother, Damon, arrives in town and decides he wants Elena for himself. The book has numerous similarities to the Twilight series, which readers might enjoy. The author does not seem to develop the characters well and most of them seem shallow, selfish, and weak, even the heroine. That makes it difficult for the readers to sympathize with the characters and engage with the plot. The Awakening is only book one in the Vampire Diaries, therefore, the storyline and characters might develop more as the series progress. Young adult readers might be drawn the darkness, mystery, and suspense if they like vampires-themed literature; however, there are better vampires books out there. Additional Selection.
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I enjoyed this book reading about the relationship between Elena and Stefan and Damon. Unlike the tv show which I am a fan of Tyler, in the book not so much he really plays the bratty card well. I liked how Damon kept the mysteriousness of himself. Definitely a great teenage read!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I blazed through this book. I didn't realize it was an almost-20 year old book, but I think that the story, as well as the characters, have stood the test of time. The story didn't seem "dated" like some other books I've read. The plot is somewhat predictable, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable as mind candy. I read loads of YA lit, much of it pretty intense and serious, and it is nice to take a break from the serious, and move into a story you can just enjoy for what it is: a suspenseful fantasy. No having to read between the lines and try to figure out character's motives and pasts, it's all laid out for you. There are a few slightly steamy scenes between Stefan and Elena, but they are tasteful and nothing more happens that making out, although you can definitely feel their passion/desire for one another. This is one of those paranormal romances that I don't have to worry about recommending to younger teens because there is very little swearing, and no sex at all. Overall, I'm giving the book 4 stars for getting me out of reality and into a fantasy for a bit.
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This book was so weird, and a bit boring. In the beginning it kept going on and on about how Elena's trying to find out what Stefan is, but never actually finding it. It's really frustrating for the reader, since there's not really any suspense cause we already know he's a vampire because of the title: VAMPIRE Diaries. But it's also one of those books that you just want it to end while you're reading it, but you want to keep reading it when you're done. The last page was really interesting, but I guess that's how they get people to read the next book.
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The Vampire Diaries is a thrilling and romantic book! This is the first book of the series of Vampire Diaries. The book talks about a girl who had just lost her parents and is very down. Until she meets Stephen who she can relate to and talk to. A little chemistry happens between Elena and Stephen, but there is more than her her personality that apeals to Stephen. Apparently Stephen is a vampire and in the past he used to know this girl names Katherine who looks exactley the same as Elena ans so the story begins... I would recommend this book for people who like reading Twilight and Shiver, they all share the same romance and horror
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I started watching the series before reading the books. I think I prefer the series to the books, only because they picked some pretty delectable vampire men to star in it.
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Fairly typical beginning of a vampire saga although with the love triangle element. The downside of this volume is the high school atmosphere (although admittedly the youthfulness of the characters is necessary to carry the passion). I am the wrong gender and age to enjoy accounts that include the pettiness of girls' rivalry and the fluttery expressions of feeling.
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