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This is a brief outline of the story. Elena had previously sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her--Stefan and and Damon--which was to have a nasty fate beyond death. But a powerful supernatural force pulled her back. Now Elena is not only human: she has powers and gifts that were given to her in the afterlife. She has a power 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 a desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. But an evil force is infiltrating the town, that wants to kill both Damon and Elena. I was a bit disappointed by the book. Smith's writing style is usually very clear and concise, but this was haphazard and slap-dash. How much of this was what she intended to write when she wrote The Reunion and how much of it is whatever popped into her brain last year as she started writing again after ten years break I can only guess. I also did not like the fact that she included things that weren't around during the time of the book such as mobile phones with texting.