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Vampire Diaries: The Return : Shadow Souls by L.J.Smith
This is the 6th book in my favourite series of books. The Vampire Diaries is a series of books originally written in the early nineties, but was revived and more books were added when Twilight became an obsession in teenage girls and the publishers decided to cash in on this.
The series is about a teenage girl called Elena Gilbert, who meets and falls in love with the handsome vampire Stefan Salvatore, which then becomes a love triangle as she also falls for his brother Damon. Throughout the series they battle many enemies, from vampires and werewolves to demons and witches in order to save their beloved town Fell's Church.
The books have many supernatural creatures and in this book they travel to the Dark Dimensions, a world where vampires are the norm and humans are simply slaves and blood banks. Stefan has disappeared and Elena, Damon and her friends Bonnie the witch and Meredith and Matt must travel to the Dark Dimensions to find and rescue him from the kitsune, the Japanese spirit wolves.
Elena makes friends and faces many challenges through the series, and the reader grows to love her and her group of friends. I have read this series several times and adore the books. The Return is a trilogy of books (Midnight, Shadow Souls and Nightfall), which follow the original 4. From book 5 onwards, the series does become quite 'far-fetched' compared to other vampire books aimed at teens. I could not put these books down, and have pre-ordered the last few when they were released and read them in a day! The description in these books is very good, I will always remember Stefan's oak tree leaf green eyes!
The Vampire Diaries is also an award winning TV programme broadcast on ITV2 at 9pm on Tuesdays at the moment, which is based on the books. I recommend it to every girl I know!
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File Size: 949 KB
Print Length: 613 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003A7I2IC
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Television tie-in edition edition (6 May 2010)
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When I am poorly I find it very comforting to regress back into my childhood. You see, at 32 I am far too old to read teen fiction yet, being confined to bed a lot I have recently finished all of the available vampire diaries books.
The Vampire Diaries for me is a bit like Scooby Doo. You have a group of friends who live in a small town called Fells church who go on wild adventures to save the town from dangerous evil powers. I may be old and probably should be reading Bertrand Russell but Vampire Scooby Doo is fun!
If you haven't read any of these books I would suggest you start at book 1 - The awakening as Shadow souls is onto the sixth part of the story if you haven't read the preceding books reading this review may spoil the story for you. These books segment into one another so I prefer to think of them as one story rather than individual books therefore, I would recommend you read them all (if you enjoy the first that is)
The previous books introduce the characters. The characters do fit certain roles but in the main they are likeable. We have Matt the all American clean cut good guy, Bonnie the little red head eccentric and Meredith the strong sensible reliable brunette. Elena is the main character and Unfortunately I cant really say I liked her much as in my view she comes across as spoiled and vain. Then we have the sexy Salvatore Vampire brothers, soppy gentle and sweet Stefan and naughty sexy and complicated Damon.
In Shadow souls Elena is back with a force. She has new powers which she is now getting to grips with. Elena being the spoiled entitled little madam that she is still has the two gorgeous Italian blokes fighting for her attention. Her main squeeze Stefan is in Peril so off Elena and some of her groupies go to the Dark Dimension to save Stefan. Meanwhile Fells Church is in danger from some evil force who is also responsible for Stefan's sorry state. So Elena bounds off to save Stefan and her friends Matt and Mrs Flowers try and keep Fells Church under control. All the while Damon is hanging around trying to steal Elena away to become his dark princess.
The vampire diaries books regularly end in a cliffhanger that makes you pick up the next one to see what happens next. Shadow souls follows this pattern with something happening to Damon that will keep you reading on.
These cliffhangers have encouraged me to read read all 9 books the last one is out in October and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed to find I couldn't read it right away!
I haven't watched the TV series but I believe the books are rather different therefore, I would suggest if you are going to read these don't expect the TV series in novel format.
The Vampire diaries are silly, unbelievable, very easy to follow and fun. They are not works of great literature and the writing although, not that bad can be a little repetitive. I challenge you not to gag every time you hear about Elena's lapis Lazuli eyes. But, ignoring these minor irks these books helped keep me distracted when I was suffering so don't be ashamed give them a go if you fancy it.