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    Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest 1 The Awakening 2 The Struggle The Struggle is the continuation of the Vampire Diaries Series by L.J Smith The second book that features the life of popular girl Elena Gilbert and her endeavors with the mysterious vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore. The Struggle continues where The Awakening ends Elena is looking to talk to Damon, knowing that he has something to do with Stefan s disappearance.I felt like there was action in this book, compared to the first one It made me engrossed with the story and I was very excited for all the twists.Elena was obviously the main character in this book, alongside Stefan and Damon I am not sure how I felt about Elena in this book She seemed to ignore everyone for a while and just be her selfish self which resulted in getting people in trouble.On the other hand, I really loved the history of Stefan and Damon The memories from hundreds of years ago The author manager to portray the time very well, and I was easily transported into another world, another time I think these scenes were definitely the favourite part of this book.I wish we saw chapters with Bonnie and Meredith Even though best friends, it didn t feel like they were too involved in the story We didn t get to know them properly and it has already been two books I really hope book three will let us meet these two characters better.I am happy with the book in general.The scenes, the plot, the twists they were all very carefully put together Elena s love choices are opening up, letting us wonder which brother she might choose Making us choose sides team Damon here This battle between the love and hate of the two brothers definitely seems interesting.The ending was everything I was hoping for and now I can t wait for the next book The Awakening and The Struggle were only an introduction and the real adventures are yet to begin I recommend it to all of you that love young adult, teen romance and vampire stories It will keep you on your toes for sure Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

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    This second book of the Vampire Diaries series picks up exactly where the first book ended Stefan is missing, and Elena confronts Damon by her choosing We see a lot of Damon in this books and he gets close to classmates and family members, drawing ever closer to her Bonnie s abilities get showcased in this book as well This story also focuses on Elena s missing diary.The pace of this book seemed a bit faster to me, which I liked we also get to know the minor characters, Matt, Caroline, Meredith, etc better The story was from Elena s perspective this time, with less Stefan It has a cliffhanger ending that has me determined to get my hands on the third book and find out what happened and will happen This story was an easy read I read over 75% in one evening sitting.

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    Like many people, I read this because I loved the TV show To anybody else who has this idea, I say this really, truly, don t waste your time Even if you love the characters The TV show has created lovely characters and the book just doesn t have them.This second book was better than the first Had to be, since pretty much nothing happened in the first Of course, the main character still carries a sense of petulance with her like a shadow, for no good reason Damon is un redeemably evil and unlikable, view spoiler and so I was truly disappointed at the end when the author chose to make Elena a vampire that was fine and then make her magically fall in love with Damon instead, and also become vague and bubbleheaded than she already was If this author was talented, she could have slowly brought the reader and Elena around to liking Damon , and then created a legitimate love triangle Instead she was like, ooh, it would be cool if she loved Damon for a while I will just magically make that happen with no explanation and neither character s personality will get in the way Which means Elena s personality is basically erased not that anyone would miss it It s just, after a certain point, if you create a world and then ignore its principles, it ceases to be relevant I wish the producers of the TV show would re write the original books hide spoiler

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    I did a book report on this volume in 7th grade I made a movie poster on fluorescent orange poster board My cast was horrible, because I was limited to cutting pictures out of magazines So Stefan was Leonardo DiCaprio, because I obviously hated Stefan enough to foist this casting decision on him Elena was Alicia Silverstone because she was the only blonde I could find, and Damon was Skeet Ulrich because he was so hot in Scream.Anyway, it s a super ugly poster I still have it , but I got an A, and its ugliness in no way reflects my love for the book This series is SO atmospheric I love all the details about the town.And Damon I love Damon The scene with him on the rooftop is one of my favorites in the series.Despite Elena s flaws, I actually find her a pretty realistic character Meredith wasn t as bitchy in this book, and Bonnie is a little assertive than in The Awakening.I may be in the minority liking the books than the show I m a rebel

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    Better than the first bookhad going on in the story So it s obviously a bit better since pretty much nothing happened in the 1st book lol But still overrated and the characters are still shallow and unlikable I didn t think it was possible to dislike every single character in a bookbut then I read the Vampire Diaries. Actually Matt and Meredith are a bit better than the rest but the fact that they are Elena s friends makes me dislike them.

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    I want my YA goggles back Iwant my YA heroines to be strong and independent I want my heroes not to be creepy What ever happened to strong and independent heroines heroes Why on earth has this story come to revolve around a murderous set and I don t mean the vampires I really don t like the heroine here But to be fair, I really don t like the heroes either Stefan is whiny Damon is creepy Elena is a self centered spoiled princess Who could blame Caroline for feeling threatend by her And yes, Caroline blech I should have listened to that internal alarm bell that went off in my head the moment I I closed the first book My eyes could not stop rolling I just hope that my eye balls do not get stuck in said position.

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    This is a HUGE improvement to the first book Stuff actually happens 3.5 stars The Struggle picks up right where The Awakening leaves off with Elena storming into the graveyard and yelling for Damon What she thinks she a normal human with no particular strengths or powers will do against a 500 year old vampire who has been hunting and preying on humans for centuries is beyond me, but hey, at least she s doing something, I guess I m still not into Elena and Stefan s relationship It wasn t built up well and now it s just there The whole relationship is very telly and hardly shown Nothing has happened to really make me feel what they supposedly feel, so I just don t care Stefan could drop dead and I wouldn t bat an eye.Damon, on the other hand, is actually interesting He s unpredictable He may do some good things, but he s still definitely evil There s a lot of potential there for a sexy doomed attraction between him and Elena, but so far I don t think it has been well executed, unfortunately Once again, Elena s feelings are just explicitly stated rather than shown through scene It s weird because I thought that the mutual attraction in Smith s The Forbidden Game series was actually shown well, so I don t know what s going on hereThis book definitely kept me turning pages, though The diary taunts were great and I was always excited when Damon showed up I liked aspects of the ending, but I also think it had a lot of problems view spoiler Most of the rising action in the book is leading up to the poetry readings at the celebration at the end, which makes the climax the part when Caroline Forbes pulls out the diary to provide evidence implying that Stefan is behind all of Damon s murders I liked how this played out, except that 1 I really hate it in books when people make public spectacles of themselves and 2 the main character squad actually doesn t achieve anything because Damon just saves the day Now don t get me wrong I LOVE that Damon saves the day, but maybe that shouldn t have been the climax I feel that a climax is best when the protagonist we re following actually plays a role in the resolution failed resolution of the problem Also, following this climactic scene, Elena gets into a car accident that, to me, feels a little random because it just happens out of the blue without a lot of buildup I mean, Bonnie did have a couple random visions foreshadowing that something like that would happen, but it was really vague Vague buildup like that could be okay, but given that this is happening in the final moments of the book, I think that it would ve been better if it were less random hide spoiler

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    I liked this second installment in the Vampire Diaries For some reason though, I think I liked the TV series better I m not sure why I did like the interaction between Stefan and Elena, and her worry about letting him know that Caroline stole her diary that contained damning information about Stefan and his family and secrets I ll probably still finish out the series because I do like it, I was just hoping for .

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    By the time I got to the second book I was really hooked, like I ve said in my previous review of book 1 it s very different to the tv series but that doesn t really effect anything now that I m used to this version Again this isn t the longest of books but there s still quite a lot of stuff packed into the chapters.I thought the ending was reallydramatic, I m not quite sure if that s the right word, but I ll get to that later.For those of you who haven t read the book Elena has now found out about Stefan and Damon s secret More strange thins are beginning to happen and after the death of Mr Tanner many people see Stefan as the reason behind everything, but was it him that caused it all Well, short answer, no, he hasn t Directly I feel really sorry for Stefan in this book because Damon is the one or the one suspected behind everything Stefan doesn t know this so he s slowly getting weaker because of his guilt.When Stefan gets trapped in the well, again we all presume because of Damon but in fact he didn t Throughout the book Damon is viewed as the bad guy when in reality he hasn t done anything that he s been accused of apart from killing Tanner which he freely admits.In this book it s really the first time we get to hear about this other power which again is assumed to be Damon A lot of us will have started piecing things together as you do when you re the reader with information and all the POV s than the characters and I started to realise all is not as it first appeared Now, I can finally talk about the last couple of chapters Yes, the scene where Elena drives her car of the bridge accidently of course.It all happens as the result of a fight which in turn means Elena drives off angry This is our big glimpse at the other power and it is a good glimpse Elena s there thinking The power fills the whole sky and there I am picturing a massive thing covering all of the sky, just wow We all knew Elena s death was waiting for her at the bridge and I was kind of thinking, This is it, your death is here It s going to happen And then at the same time I was thinking, Unless you turn your car around this instant you re going to become a vampire Which you probably don t want But does Elena listen Well no, because she s in a book, but that s not the point She crosses the bridge anyway, and when I say crosses I mean she drives straight off the bridge.I give this book 5 stars, yes the end was good It s a well written book that has all the things you need for a good story.

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    The Struggle The Vampire Diaries 2I enjoyed this book, Elena was much fun to read about this time, as opposed to the first book where she was quite stuck up I still don t really feel connected to either Stefan or Damon in this series so far unfortunately, but I do enjoy Meredith and Bonnie, they re a great support system for Elena.The love aspect between Stefan and Elena is staged to be so powerful and end all by the author, but I feel as if they don t even really talk much at all throughout this book, and it s kind of weird how inlove they are supposed to be when they lack communication and trust.I did enjoy this book though, even so than the first I m just glad they re short otherwise I probably wouldn t have bothered with them to be honest.

This Is The Terrifying Story Of Two Vampire Brothers And The Beautiful Girl Torn Between Them Damon Determined To Make Elena His Queen Of Darkness, He D Kill His Own Brother To Possess HerStefan Desperate For The Power To Destroy Damon, He Succumbs To His Thirst For Human BloodElena Irresistibly Drawn To Both Brothers, Her Choice Will Decide Their Fate

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 313 pages
  • The Struggle
  • L.J. Smith
  • English
  • 06 October 2017
  • 9780061020018

About the Author: L.J. Smith

SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times 1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.She loves to visit a friend s little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike Once, while hiking, she saw a snow white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile She also likes to collect things angels they remind her of her late mother , tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children s literature, and books about quantum physics especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters , and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar analyze that She doesn t have a favorite TV show, because she doesn t have time to watch TV and only owns one for playing movies.Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection Note L J Smith wrote books 1 7 of The Vampire Diaries series After that, a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series L J wrote books 1 3 of The Secret Circle series After that, a ghostwriter took over the rest of the series L J did not write any of the Originals or Stefan s Diaries These were written by Kevin Williamson and or various ghostwritters.