Title: The Awakening And The Struggle
(The Vampire Diaries Series #1-2)
Author: L.J. Smith

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Vampires, Romance
First published: 1991
Finished reading: April 8th 2013
Pages: 492

Rating 1,5

“I can awaken things inside you that have been sleeping all your life. You’re strong enough to live in the dark, to glory in it. You can become a queen of the shadows. Why not take that power, Elena? Let me help you take it.”


I must admit I was really bored and without other and more interesting books when I started reading The Awakening and The Struggle. I have a problem with most cheesy vampire books and I’m sorry to say I just couldn’t enjoy this book. Sure, it wasn’t difficult to read, but the character development of the mayority of the characters just didn’t make sense. Also, the relationship between Elena and Stefan just wasn’t believable and the role of his brother Damon quite cliche. I should have known not to touch this one, but at least now I know for sure. I’m just annoyed for having wasted my time…


Just so you know, The Awakening and The Struggle is about two vampire brothers and a mortal girl Elena. The brothers Stefan and Damon have fought over a girl in the past, and Elena is dangerously similar to the girl they both once loved. Only, this Elena seems to be quite a snob who likes to get everything she wants. She’s hard to sympathize with, and the mere fact that the mysterious Stefan (the ‘good’ vampire) shows interest in her is annoying. Sure, he ignores her for about half of the story, but when they finally talk they instantly fall in love… Which just irritated me. A lot. His brother Damon is looking to revenge Stefan and determined to steal Elena away.


Damon is the typical bad guy and at least credible. He was at least able to spice up the story slightly, which was good since at that point I was already as bored as I could possibly be with a book before throwing it in the trash. But still, I only finished The Awakening and The Struggle because I almost never leave books unfinished. This book might be just a case of not-for-me, but still I would approach this book with care if I were you. Unless you don’t mind cheesy teen vampire stories…