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The Awakening & The Struggle: Bks. 1 & 2: AND The Struggle | Paperback

Released on 06 August 2009

Author: L. J. Smith | Format: Paperback

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A compelling sequence from the best selling author of Night World!

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 16 years later & still brilliant!

| | See all CaseyLynch's reviews (1)

I first read (and re-read then read again) these books over 10 years ago when I was at school, and when this whole Twilight phenomenon kicked in I dug out my old battered copies with fond memories & told everyody how twilight reminded of these books I loved so much when I was growing up. I read all 4 books so many times over and over, and I often think back to the characters. Even aged 26 I am enjoying reading them again now! I am delighted to see they are now on the New York Times best sellers list 16 years after they were originally published, congratulations L.J. Smith! Anyone who loves Twilight will definitely love these books too!

 Stop comparing to Twilight! Its amazing!!!

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I really wish everyone would stop comparing all vampire books to Twilight, as a major fan of the series I can see why but this book is different than the Twilight Saga. It is amazing in it's own right. I try to read a new book with fresh eyes instead of comparing it, think if you had not read Twilight, would you like it, and I say yes definetly!

I love the character of Elena who could so easily fit into any time or place, she is universal. At first I was annoyed by her bratty attitude and she came accross as 'pampered princess' but as the story progresses and with the arrival of our vampire; Stefan, we see that there is more than meets the eye to Elena. I deeply enjoyed the love that Elena and Stefan share and felt like I was witnessing its strength grow.

The story keeps you guessing with a number of unexpected twists and turns and I love the style that Smith imploys with the extracts of dairy entrys which put you in Elena's mindset and see everything through her eyes.

I loved the errieness that Smith manages to maintain with the Graveyard and the church.

The ending is schocking and I was left reeling and wondering if it could be so, so much so that I had to buy the next one in order to find out!

Take my advice, stop comparing to Twilight, every book you read will probably not live up if you keep doing that, so just look at it as it's own and I promise you will enjoy it and will not be able to stop! :)

Cassandra220689

 Loved it!

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I think the Twilight books left a lot of people wanting more vampire sagas and these books do the trick! Eventhough these books pre-date the Twilight saga by over ten years they don't feel dated at all. They're a lot different from the TV show but Stefan and Damon are still smoking hot. If you liked the Twilight books give these a try - they're a real bargain for the price!

 Not as good as the series....

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I moved onto these books shortly after I had watched the first episode of the series as I was hooked from the first page. But I felt that the story didnt progress as well as I anticipated in the later novels. The characters are a bit two dimensional and I hated how predictable everything was and I even noticed spelling errors in the book! I actively hated the 4th book and I havent even started the 5th yet because I cant bring myself to read the monstrosity. I cant say that I hated the book series as a whole but there is a lot better out there (i.e. the house of night series) and the television series is loads better (albeit with a lot of changes in most for the better) with the characters having more depth and personality to them. I liked the first two books but after that it goes downhill rapidly. Its a good stopgap if you have been bitten with the vampire bug (like myself) and needing to fill the gap between the next Twilight film just dont expect a story that is well written!

So in short this book is a good read. You will enjoy it but you are setting yourself up for a real let down later on with the sequels.

 Vampire Lover

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I got this book yesterday morning and I finished it 12.10am this morning! I could not put it down, and it's been a while since I've had a book like that.
I bought all of the books after being hooked on the tv series, but what I will say is that it does differ from the show, so don't expect it to be the same. I don't know if the tv tie-in ones are different or not, but this is fab in its own right!

You can picture everything happening as you're reading if you allow your mind to wander!

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AuthorL. J. Smith
PublisherHachette Children's Books (GB)
Year2009
ISBN9780340999141
FormatPaperback - 416 Pages