The Awakening

The Awakening

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The New York Times bestselling series

The first book in L.J. Smith's New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series, the basis of the hit CW TV show starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder .

Elena Gilbert is a high school golden girl, used to getting what she wants. And who she wants. But when the boy she's set her sights on--the handsome and haunted Stefan--isn't interested, she's confused. She could never know the real reason Stefan is struggling to resist her:

Stefan is a vampire, and Elena's in danger just by being around him. What's more, Stefan's dark, dangerous vampire brother Damon has just arrived in town. And wherever Damon goes, trouble always follows.

Fans of The Vampire Diaries TV show will find this book packed with the same kind of heart-stopping suspense, fierce romances, and jaw-dropping surprises that they know and love, all brought to life by New York Times bestselling author L.J. Smith.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010, c1991.
ISBN: 9780061990755
Characteristics: 302, 9 p. ;,18 cm.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Line set-up: Stefan told Elena she was adopted and says this.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote: You were playing house with half a tomb of really pissed of vampires, what do you think was gonna happen

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote: " Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn about anyone else." Damon said charmingly
then he gave one of his ice-cold lighting smiles.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Line set-up: Damon, Elena, Stefan was hiding up in the choir loft, Elena seen doug carson was being attacted by the pack of dogs that people brought with them to the church. she pleaded Damon to go help Stefan fight the mad dogs off of doug..

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote:" You'll Be Mine Before The Next Snow Flies."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Line set-up: Damon helps Elena excape from Caroline's house, There on top her roof

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote: That's for me to know and for you to dot, dot, dot

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

E:Part of me wishes that I could forget you too. Forget meeting you, finding out what you are and everything that has happened.
S: If that's what you want..
E: Yes, it is. Because I don't want it to be like this. I don't want to feel like this. But I can't, with everything that has happened I can't loose the way I feel about you.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote: "come on please be hot"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Quote: And Stefan will be gone, run out of town by the good citizens of fells church. Or dead if he doesn't get some of his powers back.And if he dies, I'll die too. It's that simple.


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Feb 19, 2019

The writing style was nice, but I had a hard time connecting to or developing an interest in any of the characters.

claralex800 Mar 31, 2018

I only (re)read this to see if Elena was blond (she is) and if I read the first book or the first volume containing the first and the second book (I read the first volume). A little more than halfway through (after skipping to the end to check if I read the first volume or not) I couldn't stand the writing style and the characters anymore and quit reading.

Jan 20, 2014

I am a huge fan of the show. I decided to start reading this series, after another planned middle season finale.

It makes me wonder how a book is adapted, and how some characters didn't translate into the show such as Meredith.

It was also difficult to read, as the book cover illustrate the actor's from the show, but Elena is described as having blond hair and blue eyes in this book.

I appreciated the story line, and it makes more sense that Stefan, Damon, and Katherine lived during the Italian Renaissance. The brother's death is much more traumatic and gives the reader to how much anger/hate they have towards each other due to their shared love of Katherine. The book was a good read, and I kept reading to find out what happens in the sequel. The book increased my curiosity to continue reading this series.

Nov 22, 2013

While I'm not entirely certain I've forgiven the author for making such utterly shallow and somewhat materialistic characters, I have to admit, I really loved the story and it kept me glued to the book.

Jul 21, 2012

This is a fab. book that always keeps you on the edge of your seat! I really enjoyed this book!

snowbird922 Aug 08, 2011

Very Disappointing this writer left alot to the be desired in the story it went so quickly and if felt as if everything was left half explained I am on book two now I hope it will be better.

CYNTHIA (MS) SAXENA Jul 06, 2011

The tv series is soooooooo better!!!
Books are okay..
Worth to read once but.
I kinda like and didnt like L.J.Smith's writing..

Feb 11, 2011

I love The Vampire Diaries series!
I recommend these books for vampire lovers.
The characters are so cool! I can visualize whats happening with so much ease!
L.J Smith did a great job!
I wish her all of luck.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

The first book introduces the reader to Elena Gilbert, a beautiful and popular high school student in the small town of Fells Church, Virginia and her friends Bonnie McCullough, Meredith Sulez, Matt Honeycutt, and Caroline Forbes. Caroline is Elena's old friend and is now her competition. Elena breaks up with her boyfriend, first love and best friend, Matt, who is a football star and quarterback on the high school football team, when school starts. Matt and Elena were described to be the golden couple; he was tall, athletic, blond and popular, but she felt that there were no sparks or intensity in their relationship, and she felt as if she was always yearning for something more. As their senior year begins, Elena fatefully meets a new foreign student from Italy, Stefan Salvatore, whom she is instantly, indescribably and undeniably drawn to. What Elena doesn't know is Stefan's deepest, darkest centuries old secret; Stefan is a centuries old vampire. .


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