Title: Vampire Diaries 01 - The Awakening
Author: L.J Smith
Series: Vampire Diaries
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Elena is the school beauty, but she's bored, until a new boy turns up in her class. Stefan is dark and mysterious - and she's determined to get to know him better. But Stefan is just as determined to resist her...until a series of attacks in the area terrify the town and Stefan is held responsible. Elena is the only one who offers to help and, falling in love with her, Stefan tells her his terrible story. He is a vampire, on the run from his evil brother, Damon, who doesn't share Stefan's qualms about drinking human blood. And Damon is the one Stefan suspects of really being behind the recent attacks...Can Elena help prove his innocence - without revealing his secret?
When i read this description, i thought "Uhm... Maybe...". I heard that Stephanie Meyer has used this book as inspiration for the Twilight saga. I never liked the Twilight Saga, but I thought it could not be worse than Twilight.
Crap, i was wrong. I should have dropped this book when i was in the page 20. Let's start for the main characters. Elena is the queen of school, who recently lost her parents, and now live with her little brother and the aunt.She has a boyfriend, two best friends... All seems perfect. Until Stefan appears. He's tall, dark and handsome -i read this somewhere...-, and isn't at Elena's feet like everybody else, which i think, annoyed her. After a few meetings with Stefan, becomes clear, that she's obsessed with him. My first point is: Elena is egoist, egocentric and very spoiled. Instead of loving her and cheering for her and her lover in the book, you want to smash her head in the ground! This aren't good qualities for a main character. My second point is: Elena isn't in love with Stefan, and neither him. She's only with him, because he's is the first one, who doesn't kiss the path that she walks on. And i think that Stefan is with her because he still loves Katherine, and Elena makes he remember the way Katherine used to be.
Other thing which bothered me, was Elena's friends. They seem very interesting, but they presence are always overshadowed by Elena and Stefan's stupid drama. Stefan's brother, Damon, seems to be the most decent character of the book, but he appears just a few times, so he doesn't count.
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