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Midnight (The Vampire Diaries: The Return #3)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  17,681 ratings  ·  705 reviews


The devil you know . . .

With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.

Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anyt

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ebook, 592 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2010)
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Jen
Jul 15, 2010 Jen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait to read the final installment.

Here's hoping LJ has Elena choose Damon, FINALLY. Once and for all. After all this time and all this build up between them, it would be a complete waste to end it with Stefan/Elena. I think Elena has grown out of her love with Stefan.

Elena belongs with Damon.

I hope Stefan gets his wish to become human and I hope Damon turns back into a vampire. And I never really liked Bonnie but I think she should be with Matt.
Annika
Aug 05, 2010 Annika marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can not wait to read this one! Personally I hope it's better then the other two new ones. I'm personally rooting for the Damon/Elena relationship because for one thing, they were a match made in heaven. And for another, it's like forbidden love which makes it all the more interesting. I've never liked Bonnie, but have always loved Damon and personally think they would make a horrible couple. Bonnie and Matt have more sparks! I will seriously cry my eyes out if Damon and Bonnie end up together. ...more
Morgan Walsh
Oh, by the way, this is a LONG review. And i gave it four stars because everything is riding on this book for me, and if it doesn't fit the bill I so desperately hope it does, bad things will happen in my mind.

Hmm. I absolutely adore these two series, and I say "two series'" because, well, it in truth has to be two series'. In the first four books, Elena meets Stefan and Damon, falls for Stefan, becomes a vampire, dies whilest being a vampire, and is a---ghost?---in the fourth book. Then she's
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Julie
I HONESTLY CANNOT WAIT! STEFAN BETTER BE WITH ELENA!! OR I WILL KILL SOMEONE SERIOUSLY!!! DAMON & ELENA stefan and elena are meant to be, why can't anyone see that?? I personally think Damon should get with Bonnie, and I think Matt needs a girl. I know this book will be 5 stars, I can't wait! I'm so sad that this is the final chapter of Stefan & Elena's life, I'm depressed now :'(
Camila
Jul 06, 2010 Camila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
LOOk,I personally think elena should choose stefan.
Then damon should end up with bonnie!!!
There problem solved!matt should get over elena and move on!Maybe even go for meredith!Everybodys happpy!!Right?
Oh and by the way I LOVE the cover of the book!!
Neep
I think I hate all the characters in this book and I've no idea why I even bought it and read it. I don't even care that it ended on a giant cliffhanger, I will not read the next pile of shit 'trilogy' to find out what happens. I'm sick of L.J. Smith's shit.

Spoilers galore in this review, because honestly, spoilers can't ruin this book for anyone, the book ruins itself.

The POV swings in this book were utterly confusing and tiring, the plot was a pile of shit and the descriptions were fucking stu
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Jazz
I really, really, really, really, really can't wait for this book to come out. Midnight's release date has been changed at least 6 times and I just want to read it. I hope Elena's going to end up with Damon. She really does belong with Damon and not Stefan. If Damon doesn't change back into a vampire and Elena chooses Stefan in the end, I swear I'll cry harder than I've ever cried in my life.
Jenn
**Before Reading**

Okay, I know Elena isn't going to end up with Damon....but I want her to so bad! This is what I think will happen:
Elena will turn into a vampire again and stay with Stefan and Bonnie is going to end up with Damon (Yuck).
How do I want it to happen?
Stefan will somehow trade with Damon and he will become human while Damon is transformed back into a vampire. while fighting Stefan will make some huge sacrifice and die for Elena or Damon. Bonnie will end up with Matt and Elena and Da
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Christine
I waited for this book for a year, and it left me more than dissapointed. The book before this one was one of the best, so I don't know how LJ Smith could go wrong with this one. I just have oh so many problems with this book. Let's start with the first: ELENA. Elena has been with Stefan, who loves her for everything she is, since the first book. But in this book, she has become more like Katherine than herself. She WHINES about loving both brothers. Yes, Damon is witty, and he is the bad boy wh ...more
Hannah-Linn
Ok. So it took me a few days to get back into these books. i haven't read them for almost a year. it didn't take long however, these books...it's just amazig how completely unique they are. I always loved these. I love the concept. i love the characters. i love everything about them', except for one small thing. it is sooooooo overly descriptive. i usually love that, but i found at one point in the book when she took like about 10 pages to explain something and it went on and on and on. i absolu ...more
Can't-Decide-On-A-Name
Mar 07, 2011 Can't-Decide-On-A-Name rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
Recommended to Can't-Decide-On-A-Name by: myself
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Dana
Feb 28, 2011 Dana marked it as to-read
http://www.fanpop.com/spots/stefan-an...

So basically if you're too lazy to read this longggg letter, let me sum it up for you:

L.J. Smith has been "fired" from writing her own books because the owners wanted Stelena, but she wanted Delena.


Here’s an email my (not MY like ME Dana, but ... oh never mind) friend received from L.J. Smith.
“Hi Emily—

Thank you for your beautiful email. I completely understand why some fans get overeager—and especially if they think there is bad news for them. I hope that
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Bianca
I have read all of the Vampire Diaries books, as well as many of LJ Smith's other books. I have been disappointed with The Return trilogy as a whole, but this particular book was just infuriating. The ending was so irritating I almost threw the book.

The whole Meredith side plot was not needed and seemed to be there only to add length to the book. The same thing with Elena and Bonnie's out of body experience.

As the story wrapped up, everything came too easy. If they needed something, they found
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Me, Myself, and I
Oh my gosh, i can't wait to read this book!! Every since I started reading the books, I've always been Team Stefan (phh Edward, you've got nothing on him...). Whenever I finished reading other book and the couple I wanted to end up together didn't exactly live happily ever after I'd always think, "Uh. That sucks. At least I can count on L.J Smith making Elena and Stefan end up together."
If Elena ends up with Damon I'm throwing this book in the trash... well, after through it at the wall a few d
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Ebbyann
Cannot wait for this book! My heart will be broken beyond pieces if Damon and Bonnie end up together, I don't even care if Bonnie and Matt do! If L.J Smith is reading this please don't!! I love all the book you've made especially The Forbidden Game.

I except a dramatic but heart warming ending for everyone.. not Bonnie LOL!

P.S LOVE THE COVER!


P.P.S- Is the sister of one of the foxes?l.j smith
Elesha O.
Apr 30, 2011 Elesha O. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unable-to-finish
I do not like the vampire diaries book series simple....no offense to the people who love it but I do like the tv show plus my least favorite character is Elena she is so annoying
Hannah
Apr 09, 2012 Hannah marked it as put-aside  ·  review of another edition

Fuck this shit.
Milly
Elena is such a selfish, thoughtless character. Stefan is so blind and in love. Damon is just warped. And Bonnie is dumb, weak and helpless.
The only person who carried with an interesting story line was Meredith, and that was never explained in depth as i could have been.
The TV show is much more promising and well written. As for Midnight... I am disappointed, although, not surprised.
Zemira Warner
Mar 19, 2011 Zemira Warner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Dear God! Thank you. I can't believe I had the nerves to finish this pile of sh...rubbish. L.J.Smith thank you again for the cliffhanger-NOT.
People,please don't read it. Please,pretty please.
Finally we know what the deal is with Meredith. I don't want to say anything about Damon and to spoil this book for those who (against better judgment) decide to read this.
Mateja
1.5 stars

DNF at 60%

This is the first time that I gave up on a book. It started off pretty good but my enjoyment declined rapidly. The longer I read the more noticeable were the bad writing and characters lacking personality. All the characters talked like they're from the sixteenth century. There was a lot of sighing and gasping, calling each other "my love". Everyone reacted to things so dramatically that often I was left feeling like I've missed something crucial because I didn't feel the same
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Chelsea Mcconkey
Whut?

God Almighty, I don't know where the hell this series took a turn for the INSANE. I loved this series. That was until slimy things that I have never heard of and foxy supernatural creatures started taking over and people were going seriously batshit crazy. It's like Smith reached out into the depths of a black hole and pulled lint from the pages of beastiaries to keep this story going.

And the Dark Dimension. It would be great to read that in a fantasy series that focused on that one place.
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Darkfallen
Since I couldn't finish this book I can't really give it a review. I did just want to explain why I decided to stop.

While the first six books of this series were not my most favorite reads, they were still entertaining, and interesting. That being said it has been over a year since the last book and here I stand with the newest installment in my hands. I pushed myself to read the first 115 pages, when I realized "why am I'm pushing myself?" While I wouldn't call this series bad, I wouldn't call
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Serena
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Andrea
GAH! Why do I allow myself to keep reading these books!

Seriously, I'm severely disappointed and yet have to read the next book to find out what happens. How is that even fair?
I get so attached to specific characters and despite the absolutely horrendous writing, poor story, and disgustly obnoxious other characters I still have to find out what further happens.


This book felt very forced. The storylines came out of nowhere without any history or reason or information. We were just supposed to ac
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Donna
The gang has to figure out a way to save Fell's Church, but first they need to understand what's really going on in the town.

Elena's transformation into an unlikeable, wishy-washy mess continues, but Bonnie and Meredith get a little more attention this time. Meredith gets some backstory that has potential as long as some of it's goofier aspects are toned down just a bit. There are times when I feel like the author doesn't like or respect Bonnie very much, which is disappointing. Bonnie's silly l
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Emma
I loved the first two bind ups of L J Smiths Vampire Diaries. Granted they are nothing like the TV Series, and now I have read the books published to date I am glad, because the last three new books have really disappointed me. I think the 20 year gap between The Reunion and The Return Book 1 has a massive impact on my affinity towards it.

Not only can you see the changes in the writing of L J Smith - more modern (within the first few pages of Nightfall mobile phones were mentioned (not a big de
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Claudette
Ugh. Kill me please.
I was hoping to be able to give it at least two stars, but given the amount of strength it took me to finish it, I think one is more than enough.
I won't dwell on the absurdity of the plot, the flatness of the characters (especially Stefan - seriously, he's as useful as a piece of furniture. Maybe even less.) or the fact everyone, and I mean everyone, seemed to be in the middle of a love triangle. (Which all together formed a what, love octagon? Even Gossip Girl is less compli
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Candace
I have fond memories of the original 4 books, but this last trilogy is confusing at best. I just don't like the direction the series took(apparently the publisher wasn't thrilled either since the author has since been fired). I assume they revived it to get their own piece of the current vampire craze, but instead of focusing on the vampires they pulled in Japanese folklore/mythology concerning kitsune. The author took some liberties with the Japanese material from what I can gather after doing ...more
ruchi
Wat can I say.. I am left hanging after finishing this book. I wanted her to choose Damon but... hmmm....Oh yes she does openly show her affection but it never ended in the same way I wanted.

Loved Damon's character!! Loved to read the little romantic encounters they had admist so much danger..wen the unexpected happened, even cried reading it...loved the book!
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“Damon-"If they're not vampires, what the hell are they?!"
Stefan-"Ninja turtles?"
(Vampire Diaries, the TV series)”
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“So," dark Susurre said quietly, "if you follow the curve... in a way your Damon did die to save Fell's Church from another massacre like the one on that Japanease island. He kept saying that was what he'd come to the Nether World to do. Do you not think he would be satisfied? At peace?"
"At PEACE?!" Stefan spat bitterly, and Sage growled.
"Woman," you obviously have never met Damon Salvatore before." The tone in his voice--more resonant, more threatening somehow--made Elena finally break off her staredown with the red-haired Idola. She turned and looked--
--and saw the enormous room filled with Sage's outspread wings.”
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