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The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #4: The Ripper (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #4)

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Haunted by the past . . .

The year is 1888, and the scent of blood lingers heavy in the London air. Stefan Salvatore thought he could escape his violent origins by settling in the peaceful countryside of England, but when a heinous murderer named Jack the Ripper surfaces, Stefan fears darkness will always follow him. Drawn into the investigation, Stefan assumes the worst: T
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 02, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-related
Now that I have read the book I must say that I'm slightly disappointed. Mainly because they didn't finish the whole story in this one book but that the second half is in the next book coming out in January I believe. Also the title, The Ripper, made me think we were going to learn about Stefan's days when he was called that (at least the current season of the show says he was called that sometime, when he was is boston sometime or was it Chicago during the
The cover:

If you didn’t know this before, then here you go; this cover is created using the promo photo of season two of the hit TV series The Vampire Diaries . Yep, this is why this cover is gorgeous and I had no idea how beautiful Stefan’s eyes are until now .

The storyline:

I am a huge fan of L.J. Smith’s writing style although I recently knew that Stefan’s Diaries aren’t entirely written by her, but I still like it.

I have read the previous 3 books in the series and you can find my review of th
Mar 29, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read, however it feels like these books is just a way to make money for the publishers. Dont get me wrong, I love the Stefan diaries books BUT except for the first and the second one I think that they dont really bring so much to the story about the two brothers. Its more like they want to create new adventures of the blue to make money.

And one fact that I really dont like is that they change the storyline from the book to the series even though it is clear on the cover that this
Mar 19, 2013 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nail-bitingly intense and exciting this is a book with bite!

As a huge fan of the extremely popular Vampire Diaries television drama series, I was also keen to get ‘stuck-into’ L.J Smith’s book series (of the Vampire diaries and Stefan’s diaries). Beautifully blending paranormal themes with a fresh, contemporary feel ‘The Vampire Diaries’ books are current and classy within this highly competitive genre. If you enjoy Young Adult fiction with a darkly sinister, spinechilling twist then I highly r
Jul 21, 2012 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read 4 0f these books last year, so don't remmber all,but ganna try.Kathernturns Stefan&Damon into vampires in Fells Church when she was visiting.Damon got mad at Stefan for making him drink form a human.Stefan goes to New Oeleans because he's a ripper, until he meets Lexi. She teaches him how to live off of animal blood.He goes from there to Boston,where he marries,but somebody kills her&all her family.Then he goes to London,where someone is killing a lot of people.Damon follows him t ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was good for sure but it confused me a little when it began. I had no idea 20 years had passed by between Stefan and Damon. I thought it would've been just a few days or weeks at that. I ended up finding out later on, a few chapters ahead. The only thing that kept me going with reading was the fact that it's part of the series and the story continues no matter what. I'm still excited to read the next book though!
 ☆∞Love Frances∞☆
Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #4

This is book 4 in the STEFAN'S DIARIES series. This series is not penned by LJ SMITH but by 2 other authors. 1 of whom works on the tv series (Julie Plec). Many are and are not fans. They feel it is an insult and sell out to the actual VD series by LJ Smith. I actually love this series & prefer it to TVD by LJ. LJ's books are rather good I just did not "connect" to them. I guess it could be because I watched an entire season on tv BEFORE reading them so St
Nov 08, 2011 Ramie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, vampires
This is not the Ripper you think of from the Vampire Diaries show... Nope, this is THEE ripper. And the brothers are wrapped up in the middle of it. Stefan has made a nice little life for himself outside of London. He knows it cannot last for long, but he'll enjoy it while he can. A trip to London threatens to shatter it all when he finds Damon's alias in the society pages and a horrific murder on the front page. Of course he needs to stick around, find his brother, and save London and the girl ...more
It was alright but not the best in series so far. The story wasnt completed and continues in the next book. This is not about Stefans ripper stage that is mentioned in the tv show it is about the real life Jack the Ripper in London. This was a bit of a disappointment because ripper Stefan is much more intriguing to find out about rather than the mopey miserable Stefan. He really is quite the whiner actually and I think that Damons Diaries would have been much more of an exciting read if he had w ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love reading these books, really help to bring more of the show to life! Like others, I thought this book was about how Stefan was the ripper but after seeing the series makes sense why they didn't do it b/c they already told us that story, why waste a book on it?

Anyways, this is about the originals vampires. I really enjoyed it, reading these books are always a quick read and very much enjoyable. Stefan is in London to get away from Damon as well as the originals like Klaus that he was dealing
Kristi Lynn
Dec 21, 2011 Kristi Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the first three in this series. I liked the first two, got a bit annoyed with the third. This one....just ticked me off! I cannot read anymore. I found the story was jumping around. Some things were different then before. It just did not make since.

Oh, and if you think it has ANYTHING to do with the show (I mean come on, it has one of the actor's face on the cover), you are so wrong! Do not make the mistake and think it will give you insight as to what is going on TVD. It has none!

Rachel Marlborough
When I bought this book I didn't know what to think, as I've seen the TV series and read all the other books from L.J.Smith that had been released at the time. But once I started I was hood, If you love the TV series like me then you would love these books as it give you a bit of back ground into the characters if you haven't read the other books.
Nancy The book junkie
Review coming soon!
Jamie Jones
Nov 09, 2011 Jamie Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book of Stefan's Diaries thus far. Loved that it takes place in London, and I love that the book ends on a cliffhanger for The Asylum to pick up. Good story with a lot of mystery and twists.
Feb 23, 2017 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
După moartea celor din familia Winfield, cu excepţia lui Margaret, Stefan şi Damon sunt nevoiţi să plece din USA. Stefan alege Ivinghoe, sat într-un fel, din Anglia, foarte aproape de Londra, în timp ce Damon iese din peisaj.
În Ivinghoe, Stefan stă la familia Abbott, familie formată din 3 copii: 2 băieţi - Oliver şi Luke - şi o fetiţă - Emma - şi părinţi: George şi Gertrude. Stefan era angajat la ferma lor ca îngrijitor - aşa cum spunea şi el, ceea ce îl îngrijora pe el foarte mult era gardul: d
Dec 21, 2016 Kristie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Wait, I take back what I said in Origins and the previous review. I just now realised that it is a prequel of the TV Series(which I have not seen, by the way)
Pryč je ten Stefan, hodný chlapec, který poslouchal otce a chtěl se na jeho přání oženit. Pryč je ten chlapec, který se zamiloval do Katherine, upírky, která ho nakonec přeměnila také v upíra.
Pryč je i Stefan z New Orleans a z New Yorku.
Po dvaceti letech Stefan ještě pořád dodržuje svůj morální kodex. Živí se jen na zvířatech a neubližuje lidem. Snaží se co nejlépe začlenit do společnosti a momentálně dělá správce na jednom malém statku vzdáleného pár hodin od Londýna.
Jeho pomíjivý klid končí,
So, finally read the next book in the vampire diaries spin-off series and here are my views. Presenting The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #3 The Ripper . Again this series is not written by L.J. Smith and while the book cover mentions her name and the TVD head honchos Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson but it is not written by them also, maybe its a collaboration between the three or someone commitioned by them wrote these books...

Here is the summary of the book:

Haunted by the past . . .The ye
Carly Fries
Before I Read the Book...

This one's called The Ripper...So Stefan's already gone bad again? GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER STEFAN AT LEAST DAMON IS CONSISTENT

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Denisa C
Apr 10, 2015 Denisa C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I swear the titles are so misleading, it is not even funny anymore.
I struggle a lot more with this, not because it has some heavy, interesting content, but because I am stressed out on project making.

We are in London. As much as I love this city. No. No. No. I am not interested.
Did you expect a Ripper Stefan, cause I did. And did I get it? Of course...NOT.
*you get this for an entire novel.*
I truly hated the female protagonist, Violet. From all my heart. It is not even funny. I am starting to
Susan Mann
Mar 30, 2012 Susan Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me or reads this blog will know I am a huge vampire fan, I have been since I was a little girl and my dad used to buy my vampire books. So, The Vampire Dairies are right up my street. I first read the books in my teens, many moons ago before they became as popular as they are now. They have never dated and I still love reading them even in my early 30's (shhh). The new books are just as good as the originals. Stefan is not my favourite in The Vampire Diaries series, my weakness ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Joti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Becky Courage
This is the 4th novel in the Stefan's Diaries series, loosely based on the Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith.

Non Spoiler Synopsis:

This novel follows Stefan living in England on a quiet country farm with a family he adores, and is adored by. However, in London murders have been happening under the hand of 'Jack the Ripper'. Stefan stays in the city to investigate, fearing his brother Damon or even the evil Klaus are behind them. Throughout the story, Stefan struggles with the turmoil and deat
Linda Jaejoong
Feb 23, 2013 Linda Jaejoong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-until-2017
Endlich hat Stefan seinen Frieden gefunden. Er arbeitet auf einem Gutshof und genießt sein ruhiges Leben. Doch der Frieden wird jäh zerstört, denn ein Mörder treibt sein Unwesen in Londons Straßen, der Ripper. Stefan beginnt damit Nachforschungen anzustellen, die nicht nur sein Leben in Gefahr bringen. Wer ist dieser Mysteriöse Ripper und was sind seine wahren Absichten?? Und was hat Damon mit all dem zu tun??

Natürlich treffen auch in diesem Band Stefan und Damon wieder aufeinander. Doch anders
Dec 26, 2012 Domčo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sériu Stefanove denníky, ktorá je voľne vytvorená podľa seriálového spracovania, som si už v minulosti obľúbil. Príbeh bratov Salvatore ma zaujal a nebolo tomu inak ani v prípade štvrtej časti, v ktorej ich opäť dostihne minulosť, tentokrát v podobe vraha, ktorý sa zameriava na mladé dievčiny. A jeho charakteristika sa každým dňom viac a viac podobá na upíra. Mohlo by sa zdať, že ním je Damon. Ale... bude to naozaj on?

Kniha sa - podobne ako predošlé - drží určitej dejovej línie, zväčša problému
Apr 21, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in London, England, about twenty years later from the last book. Stefan and Damon as always have gone their separate ways because of past differences. Stefan is trying to lead a normal life, pretending to be human, and working on a farm on the outskirts of London. As fate would have it, Stefan asks for a week leave from his employer to investigate the deaths of women. The deaths are gruesome and the newspapers call the killer "The Ripper." Stefan suspects it's the work of v ...more
Tereza S.
Celá tahle série patří mezi mé oblíbené oddechovky, které se hrozně dobře čtou, děj rychle plyne a za dvě odpoledne je hotovo. Takové knihy mám ráda a nikdy od nich nečekám příliš mnoho, takže potom u mě mají víceméně kladné hodnocení.

U tohohle dílu jsem ale možná udělala trochu chybu, protože jsem si právě dovolila mít jisté očekávání, které se ale bohužel nekonalo. Kvůli originálnímu názvu (The Ripper - ten český mi mimochodem přijde trochu mimo) jsem si myslela, že kniha bude obsahovat hodně
Nov 24, 2011 Ciska rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
L.J. Smith has been writing books for Young Adults since the 1980s. She started writing the The Vampire Diaries in 1991.Due to various personal reasons, L.J. Smith disappeared from the writing world back in 1998, leaving the last book in the Night World series, Strange Fate, unfinished. Happily, she returned at the beginning of 2008 with a new website, some short stories, and Strange Fate in the works, along with a new Vampire Diaries trilogy.
Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec picked up the rights
May 25, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are like junk food and it's faintly ridiculous that they even exist.

Bit of a mindfuck that there are four Vampire Diaries canons...

The original books as written and continued (as fanfiction) by the real LJ Smith.
The original books as started by the real LJ Smith and continued by the ghostwriter(s).
The TV show with backstory as established within itself.
The TV show with backstory as established by these prequel novellas!

If you're going to bother to write a set of stories based on a TV
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The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries (7 books)
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  • Bloodlust (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #2)
  • The Craving (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #3)
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