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The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Shadow Souls (The Vampire Diaries: The Return #2)

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On the run . . .

Elena Gilbert’s love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell’s Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.

In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan’s brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome b
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Published (first published March 3rd 2010)
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Heather
May 10, 2010 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists/sadists
Shelves: 2010, loathed
WTF L.J.? Were you high when you wrote this, or do you have so little respect for your devoted fans that you felt you could produce this sack of horse shit and be praised for it? This book read like its inspiration originated from a tree huggers’ acid trip. I have loved you for more than a decade Ms. Smith, but I’m done with you. This book was a travesty.

The first pages set the scene like harbingers of doom, beginning with a cell phone recording/diary entry to bring us up-to-date. This entry ser
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Mell
Hated Nightfall. (Seriously- have read fan fiction that was better.) But I'm curious to see if the author redeems herself.

And the answer is . . . NO. This book is bad, so very bad.

I'm kicking myself for buying this book and putting the emotional investment into reading it. Shadow Souls is truly awful, and I thought nothing could be worse than Nightfall. I am embarrassed for LJ Smith and all of the readers (including myself) who held out hope that the story of the Vampire Diaries could be redeem
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Hailee
Oh my God. I completely loved this book! It was all about Damon and Elena, and that's what I loved about it. It shows a softer, more vulnerable side to Damon he only shows around her, and she begins to realize that maybe Stefan isn't her only world. The Dark Dimension story plot with the kitsune keys was fascinating.

What I do have to complain about is everything that's happening in Fell's Church. The book is mainly about Damon and Elena getting Stefan back from Shi no Shi, right? So why add the
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Savannah Garcia
Dec 13, 2010 Savannah Garcia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fan-fic lovers
Recommended to Savannah by: My friend Emily, who wanted me to see for myslef how bad it was.
If it weren't for the fact that this book was much much better than 'Nightfall', then I would've given it only one star. However, there were parts of this book which were mildly interesting and I did not feel the need to slit my wrists just to have something to occupy myself with as much as I felt the need to in the last one.

What has happened to you, L.J? I used to love your books with the unsociable, unfathomable Stefan and the totally badass sexy Damon, but all that has happened now is that St
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Jennifer
Dear L.J.:

Here's how this should work. Elena and Meredith stay in Fells Church to battle Caroline and the increasingly creepy Exorcist remake going on there. (Meredith so we can get a little more of her and Alaric, Elena because - well - her story's freaking over, and you just need to damn well accept that.) Bonnie and Matt travel with Damon to a hellish underworld, with Bonnie narrating and increasing tension building amongst the three as they try to stay alive long enough to free Stefan. Vie
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Ana Carter  シ
This is a great book!

Edit: August 7th, 2012

I've Literally Been TYRING to read this novel for 2 freaking years! ITs sooo boring!

Edit: August 9th, 2012
actually its not that bad, just lazy i guess
Tara
Mar 26, 2010 Tara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who ran out of toilet paper, people who need kindling, the illiterati
Recommended to Tara by: I did--in the misguided belief that it couldn't be worse than Ni
I really don't know where to begin with this review. One star seems like too many. This book was atrocious.

I cannot comprehend how my favorite author has gone from such a tight, concise, intelligent writing style to one that reads like the worst kind of adolescent fan fiction. I do not believe the same person who wrote the original quartet is the person who is writing the new trilogy. You cannot convince me otherwise. Is no one editing these books? The first half was easy enough to read, but the
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fatima
I just finished Shadow Souls. Elena sounds so beutiful. but, i guess that the book and show are very different. Elena is not a brunett! Caroline is not a blonde! THe books are so much better than the show. sry but that is the truth.
Nan
I couldn't make it past page 283. There's nothing significantly bad about page 283, in case you're worried about spoilers, but I realized after reading 17 chapters that I simply couldn't take it anymore.

I'm too old for this series.

I bought the original series--the trilogy--when they were first published. I love them still, even though my tastes have gotten much more demanding as I've grown. Reading the Return series for the first time as an adult, I don't have that rosy affection for it that I h
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Cece
I really, really tried to finish this series. I don't usually like to rate books unless I've read the rest of the series. But after this book I just CAN NOT subject myself to this kind of torture again!! I really can't. I think the only characters I still like are Bonnie and whatever character(s) is/are trying to kill them all.

No one can say I didn't try but these books are just too horrible to continue. What is/was L.J Smith thinking?? Was she thinking?? Seriously?? Vampires and werewolves I u
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Olivia
I feel so awful that I didn't finish this book. I love "The Vampire Diaries" TV Show. I love it so much and the other books before this one aren't that bad. So, like I said, I feel awful that I couldn't finish it.

I just got so confused. I couldn't understand what was going on and got lost in so many parts. I loved that Damon was the main focus on this and the beginning is pretty good. It's when they go to that place with Bonnie and Meredith that I get lost. I went ahead and skipped to the end a
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Audrey
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Abby
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Kim
It's really not my fault that I have to read these horribly written books. It's my 11 year old self reaching through the space-time continuum to make me read these sequels. What this book desperately needs is a fierce editor. It could easily be cut in half and not lose one moment of plot. The whole first half of the book is rehashing of everything that's ever happened in the previous 5 books, along with detailed descriptions of ridiculous mystical powers. It's like L.J. Smith went and read a lot ...more
Hannah
Jan 01, 2011 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one who likes love triangles, roots for the underdog and like the bite of a vamp.
Recommended to Hannah by: Asda.
If you have read the previous Vampire Diaries and have for some unknown reason not completly been swoon by the charming rogue that is Damon Salvatore, then by the end of Shadow Souls, i grantee you will be. As I turned the last page, i was left completely shocked and laughing in a goofy way. Im not going to give a spoiler but the expected twist in L.J's books, is one that you would of never imagined.

From this book, I have learnt that a good book, is cunning but has sublte clues towards the twis
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Gina
Wow...I started as a huge fan of the show which lead me to the books. Totally loved the first few books until I got to the Shadow Souls. No offense...but hated them sooo much! Shadow Souls #2-- it was stupid, boring, and I felt pitiful taking time from my life to read them. So why did I continue reading? Two reasons!
1. I loveee Damon and Elena together! It's like forbidden love and it is always steamy between them plus they are a match made in heaven. I wanted to see if they would end up togeth
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Marija
In the months preceding the release of Shadow Souls, I read the teasers that were available online and was excited by the tension and angst in the interplay between Damon and Elena. In my anticipation, I started creating scenarios in my head of what could possibly happen, so you could say that I had high expectations prior to reading this novel. When I finally got the book and read it, I must admit that I was a bit underwhelmed.

I think the book was better than its predecessor, Nightfall; there
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Jenny Couch
So I really didn't enjoy the last book...really, really didn't. It was Stefan I think, I just can't take him, he is just way too Edward for me (which unlike the majority of women around me is NOT a good thing). The lovely-love b.s. was too much, the non-verbal Elena was too much and there was not enough of Damon...ahhh Damon haha. I didn't realize this book was out, saw it on the shelf and bought it immediately even though I swore I was done w/ the series. It's that damn Damon! Well my wish came ...more
Amina
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Mrs. Missive
Thank Goddess that LJ Smith returned from the invasion of the body snatchers that wrote her previous book. Shadow souls brought back the Elena we loved in the first four books, smart, brave, selfless, and just a smidgen shallow...showed us how her new existance worked for her, and brought us deep into Damon's mind and let us fall in love with him again.

The Kitsune take a back seat as Elena, Damon, Bonnie, and Meredith enter the Dark Dimension to rescue Stefan. Even though a lot of the action ta
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Olivia
Sep 29, 2009 Olivia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
in this book i soooo want damon and banny to get together because i think that banny's gonna turn vamp on us!!!
Tara M

Have you ever loved two people at the same time? In the book Vampire Diaries The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith, you follow Elena Gilbert’s journey to the Dark Dimensions in the search for her true love Stefan as she falls for his older brother Damon.
Elena Gilbert is a hardworking teenager with a special aura. Her life is in ruins and she is determined to fix it. Her vampire love, Stefan Salvatore was whisked away to a death prison. Stefan Salvatore only wanted to become human fore Elena, bu
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Lucy
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Izlinda
I couldn't finish it. I returned it to the library yesterday. I really wanted to finish it, but...part of it was just the difference in style from her books in the 90's. Another was that The Vampire Diaries wasn't one of my favorite series of hers and I didn't like that she was continuing this. That she was jumping on the vampire bandwagon when she already extended the original trilogy decades ago to a fourth book.

A big part of it, though, was reading online that she was going to write another V
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Shadow Souls, the one too many a book in the Vampire Diaries.
Where to start with this book and this review, maybe at the end. By far the best part of the book, not the ending itself, the fact that it ends. I've heard many things regarding ghost writers in this series. And this is most assuredly what was going on here. Why, this author had an idea about pacing, about building plot, and suspense. But, yes the inevitable but, but the plot fell flat, like grand ma's cake if you open the over door,
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Sherri
My review... This book made me so sad. It was hard to even get into it. I had to resist throwing it across the room. I forced myself to finish it because I had to know what happened despite my lack of interest in it (if that makes sense).

I absolutely LOVED the first four VD in the series, but these last two, Nightfall and Shadow Souls are completely different. Stefan calls Elena "Lovely love" (LAME), and Matt seems to still be pining after her. Caroline becomes some freaky thing you'd expect to
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Stef
**Minimal spoilers**

The latest instalment in the Vampire Diaries was an alright read. It took a long time for me to get enthralled into the story. It never really grabbed me. The preceding books were better, but that’s only my opinion.

Volume 2 of Shadow Souls takes off right where Volume 1 left off. Elena, Damon and Matt are off to find Stefan who is locked away in a prison in some parallel hell like dimension. Demonic spirits trapped him there by tricking him that there was a way of becoming hu
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Nat
I am typing this while feeling like horse shit...okay ahem I should never write a book review when I feel horrible, but here I go.
Okay so I read was it Nightfall the coming back of the original Vampire Diaries series which was written in the early 1990s...okay and the setting was just that as well. I didn't have a problem with Nightfall...okay I did. But I decided to give LJ Smith another chance and ya know...I'm overlly pissed that I spent 5$ at Half Price Books for this book.
Well to start off
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Mizuki
After The Return: Nightfall, Stefan was captured and took as a prisoner to the demonic world called The Dark Dimension, and all wasn't well in the town of Fell's Church. Elena and Daman set themselves on a quest to rescue Stefan, along came Bonnie and Meredith, Elena's loyal friends; the three girls must pretend to be Daman's slaves in order to pass the gate to the demonic world, here came yet another episode of dark adventure.

*sighs* after reading Shadow Souls, all I can say is that I wish upo
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Judy
I hesitate in posting this review because I am, and always will be, a fan of L.J. Smith. She was one of the reasons I started reading Young Adult fantasy / horror in the first place and what inspired me to want to become a YA writer. I still remember going to the public library that day and turning those plastic book shelves that contain paper backs to browse through the spines of the books. I remember this gothic looking text (now looking back, are a little cheesy) and it saying “L.J. Smith, Ni ...more
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L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in th
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“You have to breathe," Sage was shouting in Damon's ear. "Take a breath, as if you were going to speak, but then hold onto it, as if raising your Power.Think about your insides. Get those lungs working!"
The words confused Elena.
"There!" cried Sage. "You see?"
"But it only lasts an instant. Then I need to do it again."
"But, yes, that is the point!"
"I tell you I'm dying and you laugh at me?" a disheveled Damon shouted. "I'm blind, deaf, my senses are haywire-and you laugh!”
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“You stole my bouquet? From the kistune?"
"I was very careful-"
"Do you realize what you've done?" Stefan shook Damon.
"Ow. That hurts! Do you want to break my neck.”
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