The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #1)

by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  9,326 ratings  ·  396 reviews
The past is never far. . . .

Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell's Church from evil spirits, but the town's freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore's life. Now, with nothing standing in their way, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can't Elena stop dreaming of Damon?

As Elena's feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in Fell's Church. Elena has...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by HarperTeen (first published 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Vampire Diaries, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Vampire Diaries

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Hayden Casey
Jul 10, 2011 Hayden Casey marked it as no-plz  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost-writer
Not even gonna read it if LJ isn't gonna write it. Not gonna let myself buy it. Whoever decided Elena HAD TO end up with Stefan and was okay with firing LJ from writing the books better be pretty frickin' happy with themselves, because that was a crappy move.
Carson Faircloth
I will most likely not be reading this book, though I love the story.

Why?

Because it was not written by L.J. Smith. I don't think a lot of people realize what this means -- after all, if the writing's good, why not like the story?

As a writer myself, I would be horrified -- as in Saw victims horrified -- if I was fired from my own books. Not only that, but if someone else wrote my characters in my place. It would infuriate me beyond belief.

All this said, I will not be reading this. I am very disap...more
Jess
Ok seriously? Why the hell is everyone hating on this series?????? It's amazing! Some of you need to stop and ask yourself, 'If I hate this series, and think that it died 3 books ago, then why am I looking up the next book and taking time out of my life to write a book review for it?' Look, Some of us like this book, so shut the hell up if your going to hate because it's innapropriate and rude.
Thanks, and reply, if you agree. :)
Ezmirelda
Let's get this straight--I WILL NEVER READ THIS BOOK. NO FORCE ON THE ENTIRE PLANET CAN GET ME TO TOUCH THIS BOOK WITH A 10 METER STICK.

WHY?

BECAUSE MY FAVORITE AUTHOR L. J SMITH DID NOT WRITE THIS BOOK.

Whoever the low-life GHOSTWRITER is who wrote this should be ashamed of themselves. You will never ever live up to L.J Smith's expertise. It's sad to know your only reason for writing is to get money, and that because of you the rightful author of this book can no longer continue with this seri...more
Taylor
Mar 10, 2011 Taylor marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels
Sweet baby jesus!
Another book?!
She really needs to stop.
Add a book to secret circle or something or start something new!
Vampire diaries died; stop adding fuel to the flames!!
Andrea
Jan 15th pre-review
...."the gang goes to college"....

What is this? 90210?


After reading:

I want to like this. Every single book I want to like it, but the thing is, I despise Elena. And I can't support Damon or Stephan, because she flat out says "I love both of you" and they're just like oh ok whatever.
I'm sorry, but that's not ok. If I were in that situation I'd be like pick one of us, stop leading the other on, and if you can't then we'll both move on.
No girl is THAT great. Not even Elena Gilb...more
Angie
Sep 30, 2011 Angie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I CAN NOT BELIEVE THE "OWNERS" OF THIS BOOK:
Here’s an email my 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 you will enjoy Midnight, as it is truly the story of Damon finding his deepest feelings for both Elena and Bonnie—and his feelings are definitely not platonic. In fact, to be blunt, without Bonnie and something that Bonnie does at the en...more
Logan
Fucking dumb, and I didn't even read it! Whoever's idea it was to fire L.J. and get a ghost writer, is fucking stupid. Just because she decided that she wanted Elena to be with Damon. So what? I'm all for that! But, noooo. It's her book, people! Sure, you may have paid her to write it, but if you didn't, then you wouldn't even have the damn story. What the hell, man. What. The. Hell. Let the writer do what the fuck the writer wants.

Maybe, just MAYBE, the writers of the TV show will be nice and...more
Taja Meadows
NOTE (added 3/16/14): I must tell you, anyone, that this (beginning with the Hunters series) is not an actual L.J. SMITH novel, it is written (badly) by a Ghostwriter. But if you want to continue the actual author's story, she was able to legally create "fanfic" of her own novels with "The Vampire Diaries: Evensong" series, available in novella episodes on Kindle.

11/6/11: So I almost didn't read this book because of the rumors surrounding the author & book-series-rights. She was supposedly...more
Christina
I will never read this book because it was written by a ghostwriter. I wanted to read the book the way L.J. Smith wrote it. No one will be able to deliver a Vampire Diaries book the way she has. Alloy is foolish to think that replacing a top selling author with a ghostwriter is the way to increase popularity of a series. Even though they have the legal right to use her name, I think it is very distasteful that they want to take her out of the series and still use her name. I have no respect for...more
Lucifermeo
I'm not going to ever read this series again if a ghostwriter is gonna write it. I am curious what will happen next after Midnight and the welfare of Damon too but it would be really disrespecting to all the characters (Elena, Damon, Stefan, ....) if I continue reading. And for the reason L.J got fired, I personally hate it, but on the bigger picture, the quality of her Return trilogy was crappy and cheesy. I'm really happy to see Damon was still alive, but it was like they all died when the gho...more
Morgan Walsh
Um, by the way, I gave the book 4 stars because I had to do that (rate it) to write this review.

I... enjoyed Smith's Vampire Diaries books. After the first four ended, I thought come on. Are you serious?This is where the story is going to end?. Then, with the Return series, I kind of giggled a bit because... the story could continue. But you know... seven books (ten, actually, I think, with the Stefan's diaries thing) is... enough. Or it would have been, but there was a cliffhanger at the end o...more
Brittany
Okay I must say I am highly disappointed with this story. I didn't know if the rumors were true or not about L.J. Smith being fired, but just by reading a few of the pages you could tell it was not her writing. I was looking forward to continuing this series, but I think I'm stopping now. If L.J. Smith isn't writing it then I'm not reading it anymore. It was her series she should be allowed to do what she wants with her material. I hope she'll be able to finish her Night World series though. Thi...more
Jessie
I love L.J, I love the series, books and show. I don't like the whole Damon/Elena relationship it was built on a lies and deceit so why would I like it, but firing the author because of it is too far. I was prepared to endure my disgust of Delena for the sake of the other characters whom I love.
That being said I just can't leave it the way it was and be okay with that, I will be reading this, and I will be loving every second of it.
Side notes: I hope Elena dies, I'm tired of that slut. lol. Damo...more
Camille
Mar 10, 2011 Camille marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need to read this simply because it's from my favorite series ever but I have a feeling it's just going to piss me off. I LOVE the Vampire Diaries, I named my daughter Elena for G-d's sake! But all the new books have just sucked. :(
Evil Twin One (Ange)
I'll be reading the book to see how the series continues but I know it will no way compare to L.J.'s writing. I'm really mad that Alloy won't let her continue the series. She started it, they should let her finish it. But I think what gets me more mad is all the people that say L.J. needs to let the series go, it needs to end, blah blah blah. Stop hating on L.J. people. She has nothing to do with it anymore or the Stefan's Diaries books. Says so right on her website. Anything that has multiple n...more
Stephanie
I found this book to be more forced than the others. It seemed very typical that something would happen. And this time things seemed to end within a week. Or that's the time span it seemed to me. Everything felt just pushed through. That and nobody even seemed to second guess the thoughts and feelings they had. They just accepted them or then ignored them.

Spoiler:
And then Damon reappearing seemed to easy. We got him crawling out of the hole, walking towards the gate, being saved by Sage, and the...more
Pixie
When I heard that this book was coming out, I think I died a little inside. I LOVED the first four, got a little bored with The Return trilogy, refused to read the Stefan/Damon spin off stories and have never watched the TV series. And never will. (Hello, they axed Meredith)

I'll keep this short. Vampire Diaries ended with book 7. End of. Elena with no powers + Damon dead = SERIES OVER. And this isn't even written by LJ. Yes, I will be reading this, but only to justify the one star it's going to...more
Susana
TRUE FANS OF L.J. SMITH'S AMAZING TALENT SHOULD UNIT TO BOYCOTT THE TRAGEDY OF HER BEING FIRED FROM WRITING HER OWN BOOKS AND USING HER NAME AND STYLE OF WRITING IN THE FUTURE BOOKS TO PROMOTE IT.

Though this book is marked as read, I have not read it and do not plan to- I will only read the books that L.J. Smith actually wrote. I have not read any of "The Vampire Diaries" book, but am a big fan of the show (which i probably should not be since one of the companies that creates the show helped fi...more
Jenny
Aug 19, 2011 Jenny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am really looking forward to reading this book. I think the Vampire Diaries is a wonderful series, and I was so sad when Damon died in Midnight. I am jumping up and down in joy that LJ Smith decided to write another, even if there is ghost-writer involvement. The last book did not end the series would not have ended the series well, I'm glad that I get a little more closure.
Kathy
Aug 28, 2011 Kathy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Yaaaayyyyy!!! I can't wait to read this one! I was so mad when Midnight ended with a cliffhanger but now it will be revealed. I'm just so mad that L.J. Smith isn't going to be the author! Why did she have to get fired? Everyone who is so unhappy with another book coming out, can just get over it. If your soo unhappy then you don't have to read it!
Rachelle
Jun 07, 2011 Rachelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow... Another book... I just finished reading Midnight and I thought that was taking it a bit too far... The first 3 books are still the best!

I'll end up reading this anyway... Even though Elena has started to irritate me, how much more can the poor girl go through.
Serenahappy
Damon dead.Stefan may leave.Merideth is getting married.Bonnie and Matt are alone.Elena is back.

When will this torture end?As if the last book wasn't tormenting us enough
Jenn
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mιss •kαthєяίиє•  Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss®
After finding out in L.J. Smith's site that "Phantom" is not her book, I had the question : "Phantom? What is it?"
Finding out that there is going to be another VD book finds me with mixed feelings. On the one hand I always wanted a Delena end and I hoped that this book would maybe, just maybe, provide it. And well, I didn't like Damon dying and I knew that of there was another book, he would seriously resurface.

On the other hand, ghostwritting is just brutal.At the beginning I had no idea such...more
Jessica
I've been a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries since I first read the original four books in Junior High and I've continued to stick by it through thick and thin. While the sequels were not quite the same as the original books, I still enjoyed them for what they were and gave the author the benefit of the doubt. After all, it was hard to revive a series after such a length of time had passed and things had changed quite a bit since the originals had first made an appearance. And despite all of its...more
Donna
This book picks up right after Midnight, with the main characters back in a Falls Church that's been reset to make it appear as if Elena, Stefan, and their friends had a normal senior year. I wasn't planning to read another Vampire Diaries book, but that reset combined with the news that the series was given over to a ghostwriter made me reconsider.

I finished the last trilogy mostly out of loyalty to the favorite author of my junior high years, but it was not good. This one's a small step back i...more
Hazel Grace
Why. The crap. Did anyone think. This ghostwriter. Could write.

Can I give this at least a half a star? The only reason I gave it one star is because it's the Vampire Diaries, my 2nd favorite series in the world. I haven't finished reading it yet, but from the portion I've even READ, it S-U-C-K-S. And not the good, Vampire-Diaries kind. It doesn't even deserve 1 star, because A) LJ Smith didn't write it, and she's the most AMAZING vampire author EVER, and you can't just pick up where she left off...more
Nicole
Look, I haven't even read the original Vampire Diaries series, much less even heard of this one, but it's a little known fact that L.J. Smith did NOT write this book. And that pisses me off. According to this article, L.J. was somehow fired from writing her own series, and as an aspiring author this saddens me. It also divulges this information on her author biography that she is no way involved with this book. It's based on her "creation" (notice how they twist words), but it is not hers and ha...more
Zuri
This book is a very good book, I must say. I was skeptical about reading it because there were rumors that L.J. Smith the author of the book was no longer going to write the future books. But I couldn't resist the urge to buy the book.
In the last book, it ended off with Damon dying for another character, Elena losing her powers, and the gaurdians restorin the town of Fell's Church after being attacked by an evil power. Now in the Phantom, Elena and her friends are back at Fell's Church and ev...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
things wrong in Phantom 42 68 Sep 16, 2013 12:06PM  
This book will be written by a ghostwriter 13 65 Mar 12, 2013 07:05AM  
when did Damon die? 11 73 Oct 26, 2012 02:10PM  
Vampire Diaries: The Hunters, Vol. 1: Phantom 13 21 Aug 26, 2012 08:48PM  
Do you notice a difference in the writing since the ghost writer took over? 3 23 Apr 01, 2012 02:57AM  
Things got kind of crazy... 3 24 Dec 21, 2011 06:28AM  
  • Love You to Death: The Unofficial Companion to the Vampire Diaries
  • A Visitor�s Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries
  • Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series
  • Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death (Thirst, #4)
  • The Morganville Vampires, Volume 4 (The Morganville Vampire, #7-8)
  • Lost in Time (Blue Bloods, #6)
  • Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, #8)
  • Night School (Blood Coven Vampire, #5)
  • Tantalize: Kieren's Story
  • Twisted (Intertwined, #3)
  • Damned (Crusade, #2)
  • Eternal (Immortal, #3)
  • Nocturne (Claire de Lune, #2)
50873
I have a new blog about my Vampire Diaries fanfic.
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

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...more
More about L.J. Smith...
The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2) Night World, No. 3 (Night World, #7-9) Night World, No. 2 (Night World, #4-6) Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #1) Night World, No. 1 (Night World, #1-3)

Share This Book

“...the dark emotions everyone hid in their depths weren't all of who they really were. They weren't their true selves.” 9 likes
More quotes…