This book did not keep my attention, until the end, then I was completely caught up in it again. I'm not sure what exactly what it was about the storyThis book did not keep my attention, until the end, then I was completely caught up in it again. I'm not sure what exactly what it was about the story that bothered me so much in the first half of the story. I think I missed the Elana/Stefan interaction. I have nothing against Bonnie and Meredith, they have always been great characters, but for me they work better secondary rather then primary.
I did enjoy the concept of the story, one of the oldest vampires comes to Fell's Church and causes problems. But there was a level of personal interaction that I felt was missing. It was beyond romance. Elana had a way of tying everyone together.With her missing from the story in physical form until the very end I felt the loss of the group of friends.
About mid-way in this book I was not planing on reading the next, but the end pulled me back in and I couldn't wait to start the next.
This book has some interesting twists. Someone is terrorizing Fell's Church a new mystery evil that has taken over Fell's Church. The trouble in storeThis book has some interesting twists. Someone is terrorizing Fell's Church a new mystery evil that has taken over Fell's Church. The trouble in store is more then they could have imagined and the results of the evil is more then expected.
Bonnie learns more about her powers. Damon learns he is not quite as evil has he would like everyone to think he is. Stefan both gains and looses a lot. And last but not least, Elana goes through the most of all. The ends in a surprise that shows the true colors and strength of each character.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that you get to learn a lot about Stefan and Damon's past. Where they came from, how they were turned vampire and most importantly, what came between them.
I hated putting this book down. The book had such a fast pace that it keept me interested from start to finish....more
This book picks up where the last ended. And of course there is lots of trouble on the verge of happening. Between Caroline, and Damon, there is no reThis book picks up where the last ended. And of course there is lots of trouble on the verge of happening. Between Caroline, and Damon, there is no rest for Stefan and Elana. With the help of Bonnie and Meredith everyone gets out mostly unscathed and surprisingly, Damon is not the baddest bad.
As Caroline tries to destroy Elana's reputation. She steals Elana's diary a perfect weapon filled with secretes. Damon continues tries to steal her away from Damon. A feat he has put a lot of effort into with few results. Damon could have never guessed what his efforts would lead to.
Stefan takes the ultimant leap with Elana when he asks her a very big question, one that drives Damon off the edge. Elana's family is not 100% on board with the marriage either. This is a wedge that is the start of a deep cut that will tear many apart.
After the Founder's Day ceremony Elana runs out of fear to a place she thinks she will be safe But safety in Fell's Church is hard to find, and unfortunately Elana misses her mark and it sends her down a path much different then the one she had hoped to be on. ...more
It happened again, Dark Reunion re-captured me at the end and I had high hopes for this book. However, at the end, I'm calling it quits, at least for It happened again, Dark Reunion re-captured me at the end and I had high hopes for this book. However, at the end, I'm calling it quits, at least for now. There are two more books that were actually written by L.J. Smith in the series. Eventually I'd like to finish them, but for now I am done.
The thing that angers me about this series is the turn that some of the characters have taken. Elena's character has grown and become strong, but I don't think that is true of most of the others. Caroline, in particular has taken a turn for the worse, she has turned evil out of spite. Stefan and Damon haven't really changed all that much, but I've never been overly fond of the way they have been portrayed. Damon in particular, about mid way through this book I was excited about the development in his character, but in the end he was the same old same old. Bonnie and Meredith have always been some of my favorites, but have been fading from the story line.
In this book the evil has truly taken over the town and as usually it is after Elena. But it is attacking from the outside in. Damon is one of the first under the evil influence, preceded only Caroline who has in a sense made a "deal with the devil". Bonnie, Meredith, and Matt and Elena have their work cut out for them in defeating the evil after Stefan was kidnaped. In the end Elena finds her powers and saves the day.
I hope that when I do decide to continue on with the series that the adventure that Elena, Damon and Matt have started ends with a happen ending.
I started watching The Vampire Diaries show. I thought it would be fun to see what the books were like. To be honest, I was a little disappointed, butI started watching The Vampire Diaries show. I thought it would be fun to see what the books were like. To be honest, I was a little disappointed, but that was more because of the extreme diferences between the two. They both had there merits, but I think that when they took the story and turned it into a show they did a good job of creating a compelling story.
In the book Elana was in control. She hadn't necessarily had it easy, but she had a lot of it figured out. But when Stefan came in to her life everything was turned upside down. Falling for Stefan, in the long run opened up a door that Elana would have maybe done beter if she had just steered clear, but then it wouldn't have been much of a story then would it.
When Damon, Stefan's brother shows up her trouble increases and doubles. Damon believes that Elana should be his, and makes sure to cause as much trouble for Stefan as possible. When Stefan disappears after a fight with Damon Elana thinks she knows who to blame.
As soon as I finished I couldn't wait to start the next book. Sometimes it's fun to read a fun tween book. Never much content, but lots of fun to read.
This Book in the Little House series always made me a little sad. This was supposed to be it, the big move on to the frontier, but then the Indians goThis Book in the Little House series always made me a little sad. This was supposed to be it, the big move on to the frontier, but then the Indians got so riled up, so they left before trouble could come.
Re-reading this book as an adult I feel for Caroline. She finally thought they had settled. She had already dealt with leaving family behind in the big woods, not they had to move again, just one year later.
They were out on the frontier, away from people, with just a few good neighbors miles away. Then, right when everything had settled down. Right when they thought everything was going their way. Crops were planted, the house was built and they had glass windows, there was a cow and a well. Everything was good, they had to pick up and leave.
It's funny who you relate to when you re-read books at different points in your life. ...more
Every once and a while I have an odd craving to re-read books. The past few weeks I have wanted to read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls WilderEvery once and a while I have an odd craving to re-read books. The past few weeks I have wanted to read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Since my initial read as a child, I have read the entire series a few times in my life. It is just one of those series that I find a new way to relate the lessons and ideals in the books to my life.
Family is so important in the Little House books, and Caroline and Charles are so strong and supportive of each other. A great example of what a marriage should be. Mary and Laura have such fun adventures up in the attic among the pumpkins in the winter and under the trees in the summer.
It's funny, I'd forgotten how short this book is. It was nice to be reintroduced to the characters in this series. To see the love that is shared and how simple life was. It makes me wish that I could go back to that time. A time that there is no technology nothing but the clouds in the sky and the birds of the field. Nothing to hold you back from enjoying the beauty around you....more