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(The Vampire Diaries: The Return #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  47,481 ratings  ·  1,725 reviews
To save the two vampire brothers who love her, Elena Gilbert sacrificed her life.

Now that a supernatural force has brought Elena back from the dead, all handsome, brooding Stefan wants is to keep her safe. But when he is lured away from Fell's Church, sleek, powerful Damon seizes his chance to win Elena over, unaware of the danger they're both in. A malevolent being has in
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Published February 10th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
If you REALLY liked this book, please don't read my review below.

Well...I thought the book was...BORING! This book was, like, so lame and I think the previous book (Dark Reunion) should have been the best ending for the Vampire diaries, but no...How could that be? -_-

L.J Smith- *yawning and thinking* I am bored. Which book should I ruin?
Night World? Nah!
Dark Visions? Nah!
The Secret Circle? Nah!
Forbidden Games? Nah!
Well, How about The Vampire Diaries?
Umm...Yeah! That sounds go
Feb 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: my worst enemy? probably not them either.
Recommended to Jessica by: ljs fan for ever, it rec'd itself.
Shelves: 2009
I am so saddened by this novel. I have been an avid LJS fan since 1995 and my favorite series is The Vampire Diaries. I loved the characters and the story. This ... was a jumble of words that literally made NO sense.

There were concepts that did not hold true to the original series (such as the vampire powers) and characters were doing things they would never do. Perhaps this should not have been written in Damon's POV, whatsoever. It RUINED him. Ghosty Elena? Lovely love love? Mutt? The hell?!


Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Such a disappointment. What a garbled bunch of nonsense. Maybe I don't remember the writing accurately - I fell in love with these books when I was a kid - or maybe it's gotten worse. Either way, this was awful. Makes me embarrassed I've been trying to get my kids to read this series instead of Twilight. If I had to read Stefan call Elena "love" one more time...or witness, yet again, what awesome friends Matt and Meredith and Bonnie are to Elena despite the fact that she's seriously one of the m ...more
Nov 30, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: All LJS fans who enjoy being frustrated and confused
Recommended to Tara by: Me.
I shall consider this book "inspired by The Vampire Diaires". You can't write fanfiction when they're your own characters, can you? Because I don't know what else to call this.

There were a few bits of new information and a scene here and there that I really, really enjoyed. There were also old questions which were answered...only, I realized I didn't really want it all spelled out for me after all.

The writing style was WTF. Normally, Smith's writing style is very clear and concise,
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's difficult for me to review this book, because I've been waiting for more books in this series since high school, and there's an odd emotional attachment to books that were such a prominent part of my teen years.

That said- I think that L.J. Smith did a remarkable job picking up the series again. Throughout the Vampire Diaries, Smith has woven in various supernatural mythologies; not limiting herself to vampires, she has incorporated werewolves, witches, ghosts, and even angels. In this new i
Apr 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Like many other readers here, I first read The Vampire Diaries series as a teenager, and really enjoyed it. Although I am in my 20s now, I was excited to see a continuation of the story, and see what happened next to the characters I had loved so much. However, I ended up completely disappointed by this book.

The biggest problem I had was the characters and setting in this book just didn't seem like they fit with how they were portrayed in the first four books. This book supposedly picks up righ
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon, she was consigned to a fate beyond death until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back. Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her blood irresistible to any vampire.

I'm not going to sugar coat anything. This book w
0/5 stars. Yup it's that bad that it doesn't even deserve 1 star. It was so bad that I was like, what the hell did I just read. (In fact, I made a 'what-the-hell-did-i-just-read' shelf just for this book lol).

The story was so lame and stupid...I can't even explain how lame it is. Honestly nothing in the book made sense. And all of a sudden the characters became extra stupid.

That whole baby Elena to human Elena and the to being an angel...please explain how the hell that could even happen. -.-
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fell's Church is the Hellmouth of Virginia, like Sunnydale was to California. Elena is no Buffy, but she does like to foil the best laid plans of the evil doers that come to wreck havoc on her little country town.

Though Stefan and Angel share a lot in common. Spike and Damon; however, are nothing a like in my opinion. I liked Spike, but I love Damon. I might have been the only person who was happy when Buffy and Spike ended up together (or maybe not), anyway I'm hoping if these characters and a
Shaikha Alahmad
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was, um, weird. 🤔
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is L.J. Smith's next (Book number 5) in her Vampire Diaries series. The original four were written in 1991. So, this book comes 18 years later. The Vampire Dairies is one of my all time favorite vampire series because the story and characters seem so timeless. Now, after 18 years, L.J. Smith has written a fifth book in the series. This book, “The Return: Nightfall “is going to be followed by two more books (which publication dates have not been assigned as of yet, the next will be “Shadow S ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, I doubt any of the plotlines in this installment of the Vampire Diaries series will be making it to the TV show anytime soon. Because this book was ridiculous.

At the end of the last book, Elena had been turned into a vampire, then killed, then brought back from the dead six months after actually dying. Now she is some kind of borderline ghost/angel. She doesn't remember how to talk, and she floats, and has healing powers. Everything's great except Caroline is acting very weird and Damon go
Annette mathews
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is one such book, where the show is million times better than the book. This book is utter nonsense . Writing at its worst. I wonder if Smith knew what she was writing.Words which made no sense, For example ''Wings of Redemption'', ''Wings of Purification''.Exactly what does these words mean?!
The characters really gets into our nerves.
Stefan is really pathetic. The way he calls elena ''My love'' is really annoying.
Elena is the same.As a spirit, she did some crazy stuff.
Bonnie,as usual was
I've waited more than 10 years for this book, having started the series my freshman year in college. I wasn't expecting great literature- but this was very bad. It's like LJ Smith took a page from the Stephenie Meyer guide on how-to-screw-up-a-good-series. The characters seem nothing like the original books, and the chemistry between them has disappeared. Awakening:Nightfall reads like bad fanfiction (it must be contagious.) It feels like Smith tries to cram every fairy-tale/folklore myth into t ...more
The Return: Nightfall - #5 The Vampire Diaries

2.5 stars

I didn't like the majority. Especially the foxes + Malach. Way to dark for me all the weird things that happed.

Plus point, Damon caring for his Little Red Bird.
And the ending! Whoop can't wait for more Damon/Elena!
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mega-Fans of the TV series
I don't think I've ever read any other book series that is so inferior to its tv adaptation. This is book 5/13 of the Vampire Diaries series, and the writing seems to get worse with every novel. These books honestly read like bad fanfiction. If I'd started reading the books before watching the TV show, I probably wouldn't have gotten more than 20% of the way through the first novel.

That being said, because I HAVE seen the show, and because I do LOVE these characters, I keep returning to this se
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Feb 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
This is a difficult book to review. I must say that I did enjoy this book, but there were many distrubing elements to it. This new series is much darker and edgier than the previous series. This series is geared to a young adult audience, but I would not want my teen to read this book.

Stefan is lured from Elena as the town is falling apart. Very strange things are happening. This book has two "malach" who are trying to destroy the town. There is possession, seduction, and self-cutting. In the se
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
oh god i cant tell you how bad this book was, it was SO BAD!!i had to keep forcing myself to read it, it was that bad - i dont know what smith was thinking - she should have stopped writing these books and left it as it was, Elena sacrifced herself for a good cause, there was no point to bringing her back. Egh just egh - the story line was really really shit - watch out everyone for *contain spoiler* EVIL PARACITES that will get into your head and mess you up! oh andf evil foxes/people/things th ...more
Steph Sinclair

I think I got to page 57 when I just couldn't continue. And it takes a lot for me to not finish a book!
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
I will only say that this was disappointing. I will conclude by saying I FINISHED IT....
Leased favorite book of the Entire Vampire Diaries serie. The flying / Angel thing Elena is going through is so weird. The Kitsune are horrible and unpleasant to read about.

Damon wants to have Elena for himself, we all know that. That is wat I like about the Vampire Diaries. Dying to read about Damon and Elena (kind-off) together. Shoo, go away Stefan. Bother someone else with your over protective whiny behavior.

Damon is my favorite character but why does he have to say Matts name wrong all th
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Rhiannon Frater
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read the original four books of this series when they were released back in the '90's and I thoroughly enjoyed them. When the big Twilight craze hit and I heard the premise, my first thought was "But it was Stephen and Elena, not Edward and Bella." After reading Twilight, I reread this series and was happy to discover I still loved it.

So I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out this new book was being added to The Vampire Diaries series. Somehow I missed the release date and stumbled upon ve
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Title: Nightfall
Series: Vampire Diaries: The Return #1
Author: LJ Smith
Overall Rating: 2.7 stars



Please, no.

This is a series that should have ended with Dark Reunion. I know a lot of people loved this book, for the life of me, I can't see why, but hey each to their own. This book was just so boring. I couldn't care less about Elena, I didn't even like her that much in the original books, never mind this new version of her. Th
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Final Rating: 3.5 Stars
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Rating: A

Following The Vampire Diaries Book 3&4: The Fury and Dark Reunion comes The Vampire Diaries Book 5: The Return: Nightfall. Now the reason the book is called The Return is because L.J. Smith never intended to write more books in The Vampire Diaries series. It was suppose to end at book four, Dark Reunion. But she decided to write three more books in the series! I'm so happy! This one came out in February 2009 and the sixth book is also coming out in 2009 near the end of the year but the
Nov 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
Poor continuation of the series

It was only after the CW picked this up as a show that I started reading THE VAMPIRE DIARIES last month. The first omnibus (books 1 & 2) was decent, and the next omnibus (books 3 & 4) was so-so. However, nothing prepared me for this book. The lack of continuity, poor writing, limited character development, and an entirely too long narrative combined for a very unsatisfying read.

The first concern was its lack of continuity. Though the story picks up seven days aft
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