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The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle [Paperback]

L J Smith
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Aug. 17 2009 Vampire Diaries (Book 2)

Torn between two vampire brothers

Damon: determined to make Elena his, he'd kill his own brother to possess her.

Stefan: desperate for the power to destroy Damon, and protect Elena, he gives in to his thirst for human blood.

Elena: the girl who can have anyone finds herself in the middle of a love triangle . . . one that might turn deadly.


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L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.


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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Struggle" is the second book in L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries" series, and like all middle books, it suffers from a sense of displacement. It begins in the centre of the story and it ends in the centre of the story, and so one needs both the previous book and the following one in order to make sense of it.
The premise is hopelessly melodramatic: the beautiful blonde Elena (what, you expected an L. J. Smith heroine that *wasn't* stunning?!) is caught between two vampire brothers, the angelic Stefan and the demonic Damon. Though she loves Stefan she is equally attracted to Damon, and I'm wincing whilst writing this, such is the corniness of the situation. Elena reminds the brothers of a girl they both sought after whilst they were human: the vampiric Katherine who Turned them both, but then killed herself when they wouldn't cease their feud. Now the triangle is replaying itself out once more in contemporary Fell's Church, but with a few differences, namely the presence of another Power wrecking havoc upon the citizens. At first Elena and Stefan think Damon is responsible for the attacks and other strange occurences, but mounting evidence leads them to believe otherwise...
The love-story is simply painful to behold, and I'm not sure what's worse: the love-lorn wide-eyed declarations of love between Stefan and Elena ("you've stolen my soul") or Damon's painful attempts at seducing her ("You can become a queen of shadows"). Smith is usually quite good at capturing every-day speech, but the dialogue of this book is abysmal.
But in the face of the awful love-story, there are other little plot strands to consider that keep "Vampire Diaries" from being a complete waste of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read. July 15 2001
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This isn't a bad read and it's a quick read too. I love reading vampire novels, and was told I should give it a try. Over all, it wasn't that bad. I found it interesting that the word "vampire" is never used. If it was, it was done once and I missed it.
This is the story of Stefan, a vampire that wasn't to put his past behind him, and live a "normal" life as a vampire. He enrolls on school and meets Elena, who falls for Stefan. Some murders happen and all (most all) of the finger pointing goes to Stefan. Stefan has a darker and more evil Brother nanmed, Damon. He too wasn't Elena. And will kill for her....
Over all it's a decent book. It's a YA book, so it's not heavy on teh vampire aspect. Heck, the vampires could go out in the day. that was a bit over the top for me, but I enjoyed the book.
Smith has a writing style that can keep you hooked to the book. The char are well developed and the plot is interesting to read with a lot of nice twists.
take a chance, you may like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hasn't improved much since the first volume Aug. 20 2003
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In the second book in the series, Elena and Stefan find themselves at the mercy of the powerful vampire Damon. Damon wants to destroy his brother and keep Elena for himself and there doesn't seem to be much they can do to stop him. Damon isn't the only danger though, Caroline, Elena's arch rival, wants to destroy Elena and she doesn't care if Stefan gets caught in the crossfire.
This series is still quite readable but it hasn't improved much since the first volume. Every time I find myself starting to like Elena she does something stupid or gets all weepy for no reason. Also, Elena and Stefan's supposed inability to fight back against anyone that is trying to hurt them is just frustrating and ridiculous. Another thing that keeps this series from being great is Damon, he's just not a very compelling villain. However, L. J. Smith's addictive writing makes this an entertaining, quick read and the series is still good despite it's flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars they are all great April 6 2002
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I bought these books and also the secret circle within 2 weeks of each other. My mother let me use her name to buy them. I loved them all and normally i hate to read. They are very interesting and will keep almsot any teens intrest. The story within and the plot line relates to any teen who has a misterious side. Just the ways Elena and Damon slowly keep things from her love Stefan (Damon's Brother) and how this build upon itself makes you not want to stop. I finished this book in udner 4 hours just setting it down to swich classes in school, and when i finished couldn't wait to get home adn read the 3rd one in the series. They won't disapont you in any way. Interesting and intreging and all i can think to say. I hate reading and i found one author who can keep my mind lost in the book. If your thinking about buying this trust me just get it and read, you won't be disapointed.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE BOOK! IT TOOK ME TO ANOTHER WORLD! June 16 2002
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I don't know about you but this is the best book I've ever read! I've read the series 3 times, which is very unusal for me! I love books like this one because it's romantic, its got the horror and love mixed in it. This may sound crazy but you can't help falling hopelessly in love with the two brothers Stefan and Damon! Don't worry though I love Stefan more, hehe! Don't ask... When you read these books it becomes your world, sounds crazy doesn't it. But really I can't get over the book! I love the way the guys, especially Stefan, would do anything for his girl, Elena, and how they couldn't stand one moment appart from each other. I want a boyfriend like that lol (laugh out loud). But you also have to love Damon too, but he's mysterious and goregous (just like Stefan)hehe. I know it's a book but it can take you to another world. You better read it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars expected quality
No lies about what the quality of the book would be like. I expected yellowing pages and an old book smell and that was the only thing that showed the age of the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
The Struggle by L.J. Smith is the second part of the four part series, The Vampire Diaries. It was just as exciting as the first, and at the end of this novel, the series reaches... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2008 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming back for more!
Before Buffy and Angel lite up the tv screens spinning off book series there was L.J. Smith's series 'Vampire Diaries". Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars I always fall for the bad guy!!!!!
Everybody out there; I order you to READ THIS BOOK! It was the best vampire book I have ever read! I fell in love with the characters and the constant tension and twists kept me... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable romance meets horror
This truely got to be the BEST vampire book I've read. This book is full of surprises and poor Damon is so misunderstood! Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Shelly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Struggle
Elena and Stefan are becoming closer and closer. And she's trying to avoid Damon. Anyways Caroline stole Elena's diary and is planning to read it at the Founder's Day Pagent... Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Aleisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so good
Oh god! This is one of the best books in the world! A definite must-read!
Published on June 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best in the Series
In this book, Elena finds herself in a triangle between he vampire boyfriend, Stefan, and his vampire brother Damon. Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by Erin Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series You Will Never Forget!!!!!
I loved this series!!! This book especially. I read this book about 5 years ago and to this day, if you ask me to name my top favorite books The Struggle would be #1 followed by... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Josie
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