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The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Midnight (Book 7) by LJ Smith Review

This story starts again with a run down of the main events of the last book, which again I appreciated. 
The story is first of all focused more on Damon trying to get his vampirism back. He goes back to the Dark Dimension to do this. Bonnie is upset about him leaving so he reluctantly takes her there with him. 
In the Dark Dimension, Damon leaves Bonnie in a hotel while he goes to get "vampirised". Bonnie gets bored in waiting for Damon to return though so she goes across the street to a sweet shop. While at the sweet shop, remembering that she is a slave in the dark dimension, she has to wait her turn to buy what she wants. However, when the shop keeper asks her for her master's card to see who she belongs to, she remembers that she doesn't have any information pertaining to this. She also doesn't have any slave bracelets on either. This means she has to go to a slavery house, where slaves are sold. I could easily imagine this happening through the authors prose. 

The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Shadow Souls (Book 6) by LJ Smith SPOILER Review

This book is about Elena, Damon, Meredith, and Bonnie entering "The Dark Dimension" to find the 2 pieces of a key to rescue Stefan from a prison called the Shi No Shi. He ended up there because of a deal he made with Shinchi (one of the fox demons). It starts with a summary of the last book, which I really appreciated as a lot happened in the last book. The last book ended with Elena, Damon and Matt going to find the Dark Dimension. Matt and Damon disagree a lot though so they take separate cars half way to Arizona (where the gate to the Dark Dimension is). Elena and Damon take one car and Matt takes another. They say they will meet up closer to their destination but before they split up, they get into an argument. Matt returns to Fells Church unknowingly to Elena and Damon at first. I honestly thought it was pretty pointless having Matt along in the first place if the author is just going to send him back. Why not just have Elena and Damon go? 
In a motel room Elena has a mom…

The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Nightfall (Book 5) by LJ Smith Review

Wow! This book has it all. 
It starts from where the other Vampire Diaries book series finished. Elena (who has become a bit of an otherworldly spirit) and Stefan are happily together and Damon is really jealous of Stefan because he wants Elena.  Then the story goes away from the plot of the TV show. Basically, one night while driving through the woods Matt, Bonnie, and Meredith hit a tree. From that tree comes an evil force known as the "Shinichi" or fox spirits. These spirits are Japanese and they take over the human body and soul.  Because Damon is jealous of seeing Elena so in love with Stefan, he plots to capture Stefan and take his place in Elena's heart. He uses the fox spirits to do this. Meanwhile Bonnie develops feelings for Damon, although these aren't really explored in this book.  The fox spirits take over the town of Fells Church, turning people into monsters and demons who eat their own flesh. The story sounds pretty horrific but it's not that bad to r…

The Vampire Diaries - Dark Reunion (book 4) by LJ Smith

This was the best book so far in the series! 
In this book we follow the same characters as they try to work out what the cause of all of the bad things that had happened was. This book is the most like the show I think as it has a lot of the same elements throughout. 
The story follows Stefan, Bonnie and Meredith primarily trying to find out where Elena has gone in the afterlife. Damon, Matt, Caroline and Tyler also feature but not as much as the others. The evil villain is a familiar character from the TV show as well. 
Again, the writing was easy to follow in this book. The diary entries were few and far between, which made the book easier to follow.
I gave this book 4 stars because it was good. It didn't quite get five because some elements were a little predictable and there wasn't too much romance either. 
The Vampire Diaries was originally a four book series until a few years ago but now there are more books. I look forward to reading the next book soon...look out for my rev…

The Vampire Diaries: The Fury (Book 3) by LJ Smith Review

Hi ForeverBookers, 
I've just finished the third Vampire Diaries book and I think I can say that this is my favourite of them so far :). 
This book solves a mystery that was in the other 2 books - what or who is possessing the town where this book is based. The show takes more from this book than the other ones I believe. 
We still see the drama between Elena and Stefan and Damon but we also see twists and turns with the other characters as well as a little more of Elena's family. 
There's an evil force at work more in this book than the others so far. I can remember being excited when reading the last few chapters of this book when I was a teenager - I just really wanted to know what would happen!
LJ Smith's writing style wasn't confusing, like in the last two with the diary entries. There were still diary entries of course but they flowed better - they weren't as disjointed from the rest of the story. 
I overall give this book a 4 stars. I look forward to reading D…

The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle (Book 2) by LJ Smith Review

Hi ForeverBookers'
I've just finished reading the second Vampire Diaries instalment and it was better than the first. 
The story for this one follows on from the last with the same characters. We see the characters of Elena and Stefan grow closer as a couple and the start of Damon's jealousy towards Stefan. The human characters have more of a role in this book as well as they cause trouble and strife for the main characters. The book ends on a good cliffhanger.
This book isn't so much based around a murder, as the first one was. It's more based around the drama of relationships and finding something that was stolen n the first book.
I'm going to give this book a 3.5 stars as it was better than the first. I liked the relationship growth between the characters as well as the demise of other relationships.

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening (Book 1) by LJ Smith Review

Hi ForeverBooker's, 
My TBR tub pick was the Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith this time. When I picked it, I honestly thought about putting it back and picking something else - but I'm glad that I did choose to read it. 
I watch the TV show, The Vampire Diaries and while I enjoy that - I didn't want it to be the same story...but it wasn't :). I've read the first 2 omnibus' before but I didn't remember anything from The Awakening (book 1). 
The same characters from the show are in the book (the book has a couple more characters). Elena has blonde hair in the book and brown in the show, so the descriptions are a little different. Bonnie is also a Druid and not a witch in the book. 
The Book tells the story of Elena meeting Stefan and falling in love. The book is a little instant-lovey, which I like (but I know it isn't for everyone). It then leads on to reveal secrets. It's told in an interesting format. There are some diary entries within the story (ob…

Percy Jackson And The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Book 5) Review.

Hi ForeverBookers, 
I've just finished the last book in the Percy Jackson series and it was fantastic.
Percy and his friends have to save New York from the evil Titans. There are funny moments, serious moments, and yes - this book had a couple of romantic moments as well. It wrapped up the story nicely and partly set up the plot for the "The Heroes Of Olympus" books. 
This book sees Percy step up and become a leader, with Annabeth 2nd in command while fighting evil forces in New York. There were a few slow moments here and there and a few surprises that I don't want to spoil but this book certainly wasn't a let down. 
It still gets 5 stars from me because it had everything that I like in a book - a gripping story, laugh out loud moments and romance...
I'll be picking my next TBR read soon so stand by for that...



Percy Jackson And The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (book 4) Review

I thought this book was the best yet! This book has everything from friendship problems to end of the world problems! 
Percy and Annabeth find an entrance to the labyrinth (a series of passages underground) and it's thought that the evil forces of this book series (the Titans) are going to come through the labyrinth to get to Camp Half Blood, because barriers have been put up on top of the ground so the labyrinth is the last route in. Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson all enter the labyrinth with the hopes of finding the creator of said labyrinth and getting him on their side as the villains also try to find the creator for the same purpose. 
This book had a little of everything I like in a book. Laugh out loud moments, a good story and even a little bit of middle grade level romance. The reason why I docked a star was because it was a little slow in some places and I didn't feel that some parts really needed to be in the book but there were certainly more highs than lows. The o…

Percy Jackson And The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (book 3) Review

Hi ForeverBookers, this book was fantastic again! It only took me a day to read :). 
When Annabeth gets kidnapped Percy and his friends go to save her. What kept me reading this book was the worry that Percy had for Annabeth, along with the funny moments.  There are appearances of the Sun and the Moon God and Goddess in this story as well as the other Gods and the fighting of mythological beings/monsters. 
There's a really annoying character in this book. But that just added to the story for me at least. We see the characters go to San Francisco also, which was described well. 
This book gets 4 stars from me. I docked this book a star because the main female protagonist (Annabeth) was missing for most of it. But still a great story.

Percy Jackson And The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan (book 2) Review

Another great read! In this book we see Percy and his friends go to a) save Grover from a cyclops and b) get the Golden Fleece to save camp Half Blood from the baddies. Also there are some new characters thrown in as well. The main one being Percy's brother - a cyclops...
I just really like Riordan's writing style. It's as if he was Percy. This book continues the LOL moments well, which I enjoyed. Also towards the end there's a little romance between Percy and another main character...you know how I like my romance so this book gets 4.75 stars from me :). 
Highly recommend if you're a fan of the YA adventure genre.