30 March 2012

Favorite Friday: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (4/5 Stars)

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...
Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

(Description courtesy of Goodreads.)

Contrary to what some people believe L.J. Smith did NOT copy a certain sparkly-vampire creator. No, L.J. Smith created her own world of vampires years ago. I believe I first read this book about sixteen years ago, to be exact. And, no joke, I can thank Ms. Smith for my love of all things vampire. She definitely got me hooked. This, was my TWILIGHT when I was a teenager. The book that no one thought about making into a movie or TV show, until I was well into my twenties, of course.

THE AWAKENING was my first experience with the ever-present love triangle. Back when I first read this, there was no part of me that wasn't "TEAM STEFAN" all the way! That just goes to show you how much I've changed (or been jaded, you pick), however, because now... I couldn't tell you which vampire I'd choose for Elena.

But, even with that, the first, original, book in this series has intrigue, romance, and bad guys who may or may not REALLY be bad guys. And I don't think anyone can deny this story, though not so original now, was definitely original in it's premiere.

THE AWAKENING is not as gratuitous in its love scenes as an Anne Rice novel, but it sure is more steamy than Meyer's take on the undead.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

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