About: Elena Gilbert is a pretty, popular teen who was orphaned when her parents were killed in an accident. Despite the tragedy, her life has always been normal and wholesome. Until the beginning of the school year, when two new vampire brothers show up to shake the peaceful universe at Robert E. Lee High. Originally published by HarperPaperbacks in 1991.
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.
Review: This might be one of those times it hurt me to see the show before reading the books.
What I loved: I didn’t really love anything about this book. I did think it was a quick read and really well written though.
What I liked: I liked the amount of detail put into the scenery, something I think is missing from a lot of book. I liked Stefan, Matt, Bonnie, and Meredith. I thought Caroline was sufficiently *itchy.
What I didn’t like (still not warmed up too): Elena. I am sorry but at no point do I think she deserves to get the guy. She is shallow, self-serving, manipulative, and a little too much like Katherine from the show. All I kept thinking is Stefan and Matt have the worst taste in women. I might start to like her as the series progresses but right now I just don’t like her character at all. Which could be a problem since she is the center of the series.
Overall I gave it a 3, there was enough good parts to outrank my dislike of Elena.
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