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About the Author

L. J. Smith has written a number of bestselling books and series for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries (now a hit TV show), The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Night World, and the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She is happiest sitting by a crackling fire in a cabin in Point Reyes, California, or walking the beaches that surround that area.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Vampire Diaries: The Return (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061720801
  • ASIN: B004HB1CXM
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jane Smith is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.

She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.

Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).

Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.

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192 of 206 people found the following review helpful By S. Ashflock on March 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've been an LJ Smith fan for such a long time. Like many others, I waited patiently through years of silence and years of fans asking me when Strange Fate would come out, as though I had any clue just because I had a website. When LJ Smith announced that her next book would be a Vampire Diaries sequel, I was disappointed - after all, weren't all those NightWorld fans waiting for Strange Fate? Shouldn't they come first? - but hopeful. More Damon? Hells yeah! I don't even LIKE NightWorld! Bring it on, this new Vampire Diaries!

Unfortunately, I returned this book the day after I got it, feeling nothing short of heartbreak. I know LJ Smith can do better than this, because she has done better before, and this is probably the lowest point in her writing career, by far. If she were a poorer author, I would expect it of her and excuse it all away, but she's not, and so I can't find any excuses in me. She's better than this. She really, truly is.

The book takes place a mere week after the original four. This was big mistake #1, because the original books DO have the dates in them, dating book 5 instantly to the summer of 1992, and yet everyone suddenly has a smart phone with video call capabilities, digital cameras, and personal computers. This is just one of the many gaping plot holes and inconsistencies in this book that shows just how much love and care the publishers gave it before throwing it out into the world. Did they even remember they'd just re-released 4 other books and should probably check for continuity when editing this one? I'm thinking no.

The remaining big problems with this book? The plot and the characterization. NOBODY escapes this book unscathed.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By athena gal on February 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a bit of a train wreck: there's too much going on, and many events seem to make no sense. Another reviewer is dead-on in describing much of the book as bizarre. I have followed the series since original publication and recently bought the new paperbacks of original books, as they are falling apart.

Some folks may think it unfair to compare the fifth book to the other four in The Vampire Diaries, but what's the point in reading a series if not to find some continuity in the characters? Yes, I know a decade has passed, but there is little left from the previous books-- the amazing characters and their chemistry are gone. I feel like LJ Smith wanted to write another story, and just stuck Elena, Damon and Stefan in here for good measure. There are a few glimpses of the old magic, but they are very few and very far between.

I agree with much of the criticism in other posts about the book, and regret buying it. The book drags on for far too long, with tedious action/torment or near death scenes. Elena and her ever-changing powers, mentality, and "otherness" are too strange and almost absurd. And some scenes feel they were just added randomly and make little sense: the massage being a prime example (yes, I know he can be both brutal and tender.) It also seems like LJ Smith tried to cram every bit of existing folklore into this book: magic keys, angel wings, scary creatures.

To give praise where due, there are some good moments between Damon and Elena. And we do get to know more about the mysterious Mrs. Flowers. But, in the end, this book was a big disappointment. If the series continues, then I'll wait on the library's borrow list.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By CLB77 on October 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dear Diary,

I just finished Nightfall and was so disappointed I had to vent my frustrations to you, dear friend. I can't believe my big return was so dreadful! It makes me sad to have to relate it to the original four Diaries. Those were... refreshing. Ahead of their time. Concise. Maybe even eloquent. This was... not any of those things. I feel like Nightfall has stained the Vampire Diaries' reputation (even worse than Caroline's will be!).

If I could, I would fire the editor. What a poor job! How could he or she have let a 300 page story be bloated to 500+ pages like this? It's longer than two of the original stories combined! Far too plumped up with drawn out descriptions, repetitive situations, and endless circles in the Old Wood. Or was it a snow globe? I'm really not sure. Diary, I just couldn't see the whole story for the trees. I mean that! Mostly, we all just kept running into trees- literally!- and crazy little girls. It was kind of exciting at times, but then we did the same thing so often it stopped being exciting. I don't think we got very far, in anything. By the time we hit the climax, with more trees, by the way, I was already so bored (and maybe a little confused), I just kept flipping the pages to get to the end. I tried to throw the book at the wall to dash the snow globe myself, but sadly, it didn't work. I'm still not clear on when we got out of it. If we did.

Damon was just awful the whole time. I guess I know he wasn't himself, but then was he? I used to think he was charming, dangerous and sexy, insouciant in the best possible way. I wonder if I was wrong. It seemed more like he's just immature and vain, which is not sexy at all, especially after at least a half century of time to grow up.
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