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The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight [Kindle Edition]

L. J. Smith
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The devil you know . . .

With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.

Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?

Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell's Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined. . . .



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About the Author

Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the bestselling Night World and Vampire Diaries series (now a hit-series on ITV2). She lives in Northern California, in a rambling house in a small town. Lisa knew that she wanted to be a writer since she was about six, when a teacher praised a poem she'd written. She wrote her first book in high school, finishing it in her first year of college. Then she became a special education teacher before she was able to become a writer full-time.

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  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 581 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061720852
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9WF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better March 15, 2011
By ldimock
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having just finished The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight. I found that it was lackluster in comparison to the previous "The Return" books, especially Shadows Souls. Without creating too much of a spoiler, the plot twists did not seem developed enough and resolved the issues in way too simple and easy a way. The whole side storyline with Meredith seemed ill-constructed and nonsensical, and was not fleshed out nearly enough to seem like more than a poorly constructed anime. As far as the plot line with Damon becoming human from the prior book, L.J. Smith could have done a LOT more with it, instead of resolving it quickly and progressing what seemed like "business as usual" a quarter of the way into the book. The whole ordeal with him speaking to the "Princess" was cheesy at best.

As a whole, I was disappointed with this book, having such high expectations from Shadow Souls. Will I be reading the next one when it comes out? Yes, but only because it seems like a shame to leave it on a cliffhanger after so much of a time investment reading all the other books.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed and I have yet to finish it! March 16, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I received it through my kindle and I have yet to finish it. It seems like it's not even the same writer from the first original books. None of the characters are the same, and no one can say "they matured". I am going to finish it just beacause I purchased it anwant to see how OFF the chart she is going to take this story. I have loved L.J. Smith since I was a kid and its disappointing the way the story of Elena & the crew are going. Sorry! L.J.!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad.... March 23, 2011
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I have read all of the Vampire Diaries books and was anxiously awaiting this one as well. I am a huge Damon fan. I feel that he has a lot more charisma than Stephan. To me, Stephan is boring. That being said, I obviously want Damon and Elena together. Unfortunately, I do not understand why the author finds it ok to make Elena find it acceptable to have both Damon and Stephan. She needs to choose. The fact that she doesn't and seems to think she can have them both makes her seem so selfish and unlikeable to me. Many good stories involve heartbreak, and I know many of you are Stephan fans, but sometimes the good guy doesn't get the girl. I feel like this book was just "ok." It held my attention enough to get me to the end, where I must admit, I cried like a little girl. I won't reveal what happens to those who haven't read it. However, I will say I am very unhappy with the ending. It gives this HUGE cliffhanger. I know LJ Smith will no longer be writing any Vampire Diaries books, but I do hope that someone continues to tie up the loose ends. The ending of this book gave no clarification as to what is going to happen next and it leaves all of the characters in limbo. If you think there will be a solid ending, guess again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why would you do that? March 16, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have read and loved LJ's books for years, long before the television series was conceived, and I have to say, she's lost touch with her characters. Elena has become even more flighty and fickle and, sadly, stupid. At times, Bonnie and Elena are written exactly the same way. I don't know if it's the amount of time that passes between the writings of each book, but you'd swear she forgot where she was going with the last one when she picked up writing this one. She had finally made Elena and Damon seem as if they were going to reach that point of deciding whether to become a real couple and then leaving him a human with all of a human's vulnerabilities, but she picks this one up, drops off Damon, a suddenly one-dimensional Damon, though he has always been by far the most interesting character in the series, and makes Elena and Stefan all lovey-dovey and boring again. I knew with enough certainty and dread what was going to happen to poor Damon as they made their journey to the Nether World. She brought in just similar enough descriptions from her past series with tragic love triangles to make me want to weep for Damon.
The action throughout the story is jumpy, for lack of a better word to describe it. You read it because a plotline is necessary but the kitsune seem just silly in this book and the things with Meredith are almost like pleas to the readers, "C'mon, guys, I have to have something to include in the next book, though I obviously hadn't intended to drag things out this far." Hopefully in the next one she will have come to the conclusion that Damon wins the brother competition by simply being interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, so long as you don't expect much... March 26, 2011
By Dainz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recently started reading the Vampire Diaries series a few years ago, and was immediately hooked after the first few books. It appears, since then, the series has been following a slow nosedive, inevitably crash landing with the release of this last book.

I am not sure what the situation is with the author (whether or not she was pressured by her publisher to continue), but she appears to have lost all creativity and care for the continuance of her characters, which seemed so real and likable when the story first started. I am finding Elena to be insufferable, Bonnie to be useless, and Meredith's entire storyline to be pointless; three characters I used to enjoy reading about. I will not even get into the sloppy transitions throughout the story, the pointless sub-plots (i.e. Caroline's pregnancy, Damon's stint as a human), or the horrible grammar and spelling, especially during one of the last crucial lines in the book!

Read the book if you would like a little bit of amusement and have followed the others in the series, but I would no longer recommend this to anyone looking to start a new vampire series from the beginning. I wish I would have stopped reading the series after the originals came out; the memories of the characters would have been more pleasant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife got this and seemed to enjoy it
Published 11 days ago by James M. Plyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these books!
Published 14 days ago by Madeleine
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!!
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next one I recommend it. Loving the books more than the tv series.
Published 3 months ago by Jeca
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book
This was a book I purchased for my kindle, Not sure how this could be considered a good or bad purchase. Worked fine on my kindle and my iPhone kindle app.
Published 3 months ago by Anica Coate
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Last book for Smith
great ending, great everything. the imagery is perfect. As the last book in the series for LJ Smith, she did a wonderful job.
Published 3 months ago by laci rakestraw
4.0 out of 5 stars love the show, like the books
When I first started reading this series it was because I love the tv series and I have always been one who thought that books are 10 times better than movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars much better.
Much better than the last book. So glad! It took me a while to finish this series up but glad I did.
Published 4 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars A slower read
This book was a little harder to get started. So much magic.made it good and bad. I would recommend this for anyone who is into the vampire series
Published 4 months ago by jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars The rougher side
This book has a lot of character, the reason why I gave this product a 5 was because of the cover. The person on the cover looks like she has a lot to live for when it comes to her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bethany S.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I love this book one i could read time and time again it's another great book from L J Smith.
Published 6 months ago by mamajen84
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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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I think I'll be boycotting the rest of the Vampire Diaries series, that's what.
I realize that Alloy owns the rights to the Vampire Diaries, but Smith made them what they are. The last few were, in my opinion, not as great as the originals, but I don't see why that would prompt Alloy and... Read More
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