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The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 15, 2011
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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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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.
I will admit, I ignored the idiotic addition of Elena's Wings of Whatever (after her ridiculous second resurrection) in the last book, because the plot was interesting, and I couldn't get enough of Damon and Elena. The characters have just gotten more ridiculous though. When Bonnie rushes through the door after hearing Elena call Damon "darling" Meredith and Matt rush to all these "well maybe..blah blah happened," The dialogue here is contrived. When someone bursts through the door upset, they are not likely to make you play a guessing game as to what is wrong. They would most likely just come out with it. And if Stefan really heard all that was going on, why didn't he hear Damon and Elena kiss? DUH!?
I wish I could get my money back. Honestly, this was the worst waste of time and money in my life-- and if I knew it would turn out this bad I never would have started reading the other books.
I finally chugged to the end of Midnight yesterday, and I'm just appalled. The biggest pet peeve I have in fantasy/sci fi stories is when something happens at the end to undo everything that was done up to that point...and that's exactly what happens here. Not only is the entire Return series pretty much wiped out (although not from my memory, more's the pity), but also most of everything after "The Awakening," so the original series is undone as well. Unbelievable. HOW MUCH DAMAGE CAN SOMEONE DO TO HER OWN WORK????
As an aside, there's a stupid new plotline for Meredith which reeks of setting up for more squeezing of the cash cow. Yes, I know L.J. has been fired, but someone's going to continue making money off these books...even if they had to make over a beloved old character to do it. We're supposed to believe, NOW, that Meredith is really a "hunter/slayer?" That she has a vampire twin? That she herself is part vampire who must eat a teaspoon of blood with every meal??? I call SHENANIGANS!!!!
Then, finally, there's the whole Damon aspect to this book. Damon starts off as human, but instead of doing something, ANYTHING, with this plot thread, he quickly arranges to become a vampire again. Then, he's killed, but not killed, at the end. Who cares? If he's not dead, why did we have to read his extended death scene? UGH.
And after all this aggravation, I have to say that I will check out the first Hunters book from the library, just to see if the ghostwriter will try to mimic the old books (in which case, kudos) or this new trash...at which point I'll check out permanently.
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The characters and plot lines in Midnight are nothing like they began. The Dark Dimension and steady stream of oddball secondary characters were just too much to stomach. I know the original books were no great world literature, but they had coherent plots and well-written relationships and chemistry. Damon had been one of my all-time favorite vampire characters, and I've been reading fang fiction for a couple of decades. I now feel sorry for a fictional character who deserved better from his creator.
This whole second series has just been distasteful. It might have been better if LJ never continued the Vampire Diaries world. The publisher and editors deserve some of the blame for not streamlining what became tome-like books and a big hot mess. Midnight seems to end with a potential foreshadowing of yet more books. Really? Really?? I won't even bother looking for them. I'm going to try to purge the existence of these sequels from my memory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The books are great once you get over the first two very "teenage" books they get really good!Published 2 months ago by Asa walker
If you want to read a new released YA fantasy adventure trilogy novel check out Crepuscular Light In The Night. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda
My sister likes these books so this was a great edition to her collection!Published 4 months ago by KISS SPACEMAN FANGIRL
SPEECHLESS! OH MY GOD! I can't wait for the next book to come out! I still want Elena to be with Damon and now they have more of a chance! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Review Nerd
I cried so hard when i read this book. i wreck amend this d
book to anyone!!!!!!! O yeah spoil alert DAMON DIED!!!!! i hope your happy L J Smith! #sick