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The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Nightfall Hardcover – February 10, 2009
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The first book in a new trilogy from L. J. Smith!
Elena Gilbert is alive—again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.
About the Author
L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.
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Each time I read this book I am infuriated by the way that Elena is so single minded in her love for Stefan, its like she can't do anything other than love him, like she has to love him no matter what. Damon knew what he was saying when he was trying to explain to her why they are better suited to be together:
“But Elena,” Damon’s voice had life now; it was both excited and inflexible: “Can’t you see? Past history aside, you have to admit that we’re the ones that belong together. You and I are simply better suited to each other by nature. Deep down you know that, because we understand each other. We’re on the same intellectual level—”
Sometimes I feel as though Damon is the only one who actually uses his mind.
A fellow reader made a good point in another review where she stated that Elena needs someone to love and show her love and that is what Stefan did for her. She then needed to do that for Damon but she keeps resisting him... Just being too damn stubborn!!!
Stefan's trying to protect Elena and Damon wants to do the same, but he's able to be taken over by this new evil that has come to Mystic Falls. Meredith, Bonnie, Matt, Elena and even Mrs. Flowers have to work together to stop what is happening and is to come.
The girls in town are starting to change ever since the foxes came to town. Stefan goes missing and it is Damon's fault even though he is having hard time remembering what he is doing being possessed and all.
Nightfall ends with Elena, Matt and Damon leaving town to find Stefan. Elena saved Damon, but at what cost? U will have to read and find out.
I thought that this book could have done better yes because it was really hard to read this book and did take longer than the first four to read. I am not sure if this was before or after L.J. Smith was fired from Alloy/Harper books and a ghost writer took over, but that could be it on the failing parts of this book. I am not sure if i will re-read but I will encourage others to give it a chance because it does have some great parts.