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The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #4: The Ripper Paperback – November 8, 2011
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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.
Kevin Williamson is the show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. His credits include the critically acclaimed television series Dawson's Creek and the blockbuster horror franchise Scream.
Julie Plec is the co-show runner and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries. She was most recently a writer-producer of the fan-favorite television series Kyle XY.
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It is a light series based on the show itself and it supposed to fill in the gaps. The before Elena years gap. That appealed to me. One thing I love on TVD show is the history flashbacks.
So, in book 4 we have followed Stefan & Damon from human to vampire and every place in between. Stefan has moved to England and is working on a farm. He is on the "bunny diet" as Damon affectionately calls it. He travels into London with his boss one day & decides to look up Damon. Stefan has heard via newspaper of a few grisly murders that he thinks may be connected to Damon.
After a dramatic reunion & Stefan saves a human girl & takes her under his wing (again) the brothers try to figure out who is committing these grisly murders. Stefan believes it could be Damon & is going to stop him before he is caught. He wants to save him. Damon is Damon & while he is flagrantly abusing his "vampire powers" he assures Stefan he is NOT "The Ripper".
A bloody message left on a wall leads Stefan to believe Klaus or another "Original" is after them yet once again.
After a bit of bumbling around the inevitable showdown happens back at the farm Stefan has worked on for over a year.
The ACTUAL "Ripper" is a complete surprise to both of the brothers. Yes, he is a vampire. Lives are lost.Read more ›
But is it Damon? Or is there another vampire behind it all? An ominous message in blood does point to the fact that someone could be after Damon or Stefan, or both.
The good? If you've been reading the Stefan Diaries, you won't be disappointed. And yes, the brothers do find each other and we get the love / hate scenes between them that we've come to love.
The bad? This really is half of a story. Which I hate, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. As in so much of a cliffhanger that the preview for Stefan's Diaries #5 reads like the next chapter. It truly will just pick up right where this book left off. You might be ahead to wait for the next one and read them together. Also if you're a history buff who doesn't appreciate real life stuff being twisted into fictional stories - well keep in mind, yeah they're turning Jack the Ripper into a vampire storyline here.
That said, I had read L.J. Smith's TVD books long before the TV show premiered, and I was excited when the series was announced. When I watched the show, I was surprised by all the details they changed, but I liked the show anyway--you basically just have to watch it for what it is and forget about making comparisons with the original storyline. The same principle applies to these books. It's a series that's based on a TV show, which is based on another series of books (kinda weird).
The Ripper was pretty entertaining, though I was a little confused about why the two vampires were setting Damon up for the murders--there wasn't really much explanation at the end, especially about whether they had any association with Klause. The book basically ends with a set-up for the next book. If you are invested in the series, it's worth reading.
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Love the author love her books. So happy she's finally finishing them upPublished 17 months ago by Patrick
The Vampire Diaries:Stefan's Diaries #4 is great. I bought it for my 20 year old granddaughter. She loved it.Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer