Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Release Date: First published March 1, 1999 / Audio unabridged edition released October 27, 2009 by Harper Audio
Pages: 276 pages (Paperback) / Audio Length: Approx 6.5 hours
Narrator: Rebecca Mozo
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: YA Paranormal, YA Urban Fantasy
Review Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: 2 bookmarks
Synopsis: Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?
First let me say that this book was never on my radar to read let alone listen to on audio. I was looking for another audio book to borrow, but the one I wanted had a million and one holds on it so I searched for something readily available. Because I really enjoy TVD television show, I decided to give the book a try.
Sadly there wasn't much that I liked about the story. The fact that I couldn't stop myself from comparing it to the TV show, probably was part of the problem. I don't think I could enjoy the story as it is. I guess that's the problem with reading a book after watching it's counterpart, whether it's a TV show or movie.
What I was able to enjoy is the narrator. I liked the fact that she sort of sounds just like the actress that plays Elena on the TV show. Not exactly, but close. That was a pleasant surprise.
The personalities and descriptions of the characters are all pretty different than what I'm used to, so I found it hard to relate to them. I don't really like that Bonnie is someone else, completely. In the book, yes she thinks she could be a witch, but she's also a white, redheaded girl. But their other friend, Meredith, is described as having olive skin with dark lashes. She seems like she could be black, possibly the TV show combined the two characters into one and named her Bonnie. Caroline is also completely a different character. Even Elena herself is very different. In the book she's spoiled and sort of obnoxious, on the show, she's a goodie two shoes and always wants to do the right thing. She's popular, but not in the mean girl way that the book's version of Elena is. Essentially, everything is different. Not like I didn't expect it, but it just wasn't better. There are TONS more differences, but I don't want to get into listing them all because this post would end up being way too long.
Regarding the story itself, it wasn't as developed as I hoped it would be. For a book so short it took longer than I'd like for the plot to get interesting. But on the upside, we did get lots of details on how Stefan became to be what he is today. As for the characters, I didn't fine any of them particularly likable.
Do I recommend this book? Not really. For those that watch The Vampire Diaries, keep it at that, don't bother with this book. But on the other hand, if you haven't seen the TV show at all...then maybe. It's possible that you may enjoy it more because you won't be partial to the show. Do I recommend the TV show? Absolutely!
Happy Reading & Listening,