Author: L.J. Smith
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 492 (Books 1 & 2 in one book)
Damon: determined to make Elena his, he'd kill his own brother to possess her.
Stefan: desperate for the power to destroy Damon, and protect Elena, he gives in to his thirst for human blood.
Elena: the girl who can have anyone finds herself in the middle of a love triangle . . . one that might turn deadly.The Struggle starts off right where The Awakening ended, which was a little annoying in terms of…what on earth would you do if you hadn’t just read the last book? That being said, this one wasn’t as annoying as the first book and I did enjoy it quite a bit more.
As a side note: true to the TV series, they seem to have a party, dance, or other outing like every week. This amused me since I laugh at it almost every week on the show.
The action moves very fast in this one, needing to get through a whole lot of stuff in a short amount of time. Damon has a much larger presence in the second book, which I think was part of why I enjoyed it more. Damon Salvatore = my Vampire Diaries boyfriend!
There are fewer deaths, yet more suspense, in The Struggle – a lot of the time is spent trying to avoid Damon, but also Elena trying to keep Stefan’s secret from her family and friends, yet keeping his name clear from suspicion around town. It wouldn’t be a high school setting without some good old friend betrayal, which is happily provided in the form of Caroline.
All in all, a decent follow up to the first book, and although this will not be my favorite series, I will read through to the conclusion of the original set.Visit Crystal @ I Totally Paused