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What I’ve Been Reading // October VD Series
In September I ended up with the worst book hangover ever – I read The Angel, a book I’d been waiting for since it was announced and I loved it that much that I just couldn’t read another thriller, I picked one up the next day but I couldn’t get into it at all which is soo unusual for me. So I decided to put it down and try something else and go back to it later. I didn’t want to try and read another thriller though, I wanted to go for something completely different last month, and with it being Halloween and all, I knew exactly what I wanted to read; The Vampire Diaries. TVD has been my guilty pleasure since I watched the very first episode back in 2009 – actually it’s not even my guilty pleasure, I don’t feel guilty about it what. so. ever. My mum obviously realised my love for TVD and bought me the whole book series and, for many reasons, it’s been sat on my book shelves ever since.
Firstly, I was terrified of how different the books were, I knew that they were going to be completely different to the show and I didn’t want to start them until the series was done so I didn’t get different feelings for any of the characters and secondly, I was pretty scared of committing to a book series (I have to finish a series before I start anything else) But now that the TV series has, very sadly, ended, I cried a lot, and because I can’t read a thriller right now, I thought it was about time I gave them a chance.
Again, I’ve rambled a lot in this post so I’d grab a snack if I were you.
The Awakening and The Struggle
The first book comes with the first two books in one, they’re quite short really, about 200 pages each, so I did get through them pretty fast, and even though I didn’t love them, I quite liked them; and even though everything I’m about to say makes it sound like I hated them I really didn’t. Being the first book in the series, I thought I’d give it a chance, but really I did not like and that was how different the characters were at all. They are all completely different, they’ve all got different names, they all look different and their personalities just aren’t right, the towns even got a different name! But because I’ve seen the characters, it’s been quite easy for me to just picture them instead and try to just ignore the fact that they are nothing like their TV versions. Like I said I wanted to give it a chance I try and get used to it, so ignoring the fact that I hated all the characters I really liked reading the book and that’s because it’s nothing like the series. I thought if it wasn’t going to be the same I’d hate it but it was the complete opposite, I enjoyed it more because I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know where the story was going to do and slowly I started to get used to it.
For The Awakening and The Struggle, I definitely wouldn’t say they are amazing books, but I’d say they are good, and some parts are even better, but overall both together only get a three star from me. The characters reactions to vampires and witches is just stupid and that bothered me a lot, like, who see’s someone eating a dove and being like ‘oh you’re a vampire cool’ – no one. But I did try to look at it as I would have when I was younger. The story was also a bit dim. I don’t know, it was good, but I expected more, you know what I mean. I’m reading a book about vampires and it’s all about Caroline stealing a diary? no I want more. It did get a lot better in The Struggle, the story started to pick up and it did leave it on a bit of a cliff hanger which I always enjoy.
The Fury and The Reunion
The start of this book was soooo much better than the first two and a I was way happier with it. It was as though the first two were just a test run and then they really started to try with the third. The story picked up, it got more exciting and a lot more happened too. The characters started to become a lot more bearable, and I properly started to enjoy what I was reading. I never expected it to be the best series I’ve read, and it wasn’t but I didn’t stop reading. It’s still full of asif moments, but I’m trying to get used to that and I think it’s working. It does still bug me that the characters are so different but I think I’m getting used to that too and trying my hardest to not think about the series. The Fury’s story line was a lot better than The Reunion’s it didn’t seem as daft, well the controlling of the animals was a bit much and it made me a little sad but it was exciting to read, to see what would happen where as The Reunion started off good, I really enjoyed the birthday party bit but after that it just dragged for quite a long time, it picked up at the end finally and there was a lot of action compared to the rest of the story.
I actually really enjoyed this one, I think I finally come to terms with how unrealistic is it, because looking back I think that was the main thing that was making me not enjoy the books as much as I wanted to because I’d actually gotten used to the characters (well as much as I’m going to anyway). I’m so used to reading crime thrillers that when I finally tried a fantasy I just couldn’t handle it, plus The Vampire Diaries is quite unrealistic anyway and comparing it to the show, it’s absolutely bonkers really. And Either the books are getting less daft or I am starting to get it. Anyway, like I said I really enjoyed this one, the story was a lot more fun to read, there was a lot of action and there was actually only a few bits where I was getting a bit bored. It wasn’t perfect by no means though, there’s a lot of plot holes which were frustrating to read and I didn’t get a lot of it, some descriptions were very vague, especially of the malach – I still have no idea what ‘these’ look like.. – which made the story a bit complicated and I did have to re-read a few pages for it to make sense but if I’m just talking about the story, I really really did like it, there was drama every time someone stepped out of their door. The ending was good too, not what I expected but I liked it and to be honest, after reading Nightfall I’m really looking forward to reading the rest, let’s hope they all get better too!
I hope you enjoyed me talking about a different genre for once, but don’t worry, if you love my thriller reviews I’ll be back to them soon!
Have you ever read the Vampire Diaries?
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