Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stefan's Diaries-Volume 2 Bloodlust

Summary Provided By Harper Teen: 

A new beginning . . .

When Stefan Salvatore's first love turned him into a vampire, his world—and his soul—were destroyed. Now he and his brother, Damon, must flee their hometown, where they risk being discovered . . . and killed.

The brothers head to New Orleans, looking for safe haven. But the city is more dangerous than they ever imagined, full of other vampires—and vampire hunters. Will Stefan's eternal life be forever damned?

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan's Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began. 

My Thoughts:
Shortly after the television show, The Vampire Diaries began, I read the original series from LJ Smith and I hated it. I hated the characters and I hated the plot. I was even stupid enough to read the next Vampire Diaries series, The Return, and that was even worse. I love the show so much though, actually I'm borderline obsessed with it. Everything I hated about the original series, I love about the show. I think Damon and Stefan are my favorite vampires out there today, and I love that Elena is not your typical teenage girl who would die without her vampire love (aka-Bella). Elena is a kick-ass strong character who loves her friends and family and would do anything to protect them.

Since I hated the original series, but love the television show so much I wasn't sure if I should read Stefan's Diaries, which is based on the Stefan from the TV show, who became a vampire in 1865 in Mystic Falls, instead of the Stefan who became a vampire in 1600's Italy. Then I received an advanced copy of Stefan's Diaries-Volume 1: Origins, which is about Stefan's life before he met Katherine, up to when he became a vampire. I decided to give the series a try.

I was disappointed with Origins. There were too many inconsistencies with the television show. Season 1 had many flashbacks (my favorite scenes!), and since the book was supposed to be based on what we have seen, what we already know, with new added information, it angered me that the book did not keep with the same information as the television show.

Anyway, I decided to still give Bloodlust a chance, and I enjoyed it a lot! It begins two weeks after Stefan and Damon become vampires. Stefan is feeding on the local girls he used to be friends with, and Damon refuses to eat anything. It was really interesting to see Damon being the "good" vampire. On the show he acts like he doesn't care about anyone, or anything, but that isn't true. He just does not let people see his insecurities. One scene in Bloodlust really struck me as ironic:
          "Vampires kill. It's what we do brother," I said calmly, my gaze locking on Damon's blue eyes.
           "It's what you do," he said. "Not me, Never me." (p. 46)
For anyone who watches the show, Damon and Stefan are the opposite of what they say right here. Damon is the monster who doesn't care who he hurts, and Stefan is the brooding, emo one, who will only eat deers and squirrels.

In Bloodlust, Stefan and Damon head to New Orleans where Stefan meets his BFF Lexi!!!! I was so excited to learn how they became friends. Ever since Lexi was staked by Damon in season 1, I wanted to learn more about her, and be able to spend more time with Lexi and Stefan together!

In Bloodlust we learn how and why this switch between the brothers occurred. I would recommend this book to any hardcore Vampire Diaries fan. You don't really need to read the first volume, unless you want too, but it isn't a necessity if you know the TV show.

Love, Kristina

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