Saturday, 7 July 2012

Book Review: Shadow Souls - The Vampire Diaries

Time for another book review... with rainy days ahead let's look at a book series I absolutely love love love... The Vampire Diaries

I adore this book series so much as well as the TV Show which is currently on season break (boo!)

So, the most recent book I have read of this series is: "Shadow Souls" which is the 5th in the series. Stefan (Elena's vampire boyfriend) has been left to rott in the "Shi no Shi" - a prison in the Dark Dimension, which is a world where vampires and demons roam free and humans live as slaves of their supernatural masters. Responsible for his fate are no other than the evil kitsune Shinichi and Misao (fox spirits from Japan that were introduced in "Nightfall") so Elena, Damon and Matt are on the way to rescue him. Meanwhile, back in Fells church, Elenas best friends Meredith and Bonnie are trying to help free Stefan by gaining more information on the kitsune and trying to figure out what is going on with pregnant Caroline whose behaviour mirrors one of a wild animal rather than a human.

Stefan has always been portrayed as the obvious choice for Elena but the shadow which was Damon has been creeping up into the light of the storylines and finally, in this book his shadow has been given a real soul. We are succesfully introduced to the real Damon Salvatore and that's what I love about it.

Whatever it was that made her let the "bad boy" shine it shall be hailed in eternity because it was exactly the right thing to do! Damon Salvatore is not the obvious choice for Elena.

If you follow the series, you will agree that he is pretty much introduced as the Anti hero from the first time he is given a sentence to speak. As the obvious hero - you are introduced to Stefan, the sensible brother and tame vampire who doesn't kill people and spends most of his time thinking about how to make Elena happy.

Like Anne Rice and her love for her character Lestat, L.J Smith seems to favour Damon Salvatore in the book series. He is one of the best developed and most intriguing characters of the series. I believe L.J. Smith has taken the opportunity of the entire "The Return" series of the Vampire Diaries to increase focus on Elena and Damon rather than Stefan and Elena and I love it.

Do you read the Vampire Diaries? Have you read this book? Let me know what you think! X

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