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The third book in the New York Times bestselling series by L.J. Smith. The Craving is the third book in L.J. Smith’s bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series, which reveals the backstory of brothers Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries series. This paperback features cover artwork from the hit CW TV series The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Some The third book in the New York Times bestselling series by L.J. Smith. The Craving is the third book in L.J. Smith’s bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series, which reveals the backstory of brothers Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries series. This paperback features cover artwork from the hit CW TV series The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder. Stefan Salvatore has come to terms with being a vampire. The events of the past few months have sobered him, and the fog of his own blood lust has begun to lift. He travels to New York City to start a new life—one that does not require him to kill humans to survive. Instead he feeds off of animals in Central Park. But the quiet life he envisioned is jolted when he runs into his brother Damon, who has convinced New York high society that he is Italian royalty. While Stefan is regaining his humanity, Damon has completely lost his. Stefan will do whatever it takes to protect Damon from himself—but there is another villain present. A vampire that seeks revenge for a death the Salvatores are responsible for. Stefan and Damon will have to work together to fight the greatest evil yet. Full of dark shadows and surprising twists, the third book in the New York Times bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series raises the stakes for the Salvatore brothers as they face new loves, old treacheries, and unimaginable threats. Fans of L. J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series as well as the hit television show won’t be able to put the latest Salvatore adventure down.  

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The third book in the New York Times bestselling series by L.J. Smith. The Craving is the third book in L.J. Smith’s bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series, which reveals the backstory of brothers Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries series. This paperback features cover artwork from the hit CW TV series The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Some The third book in the New York Times bestselling series by L.J. Smith. The Craving is the third book in L.J. Smith’s bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series, which reveals the backstory of brothers Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries series. This paperback features cover artwork from the hit CW TV series The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder. Stefan Salvatore has come to terms with being a vampire. The events of the past few months have sobered him, and the fog of his own blood lust has begun to lift. He travels to New York City to start a new life—one that does not require him to kill humans to survive. Instead he feeds off of animals in Central Park. But the quiet life he envisioned is jolted when he runs into his brother Damon, who has convinced New York high society that he is Italian royalty. While Stefan is regaining his humanity, Damon has completely lost his. Stefan will do whatever it takes to protect Damon from himself—but there is another villain present. A vampire that seeks revenge for a death the Salvatores are responsible for. Stefan and Damon will have to work together to fight the greatest evil yet. Full of dark shadows and surprising twists, the third book in the New York Times bestselling Stefan’s Diaries series raises the stakes for the Salvatore brothers as they face new loves, old treacheries, and unimaginable threats. Fans of L. J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series as well as the hit television show won’t be able to put the latest Salvatore adventure down.  

30 review for The Craving

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    what makes a re-read better? if you forgot how the book ended the first time you read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krisi

    Library messed up my request, causing me to accidentally skip Book #2 in this portion of the series; I didn't feel I missed much, though. While I'm attempting to finish what I began, the entire Vampire Diaries books, these authors do not do the original author, L.J.Smith, any justice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aparajitabasu

    Finally I get the book, the final installment in the TVD tie-in series Stefan's Diaries #3 The Craving . You definitely can't pass it up. Here is how the summary goes like: Blood brothers . . .After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother. Damo Finally I get the book, the final installment in the TVD tie-in series Stefan's Diaries #3 The Craving . You definitely can't pass it up. Here is how the summary goes like: Blood brothers . . .After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother. Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers—whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages, an old enemy resurfaces—one hell-bent on revenge. 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. Again I remind you all that although the book cover mentions L.J. Smith, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec but their is no concrete authors mention a.k.a a 'ghost writer'. Enough about the ghost writer lets see what we can discuss about the book without giving out any spoilers. After the disastrous events of the #2 Bloodlust where Stefan literally "tears-out" through New Orleans and Damon not wanting to have any part of this new life but ultimately the tables turn and viola we get the Stefan and Damon that we see today on the tv series. Stefan has embraced his new life and with renewed hope starts out in the 'big apple', more specifically Manhattan, New York. Trying to control that bloodlust by hunting small animals in the central park where he has made his home. When he stumbled upon a blood-ridden young girl out in Central Park, where after saving her he brings her to her house for safety. What might have been seen as a good deed by a young man turns into something quite differently. Stefan soon finds himself getting involved in this girl's family whether he likes it or not, and he did because he yearned for some company and a sense of family. The longer he seems to be around this new family, Stefan soon discovers that not everything it as it seems, and he comes face to face with Damon, whom has been masquerading himself off as an Italian Count and making mischief around the town. Coincidence? Or is one maybe planning on toying with the other? Stalking the other? They do both end up connected to a high society family - surely that is a coincidence? And as always they end up wondering if they are really each others biggest problems or if they need to play nice with each other -- if there are things out there so much bigger and badder they are, so maybe they at least to pretend to be friends again if only long enough to figure out what in the heck is happening around them. It is clear enough the Damon is all too fond of his younger brother(not!) for making him a vampire. Stefan also knows that he should not have forced his brother to finish his transformation but it also shows that Stefan was the insecure one and was throughly not looking forward to an eternity alone. It is human nature to do things like this we can't really fault Stefan for that. Damon and his goals aren't the only thing they need to worry about, as a new enemy comes to town in search of revenge. This enemy is strong maybe even stronger than the two brothers together. Klaus's minion. Not the big boss himself. Now this is where the book takes a u-turn from the tv series. In the TV series Damon and Stefan have no knowledge of Klaus or his relationship with Katherine. So why in the book does Klaus send someone after them? It just doesn’t make any sense! If you’re going to have these as companion novels to the TV series then at least get them factually correct! Another problem the Stefan’s Diaries version which has the brothers born and raised in 1864 Mystic Falls, but then the events that happen both in Mystic Falls and after bear almost no relation to those that occur in the TV series. I have no problem with books and TV series being different, I love the original Vampire Diaries books and I love the TV series, partly because of the differences. But something like this that just keeps getting things wrong – for example the original meeting between Katherine and Stefan, which was shown so early in the TV series, that the author must have seen it, is just infuriating. Once you get past that the books are alright. The writing standard has definitely improved and this book is the better of the three. The voice still is very modern, but at least the facts are correct. The plot is much better, the events were much more interesting, and it was a portion of Damon and Stefan’s lives that we’ve known nothing about prior to this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I do like the vampire diaries tv show so reading these books really does help me picture the characters a lot better and what they go through. What I like more about it though is that I can find out more of Stefan and Damon's past and how they got to where they are now and the reasons behind everything that has happened. If you like the show then I'd definitely recommend reading the Stefan's diaries series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loren Johnson

    I love this book series so much! Whoever has written these is truly gifted - I only wish I knew who it was! A wonderful reflection of what The Vampire Diaries is, another excellent instalment!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Brothers by blood and law So far this is one of the best in the Stefans Diaries serie. Both Stefan and Damon traveled to New York to start a new life. As always Damon follows his behated brother with just enough distance for Stefan not to notice. We get to meet a caring high society family. With whom the brothers spent a lot of time. Lexi is back and still Stefans best friend. I love her character and I hope she will be with them in the next book! Also finaly Klaus had been mentioned! Can't wa Brothers by blood and law So far this is one of the best in the Stefans Diaries serie. Both Stefan and Damon traveled to New York to start a new life. As always Damon follows his behated brother with just enough distance for Stefan not to notice. We get to meet a caring high society family. With whom the brothers spent a lot of time. Lexi is back and still Stefans best friend. I love her character and I hope she will be with them in the next book! Also finaly Klaus had been mentioned! Can't wait to read more about him and the brothers. I hope Klaus will be as interesting and the TVshow Klaus. With new land in sight, adventures are laying around the corner!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Kackley

    What with the epilogues they put at the end of the previous books ("previously on The Vampire Diaries" lol) we already knew this one was set in high-society New York City. Plotline is a tad predictable, and not quite as much excitement as the previous two books in this series. Stefan and Damon are "at each other's throats" again, with Damon calling all the shots this time. Stef's still struggling with his humanity or lack thereof, and we get a whole new family of innocents pulled into the plotti What with the epilogues they put at the end of the previous books ("previously on The Vampire Diaries" lol) we already knew this one was set in high-society New York City. Plotline is a tad predictable, and not quite as much excitement as the previous two books in this series. Stefan and Damon are "at each other's throats" again, with Damon calling all the shots this time. Stef's still struggling with his humanity or lack thereof, and we get a whole new family of innocents pulled into the plotting and scheming. There is a surprise visitor in this book (which I will not spoil for you), but fans of the TV series will see it coming from a mile away. Best part about this book? At the end (as usual) they publish a teaser for the first of "The Hunter" series of Vampire Diaries books--and we get a glimpse into what happened to Damon and Elena after the dramatic conclusion in Midnight. I kinda didn't want to know.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Folker

    Not a bad little book. It is a book that you read when you want something short and simple.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosy

    This review was written for The Review Diaries: http://reviewdiaries.blogspot.com/201... My problem with this series of books is twofold. 1) That the series is still being marketed as L. J. Smith’s work. Depending on what version of the books you get some explain that they’re based on her work, but most leave it unclear, and I think it’s unfair to lump these books on her reputation, because it just drags it down. 2) That there are now THREE versions of this story. Version A: The original book versi This review was written for The Review Diaries: http://reviewdiaries.blogspot.com/201... My problem with this series of books is twofold. 1) That the series is still being marketed as L. J. Smith’s work. Depending on what version of the books you get some explain that they’re based on her work, but most leave it unclear, and I think it’s unfair to lump these books on her reputation, because it just drags it down. 2) That there are now THREE versions of this story. Version A: The original book version of the Vampire Diaries, where the Salvatore brothers are born in the 1400’s and are Italian. Version B: The TV series version which has the brothers born and raised in 1864 Mystic Falls. Version C: The Stefan’s Diaries version which has the brothers born and raised in 1864 Mystic Falls, but then the events that happen both in Mystic Falls and after bear almost no relation to those that occur in the TV series. If they’re going to market Stefan’s Diaries as ‘based on the hit TV series!’ then at least get it right! I mean these discrepancies are so irritating to those who are fans of the TV show, that it just makes me not want to bother anymore with this particular series of books. I have no problem with books and TV series being different, I love the original Vampire Diaries books and I love the TV series, partly because of the differences. But something like this that just keeps getting things wrong – for example the original meeting between Katherine and Stefan, which was shown so early in the TV series, that the author must have seen it, is just infuriating. Once you get past that the books are alright. The writing standard has definitely improved and this book is the better of the three. The voice still is very modern, but at least the facts are correct – even down to little details like Commodore Matthew Perry and Pimm’s being brought over from Britain. My second biggest problem with them (after the rant above…) is that they are so tiny. The Salvatore brothers are fascinating, there is such a huge wealth of detail and depth of emotions and levels and facets that could be explored, and yet the books are just skimming the surface, going over the barest details that hold the plot together. I want more. I want to get to know these brothers in another, but equally satisfying way as I am in the TV show, and it’s just not happening. My third biggest problem relates back to my first. In the TV series Damon and Stefan have no knowledge of Klaus or his relationship with Katherine. So why in the book does Klaus send someone after them? It just doesn’t make any sense! If you’re going to have these as companion novels to the TV series then at least get them factually correct! Otherwise, this plot was much better, the events were much more interesting, and it was a portion of Damon and Stefan’s lives that we’ve known nothing about prior to this. I’m holding out hope that this is a sign of better things to come. If the plot and writing continue to get better then we might get a really good book out of this some time soon… Let’s just hope the next book takes into account the plot of the TV series and the backstory already revealed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Ever since fleeing New Orleans, Stefan has been surviving on rodents and small animals while living apart from humans in a cave in Central Park. And if that isn’t comical enough for you, wait till you hear what Damon has been up to! Come to find out, he’s portraying Italian royalty, compelling his way into (and feeding off of) the high society of New York City. The brothers meet again when Stefan is dragged into one of Damon’s schemes, this time involving a wealthy family, the Sutherlands. A dou Ever since fleeing New Orleans, Stefan has been surviving on rodents and small animals while living apart from humans in a cave in Central Park. And if that isn’t comical enough for you, wait till you hear what Damon has been up to! Come to find out, he’s portraying Italian royalty, compelling his way into (and feeding off of) the high society of New York City. The brothers meet again when Stefan is dragged into one of Damon’s schemes, this time involving a wealthy family, the Sutherlands. A double wedding, lots of blood, an appearance by Lexi(!), and plenty of snarkiness courtesy of Damon ensue. Out of the first trilogy of books in the Stefan’s Diaries series, The Craving was definitely the most enjoyable for me. The plot played to the defining character traits of Damon and Stefan, casting them in perfect roles, for good and bad. More and more they are becoming the vampires we know and drool over on the show. As for the original characters, the Sutherland clan, who brought to mind an amalgamation of the Crawleys in Downton Abbey and the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice, was fleshed-out well. Margaret was the best, because she didn’t spend the whole time under Damon’s compulsion. He does not have luck with witches. I caught only one glaring inaccuracy in this book. On the show, Stefan and Damon acted like they were learning about Klaus for the first time, but the latter quarter of this prequel would beg to differ. And there isn’t much suspense surrounding the curse, as its details and outcome is already common knowledge for fans. We also know that Katherine is alive, so the only mystery is when, if at all, she is actually making appearances, or if Stefan is simply hallucinating. So, before I read The Ripper, I am left to wonder about a few things: Seriously, it’s still 1864?!? Isn’t a diary full of firsthand, incriminating confessions about homicides and the pitfalls of immortality a really stupid thing for a vampire to maintain? At the rate the brothers’ trail of destruction is burning, how did they survive 145 years using their real names?? These things, I ponder.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ramie

    Right so I love L.J. Smith when she's at the top of her game, really I do. I've read most of her books (I think I missed one or two but I'd have to check - all of the big ones and even some not as well known, I've read). So I'm having a really hard time here. I was in the middle of the last book she'd written (The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight) and just couldn't get through it. I was really feeling like the Vampire Diaries as a book series was dead for me. I'd stopped, read other books, Right so I love L.J. Smith when she's at the top of her game, really I do. I've read most of her books (I think I missed one or two but I'd have to check - all of the big ones and even some not as well known, I've read). So I'm having a really hard time here. I was in the middle of the last book she'd written (The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight) and just couldn't get through it. I was really feeling like the Vampire Diaries as a book series was dead for me. I'd stopped, read other books, gone back to it, stopped again. Then I get the e-mail from Amazon reminding me hey this is on your Kindle. Okay maybe this is what I need - those last two Stefan's diary books were pretty good. Yes! The vamps are *cough* alive and well. And this is why I have such a problem with it. It's clearly not L.J. Smith. Her name does appear on the books - along with two others. I'm unclear on how much input she had in this arc of the series but given that she has now been fired from the books and how totally different the style is from her recent Vampire Diaries books I can only assume not very much. If I am wrong, I apologize but sadly this version is 100% better than the last arc she wrote alone which I seemed to be buying solely on some sort fan devotion and not because I felt they were good. This though is truly good. The Salvatore brothers both end up in New York. Coincidence? Or is one maybe planning on toying with the other? Stalking the other? They do both end up connected to a high society family - surely that is a coincidence? And as always they end up wondering if they are really each others biggest problems or if they need to play nice with each other -- if there are things out there so much bigger and badder they are, so maybe they at least need to pretend to be friends again if only long enough to figure out what in the heck is happening around them. So long as these books keep going this route, I'm in - whoever has taken over has figured out what was missing. Hopefully now that L.J. Smith is free of them she can find whatever it is she was missing in her future books, which I am also in for.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I didn't mean to take so long to read this book, it's just that I started it with the excerpt at the end of #2 and then it took a long time to process at the library, and then other books came up that I needed to finish reading first... Stefan's in NYC, after escaping a crazy vampire circus in New Orleans. He's determined never to see Damon again. While hunting in Central Park, he stumbles across a girl who's been stabbed and left for dead. He resists the temptation to feed on her, and saves her I didn't mean to take so long to read this book, it's just that I started it with the excerpt at the end of #2 and then it took a long time to process at the library, and then other books came up that I needed to finish reading first... Stefan's in NYC, after escaping a crazy vampire circus in New Orleans. He's determined never to see Damon again. While hunting in Central Park, he stumbles across a girl who's been stabbed and left for dead. He resists the temptation to feed on her, and saves her life by giving her some vampire blood. The girl's family is thrilled and accept Stefan into their wealthy lives. But when Stefan escorts one of the girls to a ball, he comes across Damon, who is masquerading as an Italian count. Damon tells Stefan that he'll kill the entire family unless he goes along with a double wedding. Stefan is once again forced into an unwanted marriage to the girl he rescued, while Damon marries her older sister in a ploy to get rich. Damon's Powers have grown and he can pretty much compel everyone to do his bidding. However, there are stronger creatures out there... including Lexi, and Klaus (Katherine's creator). What's a brooding vampire to do? This story just dragged a little bit for me. I felt little connection to the new characters, and Stefan basically couldn't do anything about his situation except whine. I was glad when Lexi came along with some spunk. Damon is far more interesting... why couldn't these have been Damon's diaries?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    It has been a while since I have read one of the Stefan Diaries books, but once I start reading them I just never want to leave the world of Stefan, Damon, and Lexi! They are all such fun characters to read from and I enjoy seeing more of Lexi since her fate was short on the show. I wish that the TV show never killed her off and that she became a series regular. I could tell that she would be one of my favorite characters. It is interesting to see all the different things that Stefan did before h It has been a while since I have read one of the Stefan Diaries books, but once I start reading them I just never want to leave the world of Stefan, Damon, and Lexi! They are all such fun characters to read from and I enjoy seeing more of Lexi since her fate was short on the show. I wish that the TV show never killed her off and that she became a series regular. I could tell that she would be one of my favorite characters. It is interesting to see all the different things that Stefan did before he met Elena. I can't believe some of the stuff he did! I would love to see this story as a flashback episode! Damon's character is laughable and funny with his usual charm. We also get to meet some new characters which are Lydia, Bridget, and Margret! There is a surprising twist revealed about Margret which was great! We also get to first hear about Klaus! Finally glad that his character is starting to pop up! I love how this series is coming along and cannot wait to read what will happen to Stefan and Damon next! I also want to add that I love all the diary entries that are in these books! They sound so much like Stefan and so poetic! I love it! The Stefan Diaries are a short series based off of the TV Show. I know some people get that confused, so I thought that I would clarify that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    After reading the first two one after the other, i was eagerly waiting the release of this one. It was just that the first one was really good, the second was a bit better, but i throughly enjoyed reading both. When i found this book in my local bookstore, 5 days early i couldn't believe. After buying it, i rushed home and started to read it. It took me a long time to get through this book which is saying something as it is only a small book. But i found this book very slow. The storyline didn't After reading the first two one after the other, i was eagerly waiting the release of this one. It was just that the first one was really good, the second was a bit better, but i throughly enjoyed reading both. When i found this book in my local bookstore, 5 days early i couldn't believe. After buying it, i rushed home and started to read it. It took me a long time to get through this book which is saying something as it is only a small book. But i found this book very slow. The storyline didn't grab me in the like previous ones and i was very unhappy with the outcome. I didn't realize this was the last book until i had finished it, but i found it was left at a stupid ending. Why not write books about the other years he spent before he meet Elena. I know that is what the books are about, but i wanted more. Why end it there when there is still so much to write about. Surely he meet more people then just Lexi, and other. But to those who have read the other's then you might as well just read this one, even if it is that disappointing. Just to see it end, to tie up all the loose knots, but i know one thing. I deffinatly won't be reading it again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elena Gilbert

    Blood brothers . . . After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother. Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers—whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages Blood brothers . . . After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother. Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers—whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages, an old enemy resurfaces—one hell-bent on revenge. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This book was absolutely terrible. First off, I can't believe they are getting away with pretending this terribly written book was done by LJ Smith, since it was actually written by a ghostwriter. It was hastily written, crass, and made me want to burn it for ruining her original series. This book is not worth reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Entertaining but not great. I'm hoping the next one will be better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You can really tell these things are aiming for tv-quality, at best; that really how it reads: like cliff notes from a shitty tv series. That said, of the three of these prequels I've read so far, this has been the best; regrettably though, that's not saying much. NOTE: This is more a detailed plot summary than a review. I write these so I can remember what happened in any given book, especially those in a series. But if anyone else finds this helpful - awesome. This one starts off with Stefan car You can really tell these things are aiming for tv-quality, at best; that really how it reads: like cliff notes from a shitty tv series. That said, of the three of these prequels I've read so far, this has been the best; regrettably though, that's not saying much. NOTE: This is more a detailed plot summary than a review. I write these so I can remember what happened in any given book, especially those in a series. But if anyone else finds this helpful - awesome. This one starts off with Stefan carving out an existance in Central Park, having traveled from New Orleans to New York; homeless, he seeks shelter in some caves there, subsisting off squirels, pigeons, and rats. Mmmm.... But because he's in a maschochistic phase, he's not really drinking enough to thrive, just enough to survive and barely at that. One night after a successful squirrel hunt, he finds a young society miss stabbed and bleeding to death in the Park. He forces her to drink some of his blood, which saves her life; he learns her address and takes her home. Her family's so happy for her safe return, they invite him in. Since they are a very wealthy merchant family. Stefan is surprised at their level of hospitality, even insisting that he stay on with them and allow them to dress him for an upcoming ball for which they've asked him to accompanying Bridget - the youngest daughter - the one he saved. Though weary of advancing any more relationships with humans, having a family and being treated like family is so seductive, he agrees. At the ball, he meets Lydia's - the middle sister's - beau, Count LeSangue, who turns out to be none other than Stefan's brother Damon. Stefan contrives for a private word with Damon, demanding to know why he's in New York and whether his interactions with Bridget and Lydia's family is a not a coincidence. Damon delights in informing Stefan, that everything - from Stefan finding and saving Bridget to their family's warm reception of him has been compelled by Damon. Worse, he indicates that he will kill them all if Stefan doesn't agree to his plan of marrying Bridget while he marries Lydia. Why? - demands Stefan. Because in addition to torturing Stefan, it will also legitimately set up the brothers with enough cash to hopefully last them their eternity. Not wanting any harm to come of the family, Stefan agrees. Damon's powers of compulsion advance the engagements and a double wedding ceremony is planned for the next week. Damon's compulsion is so powerful, everyone general seems happy for it, save Stefan and Margaret - the oldest sister. It misses neither Stefan's nor Damon's notice that compulsion does not work on her. Margaret even asks Stefan point blank - how can this all be happening and no one question its lunacy? Stefan responds to trust him: he's trying to do as best he can by her family and to not trust Damon; she concurs. The celebrations following the wedding are overwhelming for Stefan and he escapes the festivities, only to find Damon has followed him. They return at the same time as Margaret to find their wives and parent-in-laws massacred, torn limb from limb. Stefan believes this to be the work of Damon, but Damon insists he did not do it; Margaret says she believes that they did not butcher her family, but also believes they would not have been butchered if the brothers had not entered their lives. The police having already been called, they know they will be the prime suspects, and indeed are jailed. They are just about to escape via compulsion when a guard informs them their lawyer has just appeared. Confused at first, they are soon terrified, because the lawyer is no human nor vampire, but some other more evil beast. Effortlessly he bends the jail bars and they realize, this is the thing that killed their wives and families. But why? It replies: for revenge; for killing Katherine and thus leaving the curse in place. What curse? The beast replies: you mean Katherine never told you about Klaus? No... But without any more details, the best leaves - and as is a theme in this series - promises an eternity of revenge. Both Damon and Stefan are finally about to leave the jail cell when Lexi arrives. But with her arrivial, Damon leaves on her own and Stefan and Lexi retire to a bar where Stefan tells her everything. Two things are revealed here: 1) the beast's name is Lucius and he is presumed to be a minion of Klaus; Stefan's working hypothesis is that Klaus is the vampire that created Katherine; and 2) that Lexi is some special sort of vampire that helps "good" vampires. Lexi and Stefan head back to the site of the massacre in hopes of discovering more clues; while Stefan is upstairs, Lexi is abduced by Lucius with another gloating note left behind. Stefan's instinct tells him that Lexi is being held at the church where he was married the day before but knows in his condition, he will not be able to successfully fight Lucious. So he sets off to find Damon in hopes of recruiting his help. Though he finds Damon several pubs later, Damon refuses to help. Stefan tells him, he will either save Lexi or die trying. Lexi is where Stefan believed her to be, tied to an alter about to be burnt to death by the sun. Unlike Stefan and Damon who were outfitted by Katherine and Emily with rings baring special stones that protect them from the sun, Lexi has no such protection.) Stefan slips his ring on Lexi finger and tells her to save herself. She flees, but Lucius returns capturing them both and intombing them in the church's sacophagus. There they starve for weeks, days, or months, until one day the tomb explodes. Damon helps up both Lexi and Stefan and nourishes them with a flask of blood. Margaret is behind him, holding Lucius at bay by crippling him with pain. How? Apparently she's a witch. Damon confronted her and she just told him; she also agreed to help if Damon returned her dead sister's dahlry money and never return to New York. While Margaret holds Lucious at bay, Lexi, Damon, and Stefan escape, ultimately boarding a ship bound for San Francisco. Lucius catches up with them, just in time to see them depart. And several miles out at sea, Damon says good-bye again and takes on his own, leaving Lexi and Stefan to begin the next leg of the adventure together?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ezri K

    Writing does feel lackluster to read, and is a wee bit predictable. Definitely loosely based off the show. Given that particular events happened differently along with the learning of other characters. Am finding that Stefan isn't much on the quick wit of things. Some aspects didn't really make sense either, but kind of just rolled with it. All in all, it is alright. Not much of a story line, and little actually stands out overall.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Stefan has his regrets and has vowed to not hurt any one else. He is living along and in the wilderness. He discovers a hurt girl in the park and takes her to safety. He gets caught up in the family and again with Damon. There is a plot against him and a dangerous monster chasing them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Finally got round to finishing this, well written and love going back over the beginning of my favourite Salvatore brothers. Damon frustrated me as much as when he first joined the tv show, but over all loved the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Absolutely brilliant

  23. 5 out of 5

    chloe

    2.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Mitchell

    I enjoyed this more with the re-read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabby_H

    Great book, I am going to continue to read the rest of the series!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anthenilla Timothy

    I am in love with these books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jolie De Waal

    I enjoyed reading the book. Normally I don't enjoy reading books, but this was an interesting story. I watched "the vampire diaries " (a tv show), and some parts were a bit different. Some of the characters had different names and the book is played in New York, instead of Mystic Falls like in the serie. There were many details that were different but the main story was the same.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carly Fries

    Before I Read the Book... Hopefully this is the book where Stefan grows a conscience. And Damon gets rid of his. Summary of the Story After Stefan's time in New Orleans, he decides he wants a fresh start so he goes to New York. (view spoiler)[He almost immediately comes across a young girl who has been stabbed and left for dead in the park, and takes her home. Her very wealthy family welcomes him in with open arms, and before he knows it he finds his place among them. He escorts the youngest daught Before I Read the Book... Hopefully this is the book where Stefan grows a conscience. And Damon gets rid of his. Summary of the Story After Stefan's time in New Orleans, he decides he wants a fresh start so he goes to New York. (view spoiler)[He almost immediately comes across a young girl who has been stabbed and left for dead in the park, and takes her home. Her very wealthy family welcomes him in with open arms, and before he knows it he finds his place among them. He escorts the youngest daughter Bridget, whom he rescued, to a ball, which is where he finds out that Damon is the Italian count who has been courting the middle daughter, Lydia. Damon asks her to marry him, and blackmails Stefan into asking the other for her hand as well. As they plan for the double wedding, the eldest daughter Margaret is suspicious of them, and evades all compulsion. After the wedding, Damon compels the father to sign over a large sum of money to him, and they leave the ceremony early. But when they finally return home, they find that the entire family, save for Margaret, has been brutally murdered. They are taken into custody, where they come face to face with the real killer, a henchman for a man named Klaus, who claims to want revenge for Katherine. Lexi then comes and breaks them out of prison. However, soon after, the henchman kidnaps Lexi to draw Stefan out, and then locks them both in a church cellar to starve. After a while, Damon does come break them out, with the help of Margeret, who is so obviously a witch (once he returned her father's check). They escape Klaus' henchman by jumping onto a cargo ship heading for San Francisco. But before they dock, Damon bids the two farewell and dives into the water. (hide spoiler)] While Reading (view spoiler)[* I love how Stefan makes it sound like he's chasing a girl but it's really a squirrel bhaha ** Lydia's not stupid, she knows something's up but I think she trusts Stefan since he did bring Bridget back * How did I know the Italian count was going to be Damon? ** Aww, Damon compelled the Sutherlands to be gracious to Stefan...that sucks, I thought they were just nice people. * So many proposals haha ** Maybe Margaret's a witch and that's why she hasn't been compelled like the others? But wait, witches can still be compelled...what the hell is she? * Who wrote that message then....? ** Wow, well Stefan never said anything about being married before...sneaky bastard haha * THEY'RE ALL DEAD WTF ** OF COURSE IT'S KLAUS LOL THE WHOLE BLOODY SCENE REEKED OF KLAUS Except that contradicts how the TV show has Stefan meeting Klaus for the first time so...annoying Oh, that wasn't actually Klaus? Just one of his minions? But still, when Stefan does meet Klaus in the 1920s, wouldn't he remember and be like FUCK YOU BUDDY * YA GO MARGARET (hide spoiler)] What I Thought I really, really enjoyed this one. You know, until (view spoiler)[the gross mass family murder scene with decapitated corpses and blood-splattered walls... (hide spoiler)]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denisa C

    When I will understand the meaning of these prequels, what a hell of a day it will be. Got the first one, hell I might say I get the second. But this one. What? what? Nope. Nope. Nope. We are in New York City. Why are we in New York? What in the hell are we doing here? Honestly I don't care if the prequels are like the beginnings of the Salvatore brothers. I don't want that. I get it: transformed by Katherine, buu. Damon loves Katherine. Damon is something I cannot and never will fully understand When I will understand the meaning of these prequels, what a hell of a day it will be. Got the first one, hell I might say I get the second. But this one. What? what? Nope. Nope. Nope. We are in New York City. Why are we in New York? What in the hell are we doing here? Honestly I don't care if the prequels are like the beginnings of the Salvatore brothers. I don't want that. I get it: transformed by Katherine, buu. Damon loves Katherine. Damon is something I cannot and never will fully understand. But I want to know about Stefan. I don't care about Damon, these are not his diaries. And if you tell me that Stefan did not make a step without Damon, that's insane. Plus I don't get the connection to the tv show. If this "villan" came to get his revenge on the death of someone who on the tv show is needed as a human not as a vampire and is hunted only to get revenge, which will enventually lead to her death. Why on earth would this "villan" want a revenge on someone who was hunted and wanted dead? And was already dead. The logic. So there goes our big plot twist. Which does not consist in Damon being what Stefan was in book two, but with some class and Stefan being what Damon was in book two, but not always mentioning Katherine. Only when he was reminded that he was a vampire. What wonderful characters to hang around. My dream has come true. So yeah. These prequels really helped me find out why I find the show so dumb lately. These prequels should be about the plot lines we know aldready for the show but developted into a freacking story. Hell I might even be ok with a story from Damon's point of view. But noooo. We get this boring prequels with boring characters and new characters that are so boring I don't even care. No to mention the relationships in these prequels which make no sens, whatsoever. But what? Everyone will go on the logic plan and catch the ones they need to, but not kill them, because we want them to suffer and we also want to offer them a way to escape. Just in case. The only reason this gets two stars is Stefan Salvatore. Even though he did piss me off and this prequel gives me not a single reason to like him. I will go with it, because Paul Wesley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    While I'm a sucker for backstories, I'm even more of a sucker for backstories about characters I love. And this, this is one of them. I read the first book of this spinoff series and I was not a fan of it. I shall not tell a lie. And while I read it in only two days (it's a rather thin book compared to some I own) it did start to break down what I've longed to know for such a time. If you haven't read and you don't want to know spoilers, I demand you stop at the end of this sentence, because I w While I'm a sucker for backstories, I'm even more of a sucker for backstories about characters I love. And this, this is one of them. I read the first book of this spinoff series and I was not a fan of it. I shall not tell a lie. And while I read it in only two days (it's a rather thin book compared to some I own) it did start to break down what I've longed to know for such a time. If you haven't read and you don't want to know spoilers, I demand you stop at the end of this sentence, because I will not be held personally liable for upset, surprise, crushed feelings, or rage that may be caused by the reading of this personal opinionated review. Stefan, both on the small screen and in the books, is a constant target for grief and ill misfortune. He's lost his father, what remains of his brother, and the girl he loved. His brother continues to torture him however he can for the pure want of revenge, and it ends in eternal guilt that rests on Stefan's shoulders. While the book previous this one shows what causes Damon's progression into his humanity-lacking lifestyle of conning and compelling, this one shows how far he'll go with that, and then (eventually) that despite his efforts to be the most awful person in the world, he is not, and he's not above swooping in to save his younger brother. I didn't have much problem with this book when it comes to storyline. I love it. I've loved it since the first opening line on the show, and now that it's in paper form for my reading pleasure, it's intriguing to imagine it the way I like. My only issues are 1) writing style. I didn't appreciate it. It's very watered down, as if I'd found it in the tweeny, "I'm only 11 but I think I'm 18" section that I read when I was like seven. Flow isn't the best thing with sentences here, and that is a pet peeve of mine. This grievance caused me to demote this to its current ranking. When it comes to puns, I'm all for them. I love a good pun-joke. I do. But when naming a character who's a basis for historical landmarks, PLEASE get more creative! Brooklyn Bridgey? I think I can stop here, and you can figure out the rest. Otherwise, this book was good. It took me a while to read, because the action that I'm used to pouring from my screen is much more drawn out here. The person who comes in as the basis of the next installment of this series caused me to read it for much longer than I had in any other sitting, and now I sit here slightly wanting to run out to the nearest Barnes and Noble and snatch it up. That is if it's even been published yet.

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