Review of The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
Published: March 16, 2010
3 out of 5 smirks
Synopsis: “On the run . . .
Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.
In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive. It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters. . . .
Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?
Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her—only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.”
To say the least I am surprised by how good the latest Vampire Diaries book from L.J. Smith was. It gave me more of what I like which would be Elena and Damon, more Stefan and Damon fighting over humanity (one wants it and the other doesn’t), and it gave more hysterically funny scenes that make you laugh until your stomach muscles hurt. All in all the best Vampire Diaries book ever written to date. I am positive there will be another installment sometime next year for we as readers, were left on another cliff hanger. I only gave 3 smirks though because there were parts of the story which I wasn’t interested in hearing about. For instance, Matt I really could care less about him. I also didn’t like the fact that I had to read over and over a couple of paragraphs to understand the transition it led to another one. Overall, I would say though the story in this book was scary, thrilling, adventurous, compelling, sweet, heart breaking, and heart swelling, magnificent story.
Now for my infamous questions and answers. Should you read this book? Yes, you mind as well it is being popular and you should see what the buzz is for yourself. Was the latest installment worth reading the whole series? Yes, without hesitation. Do I think L.J. Smith is writing better than the previous books I have read (in terms of plot)? For sure. Do I think this will be a series I continue to buy even though some of the books are just so-so? Yes, because I LOVE the characters and their quirks.