Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review: The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion

 Title: Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion (Goodreads)
Author: L.J. Smith
Series: #3 & #4 of The Vampire Diaries
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Age restriction? Teens, 12+
Published: 26 December 2007
Recommended for: Teens who like the vamps, fans of VDs (that's Vampire Diaries, not Venereal Diseases), younger teens or those who haven't read a lot of spec fic.
Buy: The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion @ Amazon

The Fury was a great ending to a fine series but Dark Reunion? Ugh. Avoid.
DESCRIPTION: The completion of the Vampire Diaries. After all that's happened, Elena is still caught between Stephan and Damon and her life had definitely taken a turn for the "interesting".

REVIEW: The Fury was great. A fabulous, heart-wrenching ending to a great trilogy. Sacrifices are made, plots are resolved, centuries-old vengeances are enacted. Dark Reunion? No thanks. This was a tack-on to keep the series going even after a great end. SO unbelievable - especially the first quarter. I was like WTF for most of that time, it was that absurd.

Once again, even in Dark Reunion, Meredith and Bonnie saved the story for me. I enjoyed reading about them so much, and although the story itself was far-fetched bordering on the ridiculous, I did appreciate the inclusion of a relatively unknown mythology (the Kitsune).

Recommended for: The rating should actually be two and a half, but I'm keeping to the Amazon and Goodreads standards. 
Those who read the first books will need to read The Fury. Dark Reunion: Only try it if you've got nothing better on your TBR pile, or if you simply cannot bear to leave the universe created.

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