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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BBReview: "The Vampire Diaries 6: The Return Vol. 2: Shadow Souls" By L.J. Smith AND Question of the Moment 11

*Question of the Moment 11 is at the end*

Genre: Young Adult -Paranormal
Publishing Date: March 16th, 2010
Page Count: 599
Source: Bought from Amazon
Format: E-Book

Description from Amazon:
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. In order to find him, Elena entrusts her life to Stefan's brother: Damon, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul.

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 explore the evil that has taken over the town. Their research leads to some dire discoveries, and soon they are caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet!

Review:
Ugh, the return series take so long to read!! I am just not used to reading 600 page long books, but i did it and im glad. Although in the end i ended up liking this book i had a lot of mixed feelings about it through the entire thing. The parts that had Stefan in them i loved, i couldnt wait to read another part about Stefan, but the parts with Damon i loathed. Elena and Damon got too close for comfort for me. I understand on her part it was for good reasons and she does have an attraction for Damon that she doesnt like, because she is with Stefan, but it doesnt matter she still did what she did and went too far about it.

I dont like love triangles, thats why i didnt care much for Twilight's New Moon. But in this novel nobody left on their own free will. I may  be over reacting, but i dont like when people act on feelings for someone else other than the person they are with. I think the biggest thing i hated was that L.J. Smith made it so easy for you to just give up on being moral and like Damon. I really really do like Damon and if Stefan wasnt in the picture i would want Elena to be with him SO BAD, but Stefan is in the picture. I just hate that i was hating it and loving it all at the same time. I guess i do understand where Elena is coming from, she hates it but loves it. Thats why i decided to give it four stars instead of three like my original plan. If i couldn't understand or have sympathy for what Elena and Damon did in this book then i would have left it at three, but i do kind of understand and the ending was REALLY good.

Enough of the bad, lets talk about good. I really liked the parts when Damon and Elena were just friendly. When Damon's true colors that he keeps locked away shone through. It was really nice to FINALLY see Damon as a nice guy with just a lot of problems, instead of just an ass. I also loved when they go into the dark dimension, it was very intense and L.J. Smith described everything beautifully. Again the ending is very good as well, and that made up for the Damon, Elena drama i had. And what happens to Stefan...well you will just have to read for yourself.

Overall:
I had troubles reading this novel, because of how long it was and also because of my morals against cheating. Although i forgive it and have sympathy towards i still didnt like it. What i did like was the friendship that blossomed from Damon and also the wonderful, small, short parts that Stefan was in. The ending is really good and i cant wait to find out how Damon is going to deal with this new event.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

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Question of the Moment 11

If you were in disguise as a human slave and you saved a life while going against your master and were asked to undergo a public punishment or ruin your disguise would you do it even though what you were being punished for was the right thing?

I think i would. Even though what i did was right, i need to stay undercover to do what i came there for. I would not agree with it and if i didnt have to be undercover i wouldnt accept to take the punishment, but i have a different purpose there than to fight injustices. I would be terrified and most likely cry the entire time, but i would do it.

What would you do in that situation? Fight for what is right or take the punishment? Tell me in the comments below =]

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