“This is the finale of the series and it ended with a bang. I pretty much figured out who this other very strong power (different Power from the last book) was from the very beginning. And I made the correct guess. I loved the ending of this series, so much more than the last book. This...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Read in 1993 but never added it.”Wendy Bell wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Damon so much! ”Christina J wrote this review Friday, December 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to say that I thought this installment was much feistier and more fun that the first three. Not sure if it was because Elena is dead and the treacly love stuff was kept to a minimum or if it was because the big bad was just way more interesting than in any of the other books. Regardless, these books are still super dumb...but at least they're not as dumb as the Twilight series.”Sugar Malone wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just okay. Trying to finish the series...”jodie wrote this review Saturday, August 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't really decided for sure if I am going to read this one. Her initial trilogy had a definite end to it, in my mind. Knowing she only wrote this one because the publishers wanted her to, doesn't really give me confidence in it. I may read the next trilogy in the series, but I don't know whether I will read other VD titles after that since they are written by a ghostwriter and not Smith herself.”Lisa W wrote this review Sunday, October 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hmmm, not sure if I really liked this one or not. Thought not really, right up until the last 20 pages or so. Maybe I'm just (and thought I'd never say this...) too old for this series. Have enjoyed the Vampire Diaries TV series much more than any of these books and while I'll keep the others on my "plan to read" list, I'm not going to rush out and grab them. Too many other books that I think I'll enjoy more out there. Give this whole series a miss, if you're wondering whether to start it.”Kristen F wrote this review Wednesday, July 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The Reunion, also known as Dark Reunion, is the fourth book in the Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith. This series has a TV series of the same name adapted from it, however the book and TV show contrast quite a lot. I started reading this series after watching the TV show and was surprised to find the vast differences between the two. The previous book in this series, The Fury, ended with a good twist. Elena is dead – and not vampire dead. Dead as in, gone to heaven and won't be returning dead. Or so I thought....
The narrator of the book is Bonnie. Bonnie is psychic and as a result of this, it's her Elena chooses to visit in her dreams. This is the tool which keeps Elena alive in the story. However, I do wonder if the book would have been improved without her being in it as frequently. Don't get me wrong, I've started to like Elena but it would have been interesting to see how this book went with her absence. I stay this is absolute curiousity; not as an idea of improvement.
Elena's parts in the novel being fairly minimal meant there was a lot more development of supportive characters. Bonnie in particular has developed in that in The Reunion she seems more confident in herself and although the sweet, sensitive Bonnie I have grown to love remains, she grows a backbone in this instalment.
Although I did like this book to some extent, it just didn't live up to my expectations which were risen from reading prequel novel. The Fury. For me it didn't have the same magic as The Fury did. In fact, character development aside, the book could have been left out of the series alltogether. Not that it's THAT bad but it could have been a lot better. I think the ending of the book let the rest of it down. I don't want to spoil it, but I didn't like or believe in it. I will continue to read this series in the hope that the magic returns.
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“Months after Elena sacrifices herself to defeat a powerful foe in The Fury, her psychic friend, Bonnie, has disturbing dreams that foretell of another oncoming menace: a vicious, terrifying killer who seems to be unstoppable. Trying to decipher Elena’s clues from the beyond, she summons Stefan and Damon from Italy for help. Like its predecessors, the action is unflagging, and the villain is really creepy. Unfortunately, that’s the only good thing I can say about it. The events that wrap up the novel are confusing and left unexplained, leaving some confusion in their wake for the reader. And the ending? It’s more than disappointing--it’s painfully abysmal. I can’t go into too much detail without revealing the ending, but trust me - awful. However, if readers plan on tackling the second series in the Vampire Diaries universe - Vampire Diaries: The Return - then this volume is essential to understanding later sequels.”Liz Winn wrote this review Monday, May 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just like the previous three books its a quick, easy and entertaining read. It's got good pacing, and the end is very satisfactory.
What all the books lack is depth. The storys and plots feels hollow, the character development feels superficial and i think thats why a lot of people love the show and hate the books. You get so much more character depth in the show, and thats just not emphasized in the books. ”