A deadly love triangle
Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.
Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?
*May Contain Spoilers*
L.J. Smith brings vampires to the small town of Fells Church, Virginia in The Awakening, a novel that focuses on high school queen, Elena Gilbert. Stefan, the new vampire in town, is immediately drawn to her, as she resembles his first love, Katherine. There ensues a struggle to stay away from her - as she's human, but Elena has already made that decision for him.
Elena isn't exactly a likeable character, but she isn't all bad. She's selfish, egotistical, moody, and at times, very uncaring. But those traits can also be described as self-sufficient, confidant, determined, and resistant. The way Elena is portrayed is up the reader. I personally liked Elena because she spiced things up. However, some readers won't look at her this way.
Stefan is ... a hot vampire from Italy who has his own airplane full of baggage. Which is exactly what every teenage girl wants: a romantic boyfriend who she can save, breaking down the walls of his damaged heart so that she will be the one person he feels close to.
As this is a YA novel, I tried to read the book in that mindset, and it works. Smith had me quickly turning pages, reading it in less than a day.
The plot was rather stretched out, as the story doesn't wrap up. At all. The novel simply ends and, I assume, picks up with the next book in the series. The Awakening sets the stage for what will happen in future books. It has it's own plot with mysterious murders, Stefan and Elena, and Stefan's back-story, but it doesn't conclude anything. So read it with the knowledge that you'll have to keep going.
For a quick Vampire-fix, this novel was perfect. It was easy to read, easy to understand, and enjoyable as long as I thought of it from a younger person's point of view. Can't wait to read the second one.
rating: 3/5 cups