I apologize for such a late review. I’ve been trying to read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and I’m finding it very hard to pick up.
“A love triangle that will span eternity…
The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.
Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.”
Summary from the back of the book.
Being a huge fan of the hit television series I absolutely had to read Stefan’s Diaries to find out more about the brother’s troubled past. I think every fan has their favorite brother, although mine isn’t Stefan, he plays a key role in Damon’s past and how he became the vampire he is in the books and the show. I initially thought the entire book was going to be written as journal entries but that is not the case. There are a few entries scattered throughout the book but for the most part it is a retelling of Stefan’s human life, how he met Katherine Pierce up until he is forced to turn his beloved brother into a vampire. In comparison to L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series the narrative isn’t as strong and is a very easy read. However, putting that aside, it was a very interesting read because the single episode in which the back story of the Salvatore brothers was told seemed to give just enough information to satisfy the audience before returning to the original plot line. I enjoyed getting inside Stefan’s head and understanding why he acts the way he does in the show. What I found interesting, and I wish was mentioned in the show, was that he was originally propositioned by his father to marry a girl, Rosalyn, to create a business alliance with her father, a wealthy banker. Even though he didn’t love her he wanted to try to find the qualities within her personality that would make him fall for her. The show made it seem like he was completely obsessed with Katherine and thought of no other woman, or cared about anything else. This showed a side of Stefan that I think the fans would have loved to have seen and for die-hard fans of Damon would maybe sympathize more with Stefan. I do see him from a different light now but I still find Damon to be my favorite. Another thing about this book that I loved is that you see how much he truly loves his brother and how he strives to do his best to please his father and make him proud. No one can deny that Damon is the rebellious type and is very strong willed and we see that their father put more weight onto Stefan’s shoulders to be an upstanding citizen and heir to their estate. Even when Katherine enters their lives and flips everything upside down Stefan is still cautious about his actions and tries his hardest to still be a good son in his father’s eyes.
I recommend this book to the fans of the show since it follows the storyline more closely to the series more than the books. For fans of the show who haven’t read the original books by L.J. Smith, I urge you to go and read them as they are fantastic and will keep you up late to finish the books. My advice is to not read them on a school night, but we all know how well that works out. This series is written by a ghost writer but if you do a basic search of The Vampire Diaries series it should come up with the results.
Review written by Amanda S.
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