The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by LJ Smith

It’s nearly impossible to review the third book in The Vampire Diaries series, The Fury, without including SPOILERS from the first two books, so if you haven’t read them yet, start by reading my review of The Awakening.

I’m really trying to avoid giving too much away about The Fury, so I’m just going to use the publisher’s description of the book:

Love can kill

Elena: with Damon at her side, and wild with her craving for blood, the changed Elena struggles to control her desires.

Damon: his hunger for the golden girl wars with his hunger for revenge against Stefan.

Stefan: tormented after losing Elena, he will do anything to get her back. Even if it means becoming what he once despised. . . .

Getting what they want may come at a deadly cost.

All I’m going to add is that The Fury picks right up where The Struggle left off: Elena drowned in the river after being chased by a mysterious dark power. Stefan blames Damon for her death and, as the book begins, the Salvatore brothers are still beating the crap out of each other.

Each Vampire Diaries book I’ve read has been better than the last, so this is my favorite of the series so far. In earlier books (the first one especially) Elena annoyed the heck out of me, but in The Fury I started to really like her character. In fact, I liked all the characters more than in previous books and they displayed great chemistry as they came together to fight the mysterious dark power that is terrorizing Fell’s Church. With lots of action at the beginning and the end, the middle felt like it dragged a bit, but I’m willing to overlook that because the ending is just so epic. It’s really surprising and really, really good. The only thing that bothered me is that it felt so much like a finale that I don’t know where the series can possibly go from here. I guess I’m just going to have to read Dark Reunion and find out.

Quotes from The Vampire Diaries: The Fury:

I’m not evil, she thought. I did things I shouldn’t have. I thought about myself too much… But I’m not evil. I’m not damned.

He put an arm around his brother to help him up. And then, for a moment, he just held on.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 528 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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