The Awakening - Vampire Diaries , Book 1 Author:L. J. Smith [Young Adult Fiction (Ages 12 - 17)] — 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. Elen... more »a finds herself drawn to both brothers. Who will she choose?« less
I started watching the series first. I wanted to know the nature of the vampires so I got the books because I couldn't wait for the show to tell me. I have to say I like the characters in the show better than on page. Elena is very self centered. As time goes on I like the tv series better. But this is an easy read and you are left wanting more.
I admittedly only read the first 2 chapters of this book. I started watching the series on TV before I found out about the books. Let's just say the TV series is VERY loosely based on the books. After a few chapters of the details not matching up I gave up and lost interest.
If you haven't started the TV series, try the books first. I think I ruined any chance I had of enjoying this series. (Wish I could write a review without giving this one a star rating.)