The Awakening - Vampire Diaries, Bk 1 Author:L. J. Smith Elena Gilbert is a high school golden girl, the one boys want and girls want to be. And Elena is used to getting what she wants. But when she meets handsome, haunted Stefan, he struggles to resist her because of his dark secret: Stefan is a vampire. Stefan is torn by guilt over his past, but he also has a dark, dangerous vampire brother, Damon. ... more »Soon Elena finds herself torn between two vampire brothers -- and in terrible danger.« 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.)