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Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1)
Nightfall - Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1
Author: L. J. Smith
To save the two vampire brothers who love her, Elena Gilbert sacrificed her life. — Now that a supernatural force has brought Elena back from the dead, all handsome, brooding Stefan wants is to keep her safe. But when he is lured away from Fell's Church, sleek, powerful Damon seizes his chance to win Elena over, unaware of the danger they'...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061720802
ISBN-10: 0061720801
Publication Date: 3/16/2010
Pages: 608
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Paperback
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froot avatar reviewed Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1) on + 178 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
GAK! Vomit! Yak!......Harper needs to fire the editor who handled this mess. After reading the first two in this series I was really looking forward to what was in store for these characters.

Elena Gilbert, now an angel earth bound in human form, must rise against 2 supernatural (or is it 3, I wasn't sure even after re-reading sections several times) forces terrorizing Fells Church for the sake of their own entertainment.

There is way too much bouncing back and forth in this book. I felt like i was reading an uncorrected ARC. This book could have easily been cut down to 350 pages and turned out to be a nice read. Instead I felt trapped like the characters in the Old Wood suffocating, wrapped in diabolical evil grammar.

586 pages later, a major disappointment.
JonnieAngel avatar reviewed Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is horrible. I had to force myself to finish it.

At first, I thought it might have been fan fiction, written by an imposter. The continuity of the story bothered me to the point of distraction. The first four books had no mention of cell phones or computers and the internet because it wasn't a technology that was widely available in the nineties. Nightfall picks up a few days after the last book ended. But in reality, it's been about a decade. Overnight all of the characters have cell phones and are surfing the internet. And the diary in question? It is now a Word document.

The story is written in such painstaking detail, that I wonder if L.J. Smith was paid per word. There were details that could have been left out and the story should have been shorter. Nightfall is twice as long as all of the other books and if one were to count all of the words, I wouldn't be surprised to find if most of the book's bulk was nothing more than adjectives.

Nightfall has sort of "The Host" feel to it, complete with soul stealing parasites that make a "whip whip whip" sound like a helicopter. It's all about angelic Elena's transformation into a human again and the evil kitsune twins that feed off of emotion. But the twins come across as anime villains, with mystical powers and magical objects. There are no real vampire adventures and the moments that we do have with Damon and Elena or Elena and Stefan are so disjointed, it is hard to follow along.

Nightfall also has a strange sexual overtone to it that was absent in the previous books. Elena awakens as an innocent soul, who kisses people to greet them. Only, it is in a nonsexual way, except Elena is uncomfortable with Stefan seeing her kiss Matt...which means it's not purely innocent. But, I digress. The parasites make people do things they wouldn't normally do and at times it made for an uncomfortable reading.

I might still pay the $20.00 to download the next book on iTunes, but I am hesitant. Maybe I'll read the reviews first and then decide. This purchase stung a bit.
starknits avatar reviewed Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book was horrible. It was written probably 10 years after the first set in the series and it's almost like it was fan fiction. it didn't seem to be along the same lines of the series almost like it was written for the TV series which is totally different than the books. I was soooo disappointed when i read it and mad that I spent money on it. Things were changed in this book and things were added suggesting that they happened in the previous books when they didn't. Over all I would skip reading this book.
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laina42107 avatar reviewed Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return, Bk 1) on + 115 more book reviews
I can't even write a decent review for this book. Don't waste your money. If you want to read it, borrow it. My one word explanation of this book - Horrible. BTW L.J. Smith please stop killing the character Elena. It's beyond Ridiculous at this point!