Let me start by saying: I am so glad I finally gave this series a shot. I have not been disappointed! The Vampire Diaries might seem like it’s a rip off of Twilight Saga, but the truth is that this series was released in 1991!! Many, many years before Twilight was even thought of! So I will stop all prejudgments there.
The characters in this book series are very interesting. Elena, who was at first portrayed as shallow, really begins to grow on you. Stefan, Bonnie, Meredith, and Caroline are all great supporting roles.
To be honest with you, the character that stood out the most is the character you see the least until the end! Damon Salvatore, Stefan’s sinister, manipulative older brother.
The book climaxes, then ends very suddenly, forcing the reader to think twice about not continuing on to the second book, The Struggle. Which, I believe, was the point. It was very well done. If I didn’t have another book I wanted to read immediately, the Salvatore brothers would have me for another 200 + pages.
I might add: If you’re like me, and picked up the books because of the CW TV series, you are going to be disappointed if you go in believing that the books are going to be exactly like the series. Not true at all. I had a bit of a hard time getting through the first few chapters because of that, and I KNEW they were different. I just thought I’d add that as an extra precaution to those looking for more Salvatore brothers to satisfy them until Season 2 airs!