Author: Credited as L.J. Smith, but is really written by a ghostwriter
Date started reading: March 18, 2012
Date finished reading: March 20, 2012
Publish date: March 2012
Number of pages: 400
Official summary: "Evil never dies... After escaping the horrors of the Dark Dimension, Elena and her friends can’t wait to attend Dalcrest College, the beautiful ivy-covered campus where Elena’s parents met. Life with Stefan is better than ever, and with her closest friends Bonnie, Meredith, and Matt by her side, Elena knows it will be their best year yet. Even Damon seems genuinely changed and is getting along with everyone. But for Elena, moving away from Fell’s Church doesn’t mean she has left her dark past behind. When students start to disappear from campus, every new acquaintance is suddenly a potential enemy. Panic soon spreads and the friends struggle to protect each other. Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, and realizes tragedy may be unavoidable. Will Elena outrun her fate? And will it be Stefan or Damon who catches her if she falls? (http://harperteen.com)
How I obtained the book: Pre-ordered for $11.64 using a gift card to Walmart that I got for Christmas
- "Honestly, you two have a saving-people complex or something. After I take psychology, I'm going to diagnose you." ~ Bonnie to Elena and Meredith
- "At this point, Damon was able to look back and say that no one learned anything in life, not for her first hundred years or so. You had to be immortal, really, to have the time to learn to look out for yourself properly."
- "Stefan, sweet, darling Stefan, was the love of her life. She had no doubts about that. But Damon made her feel breathless and excited, swept up in something bigger than herself. Damon made her feel like she was special." ~ Elena
- "It's like there are two paths in front of me. One goes into the daylight, and it's the ordinary girl I thought I wanted to be: parties and classes and eventually a job and a house and a normal life. Stefan wants to give me that. The other is in the darkness, with Damon, and I'm just starting to realize how much that world has to offer, and how much I want to experience everything it holds." ~ Elena
- "Even monsters can fall in love." ~ Meredith
My commentary: I can definitely tell that the publisher and ghostwriter were trying to really draw in the TV show's fans with this book. There were little hints to the TV show... like Stefan kissing Elena on a ferris wheel, like he did on the show. There were a lot of good Delena (Damon/Elena) moments. It wasn't as good as the book before this one ("Phantom"), but it was still better than the ones in "The Return" trilogy, which were the last ones that L.J. Smith wrote. I like this ghostwriter...
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