Tuesday, May 31st 2011

Review: The Reunion, L. J. Smith.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 3, 2009
Received From: Bought
Page Count: 432
ISBN: 9780340999158

Elena summons the vampire trio once more to unite and challenge their fate. Together they will be called to face the most terrifying date Fell’s church has ever known.



The Reunion, also known as Dark Reunion, is the fourth book in the Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith. This series has a TV series of the same name adapted from it, however the book and TV show contrast quite a lot. I started reading this series after watching the TV show and was surprised to find the vast differences between the two. The previous book in this series, The Fury, ended with a good twist. Elena is dead – and not vampire dead. Dead as in, gone to heaven and won’t be returning dead. Or so I thought….

The narrator of the book is Bonnie. Bonnie is psychic and as a result of this, it’s her Elena chooses to visit in her dreams. This is the tool which keeps Elena alive in the story. However, I do wonder if the book would have been improved without her being in it as frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve started to like Elena but it would have been interesting to see how this book went with her absence. I stay this is absolute curiousity; not as an idea of improvement.

Elena’s parts in the novel being fairly minimal meant there was a lot more development of supportive characters. Bonnie in particular has developed in that in The Reunion she seems more confident in herself and although the sweet, sensitive Bonnie I have grown to love remains, she grows a backbone in this instalment.

Although I did like this book to some extent, it just didn’t live up to my expectations which were risen from reading prequel novel. The Fury. For me it didn’t have the same magic as The Fury did. In fact, character development aside, the book could have been left out of the series alltogether. Not that it’s THAT bad but it could have been a lot better. I think the ending of the book let the rest of it down. I don’t want to spoil it, but I didn’t like or believe in it. I will continue to read this series in the hope that the magic returns.

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