Phantom (The Vampire Diaries Series: The Hunters #1)

Phantom (The Vampire Diaries Series: The Hunters #1)

3.3 359
by L. J. Smith

See All Formats & Editions

The past is never far. . . .

Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell's Church from evil spirits, but the town's freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore's life. Now, with nothing standing in their way, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can't Elena stop dreaming of Damon?

As Elena's feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in


The past is never far. . . .

Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell's Church from evil spirits, but the town's freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore's life. Now, with nothing standing in their way, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can't Elena stop dreaming of Damon?

As Elena's feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in Fell's Church. Elena has been to hell and back, but this demon is like nothing she's ever seen. Its only goal is to kill Elena and everyone she loves.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Elena Gilbert wakes to find herself back in her old room, her diary safely stowed under the floorboards of her closet. Life renewed, yet life as she had known it, ended. Damon was gone. Truly dead this time. Stefan's love for her, as undying as ever. Most things back to normal, thanks to the Guardians. Elena was human again and Fell's Church was no longer the Kitsune's war zone. Although, how normal could life be if a finger pricked by a rose's thorn could drip blood spelling out the name Celia, or when a scarf almost strangles Celia and then falls to spell out Meredith? What about the appearance of Caleb Smallwood? Is he as harmless as he would like them to believe? If only Damon were still alive. Elena had watched him die. So he had to be dead, right? Why then did the lake weeds spell out his name as the next victim. The friends have been through so much that their emotions are getting the better of them in more ways than one. To top it all off, Elena is the cause of all the strange happenings, and all she wants is for life to go back to normal so she can make college plans like all her friends. If only it were that easy. Stefan and Damon shared Elena's love but jealousies abound when the friends are forced to see the dark side of how they feel about each other. Sometimes a simple emotion can present itself as a horror unimaginable. First book in yet another series involving the bestselling Vampire Diaries characters. The Phantom was a bit of a watered down disappointment but the beloved characters of the series "live" on. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Series , #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Hunters 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 359 reviews.
agurtofamily More than 1 year ago
If it's not by L.J I will NOT read it. I do not think it is ok for someone to take her glory!!!! I will spend no more money on the series and will no longer watch it on t.v. Thanks for ruining it for me and so many other fans!!
ilovebooks12 More than 1 year ago
I understand why alot of Vampire Diaries fans-myself included- are angry that L.J is no longer writing the books. Although, I don't know about you guys but i'm interested in how this story ends. I've read all the books from start to finish- i'm not going to stop now. And for the record I liked Phantom it was reminiscent of the original trilogy- almost realistic. I think that the ghostwriter is trying his/her best to live up to L.J'S name. Not reading the book isn't going to change anything that's happened L.J is not going to magically start writing the books again. Why punish someone that did what their employers told them? I respect everyone that decides to not read this, they have a right to an opinion, but so do I. I hope no ones offended. I've just been wanting to say this for a while. :) Happy reading everyone!
TheBakedGoodies More than 1 year ago
Yes, this next series was taken from LJ Smith and given to a ghostwriter, but the first book, Phantom, IS written by LJ Smith, just not the second two. She says it on her website. So try reading it anyway. But yeah, it's ridiculous what Alloy did to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not going to read it. Not only because they fired LJ Smith, but because of why they fired her. They fired her because she kept putting Damon and Elena moments in the rough draft. They didnt like that and she wouldnt take it out. And the Damon Elena moments ARE THE ONLY REASON I READ THOSE BOOKS!!!!!! So im not going to read them anymore. Ive now switched over to the Vampire Diaries TV show, where there is going to be a whole 3rd season full of Damon and Elena moments!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly I bought this book. It has a different feel to it and you can tell it was not written by L.J Smith. Don't buy it, I'd usually be done with it by now, but it's very disappointing that I'm not sure if I'm going to finish it. There are slight changes, like Meredith's last name, and they are very bothersome. I'm a huge fan of this series, and I saw it and bought it on a wim, just to see what it's like. But I warn you, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It's not wroth wasting money for. All of us true Vampire Diaries fans should email Harper Teen and demand that they hire L.J Smith back or else they just lost millions of buyers.
dseiler611 More than 1 year ago
seriously? really....come on now. how are they going to take something that lj smith wrote and try to now pass the new series off. really people? Do you honestly think that readers arent going to throw a fit? that would be like firing stephine meyer and trying to write new books to go along with series. even though its a worldwide masterpiece the fans read the books for a reason. the fans dont just fall in love with the books and the stories but they fall in love with the authors. fans like me that when i search for new books i search for authors. i dont google vampire diaries. i google lj smith. let me just say to the people who thought they could take her work away from you....your really f'ed up! you made a huge mistake and you will be hurting right where it hurts the most. financially!!! because the fans are going to bocott the new series and your not gonna make squat!! sure some people will prolly by the book just to see what happens. however, you will be losing millions. let us know how that works out for you okay?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I keep seeing people who say that this book was written by L.J. Smith. Here's the deal, she wrote the manuscript, but Alloy hired a ghostwriter to completely rewrite it. Some of her writing may or may not be in the book. However, what is for sure is that she does not get any say as to what happens in the book or any money from the sales. All future Vampire Diaries books will be written by the ghostwriter and have NONE of L.J.'s writing. She will be writing a book called Eternity: A Vampire Love Story. This book has NOTHING to do with the Vampire Diaries. It is completely different characters and plot. Not a reworking of anything related to the Vampire Diaries. If anyone still feels like they have a different understanding of this issue, it is best to check her official website. That is where I got all of my information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't that bad. It was a good book if you are a fan of damon and elena getting together, but a bad one if you want bonnie and damon together because they way it was written it looks like that is done and over. All damon cares anout now is keeping elena safe which I think is totally sweet. If you are fan of sefen and elena you guys are gonna be suprised by stefens behavior I know I was. It was an okay book but not one I really liked the ghost writer did an "okay job" I guess but it lacked the real depth and feeling that you usually get from this series. I am personally gonna finish the series but not really because I want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who claim that LJ must have "handed over" the / her rights in order for the publisher to continue the series...not true. LJ explains in detail on her website that she was in fact commissioned by the publisher to write this series back in the 1990's which means they own the right to the story and did in fact fire her. Furthermore, according to LJ, she did submit a manuscript for this most recent book prior to being let go and so some of this most recent work (written by someone else) may contain some of those original ideas. It is also true that LJ had intended to bring Elena and Damon together in the series and move on and branch off to other characters. The publisher, wanting to milk the series for all it's worth money wise wanted to continue the triangle with Stephan being the eventual winner. Truly sad when books are continued past their natural conclussion for the sole purpose of making money which is the case here. Read the new ones or not .... but know the facts.
smitty69 More than 1 year ago
So ok the book was definitely a step up compared to Phantom I will give it that. Things seems to be back on track character wise which I was definitely pleased to see when I was reading. Though I am still disappointed with the Stefan and Elena endings, that keep happening. Every Vampire Diaries book ends with Stefan and ELena and its getting old, so very OLD. That it makes me not want to read anymore. I mean each book talks about a choice to be made but there no choice if she never leaves Stefan! I keep getting excited like OK this is the book where she is gonna finally leave Stefan and it never happens. Stefan makes the story seem very unbelievable. In this book I kind of feel like they are trying to sell me the Stelena relationship and I'm still not buying into it. Its way too Edwardish. Ever since book 1 Stelena supposidly had so much love for one another but what I noticed is they never actually work through ANY of their problems, EVER. Stefan always gets captured and Elena feels sorry for him and goes back to him every time. I know thats suppose to be their obstacle or whatever. But when are they ever gonna discuss the pink elephant in the room, DELENA????? There is no way Stefan should be ok with her and Damon getting freaky with each other LOL. (don't get me wrong I love the the Delena SMUT keep it coming LOL) The only relationship grow and character growth I see is the one between Damon and Elena. I also hate how Stefan is apparently ok with the Damon and Elena having their own relationship. I know in this book Stefan kind of took a stand but did he really??? Oh wait Stefan gets capture for the fifty millionth time because he sucks. Even Edward has never been captured and thats bad LOL. I mean I just hate how Stefan just willingly takes ELena back everytime, even after all these books and all the Delena love making and blood sucking going down. To me thats not love Stefan has for Elena, its more like desperation, that Stefan won't move on. I know when you love someone you forgive them but in this case I think if Stefa truly loved her he would set her free or at least give her permission for her to be with Damon. For Stelena to have been a actual believable relationship it should of never have been rush in book 1 but because its was and he is sooooo desperate 24/7 I rather Elena be with and marry Damon. Damon and Elena seem to have a more mature and healthy relationship. Sure they argue and bicker but thats real and then they make up or make out which ever. Its all good either way. But seriously I can't STRESS ENOUGH that Vampire Diaires NEEDS DELENA. I love the other characters, I'm glad they all played a vital part in this story which is fine. But don't sell me this Stefan prince charming crap where they brush their problems under the rugs over a false love. Give me real love and a real relationship, GIVE ME DELENA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampire Diaries was my first real long book I read as a kid (I'm now 20). I was so proud of myself for finishing it since I was one of those kids who had trouble reading. But this book and the world it created for me kept me engrossed in it. I'm extremely sad that L.J. Smiths creation was taken from her. She put a lot of work creating this series and for them to take it away is just wrong on a epic scale. From some of the comments that I read "Stefan" fans like this "NEW" author because they felt that Damon and Elena weren't right together. Personally it's the authors choice who ends up with who. If it was Damon who first appeared in the book you'd probably all be Damon fans. I'm a Damon Fan and even though I like Stefan too I felt Damon should be with Elena. I was really excited that it seemed the book was headed in that direction. I will not be buying this book due to it's not L.J. Smith creation, it's been stolen and ripped from her. To writers their stories are like their children, they're precious. So true L.J Smith Fans should stick by the writer's side. (No offense to the New writer I'm sure you do good work. I just think that L.J Smith came up with the story and should finish it.)
Ceaira More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I can tell a huge difference in the writing. This book was predictable and poorly written. Within the first thirty pages I caught on to what the "villian" of the book was doing to the characters. LJ Smith is the only true writer of The Vampire Diaries, and for her to have gotten this series taken from her is ridiculous. Any one who is a true fan of the series will be able to tell the difference. LJ Smith should have her books back.
booksaremylife24 More than 1 year ago
Don't read the book L.J. Smith did not write them. She had a plan for them and the publishers just screwed her over and they took away the ending I always wanted for their friends. The publishers just made it all Stelena. If you respect L.J. Smith then don't read the book so, the publishers would realize they made a mistake.
KittyKatKels More than 1 year ago
First of all L.J. Smith did write this book, however it was rewritten by a ghostwriter. This "ghostwrite" must have not read the original books, or she just skimmed through them. There are a few things this is writer has changes. 1. They changes Meredith's last name. 2. At the end of Midnight: when Damon woke up, he didn't know who he was, but because he had a lock of golden and a lock of red hair, he remembered he had to get back to them. Then he remembers his name is Damon. Now, in the beginning of The Phantom, he once again has no idea who he is. 3. Damon, through the whole series seemed to have a soft spot for Bonnie, however in this book he seems to not pay any attention to her and just pats her on the back or head when she tries to hug him. He always called her "My little red bird" or "My redbird" now it's "the redbird" "the witch" or "Bonnie". 4. Stefan and Damon's roles have switched in this book. Damon is more broody and Stefan more reckless. 5. At the end of the book, when they are purging their jealousies, Stefan had choosen a dark blue candle to represent him. Later his candle went from dark blue to dark green and then back to blue. 6. If you are a Stelena fan or a Delena (yuck) Fan, then you will probably enjoy this book. I don't know why people are saying LJ Smith got fired because there was a lot of Delena moments, when this book has plenty in it. 7. If you are a Bamon fan (like me) then you are in for a lot of disappointment. There is no Bamon action, except for two parts. One where Bonnie kisses his cheek and says she's happy he came back, his response was to pat he on the back and then walk away because Elana needed him. The other time, was at the end when Damon made a confession and Bonnie hugged him, his response - ignore her with just a pat to the head. This book seems was never proofread . How could a "professional" writer (ghostwrite) make as many mistakes, change certain characters and their feelings. Not to mention the little yet noticable changes as mention in number 5 above, seriously I had to reread that a few times in the book. I doubt I will purchase the next in the series, just because I do not like the direction the series has taken. I will read a few chapters when they are available to to feed my curiosity.
MidnightRose2 More than 1 year ago
DON"T READ THIS BOOK. This book was not written by L.J Smith, her publishers took the series away from her and gave it to another writter to continue. Please do not support this by buying the book. It's not even really the Vampire Diaries anymore. This is L.J Smith's series and it will never be the same without her writting it.
popprincess More than 1 year ago
This book was not as exciting as the first series, which when I started reading I could not put down. This one had some low points that just dragged on and seemed like they didn't need to be even in the story. Hoping that the next book will be a lot more exciting like the first book series and the television show. If you stay true to the main plot of the story, the books shouldn't be boring.
JennaJack More than 1 year ago
Bollocks Im not reading it. She wanted Damon and Elena together the darn company didnt like that so they sacked her!!! Their ratings are gonna drop like a bomb. Worst mistake they did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
L.J. Smith's own series was stolen from her! Do not read. Loyal fans should boycott. It is completely unethical to steal a writer's creation. I will not be reading this book.
kimcass47 More than 1 year ago
I do not like the fact that they are using L.J. Smith's name on the cover instead of just being up front that a ghost writer is writing the books now. I think this is ridiculous and deceptive of the publishers to but her name on this title. Barnes and Noble even has her listed as the author when in fact she is not. Smith states on her website that she is not writing the books after Midnight because when she submitted the actual Phantom story the publishers rejected it and has a ghost writer redo it. So this is not the true story from L.J. Smith. Check out her bibliography for the books she actually wrote.
Stephb11298 More than 1 year ago
this is a sick excuse for a vampire diaries novel! how DARE they go and have sonme sorry excuse for a writer make this and then HAVE THE NERVE to put ljs name on it!!! it is HER story so she can do whatever the hell she wants and write whichever way she would like to end it!!!! you know why she can do that! because it is hers! i thought we lived in america where you have rights to your own book at the least!!!! i say NOONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK, that way the company will lose money and be forced to give her the rights to her own story and let her end it the way she freaking pleases! i hope none of you smart people that read this once fantastic series go and waste your money on this piece if trash!! so you know what F U Harper collins because you can go to freaking hell! going and taking someone elses story, your writers and workers are a sick excuse for human beings, only being greedy and thinking of money, not caring that you are taking awayb someones precious lifeswork, and losing millions of fans because of it, and THEN HAVING THE NERVE to use her name on something l.j DIDNT WRITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok so this book was not the best. it could have been better. Elena's attitude made me want to just slap her. i don't like how bonnie suddenly gets this new boyfriend because I'm a fan of Bamon (bonnie and damon). Also bonnie was just too self conceded. the days go by too quick for me, i felt like at the beginning of the book it was ok but by the fifth chapter or so it was like a month into the story. SPOILER kinda: i didn't like how Elena just keeps going on and on about how she just loves stefan and goes and does what she did. i wish she would just get herself straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is NOT written by L.J Smith. The publishing company took her out of the writing process and got a ghost writer to finish it. I would not recommend this to Damon&Elena fans as the reason L.J Smith was kicked out was because the publishing company didn't like how she put so many Damon&Elena scenes in the rough drafts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alloy entertainment made a mistake getting rid of L.J. smith, this book and the books Ghostwritten are not TRUE to the story. This story use to be about love,friendship, passion and etc now its just lost what made the Vampire Diaries  an amazing story. The head people at alloy should really think and READ the actual story before ruining anything else. L.J. Smith was an amazing author and the direction IT WAS SUPPOSE to take was the real story. Not this book and the 3 book (Hunters #3) just bad. Save your Time.
ArielC1 More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this book and still havent managed to work up the desire to finish reading it. It has been horribly hard to get into and seems to be the worst of the few most recent books that have been writen by the "ghost writer" who has done a poor job of replacing rightful author L. J. Smith. The writing and dialogue sounds all wrong with characters saying things and behaving in ways Smith would never have written, and themes and characters are being recycled as if the new writer has run out of new ideas and has resorted to bringing back the successful ones from earlier installments. I have loved the series for years and love the show (despite the fact that it has nothing to do with the books) but it has become painful trying to read the ones that have been written since Smith was replaced. I have tried to stick with it, but at this point I think this series has lost me one its last chance to keep me reading. I believe the publishers made a horrible mistake in removing L. J. Smith from writing these books, and I will forever wonder how the story could have gone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss the old vampire diaries