Shadow Souls (Vampire Diaries: The Return Series #2)

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On the run . . . >p> Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.

In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set...

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Overview

On the run . . . >p> Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.

In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive. It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters. . . .

Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?

Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her -- only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up—This second installment in a "Vampire Diaries" subseries picks up exactly where Nightfall (HarperTeen, 2009) left off. The evil kitsune twins, Shinichi and Misao, have descended on Fell's Church and inflicted pain and suffering on the community. Even the mighty Damon was tricked into helping them kidnap Stefan and imprison him in the "Dark Dimension." Damon regrets being involved in his brother's demise and agrees to take Elena with him to rescue Stefan from his hellish prison. This trip isn't easy and the riddlelike clues are twisted and confusing. They are joined by Meredith and Bonnie and enter the "Dark Dimension," a place where humans are the slaves of vampires, demons, and kitsunes. Allying themselves with all sorts of characters, they must find Stefan, launch a rescue mission, and somehow get themselves back to Fell's Church. Smith's tale lacks the intrigue and appeal of the original series. The plot is disjointed and confusing, making certain parts slow and difficult to follow. The most promising development is between Elena and Damon. Damon shows his vulnerability by revealing to Elena the true depth of his feelings for her. As they become closer, Elena must come to terms with her feeling for both brothers and where her love truly lies. Purchase where Smith has a fan base.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
Evil has fallen upon Fell's Church in this installment of the "Shadow Souls" series. The malevolent kitsune twins, Shinichi and Masao, inflict pain and suffering on the town's inhabitants as they try to take over. Meredith and Bonnie research the source of the evil as they witness the effects of what is happening. At the same time, they are on trying to find their friend, the beautiful Elena Gilbert. Meanwhile, Elena Gilbert, Matt, Elena's friend who has been wrongly accused of being involved with Caroline, and Damon Salvatore, Stefan's mysterious brother, journey to the Dark Dimension where Elena's love, Stefan, is being held captive. The journey is not easy for Elena as she struggles with her love for Stefan and the strong emotions she feels for Damon. She finds herself in a dangerous love triangle that contributes to much of the angst felt within the book. This book is not for the faint-of-heart, as numerous dark sources are explored within. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061720819
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: Vampire Diaries: The Return Series , #2
  • Pages: 599
  • Sales rank: 468,409
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

L. J. Smith has written more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She lives in the Bay Area of California, but is happiest in a little cabin near Point Reyes National Park, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Disappointing

    I didn't like The Return: Nightfall and The Return: Shadow Souls was even worse. It seems as though the author just wrote the books due to the success of the excellent TV show and didn't care about developing a good story. Shadow Souls dragged on and was boring. I thought the writing was a bit hard to follow at times and almost gave up on the book, only following through so I can end the series. I would not recommend either book in "The Return" series.

    16 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Best in the Series!

    I have got to say that after the first part of nightfall i wasn't too sure i wanted to read the next but i decided to give it a shot and see what happened next. I could not put it down! There were some parts where the details of a certain unimportant thing was dragged on but it was so worth it! The Damon-Elena story was wonderful! And the ending was unexpected and left me anticipating the next book! Great read for the fans of The Vampire Diaries series!

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    AWFUL!!!!

    I am and have been obsessed with this series (and now the TV show!) and I was DYING waiting for this book to come out. THANK GOODNESS I only paid $1.99 for the E-Book because I would have cried if I wasted more than that. This book was so far fetched and basically turned into a sci-fi story. If author L.J. Smith were to have started the series off like this book, I would have NOT even attempted to read the rest. From beggining to end I skimmed through pages because I was just so bored. The whole Kitsune thing is awful! I wish it would just get back to the true love story of Elena and Stefan already...he has been missing for the last 2 books! The best part of this book was Bonnie and Merideth. All in all, not worth reading...just my opinion.

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    the vampire diaries is the best book

    this book is so good... my favorite character is DAMON... i cant waitto get the book to read. to me twilight sucks when it comes to the series. Stefan and Damon are 1000 times better than Edward or any of the other 'vampires' in the twilight series...THEY DONT SPARKLE!!!!!

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Too Dragged out

    I've read every book of L.J Smith's that came out before this one. She had 3 great series, but the Vampire Diaries series has become too dragged out with this book. I'm sorry, but when people keep dieing and coming back to life it becomes a bit much. This series should have stopped awhile ago. And Reading the ending of this book, I know there will be ANOTHER coming soon. It's gone on too long, and in my opinion the Vampire Diaires books need to finally come to a rest.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Finished too fast

    I loved the book, though I have to confess that I was a little confused at times. Some of the things they were talking about just didn't make sense to me. I don't know if I was the only one with that problem. But I loved the development of the relationship between Damon and Elena. It made me really anxious to see how the series is going to end. I really don't know if Elena will pick Stefan or Damon. And I really can't say who I'm pulling for. I just know it's going to be heart wrenching because one of the Salvatore's is going to get his heart crushed and I can't stand to think of which one it will be. I'm really trying to figure out how Smith is going to give this one a happy ending, but I can't see it. I think Smith has done a great job in developing the love triangle. I don't think the love triangle really existed until this book. Other things I loved about this book includes Damon's "charming" attitude, he cracks me up, and the setting of the story. It was really intriguing how Smith envisioned that completely eerie "world" and made me feel like I was there. Overall I would definitely recommend this book. While it wasn't perfect, it was certainly entertaining, and hard to put down.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    Not impressed!

    I love the original Vampire Diaries. But, L J Smith lost her mind or her writing skill on this book. The characters were not well developed. Damon became this weak character. When in fact he was the only character who was edgy in the original series.The only way to describe Elena in this book is a weak female character who needs to stop playing Damon and Stefan against each other for her. I am probably going to read the last book and hop and pray that L J Smith returns the characters to what they were.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    History of stefan damon and lexi

    If you like the tv series you will love stefans diaries. It explains the relationships between the characters in so much more detail. Loved it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Great read!

    Loved this one as much as the first, Orgins! These have made the rest of the books make more sense, like why Damon has such a dislike for his brother stefan which isn't that way in the beginin of orgins. You learn so much abojt how the change affects not only Stefan but Damons anger at stefan for not letting him die after the realized what they were, a definate must read if you are a fan of the series and/or the tv show

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2010

    Outstanding Read!!

    Simply adored this book. The author did an amazing job describing the characters and their feelings. The book didn't just revolve around Elena and her "love interest(s)" but it showed depth in Matt, Meredith, Bonnie, and Damon's perspectives. The author did amazing detailing and really connected with the reader. So many challenges and obstacles. The book was lengthy, yes, but I enjoyed every page. I enjoyed how some words or phrases were in different languages. I can honestly say I DO NOT know who Elena will end up with (and I love that feeling).

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    6th Book worse then the 5th

    Between the japanese demons and the exagerated and long winded description of everything from Elena's clothing to "lovely love" made me want to hurl.

    After the first 4 books, I guess the author didn't have a clue what to do with the storyline since Elena, died, again and again. Wings of Power??? Give me a break..............
    Note to Author: Get a new day job.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Great

    This was the best book in the series so far. TEAM DAMON!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2010

    NOT Good

    Now normally, i read novels and no matter how good or bad it is i tend to opt out in writing a review. This book however left me very upset. First of all, i never read a more confusing book in my life. It seemed like through out the entire novel Elena was flirting (kissing, being held in his arms etc etc) with Damon. Then the ending was almost too ridiculous to comment on. Characters seemingly appeared out of thin air, with no basis at all as to why they are there or how they got there. I just feel like this saga is being drawn out uneccesarily. I get the concept of leaving your readers with questions in there mind so they are eager to read the next book, but i find that she leaves to many unanswered questions, so much so that im actually now just disinterested. I found my self struggling to continue reading this novel and i am 100 percent disappointed in it as a whole.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Couldn't put it down

    I always preread these books for my 13 year old daughter. I have to admit that sometimes I find myself just slogging through a book (found myself at that point with the first book in "The Return" series - "Nightfall), but this book was excellent. I literally couldn't put it down. I read from 6pm till 11:30 pm.

    I am a Vampire Diaries fan, and I think anyone who enjoys the series will find this an enjoyable read.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2009

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    I can`t wait

    I love the series I read them all including the return
    I love how l.j smith writes it always leaves you wanting more
    overall I CAN`T WAIT !!!!!! :)

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    PEOPLE WHO ARE BASHING L.J. SMTIH FOR WRTING JUST BECAUSE THE TV

    PEOPLE WHO ARE BASHING L.J. SMTIH FOR WRTING JUST BECAUSE THE TV SHOW IS SO POPULAR, THIS IS NOT HER WORK SHE WAS FORCED TO STOP WORKING ON THEM WHEN ALOY ENTERTAINMENT  DID NOT LIKE WHERE SHE IS GOING WITH THE BOOKS. THIS BOOK AND THE NEWER ONE ARE BY GHOST WRITERS!!!!!!!!!  I am not telling you this to sway your thoughts on the book , how ever horrible or amazing you think the book it just know the original author is not the writer of these and the latest one. Every one is entitled to their own thoughts and I don't care if you love a book I will not read due to the treatment of l.j. smith. I just wont stand for people bashing her about you book she did not write. Now that i have gotten that out there I hope and have a wonderful time reading this book . 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    WOW!!!

    LOVED IT...COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN,AND CAN'T WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK COMES.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    You will never know what you would do for Love!

    This series is Amazing! The characters are very likable. After completing The Return: Nightfall Vol. 1, I couldn't wait to read the next installment. L.J. Smith keeps you involved with the story. In this book, the story continues with Elena, Stefan, and Damon and her 3 friends. This book is extremely full of action that leaves you having a difficult time putting the book down. It is a story of all the different things Elena must go through in order to save her beloved Stefan from facing death in the dark prision. The love Elena and Sefan share go above and beyond that of a normal couple. There is nothing that Elena will do for her beloved Stefan. The story is full of excitement and has many twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who gets lost in love and who loves to read books that are extremely hard to put down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    One word "Amazing"

    this is by far my favorite book ever!!!! The story was awesome. I could actually feel as if it was really happening. I love how it shows a different side to Damon. I could not put this book down and still think about it. I cant wait for the next one to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    If you must read this book, borrow it from a friend!!!

    I would like to start this review by saying that I am a reader of all things vampire, including adult and teen vampire books. There are certain series that I follow because the storyline is so good, and this series used to be in that category, but, no longer. It is sad when the TV show is better than the book. The first four books were shorter in length and much, much, much better. The storyline was much more addictive than what I just read. This book was almost 600 pages long and was entirely too long for the story it told. The storyline that began THE RETURN part of the series is just not as well written as the first part of the series. There are a lot of unecessary details. If you are going to write a book that is 600 pages long, then the story needs to capture the audience the entire time. This book does not capture my attention, and at times it even bored me. I questioned where the plot was headed at times because it was rambling at certain parts. I only bought this book to see if it was better than Part I of the THE RETURN of the series and sadly, it was worse. I haven't read the Night World books, but, I hope they are better than THE RETURN books. To summarize: borrow, don't spend your money on this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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