Midnight (Vampire Diaries: The Return Series #3)

Midnight (Vampire Diaries: The Return Series #3)

by L. J. Smith


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New York Times bestselling series

The Return: Midnight is the seventh book in L.J. Smith’s New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series.

Elena Gilbert is back from the Dark Dimension, having successfully freed her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore from imprisonment. Saving Stefan had an unlikely consequence: his vampire brother Damon Salvatore has become mortal. While the trio reels from this latest twist, they must still deal with the demons that have taken over Elena’s hometown, Fell’s Church. But the battle will take Elena, Stefan, and Damon to their darkest moments yet…
The Return: Midnight is perfect for fans of the hit CW TV show The Vampire Diaries, as well as fans of the original New York Times bestselling series who can’t wait to see what happens next with Elena, Stefan, and Damon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061720864
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Vampire Diaries: The Return Series , #3
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 75,075
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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

Midnight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 531 reviews.
AbbyRice More than 1 year ago
As most of you have heard, this will be L.J.'s last book. No not the last Vampire Diaries book, the last one that she is actually writing. To put it in simpler terms yes she was 'fired'. It appears that Lisa wanted to go in a more Delena direction if you know what I mean. I am completely outraged at the fact the rest of the books will be written by a ghost writer. The true Vampire Diaries fans (myself included) will probably withdraw from reading the books after this one is published, because I suspect they will not really have the Vampire Diaries feel to them. L.J. Smith forever ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the qutoe below is from her website guestbook, by her. More Vampire Diaries--but not by me - L. J. Smith 2011-03-14 15:27 "Hi Fiona-- You see, I have tears in my eyes now, because I am being asked this question on all sides; through email, through the Guestbook; in person--and the answer is so hurtful. Fiona, because my original contract for the Vampire Diaries said that the books were done as "work for hire" (a phrase I didn't even understand at the time, 20 years ago) Alloy Entertainment kept the right to basically fire me and hire an anonymous ghostwriter to finish the series (which will probably mean at least six more books). I am utterly confused and unhappy, as Alloy gave me no reason at all for doing this. In any case, I have fought them for months, but HarperTeen has allied themselves with Alloy and I am now exhausted and unwell. I wish that everyone who learns that I won't be writing any more of the books would pass the news on in as many ways possible. It's just too hard for me to keep explaining it to newcomers. Sorry for the angst-filled answer, but I am terribly emotional about this." This is the last book that will be written by LJ Smith. Unfortuneatly she was not allowed to end this book like she wanted with Elena and Damon together. She was forced to change her ending I will buy no more from this storyline, with the new ghost writter for a company who stole away 20 years of a womans stories, Characters she made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who wanted Damon and Elena together, I'm sorry to say, that's not going to happen? You know why? Well actually, it was suppose to happen, but L. J. Smith's publisher wanted Elena and Stefan together, so they fired her from the series and are getting someone else to write her books after Midnight. If you are a true fan, I would say that you do NOT buy a single book after Midnight comes out.
Anasuya More than 1 year ago
For the last two decades, I have been looking forward to the continuation of The Vampire Diaries series, and these last three books have not justified the wait. The writing style is so immensely different from books 1-4 and "The Return" series that they might as well be written by two different people, about different characters, in an entirely different story. The plot is captivating, but the dialogue and scenarios twist and turn so suddenly as to seem completely unnatural. Perhaps L.J. Smith decided this series required a more contemporary "voice", but it has failed to capture the innocence and spirit of the first four books and is, quite frankly, entirely unbelievable. If I'd never read the first four, "The Return" series would be an excellent diversion from daily life as a fantasy series, but I simply can't reconcile Elena calling Damon "darling" (who EVER uses that word anyway?), or Bonnie drowning in her own sniveling lack of courage on every other page, or Meredith popping up with secrets every chapter, of which the previous six books never gave any indication. It's inconsistent, at best. I'm worried "Strange Fate" the much anticipated final book in the Night World series, might follow the same... well... fate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know everyone is upset about Smith being fired, but can we put that aside and just talk about how god awful this book was? First of all, she made Bonnie into a caricature. She's this weak, fluttery idiot who sounds like a nervous old lady from the 1800s suffering from vapors or something. Secondly, Elena has to be the solution to EVERYTHING! For instance, Bonnie is the one with the visions, but then they still think Elena should lead the way. Elena's not even likeable anymore - just selfish and self-centered, and the readers are being told to think she's amazing instead of actually being shown how amazing she is. At this point, there are several multi-layered characters who should have been given a chance to shine or take the lead, but Elena always has to be the one to come to the rescue. It's ridiculous, and many of those characters who had substance in past novels are now one-note characters again. Third, Elena needs to make up her freaking mind. She did before when she chose Stefan, but this series makes her seem like a waffler, and cheapens everything that happened in the first series. I don't care who she chooses, but this is young adult, not adult-adult, and Elena's desire for some kind of 3-person incestuous relationship is totally unacceptable and more than a little icky (even if sex is never actually mentione). Finally, the plot is lacking, and several events are just plain silly--in particular anything related to those ridiculous wings powers. If this book is any evidence of where Smith was going with the rest of the series, good riddance. This book feels manipulative, cheap and lazy. The same goes for the Night World series, which started out well and now I just want her to end it already.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite books. It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
spoilers - I just keep waiting for the series to get better and it doesn't. The Wings of Purification/Destruction are completely unrealistic. Its like Elena has carte blanche to do whatever she wants even when it doesn't make sense. Shes human, shes dead, shes a vampire, she's human again. She's human with supernatural powers, she has special powers. Ugh. The TV series is an A+++++.
BlackrosesSC More than 1 year ago
I have to say that being that this is the last book of the whole The Vampire Diaries series that is going to be wholly written by L.J. Smith, she for sure went out with a bang with Midnight. Fantastic job. If it wasn't for having a 6 and a half month old I wouldn't of been able to put the book down, but I did get to drag this wonderful story out for a few weeks which makes it all the better and sad. Absolutely loved the Bamon moments, and again the intense emotions and tugs going on with Elena's heart when it comes to whom she loves and belongs with. As with the rest of the series in general, this is a must read!
BelleLuna More than 1 year ago
How to say this without spoiling it... If you like Damon, you'll love and hate this book. But if you like Stefan, you'll probably just hate it. The plot was scattered and the continuity issue with 'time' is confusing, at best. Reading the previous books, I just -had- to know what happened next and now I wish I hadn't read it at all and just waited for the next trilogy to be released. Maybe those books will make sense of the disaster LJS left the fans with. I liked how the story began, with Stefan and Elena, and Damon being barely fended off until he fell for Bonnie - now it seems flipped and since I can't say what I really want to say for fear of ruining things for other readers... well, let's just say I'm not much of a fan anymore.
nininchnails More than 1 year ago
It's hard for me to dislike a book so much.. But this one wasn't so hard to dislike. I felt like I was reading a 10 year olds writing. Every page I turned went in a different direction and I just rolled my eyes the whole time. I can understand her wanting to change things up and exploring other realms and other mystical creatures but she wasn't able to do this. Anne rice for example started off with vampires and later had the devil, hell, and even a body thief and it was still written well. So I don't really care who Elena ends up with, but I am interested in reading the next book done by the ghost writer. And yea it sucks she had her stories and characters taken from her and I think some reviews for this book are so high to support the author but I purchased this book because of the reviews! So please make honest reviews about the books so people don't waste their money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What has happened to this series? It has been going downhill since the second or third book, but this one and the one before it have gone completely off the rails! What has happened to all the characters.......they have gotten so bizarre. Bonnie has turned into a fluttery, nervous, incompetent to even handle breathing on her own freak, Meredith is some kind of sage oracle, Elena is completely unlikable and Stefan is weak willed and pathetic. Then the story line is ridiculous. Wings of Powers? Fox demons? Gag. Someone has ruined agreat series. I will stick with the tv show.
shellbee21 More than 1 year ago
So I thought the book was pretty good. Put an end to the whole kitsune thing. Stefan and Bonnie were whiny as usual and Damon was nice for once. The ending was so unexpecting and depressing! I cried so much. I'm so upset that L.J. can't finish her books off. :( I don't think I'll read them since it's not going to be the ending we both wanted. In my head I'll be assured that Elena loved Damon more by her actions and would choose him over Stefan. I recommend this book to anyone who has read the others.
EmilyPrincely More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I was a fan of the original series and Dark Reunion. When I saw there were more books being written in this series I was excited that I would get to revisit characters that I liked. Boy, was I ever wrong. These aren't the same characters. Yeah, they had the same names and were from the same town, but that is about the extent of it. To be honest I wondered during the first chapter if this wasn't written by a ghost writer. Characters changed from chapter to chapter, the use of language was incorrect (really, how many Americans call a cell phone a mobile?), and many plot details referenced from the original set were incorrect. (Caroline and Stefan never officially "dated" in the original series and suddenly in this book series Caroline was one of Stefan's exes?) And when did Stefan ever call Elena Little Lovely Love? Add to that a confusing mishmash of a plot with the Kitsune which was superbly boring.... and you get this gist of this trio of books. I suffered through them. I can't believe I finished them. I will not pick up another after this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was an avid L.J. Smith reader as a teen and loved her Vampire Diaries. The new installments just keep getting worse and worse. If one more character dies and comes back alive I'll go crazy. The love triangle has gotten silly and is overdone with this series. Its just turned into a joke of a series.
mandylovesyouuuu More than 1 year ago
the first books before the return series were great. then things got stupid. elena is going from human to vampire to dead to spirit to angel. thats retarded. the show is much better. while the show skyrockets the books plunge into the deep sea of no return. i doubt this will be any better. i stopped reading the return series because it was just getting borng. have fun wasting your time reading this!
Mare55 More than 1 year ago
The first three books of this series were actually really good. And LJ Smith's other books (Night World, Secret Circle) were good too. But with the last few Vampire Diaries book, it is WAY TOO DRAWN OUT. I'm sorry but when a character is human, becomes a vampire, dies, is a spirit who can contact others, alive again, learns she has a childs brain, learns she is not human AGAIN. Thats just proves that there has been far too much. LJ Smith is obviously trying to drag this out further becuase of the Vampire Diaries TV series, but enough is enough. I say Brava to the writers of the shoe becuase THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE STORYLINE OF THE BOOK. Its the first time I have ever seen that a movie or show is better than the book. Just give up the writing. DON'T BOTHER READING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not jealous. Matt IS my boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blah blah blah love blah blah blah vampire. Can it get anymore boring?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was notthe best book in the series, but was still worth reading
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!!!! :) You should really read it. But remeber, read the first book. You will fall in love with this book. I was a little disappionted, (spelled that wrong) that this book was not like the show. They are complete opposites. Trust me. Its like reading Harry potter and twilight. Speaking of twilight, these book r not like twilight. Plus, the vampire diaries book came out way before twilight. Anyways read the book and you will thank me!
Abby Poole More than 1 year ago
I could not get through this book. It is nothing like the previos books in the series. It is Boring and confusing an dull. It seemed like the characters totally lost their personality.
ShellyAnderson More than 1 year ago
Everyone pretty much knows by now the publishers fired L.J. Smith but some people think she just quit and she posted this on her guestbook "I fought tooth and nail to write those books--I fought until my agent wouldn't support me, when she said I would be sued and she wouldn't fight with me anymore, and I WROTE Phantom. But instead of edits what I got back was a letter to Clare the ghostwriter telling her to completely change my book. I HAD NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. I was deceived by Alloy and got no support from Harper." This book is totally awesome I was sooo sad at the end and I'm infuriated that we'll never know how the author really wanted to end the story. The publishers are idiots!
SupernaturalGenreLover More than 1 year ago
I honestly am SITLL not done with this book. I have been trying to read it for over a month and I keep putting it down to read other books. I have read 2 books by another author inbetween trying to finish this. I cannot get through it. Maybe it's because I have found other authors that have developed the characters better. Maybe it's because the TV Show has made Elena as a character much more appealing then in the books, I don't know, but whatever it is, I just cannot get through this. Elena is just irriating the heck out of me, I don't like what she's done with Meredith, and I just feel like all the characters have TANKED completely. I breezed through every other book in the series and all of LJ's other books, but for some reason I feel like this one is COMPLETELY lacking. I have to finish it to see what happens, but so far I think that for an adult reading this series, where at first I was like ok this is cool, now I am REALLY starting to feel how childishly written it is. I just can't get into it.
Ashley80 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Vampire Diaries books, as well as many of LJ Smith's other books. I have been disappointed with The Return trilogy as a whole, but this particular book was just infuriating. The ending was so irritating I almost threw the book. The whole Meredith side plot was not needed and seemed to be there only to add length to the book. The same thing with Elena and Bonnie's out of body experience. As the story wrapped up, everything came too easy. If they needed something, they found it in Mrs. Flowers's house without even having to search for it (a kiln in the backyard?). Elena's wings "happened" to work at just the right time. Whoever edited this book should be fired. It read like a first draft from an inexperienced writer. There were several grammatical errors that any good editor would have caught. Yes, there are always a few in a book, but there were more than a few in Midnight. The overuse of exclamation points made the already unbelievable story seem melodramatic. Like all of the Return trilogy, this book continued to undermine the vampire lore that LJ Smith spent so much time creating in the first few books. How can Damon (as a human) be able to tell by Elena's tears she was still a maiden? Plus, in the first several books, it said that sharing blood was as far as a vampire could go, so if Elena was loyal to Stefan, she still had to be a maiden. The characters transformed from wonderful, well-written, believable characters, into flat, boring, one-dimensional stereotypes. Elena came off as flighty, selfish, and stupid, a far cry from the original Elena Gilbert. She seemed more like Katherine than Elena. The time warp thing was just annoying. If the whole series takes place within 11 months, like Midnight says it does, and Bonnie, Meredith, and Elena were part of the class of 1991 like it says in "Dark Reunion," how do they have Blackberries and video phones? I have read and read and read the first four books in the series, but I doubt I'll ever pick up Midnight again.