The Struggle (Vampire Diaries Series #2)

The Struggle (Vampire Diaries Series #2)

by L. J. Smith


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ISBN-13: 9780061990762
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Series: Vampire Diaries Series , #2
Pages: 279
Sales rank: 840,212
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 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.

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Chapter One


Icy wind whipped Elena's hair around her face, tearing at her light sweater. Oak leaves swirled among the rows of granite headstones, and the trees lashed their branches together in frenzy. Elena's hands were cold, her lips and cheeks were numb, but she stood facing the screaming wind directly, shouting into it.


This weather was a show of his Power, meant to frighten her away. It wouldn't work. The thought of that same Power being turned against Stefan woke a hot fury inside her that burned against the wind. If Damon had done anything to Stefan, if Damon had hurt him . . .

"Damn you, answer me!" she shouted at the oak trees that bordered the graveyard.

A dead oak leaf like a withered brown hand skittered up to her foot, but there was no answer. Above, the sky was gray as glass, gray as the tombstones that surrounded her. Elena felt rage and frustration sting her throat and she sagged. She'd been wrong. Damon wasn't here after all; she was alone with the screaming wind.

She turned--and gasped.

He was just behind her, so close that her clothes brushed his as she turned. At that distance, she should have sensed another human being standing there, should have felt his body warmth or heard him. But Damon, of course, wasn't human.

She reeled back a couple of steps before she could stop herself. Every instinct that had lain quiet while she shouted into the violence of the wind was now begging her to run.

She clenched her fists. "Where's Stefan?"

A line appeared between Damon's dark eyebrows. "Stefan who?"

Elena stepped forward and slappedhim.

She had no thought of doing it before she did it, and afterward she could scarcely believe what she had done. But it was a good hard slap, with the full force of her body behind it, and it snapped Damon's head to one side. Her hand stung. She stood, trying to calm her breath, and watched him.

He was dressed as she had first seen him, in black. Soft black boots, black jeans, black sweater, and leather jacket. And he looked like Stefan. She didn't know how she could have missed that before. He had the same dark hair, the same pale skin, the same disturbing good looks. But his hair was straight, not wavy, and his eyes were black as midnight, and his mouth was cruel.

He turned his head slowly back to look at her, and she saw blood rising in the cheek she'd slapped.

"Don't lie to me," she said, her voice shaking. "I know who you are. I know what you are. You killed Mr. Tanner last night. And now Stefan's disappeared."

"Has he?"

"You know he has!"

Damon smiled and then turned it off instantly.

"I'm warning you; if you've hurt him--"

"Then, what?" he said. "What will you do, Elena? What can you do, against me?"

Elena fell silent. For the first time, she realized that the wind had died away. The day had gone deadly quiet around them, as if they stood motionless at the center of some great circle of power. It seemed as if everything, the leaden sky, the oaks and purple beeches, the ground itself, was connected to him, as if he drew Power from all of it. He stood with his head tilted back slightly, his eyes fathomless and full of strange lights.

"I don't know," she whispered, "but I'll find something. Believe me."

He laughed suddenly, and Elena's heart jerked and began pounding hard. God, he was beautiful. Handsome was too weak and colorless a word. As usual, the laughter lasted only a moment, but even when his lips had sobered it left traces in his eyes.

"I do believe you, " he said, relaxing, looking around the graveyard. Then he turned back and held out a hand to her. "You're too good for my brother," he said casually.

Elena thought of slapping the hand away, but she didn't want to touch him again. "Tell me where he is."

"Later, possibly--for a price." He withdrew his hand, just as Elena realized that on it he wore a ring like Stefan's: silver and lapis lazuli. Remember that, she thought fiercely. It's important.

"My brother," he went on, is a fool. He thinks that because you look like Katherine you're weak and easily led like her. But he's wrong. I could feel your anger from the other side of town. I can feel it now, a white light like the desert sun. You have strength, Elena, even as you are. But you could be so much stronger . . . "

She stared at him, not understanding, not liking the change of subject. "I don't know what you're talking about. And what has it got to do with Stefan?"

"I'm talking about Power, Elena." Suddenly, he stepped close to her, his eyes fixed on hers, his voice soft and urgent. "You've tried everything else, and nothing has satisfied you. You're the girl who has everything, but there's always been something just out of your reach, something you need desperately and can't have. That's what I'm offering you. Power. Eternal life. And feelings you've never felt before. "

She did understand then, and bile rose in her throat. She choked on horror and repudiation. "No."

"Why not?" he whispered. "Why not try it, Elena? Be honest. Isn't there a part of you that wants to?" His dark eyes were full of a heat and intensity that held her transfixed, unable to look away. "I can waken things inside you that have been sleeping all your life. You're strong enough to live in the dark, to glory in it. You can become a queen of the shadows. Why not take that Power, Elena? Let me help you take it."

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The Struggle (Vampire Diaries Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 457 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
Well this would be the extremely rare case of the second book in the series was better than the first. I could actually feel the pull towards Damon in this book. Yes, he's dark and dangerous. But, there's something else there as well. You don't know what it is, you can just feel it. Stefan is the brooding vampire. He's the right choice (if a vampire can be a "right" choice). And Elena loves him, but can't stay away from Damon. And she was much more likeable in this on. Funny what love can do (even to people in stories). The ending wasn't what I was expecting. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see where this story goes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just kept you going. As soon as it got slow, something would happen and you couldn't put it down.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very great story line. This is the second book I read in this series. Really enjoyed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books more than 4 times since i bought them- one day i lent them to a friend in college and i never saw the books again- i felt i lost something very valuable and i did- but im pleased to know that she will enjoy them as much as i did- i plan to buy the whole series again and i already have the forbidden games trilogy and some of the NightWorld series- anyways im just trying to say that if you want to escape and be relaxed read these books read any of LJSmith's books and you wont be able to put them down- i was always reading late at night till i fell asleep-i thank LJSmith for introducing me to reading and to escape- thankx a bunch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down it was great this book was so worth the money!
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Eternaly-wicked More than 1 year ago
the whole series is really good, glad they made a tv series out of it. I get to have my Vampire fix every week and I hate to say it and dont get me wrong I love me some Rob but Paul would have made a very nice Edward, but there is always Jace if they ever make it a movie(mortal instruments)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great i loved it more than new moon and that's a great book! But this book is perfect I read them all in two days! And now i am dieing for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book i am now officaly finshed with the 2 book of the vampire diaries can't wait to read #3 of the vampire diares the fury sound sacry right i am tottaly team domcan he is so cool btw the first book of the vampire series(the awakeing) was one of the best books i have ever read it is worth every single penny BUY THE SERIES right now:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got done reading the first book and it was really good. Steffan sounds mystical and mysterious and Damon sound passionate but controling so if it were me i would go for Steffan but thats just my opinion so.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start at the beginning it will make more scence and be better. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the show much much better. But, these books are great! They stray away from the show a lot but still a good read :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book.
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Love this series even before the tv show
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Damon is mine!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good i realled injoyed it honestly rhis book is for teens bascally but if you are into this crap like me hit me up on the goggle acount thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really, I've watch the show a few times, but the book is better.
scottyrn More than 1 year ago
I was expecting the books to follow the TV Series which it does not. In the book Elaina is a blond and has more of a teenage mentality. The story on TV has evolved away from the book. Still I found the story entertaining and the ending leaves you wanting more. I had to buy the next book to find out what happens next. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampire diaries r so intriguing i love it. It just leaves me wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to say this book is so good that u wont be able to put it down and you will want to read book two then three and so on so take it from me this book is AMAZING(and this is coming from a girl that dosent read pretty much at all im pickey when it comes to a book bit once i like it u cant get it away from me)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does it matter where you start to read in the series. Ive seen ever episode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh this is the best show and book in the whole world! I hope the show never ever ends! :)