The Return: The Vampire Diaries

Elena, Bonnie, and Meredith are back from the Dark Dimension after rescuing Stefan. But when they return, they are in for a twist. Damon has been turned back into a human by a magical black rose. Using the Starball they stole from the Dark Dimension, Damon uses it to travel back to the Dark Dimension to regain his vampire powers, but Bonnie is accidentally taken with him. Bonnie must stay hidden while Damon works to become a vampire again. Meanwhile back home, things are going badly for Elena and the rest of the gang. Matt has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit and must face an unfair trial. The children of the town have been possessed and are terrifying their parents. It is all being caused by Shinichi and Misao, powerful demons. If the demons can't be stopped, the whole town will fall. Can Elena and the others save the town from being destroyed while trying to find a way to bring back Bonnie and Damon?

This is another outstanding Vampire Diaries novel by L. J. Smith. It is full of twists and turns, with Elena, Stefan and Damon, with Elena questioning her feelings for the two brothers. Containing magic, demons, and betrayal, it's a read you won't be able to put down. This book kept me guessing till the very end, with a surprising twist.

Book Blurb for Midnight

The devil you know . . .

With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.

Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?

Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell's Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined. . . .

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.75