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Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Reunion by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries, #4) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

The Reunion...

Who will be the casualty...?


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 246
Chapters: 16
Publisher: Hodder

Book Links: Goodreads
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Review

Quick Note: I couldn't find a picture of the book with The Reunion as the title, but not to worry, Dark Reunion is the same novel. The Reunion is just the UK edition's name.

Have I mentioned that this series is a guilty pleasure of mine? Well, after reading this entry, why don't we just drop the guilty part, huh? (Not that I ever really felt guilty.) 

The Reunion isn't perfect, but despite its cheesiness, its ludicrous sequence of events, and its stretches in believability, I can't help but be utterly infatuated. And no instalment has ever taken me over so completely as this one. Well, of the ones I've read, anyway. This entry exudes all the qualities I love about the show: Strong, distinctive characters; a supernatural plot that revels in unpredictability; and a concentrated flow that has no time for pit stops.

Synopsis

Damon is forced to put his trust in the brother he loathes when Elena is threatened by a terrifying evil.
Can Stephan keep his promise to Elena and protect the town from its most powerful villain yet?

Who will be the casualty?

Plot - 4.5/5 Stars

Picking up six months after the end of The Fury, The Reunion is a tense and exciting novel that remains completely focused on telling a sharp story. With vampires, witches, and great evil we are treated to a creepy tale that fully capitalises on all the supernatural juice it can muster. There are twists and turns, revelations and revenge, and all of it is contained in under 250 pages.

Plus, all that build leads to a spectacular conclusion. Superb action couples with brutal bloodshed and vicious heartbreak to drive this ending deep. Sure, there are a few stretches in logic, and some things that happen go unexplained, but despite it dropping all reasoning, I almost had a tear in my eye.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

The Reunion is littered with magic and mystery, compelling the reader to continue through snappy and concise exposition, while basking in the adrenaline-infused glow of epic battles.

So, yeah, the pace is pretty phenomenal.

Characters - 5/5 Stars

Since the first entry we've predominantly followed Elena as she's introduced to the world of the supernatural and the consequences of falling for someone with a tainted soul. But with The Reunion, we mostly follow Bonnie, and, believe it or not, it works. The Vampire Diaries' cast has always been a solid one. Each character has been through things that have given depth to their already stellar personalities. Growth has always been consistent, and this entry doesn't let any of that go.

And while romance remains a strong undercurrent throughout, it takes a backseat to all the supernatural shenanigans. Everything has more room to breath, and when the lovey-dovey aspects are shown, they have more of an impact on the reader.

Writing - 4.5/5 Stars

Written for young adults, this series has always embodied that style of writing. It's simplistic with bouts of poetic language. And it works. Thanks to the novel's short length, The Reunion is a fast, fun read that lies between fantasy and romance, often combining the two in a maelstrom that's nothing short of addictive.

Overall - 4.5/5 Stars

I'm gutted that I've run out of instalments to read. I'm poor, so I'm gonna have to save my pennies so I can dive back into this stellar series. I hope The Reunion is the new norm, because the balance of themes and genres is fantastic.


Previous Instalment: The Fury


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