A few weeks ago, the lovely sisters at Rather Barefoot Than Bookless (a name which I love, by the way), were hosting a couple of giveways, open to all readers 'round the world. I was the lucky winner of two books from The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith. One of my best friends, Liz, is smitten with the TV series adapted from the books, and she got me interested in watching them--that Ian Somerhalder is so hard to watch, isn't he? Actually, the whole show is nothing but eye candy, no matter what your preferences and inclinations. When the opportunity came for me to read these two books, it seemed quite fun.
Thank you, Cecilia, Jessica, and Sandra for hosting the contest and being willing to send these by international post from Sweden to the US! The books arrived last weekend and I have read them both now. They're *quite* different from the tv show, most notably in the characters of Katherine and Elena, and in Stefan & Damon's provenance in Renaissance Italy rather than Civil War-era American South. These are two books that I would not normally have ever picked up on my own, but since I won them in a giveaway I read them for my guilty pleasure. They're very quick reads, and though the books aren't particularly well written, the pacing is good. I don't think I'll be on the lookout for more of The Vampire Diaries--unless they just show up in my PO Box once more!