Published March 1st 2012 by Hodder Children's Books
1444906011 (ISBN13: 9781444906011)
Life is better than ever, Elena and her friends can't wait to attend Dalcrest College. But when students start to disappear from campus, suddenly every new acquaintance is a potential enemy. Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, she realises that darkness has followed her from Fell's Church. But will it be Stefan or Damon who catches her when she falls?
Does anyone else get the feeling that this series is actually being dragged out on purpose and that actually it could have done with ending quite a while ago? I havent read any of the series for a long time but I still get the feeling that I am reading the same thing over and over again. the only difference to me was that in this novel we are in a different place. we are no longer in fells church, instead we are at college where all the big kids place and this clearly what they have all gone to do. Of course you know that something dangerous is going to happen and that is perhaps where the problem lies because every book ends with a good note, or a fairly good note, and then we start a new book and we know that something will go wrong only for it to start the same way again. you do actually start to feel like you are going in one big huge circle and that instantly becomes boring. But still we read the series anyway because we have to be hopeful that it gets better, especially when we know the author has talent and skill to write something totally mind grasping and gripping, unfortunatly its just not appearing in this series.
I admit a few things have clearly changed in this novel, like for example the fact that we see a limelight of Bonnie a little more, and we get to see into all the characters mind rather than just the odd one or two. But at the same time you can't help but skim through pages because its just the same old same old. the book makes you percieve the baddy as the wrong person and leads you to believe that the other is the good guy. But you already know that its the opposite way and you kind of get the jist that everything is not what it appears to be anyway. Perhaps its just the very fact that all the clues seem to be given away from the first page or the first few chapters, like the fact that we know matt is about to join a fraternity that has nothing but myths to it and is a huge big secret. instantly that leaves you with alarm bells ringing in your head because you just know that danger is going to lie there.
I do remember at one part and point of the book thinking that I was reading a rewrite of the twilight sega because there was this whole glitch of a fight between a werewolf and a vampire about a girls heart. but Damon we already know is not likely to take anyones heart other than elenas and she only wants stefan, so not really a huge issue swimming around the pages there. I don't know really what else to say about the book other than I really wish the series would just end now because in my opinion they should have just ended like oh three or four books ago. perhaps it just doesnt help with the telly series being out and not matching the novels? Not that I sit and watch the series because I refuse to, but I am starting to wonder if perhaps the author has got a little stuck in the mud here with this series and just doesnt want to let it go? who knows....