I picked this one up because my daughter loves Vampire Diaries books and t.v. series. I, however, am not that taken with it. I find the T.V. series annoying. There is way too much whining and teenage angst. The first few books were okay, but not great. My daughter said that she like the Return Series better than the first series and I think it was, a bit, better. I still didn't love it and probably won't read the others unless I'm desperate for a vampire story. Still too much whining and sap for me. Plus I don't really like the characters much. Elena is annoying and so is Stephen. Damon is more interesting, but evil, so I can't like him either.