This review contains spoilers, I tried my best not to spoil anything important but, you’re still warned.
The back of this book will have you believe the plot goes something like this: “Elena rises from the dead to recreate the powerful vampire trio. Summoned by Elena, Stefan keeps a promise to her and fights the most terrifying evil he’s ever faced. Joining the brother he once called enemy, Damon battles this new horror with strength, cunning, and deadly charm.” This is all wrong.
Dark Reunion is the 4th book in the vampire Dairies series and it is by far the most disappointing. To give a review for people who don’t want spoilers, the book isn’t terrible. It had moments that could either be explained better or just didn’t make any sense at all. There were also a few parts that I would have done differently but that’s just a personal preference.
SPOILERS from this point on:
First off, let me tell you why the back was incorrect. The book says “Elena Rises from the dead to recreate the powerful vampire trio.” SURE. This KINDA happens in the second to last chapter of the book. Elena somehow becomes a powerful being and uses the ghosts of civil war soldiers to kill the main antagonist. This is never fully explained. After the battle is over they, (again, without explaining) bring Elena back from the dead. She’s alive. I’m not sure why, but she is.
It goes on to say “Stefan keeps a promise to her and fights the most terrifying evil he’s ever faced.” Yes. This part is partially true. I’m not sure what the promise was supposed to be since the only promise he made had nothing to do with Elena BUT, the bad guy is arguably one of the scarier villains.
“Joining the brother he once called enemy, Damon battles this new horror with strength, cunning, and deadly charm.” Again, completely not true. Sure, Damon helps with the villain but honestly, he doesn’t act any different. He’s still Damon. He’s still selfish, cruel and only fights the villain for a minute before he’s taken out. Damon doesn’t do anything special in this book and I’m not sure why he’s advertised as so amazing.
Overall, I’d say this isn’t a TERRIBLE book, it just wasn’t a favorite of mine. The back was misleading and borderline lying. The villains are both people we know from the show but done in a different way.
If you saw the show you’ll still be surprised by some of the twists.
It’s worth reading if you are a fan of the series but most of the “WTF” moments are in the last 2-3 chapters. The rest of the book is a lot better.
3.5 out of 5 stars