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New York Times bestselling seriesThe Return: Shadow Souls is the sixth book in L.J. Smith's New York Times bestselling Vampire Diaries series. Elena Gilber. Read "The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls" by L. J. Smith available from Rakuten Kobo The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #6: The Compelled. Shadow Souls is the second book in The Return trilogy and the sixth book in the The Vampire Diaries novel series. It was published in
And I did enjoy the ending, such a cliffhanger! I found it hilarious and I'm eager for the next book. Please redeem yourself, Miss L. I enjoy your writing but I think the Shadow Souls books were Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Preview — Shadow Souls by L. Shadow Souls The Vampire Diaries: The Return 2 by L. Smith Goodreads Author. On the run. Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan. In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome b On the run.
In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive.
It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters. Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want? Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her—only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Aug 06, Mell rated it did not like it Shelves: Hated Nightfall.
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Seriously- have read fan fiction that was better. But I'm curious to see if the author redeems herself. And the answer is. This book is bad, so very bad. I'm kicking myself for downloading this book and putting the emotional investment into reading it. Shadow Souls is truly awful, and I thought nothing could be worse than Nightfall.
I am embarrassed for LJ Smith and all of the readers including myself who held out hope that the story of the Vampire Diaries could be redeem Hated Nightfall. I am embarrassed for LJ Smith and all of the readers including myself who held out hope that the story of the Vampire Diaries could be redeemed after her last mess of a novel.
She spends so much time on period detail that is unnecessary- do we really need to know the color of the veils that each of the girls wears during their procession though the city? Magical Auras, demon dogs, gate keepers, fierce falcons- ugh. The book meanders all over the place at times, and so slowly that I had to put the book down in frustrated boredom several times.
I thought Damon had lost all of his charm in Nightfall, but again, I underestimated just how bad it could really get. He maintains that he will die for Elena as they make their dangerous quest, yet there is no real spark or chemistry left between them. Am I the only one getting whiplash trying to keep up? The last pages and a sudden change for one of the major characters is just unbelievable and very disappointing. It also foreshadows another tedious quest. LJ Smith has successfully done one thing for me with this book: They have little in common with the flawed and intriguing people I met two decades ago.
View all 16 comments. Mar 21, Hailee rated it it was amazing. Oh my God. I completely loved this book! It was all about Damon and Elena, and that's what I loved about it.
It shows a softer, more vulnerable side to Damon he only shows around her, and she begins to realize that maybe Stefan isn't her only world. The Dark Dimension story plot with the kitsune keys was fascinating. What I do have to complain about is everything that's happening in Fell's Church. So why add the Oh my God.
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So why add the random story plot about what's happening back in their small town? And the thing with Caroline turning into a werewolf and having puppies or whatever was really unneeded. Not too many people care about that character enough to see her in the book.
And I also hate the ending of the book. I felt it was a little rushed. It's like I barely knew what was going on. I didn't feel it was necessary to have that in the book, she could have waited until the last book to put that story plot in and explained it a little better, because it seemed to move way too fast and with little notice.
But otherwise, completely great novel. My favorite so far! View all 6 comments. This is a great book! ITs sooo boring! August 9th, actually its not that bad, just lazy i guess. Recommended to Savannah by: My friend Emily, who wanted me to see for myslef how bad it was. If it weren't for the fact that this book was much much better than 'Nightfall', then I would've given it only one star. However, there were parts of this book which were mildly interesting and I did not feel the need to slit my wrists just to have something to occupy myself with as much as I felt the need to in the last one.
What has happened to you, L. I used to love your books with the unsociable, unfathomable Stefan and the totally badass sexy Damon, but all that has happened now is that St If it weren't for the fact that this book was much much better than 'Nightfall', then I would've given it only one star. I used to love your books with the unsociable, unfathomable Stefan and the totally badass sexy Damon, but all that has happened now is that Stefan is some love-sick puppy dog where the only coherent sentences he can manage to put together is "Elena, I love you" and "Lovely little love.
Where is Damon's hatred for Stefan due to the fact that because of him, he never had Katherine to himself? Or is Katherine completly forgotten now? I don't know, but all the characters personalities have been totally changed and not in a good way. Bonnie, for instance, if she faints one more time, I am going to scream! Sure, she's always been the cute little one of the group, but she can still manage to stand on her own two feet for more than five minutes I'm sure.
And don't even get me started on Elena! You'd think that after coming back from the afterlife she would have grown up just a little bit, but no. Elena is even more self-obsessed, arrogant and vain than she has ever been portrayed as before. I've never liked Elena, she annoys me and I do not see a point in a main character who has no likeable qualities. Half of this book seemed to be taken up with descriptions of the girl's dresses and hair and jewellery at various different parties and venues.
I don't know about you, but if it were me, I don't think I'd be wasting anytime admiring myself and my dress if the supposed love of my life was locked away in a prison being starved and tortured. The dialogue was childish and the description was incoherent. The sentence "Elena pulled away from Damon entirely,staring at her arms which were red and with something that wasn't paint" actually made me laugh out loud. I'm pretty sure that many of the ideas and things mentioned in this book, like Damon promising Elena that he would go back to the Dark Dimension with her to abolish slavery will never actually happen.
Smith really needs to get herself an editor because there are at least pages of garbage needed to be cleared out of this book. And one last thing. Can somebody please explain what the hell velociraptor sisterhood is? View all 4 comments. Nov 26, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: Dear L. Here's how this should work. Elena and Meredith stay in Fells Church to battle Caroline and the increasingly creepy Exorcist remake going on there.
Meredith so we can get a little more of her and Alaric, Elena because - well - her story's freaking over, and you just need to damn well accept that. Bonnie and Matt travel with Damon to a hellish underworld, with Bonnie narrating and increasing tension building amongst the three as they try to stay alive long enough to free Stefan.
Vie Dear L. Viewpoints alternate back and forth as both situations escalate to the breaking point. Here's how it shouldn't work, but did: Oh, and you keep your bad guys entirely offscreen kitsu-who? Congratulations, you've made the final step down from novelist to fanfic writer. I understand that Damon's more interesting than Stefan. But having your heroine tart it up with her boyfriend's brother is not endearing her to anyone, so you just need to have her stick with her choice and surrender this whole love triangle crap.
I mean seriously, isn't this a little too New Moon already? Unless you want to change triangles. Stop trying to be Gossip Girl crossed with Stephenie Meyer, and go back to writing awesome fiction. When you catch yourself writing hot vampires with attack pets, you know it's fanfic.
View 1 comment. Mar 17, Tara rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who ran out of toilet paper, people who need kindling, the illiterati. Recommended to Tara by: I did--in the misguided belief that it couldn't be worse than Ni. I really don't know where to begin with this review.
One star seems like too many. This book was atrocious. I cannot comprehend how my favorite author has gone from such a tight, concise, intelligent writing style to one that reads like the worst kind of adolescent fan fiction.
I do not believe the same person who wrote the original quartet is the person who is writing the new trilogy. You cannot convince me otherwise. Is no one editing these books? The first half was easy enough to read, but the I really don't know where to begin with this review. The first half was easy enough to read, but the second half had so many issues I can't possibly list them all: If you are like me and have spent the better part of two decades adoring these characters and their world and their author's other work , I implore you to avoid this book unless you want your heart broken, or you are a fan of juvenile sado-masochism, as there is a bizarre element of that here--but it is not hot or sexy or steamy.
Attn LJS: Please stop. Apparently someone is telling you that people like "Fluffy Damon" but I am going to be completely honest: Or this Stefan, or any of the other characters after what you've done to them in the "Return" series.
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No more Mary Sue characters, I beg of you! And HarperTeen, you should be ashamed of yourselves for putting this tripe on paper. View all 5 comments.
Oct 18, fatima rated it it was amazing. I just finished Shadow Souls. Elena sounds so beutiful. Elena is not a brunett! Caroline is not a blonde! THe books are so much better than the show. View all 9 comments. Sep 17, Nan rated it did not like it Shelves: I couldn't make it past page There's nothing significantly bad about page , in case you're worried about spoilers, but I realized after reading 17 chapters that I simply couldn't take it anymore.
I'm too old for this series. I bought the original series--the trilogy--when they were first published. I love them still, even though my tastes have gotten much more demanding as I've grown.
Reading the Return series for the first time as an adult, I don't have that rosy affection for it that I h I couldn't make it past page Reading the Return series for the first time as an adult, I don't have that rosy affection for it that I have for the original books. It's not that there's anything wrong with this series; L.
Smith's writing has not significantly improved or declined in the intervening years.
I've just grown to expect more depth from a book--even a YA title--than what's here. Apr 08, Kim rated it it was ok Shelves: It's really not my fault that I have to read these horribly written books. It's my 11 year old self reaching through the space-time continuum to make me read these sequels.
What this book desperately needs is a fierce editor. It could easily be cut in half and not lose one moment of plot. The whole first half of the book is rehashing of everything that's ever happened in the previous 5 books, along with detailed descriptions of ridiculous mystical powers. It's like L. Smith went and read a lot It's really not my fault that I have to read these horribly written books.
Smith went and read a lot of fanfiction written by 12 year olds and thought "what my writing needs is more of that. The book is much improved if you just skip all the page-long florid descriptions of people, clothing, jewelry, buildings, etc. And don't even get me started on Elena! You'd think that after coming back from the afterlife she would have grown up just a little bit, but no.
Elena is even more self-obsessed, arrogant and vain than she has ever been portrayed as before. I've never liked Elena, she annoys me and I do not see a point in a main character who has no likeable qualities.
Half of this book seemed to be taken up with descriptions of the girl's dresses and hair and jewellery at various different parties and venues. I don't know about you, but if it were me, I don't think I'd be wasting anytime admiring myself and my dress if the supposed love of my life was locked away in a prison being starved and tortured. The dialogue was childish and the description was incoherent. Everybody should get a chance to do that.
I got to say good-bye to my little four-year-old sister, Margaret, and visit Bonnie and Meredith…. But she spoke quietly. But the sun poisoned me anyway. Going was almost…peaceful. That was when I made Stefan promise to take care of Damon, always. And I think Damon swore to take care of Stefan, in his mind. And that was how I died, with Stefan holding me and Damon beside me as I simply drifted away, like going to sleep.
There was a danger to the town. They had to fight it and somehow, when they were sure that they had lost, I got dumped back to the world of the living to help.
But there was Stefan, too! We were together again! She shut her eyes until her breathing slowed. And then there are my Wings. I say the words until I feel like an idiot—but nothing happens at all.
And, oh, God, if I could only see her and Meredith right now! Well, you see, when I came back from the afterlife there was a very big explosion of Power that everyone in the world who can see Power saw. Lee High School. Or they use Power to blast other vampires or creatures of darkness—or humans.
It was so big that it attracted two horrible creatures from the other side of the world. And then they decided to come see what had made the burst, and if there was any way they could use it for themselves. They were kitsune, evil fox spirits from Japan. So powerful that they used malach, which are really plants but look like insects that can be no bigger than a pinhead or big enough to swallow your arm.
And the malach attach themselves to your nerves and feather out along your entire nervous system and finally they take you over from inside. I forgot to say, the kitsune are called Shinichi and Misao. Misao is the girl.
He made him torture Matt and me, and even now I know that sometimes Matt still wants to kill Damon for it. He was crushed. He cried. We were too moral or too gentle or something. There were girls, young girls, fourteen and fifteen and younger. And some boys. Hurting themselves and their families.
But they had kidnapped Stefan—and Damon, who was already possessed by then, had helped them. Damon Influenced him to go away. But just a few hours later Damon had forgotten the policeman completely. And anything that frightens Damon—not that he would ever admit it—scares me to death. But then, cuddling herself, she went on.
Well, because of Caroline Forbes, my friend since kindergarten. And after that she turned into my worst enemy. I wonder how long they were together and where Tyler is now. So I assume—well, what Damon assumes. A werewolf litter, you know? Since Tyler is a werewolf. So basically I just made him come with us. And I feel the anger like a fire inside me—not just anger and hurt for Matt, but anger and the feeling that Caroline has let all girls everywhere down.
First of all, it makes anyone who drinks my blood incredibly strong. They could only deal with him when he was weakened and surrounded by iron. Damon showed me how to keep my aura mostly inside, like a normal human girl. It can…oh, well, I can say anything I want to here, right? Nowadays, my aura can make vampires want me…the way human guys do. Not just to bite, get it? But to kiss and all the rest. And so, naturally, they come after me if they sense it. Being bitten by a vampire only hurts if you fight it, or if the vampire wants it to hurt.
Grimly, she gripped her mobile again, letting tears fall on it. I become this useless shaking insane person who just wants to scream and scream and never stop. I have to fight every second not to think about it. When I have him safe in my arms, I can let myself shake and cry—and scream, too. But I have a Plan A, at least. The key, the fox key, that we need to get Stefan out of his cell, is broken into two pieces that are hidden in two different places.
And when Misao was taunting me about how little I knew about those places, she gave me flat-out clues about where they were. I looked up just now and I can see the palest streaks of dawn in the sky: light green and creamy orange and the faintest aqua…. Really, really loud.
She was scared, but a noise like that—and now scrabbling sounds on the roof… She had to get out of the car as fast as possible. What had fallen was Matt. He was in the process of struggling to get up off his back. Are you all right? Are you hurt? Is the Jag all right? Is it hurt? Did you hit your head? Does the moonroof still work? The moonroof is fine. He was trying to get down without getting any mud on the Jag, but he was handicapped since his legs and feet were covered with mud.
Getting off of the car without using his feet was proving difficult. Meanwhile, Elena was looking around. She herself had once fallen from the sky, yes, but she had been dead for six months first and had arrived naked, and Matt fulfilled neither requirement. She had a more prosaic explanation in mind. And there it was, lounging against a yellowwood tree and eyeing the scene with a very slight, wicked smile. He was compact; not as tall as Stefan, but with an indefinable aura of menace that more than made up for it.
He was as immaculately dressed as always: black Armani jeans, black shirt, black leather jacket, and black boots, which all went with his carelessly windblown dark hair and his black eyes. Right now, he made Elena acutely aware that she was wearing a long white nightgown that she had brought with the idea that she could change her clothes underneath it if necessary while they were camping. The problem was that she usually did this just at dawn, and today writing in her diary had distracted her.
Lace around a pretty neck to a vampire—as Damon had told her—was like a waving red cloak in front of a raging bull. Elena crossed her arms over her chest. She also tried to make sure that her aura was pulled in decorously.
He cocked his head to the side coaxingly. Elena refused to be coaxed. Elena had always been good at repartee of this kind. The problem was that Damon was better. Elena felt an inward shiver. Damon had promised not to Influence her—to use his telepathic powers to cloud or manipulate her mind. But sometimes it felt as if he got awfully close to the line.
But Damon never gave up, no matter how many times she rejected him. Behind Elena was a thump and squelch that undoubtedly meant Matt had finally gotten off the roof of the Jag. He jumped into the fray immediately. And—and —and do you know what he did? How he woke me up this morning?
She talked over her shoulder to Matt because there was a faint morning breeze that tended to mold her nightgown to her body. I mean, yes! No and yes! It could have broken the moonroof—or me! Damon spoke up. What were you actually doing at the time when I put some distance between us? His normally tranquil blue eyes were blazing. A stick like the kind you find along the roadside? That kind of stick? It had definitely been carved from hardwood: oak from the look of it.
This was definitely a low point in the cold war between the two boys. Elena, truly at a loss, took it from him, turning it over.
It seemed to be a pencil stub, but it was discolored dark reddish-brown. And they were on our trail. She did have feelings for the car. It was big and brilliantly red and flashy and buoyant —and it expressed how she and Stefan had been feeling on the day that he bought it for her, celebrating the start of their new life together. Right now! When Damon took it, Elena wiped her hands on her nightgown, feeling vaguely light-headed. She shivered, thinking of the vampires on their trail.
And the cool morning air was clearing her head a bit, although it also made her shake. Damon glanced down at her and to her surprise, looking completely serious, began to make motions as if to take his jacket off. Elena had to turn her face away because she was in danger of laughing. It was like flying: a challenge. And you know I like challenges. Elena felt as light as if she were dandelion fluff, but also a little light-headed, almost tipsy.
She was much warmer now, because—she realized—Damon had enfolded her in his aura, which was warm. Not just in temperature, either, but warm with a heady, almost drunken appreciation, as he took her in, her eyes and her face and her hair floating weightlessly in a cloud of gold around her shoulders. And just as blushing was an involuntary physical response to his warmth and appreciation, Elena felt an involuntary emotional response—of thankfulness for what he had done, of gratitude for his appreciation, and of unintentional appreciation of Damon himself.
She could only be glad that Damon had been clever enough and, yes, ruthless enough to take care of them before they got to her. And she would have to be blind and just plain stupid not to appreciate the fact that Damon was gorgeous. After having died twice, this fact did not affect her as it would most other girls, but it was still a fact, whether Damon was pensive or giving one of those rare genuine smiles that he seemed to have only for Elena.
The problem with this was that Damon was a vampire and could therefore read her mind, especially with Elena being so close, their auras intermingling. Elena did, but they were blurring, dissolving. Elena had lost the power to analyze. She was simply basking in the warm glow of being cherished, being held and loved and cared for with an intensity that shook her to the bone. And when Elena gave of herself, she gave completely. Almost without conscious effort, she arched her head back to expose her throat and closed her eyes.
Damon gently positioned her head differently, supported it with one hand, and kissed her. Elena found that she was instinctively groping for the mind of the one who was kissing her so sweetly. It was as if she had gained a beautiful new sense. When two auras mingled as deeply as this, two souls were laid bare to each other. Semi-consciously, Elena let her aura expand, and met a mind almost at once. To her surprise, it recoiled from her.
She managed to snag it before it could retreat behind a great hard stone, like a boulder. The only things left outside the boulder—which reminded her of a picture of a meteorite she had seen, with a pocked, charred surface—were rudimentary brain functions, and a little boy, chained to the rock by both wrists and both ankles.
Elena was shocked. Whatever she was seeing, she knew it was a metaphor only, and that she should not judge too quickly what the metaphor meant. Instinctively, though, she knew that she was seeing something important. And now, her inherent love and concern drove her to try to communicate. He was clothed in ragged black.
He nodded silently. His huge dark eyes seemed to swallow up his face. The child nodded again. This is all just symbols, Elena reminded herself. But are you? She knew that her own mind would use such symbols to present itself to another person. He lived cramped inside that hideous thing, and he wanted it that way.
All that was left outside was some ancient memory from his childhood, a boy who had been banished from the rest of his soul. Maybe even revealing that much was painful, Elena thought. She wanted him to feel the sweetness and comfort that she was feeling. If it had been a landscape she would have put a halo around the full white moon, or rainbows amongst the clouds.
But instead it presented itself as a starving child chained to a ball that no one could breach, and she wanted to comfort and soothe the child. She cradled the little boy, rubbing his arms and legs hard and nestling him against her spirit body. At first he felt tense and wary in her arms. But after a little time, when nothing terrible happened as a result of their contact, he relaxed and she felt his small body go warm and drowsy and heavy in her arms.
She herself felt a crushingly sweet protectiveness about the little creature. In just a few minutes, the child in her arms was asleep, and Elena thought that there was the faintest ghost of a smile on his lips. She cuddled his little body, rocking him gently, smiling herself. Someone who was—was not forgotten, never forgotten—but who made her throat ache with sadness. Oh, God, she had forgotten him—she had actually, for a few minutes allowed herself to be drawn into something that meant forgetting him.
The anguish of all those lonely late-night hours, sitting and pouring out her grief and fear to her diary—and then the peace and comfort that Damon had offered had actually made her forget Stefan—to forget what he might be suffering at this very moment. She looked at Damon accusingly. Why not? But I did not Influence you, and I did not bite you.
I merely kissed you. He gives out dreams, fancies, pleasure that stays in the minds of his…donors. Elena and Damon came to a twirling, elegant stop, right beside the Jaguar. Matt immediately ran to Elena and snatched her away, examining her as if she had been in an accident, with particular attention to her neck. Once again Elena was uncomfortably aware of being dressed in a lacy white nightgown in the presence of two boys.
He might not still be in love with her as he once had been, but Elena knew he cared deeply about her and always would. She knew he would never forget the time they had been together. More, he believed in her.With this initial introduction of Sage, I was immediately taken in and wanted to read more about him, but then after rescuing Damon et.
He kept his mind pinned to the dozens of boys and men whom the exquisite girl beside him must have bedded. On the other hand, back in Fells Church, Matt joins forces with Mrs Flower to investigate the strange events happening in Fells Church and try to find out the plan of the kitsune twins who are behind that. Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her—only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.
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