Introduction: The Vampire Diaries books are a series of young adult novels written by American author L.J. Smith. The series follows the life of Elena Gilbert and her friends as they navigate their supernatural world.
1. The Awakening (1991): The Awakening is the first book in the series. In this book, Elena moves to the small town of Mystic Falls and is immediately met with supernatural occurrences. Elena must come to terms with her newfound powers while also learning to deal with her complicated relationships.
2. The Struggle (1991): The Struggle follows Elena’s journey as she discovers more about her powers and navigates the love triangle between her and the two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. The story takes a dark turn as Elena must battle the darkness within herself and the evil that is rising in Mystic Falls.
3. The Fury (1992): The Fury is the third book in the series. Elena is in a fight for her life as she must protect her friends and family from the evil forces that are threatening them. She is also struggling to come to terms with her feelings for the two vampire brothers.
4. Dark Reunion (1992): In Dark Reunion, the final book of the series, Elena is forced to make a difficult decision as she must choose between Stefan and Damon. This book is filled with action and suspense as Elena must battle the forces of evil that are determined to destroy Mystic Falls.
5. The Return: Nightfall (2009): The Return: Nightfall is the first book in the spin-off series. In this book, Elena and her friends are forced to confront a new threat that is threatening Mystic Falls. Elena must make difficult choices and battle evil forces in order to save her hometown.
6. The Return: Shadow Souls (2010): In The Return: Shadow Souls, Elena and her friends must deal with a powerful enemy that is determined to destroy Mystic Falls. Elena must use her powers to save her friends and stop the evil forces from taking over.
7. The Return: Midnight (2011): The Return: Midnight is the third and final book in The Return trilogy. In this book, Elena and her friends must battle an ancient force that is determined to take over Mystic Falls. Elena must make difficult choices in order to save her hometown.