The Vampire Diaries is a series of YA horror novels by American author L.J. Smith. The original series involves a young high school girl torn between brothers – a typical story, except for the fact that the brothers are vampires. The series was adapted to a supernatural drama television series for The CW.

The Vampire Diaries began in 1991 with the novel The Awakening. The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, but pressure from the published would force Smith to write the fourth novel, Dark Reunion, published in ’92. The Return series began in 2009 with Nightfall and ended in 2010 with Midnight. Stefan’s Diaries started in 2010 with Origins and is ongoing. The Hunters series began in 2011 with Phantom and ended in 2012 with Destiny Rising. Below is a list of L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries Universe books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Vampire Diaries Books


The Awakening(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Struggle(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fury(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Reunion(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Vampire Diaries: The Return Books


Nightfall(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadow Souls(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Books


Origins(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bloodlust(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Craving(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ripper(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Asylum(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Compelled(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Books


Phantom(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Moonsong(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny Rising(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Vampire Diaries: The Salvation Trilogy Books


Unseen(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unspoken(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unmasked(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The Hunters and Stefan’s Diaries series are purportedly ghostwritten. The Salvation Trilogy is written by Aubrey Clark, based on the characters of L.J. Smith.

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