This book cannot get more than 3 stars because though it was great overall, one detail completely ruined it. Damon Salvatore dies. Sorry, but this just completely obliterates my good opinion of the book. It does imply at the end, that Damon will come back, but that is a tainted promise after watching him die so painfully.
It really and truly saddens me that this is how The Vampire Diaires series ends.....Yes, I am aware that there are 3 more books slated to be coming out, but guess what? They aren't written by LJ because the stupid publisher took the project away from her and I'm sorry, but I REFUSE to read any book that tries to follow the plotline of the book series that wasn't written by LJ.