I bought the paperback copy of this with much trepidation, knowing that L.J. Smith had been fired. I decided to give them a chance regardless. I can't say that the book was absolutely horrible, but it wasn't good either. L.J. Smith wrote with a spark, and the ghostwriter doesn't have that spark, most likely because it isn't their own story, or their own characters. It's an amazing opportunity that will probably open up a lot of doors for the ghostwriter, but the fact is, they would do better with something original. They would understand their own world and characters better. The craftsmanship was lacking. It was definitley a horrible idea to fire Mrs. Smith, who created the world and characters and was immensely loyal to the books. She was fired for refusing to write a Stefan/Elena endgame. It's pathetic.