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Photo Credit: ECW Press/Crissy Calhoun.

Many fans of The Vampire Diaries know of for writing companion guides for The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars. They also know her TVD recaps on But most recently, her latest book has come out, just in time for The Vampire Diaries season 4! It is a companion guide to the series, titled “Love You to Death – Season 3.”

The Vampire Diaries book Review: Love You to Death – Season 3 Guide

Most of the book offers up episode guides. But these are not simply a synopsis of the episode, oh no. That’s not nearly all there is. For every episode, the guide offers Calhoun’s take on several key items:

  1. Compelling Moment: The one highlight of the episode that stood out among all others.
  2. Circle of Knowledge: Pop culture references, ongoing themes, insider’s knowledge and trivia.
  3. The Rules: The mythology of this episode that are applicable to TVD world.
  4. History Lesson: Both real and fictional history are covered. Mystic Falls has a lot!
  5. Previously on The Vampire Diaries: Reminds you of key details from episodes in the past.
  6. Off Camera: A behind-the-scenes glimpse into this episode.
  7. Foggy Moments: What was confusing.
  8. Questions: We always have more than answers!

Additionally, “Love You to Death – Season 3” offers up 4 exclusive interviews (Julie Plec, Joshua Butler, Price Peterson, J. Miller Tobin), biographies for new cast members, an episodic musical guide and even a list of Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) many amusing nicknames.

Pros: Extremely detailed and organized, full of insider trivia, perfect for the engrossed fan.
Cons: Music lists for TVD are readily available online, updated the night new episodes air.

PURCHASE: You can pick up Love You to Death – Season 3 on Amazon (paperback) or Kindle. It is also available at (paperback) or Nook. Additionally, it is available on

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 premieres tonight on The CW.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent for review.

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