I would give this 2.5 stars if I could. I'm not sure what it says about a book when my first thought was, "Well, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be", but The Struggle is still definitely the worst book in this series/spin-off series.I actually rather liked the concept of a possessed vampire, and thought Damon was exceptionally intriguing. Elena still annoys me though. She is so two-dimensional. Bonnie and Meredith are both much more interesting characters who get far too little page-time. And Mrs. Flowers! I knew there was more to her than met the eye! Now I need to read the next book - if for no other reason, then to see what happens to her!