Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer’s debut novel is a clever new way to tell the stories of love, loss, obsession… and vampires. Isabella Swan leaves her home in the dry land of Phoenix, Arizona when her mother remarries and goes to one of the wettest towns in the country to live with her father. A shy, cynical girl, she is fully prepared to hate her last two years of high school in this overly green land where her father is the town sheriff and all the kids know each other and of her. But things change when she meets Edward Cullen.
Initially, he frightens her with his antagonistic behavior and obvious desire to be as far away from her as possible. As the days pass though, she finds herself more and more drawn to him. After a brush with death, they both find themselves getting closer to each other despite the fact that Edward keeps warning her that he is the most dangerous thing in her life. And he’s right.
Edward is a vampire and Bella is the best thing he’s smelled in years. She’s so tempting, that he’s almost willing to break his own rules and taste a human for the first time in decades. However, he’s not as dangerous as the hunter vampire who catches her scent and chases her back to her home in Phoenix that ends in a dramatic climax for the novel.
Written in first person from Bella’s point of view, the reader sees what Bella sees and understands why she needs to be with Edward despite the danger she’s in whenever she’s near him. The story is well-written and a quick read. Girls will especially enjoy reading about Bella’s fears and foibles, as well as her desire for the boy she loves: the quintessential bad boy.Only two things mar this amazing book: the ending, which seems rushed and a bit confused, and the fact that Bella seems to be a slightly submissive heroine to Edward’s dominant personality. Otherwise, this is a story well-worth reading, and it’s sure to be a pleasure even for those who are not fans of horror stories and vampire tales.

btw - this is my current favorite book and, while it looks long, it's actually a very easy and quick read... TRY IT!
Image taken from the Borders Bookstore website - Thank you!

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