Friday, July 25, 2008

Review ~ Twilight by Stephanie Meyers

I think you would have to be blind to not hear all the talk about Twilight. Last month I had finally heard enough & decided to just read the book. I'm not a huge fan of Vampire books, but I do read some. It was a little wait at the library, but not to bad.

I have to say, this book turned out better then I expected. I highly enjoyed the book, had a hard time putting it down. It really surprised me because I'm not a big romance fan either. Somehow Bella & Edward captured me. One thing I liked is the way the author made vampires different then most vampire books. Very interesting. If you have been living under a rock, here is what amazon says about the book ~
"Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. 'Be very still,' he whispered, as if I wasn't already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat."

As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

One thing that has me concerned is the way Bella can't seem to function without Edward. With this being a teen book, that seems a bit much. I took it that she was sort of be spelled by him being a Vampire. I guess I got that from Kim Harrison's books, were the vampires can let out pheromones. I know that isn't discussed in Meyers book, but it helped me not get annoyed by it. Regardless, I still give Twilight an A, I really enjoyed it for a Young Adult book

The movie is coming out December 12th. You can see the Twilight trailer at the official site. I've heard it compared to Harry Potter which I don't understand at all. I will have to try and search on the comparisons to see why people think they are similar.

The other books in the series are ~

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