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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Book Review... Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

This review is for all you ladies out there - (sorry guys I just don't think you'd be too into Edward like we are!) I just read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The immensely popular young adult fictional story of love, tenderness & vampires in a place called Forks. With its' popularity legendary in the book world, with over 42 million copies in the series sold worldwide, I bought a copy of Twilight hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed - and I wasn't! Remember your first crush? That feeling inside when just the sight of him would make you light headed? Well that's what Edward does to Bella! He is just too gorgeous, too perfect and unbelievably talented in ways that just seem a bit too... inhuman? As they encounter each other in school he seems to loathe her. She can't believe she's done anything to offend him in the short time she's been in Forks - (she's the new girl in school) but we find out soon that what seems to be loathing is really Edward trying to control his desires... you see he's a vampire, but a good kind of vampire, who is unbelievably attracted to Bella. (you'll have to read the book to find out more - I don't want to spoil anything!) And soon the story turns magical. It's first love for both of them and we are the hidden chaperon as they explore getting to know one another. But it's not all love & kisses here - there are complications in a relationship between a vampire and a human. With all that superhuman strength and blood lust, Edward has to have quite a bit of control. And if that weren't enough to deal with, as well as the struggles of being a typical teenager day to day, there is a dangerous adventure Bella is about to be swept up into... Twilight is the first book in this series, followed by New Moon, Eclipse and ending with Breaking Dawn. Also to be published is Midnight Sun, a retelling of the first book, Twilight, from Edward's point of view. (In Twilight it's Bella who's telling the story) Part of Midnight Sun is available to read on Stephenie Meyer's website: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html
Twilight is well written and enjoyable! Bella seems very real and believable. She is a typical 17 year old! Not really a teenager anymore, but not quite an adult. Dealing with her divorced parents and moving to Forks, Washington to live with her dad is just the start of Bella's story. Pick this book up and be enchanted by Bella & Edward yourself!

6 comments:

Bell Alinta said...

Hi there!

I am Bell the daughter of Bookpusher and I, like the obsessed person I am, noticed this post.
I really liked your comments on Twilight and it nice to know that it isnt just teenage girls that fall for Edward and/or Jacob.
Actually there is a site you might be interested in on the topic of Twilight Guys. Its a blog written by a guy working his way chapter by chapter through the books and I think he is just up to Breaking Dawn at the momment. Its at www.twilightguy.com if you want to check it out.
It was a great post on Twilight! Thanks!

Suzanne said...

Hi Bell Alinta!
Thanks so much for the website! I know so many adult women who love this series! I am in the middle of Eclipse now - don't want to rush thru it because I know it's all over at Breaking Dawn. I think sometimes "young adult" books aren't taken as seriously as they should be. Stephanie Meyer's writing is great and the Twilight series is a fun read! (I just gave the first book to my Mom!:-)

Dave said...

Suzanne, I read it recently, too, so I could see what all the excitement is about. I enjoyed the story and the characters, though I got tired of the descriptions of Edward's marble, muscled chest. (Jealousy? Maybe.) I also was disappointed that readers never get a good look at the climactic battle, but maybe that's a guy thing too. :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for your input Dave! I can see how tiring the repetitive descriptions of Edward's physical appearance can get. I think this first book in the series is really about the attraction between Bella & Edward and how the 'plain' jane gets the 'gorgeous' guy. The second book in the series is a bit darker and I think you may find more satisfying. Most people I talk to thought the second book was better because it's not just 'Bella & Edward', although there is enough of that to keep us girls satisfied ;-), there is more substance. Although still not loaded with lot's of testosterone, there is more to sink your teeth into (no pun intended...)

Erotic Horizon said...

Hello Suzanne,

Found you from book Blog...

I like your summarization and commentary on Twilight. I have read quite a few round up and you have managed to condensed in a few paragraph the entire book, emotion (first love, issues, angst), build up and enough about the follow up books and new info, without giving the plot away...

Very good..

I'll be back visiting this blog..

E.H>

Suzanne said...

Hi Erotic Horizon! Thanks for the critic of my review! I'm new to the blogging world, hate spoilers and am trying to put all my enthusiasm for what I'm reading into the review. I'm glad you thought it worked well here! Thank you again! And very happy you stopped by and said hello! Don't be a stranger!

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