Twilight Author:Stephenie Meyer About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him -- and I didn't know how dominant that part might be -- that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Well, if you haven't heard about the Twilight series by now, I have to say I'm surprised. I know that I, for one, was behind the wave of Twilight fanatics (I hear about it first in July). But, with the movie in theaters now, it's almost impossible to not know about it.
Twilight tells the story of Bella and Edward who fall madly in love with each other. But, Bella and Edward don't have the same challenges that normal high school students have when they fall in love. Edward is a vampire, and Bella is human.
Twilight is the first book in the series. It is a wonderful way to begin. It's difficult for me to say much more because I don't want to give away too much of the book. But, I definitely recommend you read it. (Yes, it is a "teen" story that takes place during high school. But that doesn't mean that only those of us who are still in our teens will enjoy it.)
And if any of you out there are afraid of vampires (like me), and don't read or watch or have anything to do with vampires (like me), go ahead and try to read Twilight. It's not your average / scary vampire story. (It took my sister months to convince me to read it. I finally told her I would try to. So, as a precautionary measure, I read it only in the day-light. Still, it only took me a few days as I just couldn't put it down.
In all honesty... it was THE most addictive book I've ever read. It's a little over 500 pages, pretty hefty! And I read it in 2 days. My house was a bit neglected but I couldn't help myself. Mrs Meyer has the skill (maybe even better than) of Dean Koontz to make you really know the characters, to either love them or hate them, to really feel something. I never thought I'd love characters more than I loved those in Koontz's book The Good Guy, I even loved the bad guy in that. There's just something that lifts off the paper and you are no longer where you are sitting reading this book, you are there with Bella and you are in love with Edward too, then you feel frustrated with him when she does and you feel anger at him when she does.
I really hesitated reading this book because it was titled for "young adults". But oh my gosh! I'm so glad I finally said, Ok, alright... let's see what all the fuss is about! I think if I hadn't had the next book already here at home I'd have had withdrawl symptoms!
Like other reviewers, I read this book cover to cover without stopping. With a 500 page book, eye fatigue or personal responsibility usually wins out...but the suspenseful narration makes this too irresistable a page turner.
I'm a pushing 30 mother of two, and not in the target demographic for this book. I also do not care for vampire stories. I've happily made an exception with this young adult title.
It's not perfect however....Bella has the verbal skills of a 35 year old Mensa member grad student...which is lightly acknowledged in the book by her mother and by a brief mention of "advanced classes"...but still completely unbelievable. What was believable was the passionate and immature exchanges between Bella and Edward. I think my main complaint would have to be that the game playing between the two really got on my nerves after a while...and that the character of Bella was more argumentative and sullen than inquisitive and charming. Edwards bi polarish behavior is more easily forgiven, given the nature of what he is. I found myself wishing that Bella came off more clever than bratty. This may very well be that the story is told in first person...and the fact that Bella is modest is well established.
Overall, though...I'm really looking forward to tearing through the next book in the series, and very much looking forward to seeing the big screen adaption. Kudos to the author for a fast paced and original story.
Written for teens, but adults will enjoy it too. The characters are so well developed, this love story is one that will be difficult to put down. I read it at the behest of my daughter, and am so glad she insisted!
This book was one of those books that catches your attention with the first page. I finished it in a day an a half and couldn't wait to read the next one. I have read all four books in the series, they are all just as good as this one. Highly recommend it!
All the girls and women at church were reading this book, so I had to see for my self. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I really enjoyed the book. It was hypnotic. The dialog was so real I felt like I was back in high school. I found myself thinking about the characters even after I finished the book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
i was really quite adamant about not getting into this series. it took me years and years to get around to reading harry potter. mostly because i haven't read juvenile fiction since i was in junior high.
so, when my best friend came to stay for thanksgiving, she brought the first book. so, then i didn't feel so corny about being twenty five and reading a book for teen agers. needless to say, twilight sucked me in--my husband says i'm a crack head now, only my drug comes in the form of a book. i finished it in two days, and it would have been less if we hadn't gone out for black friday. i'm waiting for the third book from the library... eagerly!!
i'm fairly impressed with stephanie meyer. it may be juvenile fiction, but it's well enough written to engross an adult without it being overly simple. i'm excited to read her adult fiction--i can't remember the title, but once i've finished breaking dawn, i'm moving on to her other book.