Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

5 stars
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Format: Paperback
498 pages
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Published in September 6th 2006 (first published October 5th 2005)
ISBN: 0316015849
ISBN13: 9780316015844
Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
View on Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.  Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite

My Review:
I took me until the fourth book in the series came out and my sister’s constant insistence that I read it to finally pick it up but I am VERY glad I did.  Yes it is a sappy teen love story with vampires and werewolves mixed in but that is exactly why it is so good.  The story is very heartfelt and interestingly developed with the characters experiencing and demonstrating a wide range of emotions.

Bella and Edward are fantastic together.  Their level of depth and honesty towards one other rivals that of any adult novel I’ve read AND Meyers was able to exude sexual tension in abundance without having to resort to any sexually explicit scenes.  With the absence of those the reader can actually feel the depth of emotional ties surrounding them.  The secondary characters are fantastic as well.  I have to admit to Alice being my all-time favorite just because of her quirky personality. 

This book just puts me in a happy mood along with the accompanying movies.  I will own them forever and keep reading/watching on a nice rainy day.

Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003.  The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.  "Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write--something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering."  Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet.  Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature.  She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

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