Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Here is a summary of Twilight from the Hachette Book Groupwebsite:
Bella 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, Bella'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 Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
So my first thought is, what could I possibly say about Twilight that hasn't been written by every possible book reviewer out there? I am not going to share a very detailed review with you, as most of you in blogland have already read this book. I am glad that I have finally read this book, so now I know what all of the hoopla is about.
Although this is a story about vampires, I think the general theme of the novel is a forbidden romance. Edward knows that as a vampire he can never have a normal relationship with Bella, knowing that every moment that they are together he is putting her life at risk. Once Edward finally realizes that he loves Bella with all of his vampire heart, he learns to control his natural instincts of wanting to drink the blood that flows through her veins.
After Edward introduces Bella to the rest of his family, they decide to show her some of their recreational activities by taking her to watch them play a baseball game. This turns out to be a game like no other that Bella has ever seen, but unfortunately it also puts her in grave danger. When the "bad" vampires catch the scent that Bella gives off, Edward and his family must do everything within their power to protect her.
As the novel ends Edward is still struggling with the fact that he can never be with Bella the way two partners that are in love usually are. It doesn't help as she continually tempts him by begging him to turn her into a vampire so they can love each other for as long as possible.
Although I did enjoy this story, I think I can honestly say that I didn't love it. Will I read the other books in the series? Probably, but they won't be added to the top of my TBR pile. Stephenie Meyer does weave a good story and you can find out more about the entire Twilight series at her website. I haven't read much young adult fiction so please keep in mind that my rating takes into account that this is from a young adult reading genre.
My Rating: 3/5