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.

My Review:

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

12 comments:

stacybuckeye said...

This is exactly how I felt about it when I read it last year. I think I also gave it a 3. I didn't love the writing, which I thought was a little repetitive, but the story was entertaining enough. At the time I thought I might read the rest of the series someday, but here I am a year later with no interest in it.
Great review!

lizzyJ said...

Funny thing about this book for me was I bought the whole set and started twilight and I could not even make it through the first 3 pages. I tried but it did not spark my interest. I watched the movie and it was good, where my mom lives they filmed some of the movie here in Oregon. Great review!

Lezlie said...

I know I'm in the minority, but these books do not interest me at all. And the more people tell me I need to read them, the more I dig in my heels. I'm kinda like that. :-)

Lezlie

Ti said...

I had fun with this first book when I read it over Christmas break last year, but it didn't make me want to run out and get the others and I have yet to read the other actually.

Laura's Reviews said...

I'll be in the minority here and say that I love these books! I love the forbidden romance as well as the references and parallels to classic literature thorughout the series. I didn't care for Breaking Dawn, but loved the first three books.

The Lawver's said...

I am now a third of the way through the third book and even though I don't 'love' the series either, they have sparked my interest enough to keep reading....I just have to see how this 'love' story ends. I lol when you said "his vampire heart" in your review....do they have a heart???

Alyce said...

One of the librarians at our local library has been trying to talk me into reading this series. The problem is that I have read so many negative reviews that I know I will be over critical of the book. Plus I really loathe vampire stories. So I am determined to pass on this one. (Which is actually pretty easy considering the size of my TBR pile.)

Dar said...

I liked the books although I haven't read the latest one but they aren't anything I would put at the top of my list.

Jemima said...

Thanks for the Twilight review. I am one of the few who still hasn't read any of the series. One of the book clubs I am in has decided to read it for the August meeting. So I am deliberating whether to read it or not. I hate missing out on one of the meetings, but I am not really interested in reading Twilight. Perhaps I could get away with just watching the movie instead!

Serena said...

I think at the time I was in the mood for this type of novel, regardless of writing style and prowess. I think if I read it now, I would have a different opinion, but I do adore the characters, Edward and Jacob.

Jenny Girl said...

I read the whole series, but the more I think about it, each book became less interesting to me. Loved the first one...it must be the forbidden romance part :)

Good and honest review Jo-Jo.

Anna said...

I really enjoyed the series, though they don't rank among my favorite books. I hope you do read the rest of them though.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric