Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
Little, Brown

Young Adult – Horror/Vampire

Isabella Swan, Bella to her friends, is in the midst of a huge life change. She’s moving from sunny Phoenix, AZ to almost-always-rainy Forks, WA to live with her dad. As if being the new kid in high school in a tiny town where everyone has known each other since their grandparents were babies isn’t tough enough, her dad just happens to be the Police Chief.

On her first day at school, Bella notices a group of kids in the cafeteria. They don’t look alike, exactly, but they’re all incredibly beautiful. Also? They go to the cafeteria every day for lunch, but not one of them ever eats. Bella is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful Edward. As they get to know each other, and come to care for each other, they forge a trust that allows Edward to reveal a secret. They’re vampires. They’re doing their best to live normal lives; and they never prey on humans, only animals. The rest of the group accepts Bella because of Edward. But when an outside group of vampires arrives, Bella discovers that falling in love with a vampire is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Suitable for readers from 12 up to an including adults, this novel is a love story with very real emotional tension. There are some scares, but no graphic content. The author does a wonderful job of making everything seem very realistic, from the living arrangements of Edward’s clan to the danger posed by the rival group. Anyone who enjoys a good vampire novel will want to pick up TWILIGHT. The next installment, NEW MOON, is available now in hardcover. Look for that review very soon.

Rating: 8 ½
September 2006
0-316-01584-9 (trade paperback)


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