The Host by Stephenie Meyer

It’s a sci-fi/romance novel. The earth has been invaded by a race of aliens who call themselves ‘souls’…they take over the minds of their human ‘hosts’ and are able to access their memories. Most of humanity has succumbed- but there are still groups of humans scattered around the world. Melanie Stryder, her brother Jamie and her boyfriend, for want of a better word, Jared. Melanie has been captured and the soul ‘Wanderer’ has been placed inside her. But Melanie refuses to fade away, as most other humans have; she is still present in Wanderer’s head as a little voice that refuses to go away. Melanie throws vivid memories at Wanderer to avoid her finding the memories she’s searching for- because Wanderer is supposed to be looking for information about the other humans. Wanderer can’t stop Melanie’s concern for Jamie and Jared from affecting her, and the two set off through the desert to look for them at her Uncle Jeb’s- they’re nearly dead from dehydration when finally, they’re found.

I’ll be honest: Twilight isn’t my favorite series in the world. So I was a little apprehensive before I picked this one up. It’s fantastic for fans of Twilight- it’s pretty much the same! Because if you look a tiny bit closer, a lot of the Twilight characters are reflected in The Host’s characters as well:

Main character, unable to lie: Melanie and Bella

Jared and Edward

The other love interest: Ian and Jacob

Compassionate doctor: Doc and Carlisle

 A love triangle

 Those who hate the main character for no reason: Sharon and Lauren

…well, I could go on and on. For those who adored Twilight, go ahead! Definitely worth a read for you. For those who didn’t…well, steer clear. Age? Well, they’re both aimed at teenagers. Full of romance and internal monologue, with not much action.

 

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NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Second book in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

So, Bella and Edward are happy, life is as normal as it gets, but then on Bella’s 18th birthday, at the Cullens’ place, Bella gets a paper cut. Nothing big, but they are vampires, so Jasper starts… trying to, like, attack her, so Edward gets all defensive, and shoves Bella out of the way, and she falls into these glass plates or something, and there’s glass stuck in her arm and her blood is going everywhere, so of course, all the others, including Edward, excluding Carlisle, start running out the room so they don’t attack Bella. Carlisle is a doctor, so he fixes Bella up and Edward takes Bella home.

On the drive back to Bella’s place, Edward is really quiet. Bella goes, did I make you mad? Edward gets really angry at this point, telling her that it’s all his fault, and Mike Newton would be healthier for Bella, and he should be stronger, and he’s basically blaming his existence, because he’s being quite pessimistic and being, like, it could have been so much worse, and I’m not healthy for you. He also refuses to stay with Bella, and goes away that night.

Over the next few days, Bella hopes his bad mood will pass, but it never does. And one day, Edward tells Bella to take a walk in the forest with him, after school. Bella has a bad feeling about this, but she goes. Edward then tells her, “Bella, we’re leaving.”

Bella thinks this means she and Edward have to leave, but really, Edward means he and his family is leaving. Bella gets really upset and emotional, and tells him to stay, but Edward goes, I don’t want you anymore, and Bella (so stupid) believes him. So Edward goes, and Bella gets lost in the forest looking for him, later found by Sam Uley (sp?).  Edward’s leaving turns them both into a wreck, but when Bella finds Jacob…

Okay. Umm… honestly, this was the slowest and most boring of the saga; I had trouble getting through it, and it’s definitely my least favorite. It moves really slowly, and it’s just not as gripping as Twilight.  I was a bit annoyed when I read it, as I was getting all, like, oh-i-can’t-wait-for-the-next-book and then New Moon comes out, and I’m just bored. Ages… 12ish, again, I think. The third in the saga is ECLIPSE.  The movie for New Moon is out.

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TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie MeyerIt’s the first of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

It’s in the POV of seventeen-year-old girl Bella Swan, who is leaving her mom in sunny Phoenix to live with her dad in rainy Forks. She’s doing this because her parents have split up, and her mom’s in love with someone else- a man named Phil. He’s a baseball player, and he moves around a lot, so Bella decides to leave her mother and Phil and live with her dad for a while. Bella doesn’t really want to go, but her dad really wants her to come so she goes.

Bella is enrolling in Forks High School, and it’s much smaller than her old school. The ‘interesting’ part of the book starts on Bella’s first day. She meets some new people, later to become her friends, Jessica, who is really only there for Bella’s popularity and likes Mike, Angela, who is really sweet and likes Eric, Mike, who likes Bella, and Eric, who also likes Bella. Kinda confusing, but…

So, at lunch, Bella notices a group of people sitting at a table in the corner, and they intrigue her. They all have the same air around them; they all share ghost-white skin, purplish shadows around their eyes, and they are all devastatingly beautiful. Asking her friends about who they are, Bella learns that the more beautiful of the two girls is Rosalie, with long blond hair, and the other is Alice, with short, spiky hair, who is the smallest.

There are three boys there as well; Jasper, the curly blond who looks like he is in pain, Emmett, who is the biggest of them, and the one who intrigues Bella the most: Edward Cullen.

Why are the Cullens so different? They are vampires. But what happens when Bella falls in love with one of them?

This book is… good, I guess. I think Stephenie Meyer is an AMAZING author, and the books are really gripping, but I’m not a huge fan of the plot- it just seems a bit silly to me, if you look at it. A vampire and a human fall in love, get married, and have a half- vampire, half- human kid. Basically. But it’s a good series. Ages… 12ish?

Next in the series: New Moon

For this book, there is a 12- chapter draft of Twilight in Edward Cullen’s POV, called Midnight Sun. You can find it on Stephenie Meyer’s website.

 

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