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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Eclipse:
"Move over, Harry Potter." - USA Today

"Has a hypnotic
"The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment" - Publishers Weekly

"[Stephenie Meyer is] the world's most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice" - Entertainment Weekly

"Meyer's trilogy seethes with the archetypal tumult of star-crossed passions, in which the supernatural element serves as a heady spice." - The New York Times

Praise for New Moon:
-"Teens will relish this new adventure and hunger for more."--Booklist
-"[A] near-genius balance of breathtaking romance and action."--VOYA
-"New Moon will ... leave [fans] breathless for the third."--School Library Journal

Praise for Twilight:
-A New York Times Editor's Choice
-A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
-An Amazon Best Book of the Decade...So Far
-An American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Twilight Saga
  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Mti edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Twilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list.Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an "Best Book of the Decade&So Far", and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The movie version of Twilight will be released by Summit Entertainment nationwide on November 21, 2008, starring Kristen Stewart ("Into The Wild") and Robert Pattinson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").
The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. Eclipse, the third book in Meyer's Twilight saga, was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on-sale. The book debuted at #1 bestseller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with a first printing of 3.2 million copies - the largest first printing in the publisher's history. Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies its first day on-sale rocketing the title to #1 on bestseller lists nationwide.
Meyer's highly-anticipated debut for novel adults, The Host, was released by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
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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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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182 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Alison on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
*The rating should probably be a 4, but out of principle I give everything Twilight related 5 stars. Silly, but that's the way it is.

I am evenly split between happiness and disappointment. There were so many wonderful bits of information in the Guide, things I never thought to wonder about and answers to numerous niggling questions. However, so many things were left out - things that I'm sure Stephanie knows and are really essential pieces of information for any Twilight lover.

On the bright side, the paucity of information means there's lots left to the imagination. Readers and writers of Twilight fan-fiction will not lack for story options. I also wonder if the major holes in various characters' biographies (specifically Alice and Jasper, as well as Renesmee and Jacob) were done in purpose to leave room for future books. I already know that she won't answer certain questions about Nessie and Jacob in case she explores it later, but there was so much left out of Alice and Jasper's early lives that perhaps Stephenie envisions another story (I doubt it though).

I'll go over the good and bad points. I am making an effort not to put any spoilers in my review (e.g. the substance of Alice's story), but I'll be referring to what is and is not in the Guide. If you're as picky about spoilers as I am, you might want to be careful. Also, given the level of my emotional investment in Twilight, my criticisms will likely not be as diplomatic as I normally try to make them.

The Good

1. Vampires Generally: I learned almost everything I wanted to know about the physical qualities of vampires. I already knew much of the information, but there was just enough new to keep me happy.

2. Alice's Human Life: Brava, Stephenie!
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93 of 102 people found the following review helpful By mmb10r on April 13, 2011
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If you look very carefully on the back jacket, you will see the cover image of the original announced book. It reads, "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Stephenie Meyer" as the byline. The byline on the cover that was printed reads "A companion to the #1 Bestselling Series by Stephenie Meyer." That should tell you everything you need to know about this book. The title page doesn't credit the author, it credits Alphie and Pel from the Twilight Lexicon website and it's evident from the number of things that are marked 'unkown' or 'sometime between time x and time y' that very little new information was given to them in this writing. The book is a hodge-podge of information of varying newness and quality, and while it's an interesting addition for those who'd like a pretty book, it doesn't provide much meat for fans who've paid close attention to information about the series all along.

Wonderful and interesting backstories have been included for some characters, such as James, Victoria, Laurent, and Alice. As became usual for SM starting in Eclipse, far more attention has been paid to the wolves and their history than to the vampires and theirs. There is some new information about the Volturi, but what she imagines for their past is generally out of line with ancient European history. The backstories vary immensely, however, in quality and new information, with some lifting word-for-word the tiny backstory given for that character in the books. (This is unfortunately especially true of the Cullen bios, which are arguably the ones fans were most interested in.) Some bios give pages of information about characters we didn't know, others are a few lines long and reveal that very little new info has been added.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By V. Benton on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Because of all the delays and push-backs of the release of this book you would think this book would be great. This book could have been released 2 years ago and be exactly the same. It just feels like SM is burned out on Twilight and her lack of effort shows in this book. I was expecting amazing things and got very little. Each character should have had a photo. No fan art should have been in this book, it's a guide not a fan tribute. And pages of book covers from around the world, WTF? I can go to and see those. The book is filled with useless information to make up for the lack of necessary information. And the FAQ are a joke. We had those same questions answered 2-3 years ago. I'm heartbroken that we the fans that love and dedicate our time and money to this saga got this as the long awaited guide. It's not a guide, it's mash-up of Twilight fan/websites. And the 60 page interview was so unnecessary and just a page filler to make the book bigger. The Twi-Fans got taken for a ride with this book. I never thought I would think this or say this but if this is all the energy that SM can put into Twilight then maybe she shouldn't write anymore about it. I felt the passion and desire in the first 3 books of the saga but after that it just seemed like she had to finish it and she hurried through to get it finished.

Sad, sad day in the Twi-Universe.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jessie McAna on April 14, 2011
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In my personal opinion this book is a paper weight. It has very little information about the MAIN characters and goes above and beyond about the minor characters. Why? Because Ms. Meyer didn't write it! She allowed others to do it for her! And if you are a Twihard, you have found all this information on-line!

I honestly believe that Ms. Meyer let them have free reign on all minor characters and restricted them from adding additional information on the main characters! Either that or she wanted to upset the Twihards!

Why couldn't she answer the simple questions: What is the name of Esme's baby? What happened to Alice between the time she was changed to the time she met Jasper? What was Jasper's life like before he was changed? What did those two do before meeting the Cullen's? Who is Embry's father?

All of this shows me that this author wrote "The End" on this series and truly meant it, despite the unexpected popularity of her books. She has done little else to satisfy the Twihard's thirst and leaves a lot of things unanswered. Guides are supposed to help us answer questions not leave more.

Never mind the fact the characters time lines do not match their mates, or world history for that matter. This is just like the Bree project, hyped and wasteful. At least Ms. Meyer put time in the Bree project, besides a lengthy interview. But even she herself gets the time line of events wrong with the Saga.

The Saga is and always will be a Masterpiece...adding to it simply doesn't work.
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