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Twilight (The Twilight Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephenie Meyer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,695 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Isabella 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, Isabella'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 Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


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The book that started the phenomenon is now available in a deluxe collector's edition! Featuring a ribbon bookmark, cloth cover, ragged edges, new chapter opener designs, and a beautiful protective slipcase, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

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.

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Headstrong, sun-loving, 17-year-old Bella declines her mom's invitation to move to Florida, and instead reluctantly opts to move to her dad's cabin in the dreary, rainy town of Forks, WA. She becomes intrigued with Edward Cullen, a distant, stylish, and disarmingly handsome senior, who is also a vampire. When he reveals that his specific clan hunts wildlife instead of humans, Bella deduces that she is safe from his blood-sucking instincts and therefore free to fall hopelessly in love with him. The feeling is mutual, and the resulting volatile romance smolders as they attempt to hide Edward's identity from her family and the rest of the school. Meyer adds an eerie new twist to the mismatched, star-crossed lovers theme: predator falls for prey, human falls for vampire. This tension strips away any pretense readers may have about the everyday teen romance novel, and kissing, touching, and talking take on an entirely new meaning when one small mistake could be life-threatening. Bella and Edward's struggle to make their relationship work becomes a struggle for survival, especially when vampires from an outside clan infiltrate the Cullen territory and head straight for her. As a result, the novel's danger-factor skyrockets as the excitement of secret love and hushed affection morphs into a terrifying race to stay alive. Realistic, subtle, succinct, and easy to follow, Twilight will have readers dying to sink their teeth into it.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (July 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QRIGLW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1,230 of 1,398 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a rainy day fantasy... July 27, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It seems this book has received massive amounts of acclaim, but I never heard of it until I decided to watch The Dark Knight. A preview for the movie Twilight came on and mentioned that it was based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer. Since the preview looked good and I prefer to read books before seeing the movie, I picked up a copy.

Now that you know why I purchased the book, I should also mention that I'm not necessarily the target demographic and haven't been for a few years. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the good YA fantasy fiction book every now and again. (I've been called a perpetual teenager on more than one occasion.)

I'm going to try and keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. In case you haven't already gathered it from other reviews, or the book description itself, Twilight is about a young girl named Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Washington and finds herself in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. The climax of the story happens when a vampire who doesn't abstain from feasting on humans, as the Cullen coven does, decides he wants Bella. Up until this point (first three quarters), the novel progresses at a moderate, but not lagging pace and then instantly picks up.

The book itself is a rather easy read, however, the characters seem somewhat shallow. Bella is supposed to be an honour student, but behaves exactly the opposite. Edward, who has been in existence for more than a hundred years, should be more intelligent and far wiser than is portrayed in his character. Armed with this tidbit about him, Meyer had plenty of room to play around and mold him into so much more, but never truly took that opportunity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Are you guys serious? December 1, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I don't get it. I just don't get it. I thought young adult fiction had hit its low point with Eragon, but apparently I was wrong. Bella Swan (literally, "beautiful swan," which should be a red flag to any discerning reader) moves to the rainy town of Forks, and the whining begins on page 1. She goes to live with her father Charlie, and is quickly established to be a mopey, ungrateful, self-pitying little toerag. Bella then attends her new school, which turns out to be an all-out caricature of high school with about zero (rounding up) grounding in real life. Her classmates' reaction can be summed up thusly: "OMG. NEW STUDENT. OMG YOU GUYS, NEW STUDENT. STARE AT HER, FOR SHE IS CLEARLY SUPERIOR TO US." Bella Sue is promptly adored by everyone in the school, except the mysterious Cullens, who spend their time brooding, being pretty, smoldering, being perfect, and sparkling. No, seriously. NO, SERIOUSLY. Bella meets Edward, the Culleniest of the Cullens, (meaning he is more perfect and emo than the rest of them,) they fall in love within thirty pages, (much of this time is spent in Bella's head going back and forth between "Does he like me?" "Does he hate me?" "Do I like him?" "Why does he hate me?" and on and on and on AND ON. That is, when she's not being a horrible snobby twit to the boys at school who show affection in genuinely sweet ways, i.e., not breaking into her house and watching her while she sleeps. While she sleeps. Not knowing that he's there. IN HER HOUSE.) The plot shows up somewhere in the last fifty pages, which involves an EVIIIIIILL vampire named James who wants to eat Bella. James is the only character I like.

I generally try to find something redeeming about books, but I honestly have nothing good to say about this drivel.
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1,655 of 1,930 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The legends are true; the vampires sparkle May 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
I wasn't going to read this, but all the sparkly text and hystrionics on the internet piqued my curiosity. It took a couple of goes to get into it, but once the story hooked me, I found it difficult to put the book down -- except for those moments when I had to stop and shriek at my friends, "SPARKLY VAMPIRES!" or "VAMPIRE BASEBALL!" or "WHY IS BELLA SO STUPID?" These moments came increasingly often as I reached the climactic chapters, until I simply reached the point where I had to stop and flail around laughing.

The plot revolves around Bella Swan, a Mary Sue whose primary skills seem to be having a martyr complex, attracting trouble, and falling down. She moves to the rainy town of Forks to live with her father after some banal shenanigans make it impossible to live with her mother. Or so she likes to claim, but like I said, one of Bella's superpowers is Being a Martyr. At her new school, Bella is instantly feted as the queen of the social scene -- everyone likes her except (shock!) the impossibly beautiful Edward Cullen. Who is a vampire.

(Particularly grating is Bella's OUTRAGE that the normal boys of Forks like her and want to spend time with her, and express this by being friendly and openly indicating that they have a romantic interest in her. I mean, sure, it's awkward being the subject of unwanted romantic attention -- or so I've heard -- but at least they're not playing creepy mind games and breaking into her house to watch her sleeping, because that would be -- oh, hang on...)

Edward doesn't actually hate Bella, he simply lusts after her. I mean, wants to suck her blood. I mean, sniff after her creepily. Bella apparently poses a threat to the entire non-evil vampiric subculture, so of course Edward asks her to go steady with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed a lot.
Published 19 hours ago by Joan Vandiveer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my favorite books.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars non stop reading
Loved this book. I have not seen the movies so had no clue what it was about. Pleasantly surprised. Great reading, great characters, great weave in the story as you read!
Published 3 days ago by Sheree L. Britt
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a lot of people
I bought the print edition of this from a supermarket. Like a lot of people, I was curious about this. It was different. Meyer has her own unique way of telling a story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by JimmyDarmody'sGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I thought this book was amazing. I have read it at least 37 times. Yeah, the characters weren’t real but they had feelings people can relate to. Read more
Published 7 days ago by deena
4.0 out of 5 stars The story is interesting and a fun read. It's not the best writing...
The story is interesting and a fun read. It's not the best writing style but I'm reading for enjoyment not to critique. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome books. Should not be banned!
Isabella Swan hates the cold, especially rain and snow, so her move to Forks, Washington was never a cheerful prospect for her. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Megan Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. I mean who doesn't?!!!
Published 11 days ago by I LOVE BOOKS
4.0 out of 5 stars ... fact the person reading the book can't pronounce words like; lived
If you can get past the fact the person reading the book can't pronounce words like; lived, beautific or cherubic it's alright.
Published 12 days ago by llbinMT
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was totally awesome!!
Twilight is a book full of action, romance, and exciting. I thought it was totally awesome!!!
#yay
Published 15 days ago by Nyla And Gary
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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 Amazon.com "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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For the love of books everywhere PLEASE take Twilight off the list of...
BookLover: "She doesn't care of what other people think about her and that might be why she's on the list." You could argue that she doesn't care for much of anything...beyond Edward, that is. Which is the point. Bella Swan is a flat character. She has no interests, no hobbies, no... Read More
Jan 26, 2012 by Pandora |  See all 6 posts
If I liked Twilight, what's next?
I can't believe no one has mentioned Anne Rice yet. If there were no Louis, Lestat, or Claudia, there would be no Edward Cullen. Period. Of course vampire fiction existed before Anne Rice, but Rice was the first person to write so extensively and sympathetically from the vampire's point of... Read More
Dec 14, 2008 by MadeMerryN |  See all 1384 posts
Addressing the "Bella is an anti-feminist and terrible heroin" issue
*cannot resist correcting funny spelling error*
Uh, not to be mean, but heroin is a drug. Heroine is what Bella is, allegedly. XD

The main reason so many people see Bella as an anti-feminist protagonist (I'm sorry but I refuse to call her a heroine) is that as soon as a hot guy comes along, she... Read More
Nov 27, 2008 by rogueshadowcrawler |  See all 684 posts
Life after the Twilight books?
Get the audio books for Twilight! That way you can re-experience the series in a new light! Not to mention, do your daily tasks at the same time!
Feb 13, 2009 by Mona |  See all 18 posts
What Is the Deal?
I am sorry you didn't like the books, but to each his own. Everyone has their opinions and that's cool (boring world if everyone thought the same). I, on the other hand, did very much enjoy the books (hated the movies - don't think they did the books adequate justice, but still watched because I... Read More
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