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Twilight Collector's Edition (The Twilight Saga) Hardcover – November 18, 2008
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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.
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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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I recommend this series to teens and women alike who can relate to the journey through life, love, and relationships towards discovering who we truly are in the end and fighting for what will keep us happy.
I love that book gives more insight on Alice than the movie does. I always felt like the movies never really developed her character. However, I like that the movie has Jacob black's character all throughout. From beginning to end.
If I were reviewing this book for a strictly teenage audience, I'd have no quibbles in giving it my thumbs up. Meyer is a talented storyteller, and it's obvious that the writing was tailored to a sixth grade reading level, or thereabouts. The romance plays out like every teenage girl's fantasy, while the physical side is positively chaste compared to a full-blooded paranormal romance. I won't have any qualms if my little girl wants to read this someday. However, I'm not reviewing this book for teenage audiences. I'm reviewing it for adult romance fans who are wondering whether they should give this novel a try, and from that perspective, I have some problems with "Twilight."
The first half of this book was sluggish. It was mired in detailed accounts of what Bella did at school, what she made for dinner, and countless conversations with gossipy friends and horny male admirers. If I were still a teenager, I would love reading this stuff because it would speak to my own adolescent routines. As an adult, it's boring after a while. That's problem number one.
Problem number two is that Bella is just not that likable. That's especially troublesome given that the story is told in the first person from Bella's perspective. Meyer has created such a damsel-in-distress heroine, that Bella cannot even handle a simple hike in the woods. I wish I were I kidding, but it's true. I understand that Bella is weaker than Edward, but come on; every human can walk for God's sake. Fortunately Meyer did not compromise Bella's intellect, and she is smart and surprisingly perceptive for a teenager.
Let's say hypothetically, I'm a 100-year-old vampire faced with immortality. How and where will I choose to spend my time? I know... I'll go back to high school! What the hell? That doesn't make any sense to me. I understand it's a necessary plot contrivance to throw our lovers together, but I think vampires could come up with a better cover story than consigning themselves to attend an American high school. I mean, these `vegetarian' vamps don't even prey on humans, and school would be an ideal hunting ground if the reverse were true. It would have been more plausible if Edward attended high school in some undercover capacity, such as investigating some threat to the kids. That was my third major problem with the plot.
The good news is that things picked up in the second half. Some strange vampires hit town, one of them thinks that Bella would make a tasty snack, and he makes hunting her a game. Since the story is told from Bella's perspective only, we miss a lot of the potential action, but we are also privy to her big secret. Strangely, the ending doesn't leave any loose ends, so I'm feeling apathetic about buying the next book in the series.
I could happily leave "Twilight" to the teens. If you're already an impassioned Twilight Saga fan, I say go for it. I won't make fun of you, especially if these books got you into reading romances again. But in my opinion, this book is just okay when compared to other series.