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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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Praise for Eclipse:
"Move over, Harry Potter." -
"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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* The genealogy charts are so small in the digital version that it's pretty hard to read them on my 3-year-old non-touchscreen kindle.
* Really bugs me that Stephenie Meyer just stuck Embry and his mom in a tiny box in the corner of one of the genealogy charts and didn't attach him to the one he belongs to. If she was giving us all this extra information, then why not answer the huge question that never got addressed in the novels and is the big enduring mystery of the series: what Quileute man fathered Embry but never claimed or acknowledged him? Major fail on her part in my opinion.
It reads like an Encyclopedia of the Twilight world. Character sketches and background stories are provided for all of the key characters and even those only mentioned in passing get at least a blurb here. In addition, short stories on events such as the Volturri-Romanian War, the Quillette legends, and even the creation of Newborn Armies are shared. There were a few sections listed in the Table of Contents that I was skeptical about, such as the one about the cars - but let me tell you that section was surprisingly interesting. Not just a listing of what cars each character owned or a desciption of said car, this also went into detail about how the car fit that character's personality and what it revealed about them. A timeline of the history of vampires and key plot points in the series as well as a chapter that matches quotes with songs from Stephenie's playlist round out this extremely detailed and possibly last look (boo hoo!) at the world of Twlight.
This book was amazing, beautiful words, and illustrations fit for them. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is a very in depth view at the characters and backstory. An illustrated journey into the world of Twilight. It makes me almost desperate to re-read the series.
There's so much information that we, as readers, would never have known about the characters, events, and mysteries in the world of Stephenie Myer and her books.
I only had one complaint about this book. At times it seemed very repetitive, but honestly, with a book like this, there's no way it can't be repetitive at some point, with all the characters and their stories weaving together in so many different ways.
This is a must-read for fans of The Twilight Saga.
Because I hate to be such a negative nellie about this, I gave the book 3 stars. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't give me what I had anticipated. The good points: it gave detailed back stories and information/stats on every main character in the Twilight books. It was interesting and informative. Alice's back story was a surprise, and it was really good to get that info. Hands down, it was the best part of this book. I also enjoyed some of the information on the other covens.
But, really, there was SO much missing. Why no information on Vasilii, Sasha's immortal child, and why she created him/how she kept him secret, etc...this is referred to so much in Breaking Dawn, and in this book, but never any specifics! Why no info. on who is Embry's father? Again, something talked about and referenced in this book, but no specifics. No information on what became of "smelly Fred" from the Bree Tanner novella and how he escaped (or, no real details). And why, oh why, Stephenie, did you include outtakes that you had already posted to your website?! What a waste of pages...and a true disappointment.
Things I was REALLY hoping to see in this book: Some kind of surprise/spoiler/excerpt from a future book, more outtakes, especially from Edward's perspective (Midnight Sun...), information that I didn't already know...was it really necessary to include character descriptions (i.e., eye color: red/black, vampire)?! I mean, this is all outlined in the series, and most of the people who will purchase this book have already read the series.
I hate to say it, but I'm disappointed...there has been SO much hype for this book, without necessity. Any fan would probably be able to tell you most everything in the book. I'm also disappointed in Meyer. She has alluded at writing/publishing Midnight Sun countless times, only to further disappoint. I'm really beginning to think that Twilight (and the resulting series, including the Bree Tanner novella) was just a one hit wonder for her. I'd love to see her really commit to these characters and follow through on the "loose end" story lines. I'm hoping that the egregious gaps in this book are because she intends to do that.
Sorry to take this review into a rant, but it's just how I'm feeling. I hope that I didn't give out too many spoilers, and that this helps you to make a purchase. If you are a fan who reads the websites/blogs or who has read and re-read the Twilight series, you probably do not need to purchase this book (unless you want it on your bookshelf next to the rest of your books). If you're new to the Twilight world, get this book because it will probably satisfy a lot of your questions. You still may, however, come away wanting more...