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Twilight [Hardcover]

Stephenie Meyer
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Oct. 5 2005 The Twilight Saga (Book 1)
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. When she meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen--a vampire--her life takes a thrilling and terrifying romantic turn. Young Adult.

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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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*Starred Review* Gr. 9-12. In the tradition of Anne Rice and YA titles such as Annette Curtis Klause's The Silver Kiss (1999) comes this heady romance that intertwines Bella Swan's life with that of Edward, an alluring and tormented vampire. Bella's life changes when she moves to perpetually rain-soaked Forks, Washington. She is instantly drawn to a fellow student, Edward Cullen, beautiful beyond belief and angrily aloof. Bella senses there is more behind Edward's hostility, and in a plot that slowly and frighteningly unfolds, she learns that Edward and his family are vampires--though they do not hunt humans. Yet Edward cannot promise that his powerful attraction to Bella won't put in her in danger, or worse. Recklessly in love, Bella wants only to be with Edward, but when a vicious, blood-lusting predator complicates her world, Bella's peril is brutally revealed. This is a book of the senses: Edward is first attracted by Bella's scent; ironically, Bella is repelled when she sees blood. Their love is palpable, heightened by their touches, and teens will respond viscerally. There are some flaws here--a plot that could have been tightened, an overreliance on adjectives and adverbs to bolster dialogue--but this dark romance seeps into the soul. Ilene Cooper
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By Avery
Format:Paperback
I am a 16 year old and I work at my public library. All I pretty much do is read. I always keep an eye out for the best reads, what seems to be the most popular, and I must say that this is the best book that I have ever read, excluding the second, and I have read books like A Million Little Pieces, and the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lovely Bones, Eragon, Eldest, and all of the Harry Potters numerous times. You will enjoy it, because Stephenie Meyer is a genius. I read this book in 4 hours, and the second in 3. I have started rereading both and have now got my mom addicted. You will enjoy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book May 5 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the bests books i have ever read and also one of the few that I have read several times. She is an amazing writer....
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite series March 19 2013
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favorite series and I highly recommend it. Great character development, great plot, overall, great experience, I personally could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Feb. 6 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hooked-a real fan of the Twilight Sagas. Shame there isn't more to this story line once I've read Twilight-Breaking Dawn it's over.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too much like an adult Harlequin romance Dec 18 2006
Format:Paperback
Okay, so I'm a 35 year old, but I"ve got street cred to write this review...I read a LOT of teen fiction (or young adult as our library classifies it.) I always have, always will. And I love vampire novels, so I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one.

But, since I am the ripe old age of 35, I've also read a lot of books for adults, and though it pains me to admit it, I went through a spell where all I read were Harlequin Romance Novels (don't condemn me to the lowest reaches of Hades for it, I outgrew it.)

So, I was really disappointed to notice quite a few similarities between those bodice rippers and this novel.

The author uses a lot of over-the-top language...Bella is "in an agony of despair" over things that aren't that big of a deal, and Bella seems to have not much of a mental life of her own after Edward is nice to her for the first time. I know that actually can reflect the teenage experience of first romance, I know, I know. But it could still be written with less stock phrases normally found in romance novels.

But what made me write this review was the part I got to this morning. Bella has just been saved from a potentially dangerous situation involving being "herded" and hunted by 4 adult men. And when Edward shows up in his shining car, he's mad at her, and it becomes (once again, darnit) about how HE is feeling. And, though she was the one in danger, her first question to him is "Are you allright?"....but BELLA!! You are the one who has just been terrorized! Why are you turning to him like only what he thinks and what he feels matters? That happens over and over in this book (well, up to the part I'm at right now) and it's really frustrating.
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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Twinkling vampires galore Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Stephanie Meyer writes vampire fiction as many teenage girls do -- overblown writing, sexy cold vampires, and a vacuously attractive heroine who serves as the readers' stand-in.

And so it's hardly surprising that her megahit debut "Twilight" is essentially a teenage fantasy about finding the Perfect Hot Immortal Coverboy Who Longs For You Alone. Innocuous sparkling vampires, buckets of pointless teenage angst and a plot tacked on at the last minute leave this one of the more bloodless examples of vampire romance.

Klutzy Bella Swan is oh-so-self-sacrificingly going to live with her small-town cop dad, and is appalled by the student body -- all the local boys decide that (ick!) they like her, and all the girls are shallow idiots compared to her.

Then she's struck by the ash-pale, vaguely incestuous Cullen family -- an especially by the Hawt and Brooding Edward Cullen. Edward doesn't seem to like her much, resulting in much Teen Angst. but when Bella is nearly killed by a runaway car, he somehow manages to zip across the parking lot and knock away the car. Bella eventually figures out that he's a vampire-- a "vegetarian vampire" with the power to read thoughts... except hers.

Despite his fears that he'll hurt her, their smoldering chemistry (and Bella's tantalizing smell) draws them into a relationship... at which point, since the plot has had zero non-teenybopper tension, three two-dimensionally evil vampires enter the scene, intent on hunting Bella. The Cullens whisk her away to keep her safe from this trio -- but their enemies have more than one way to find her.

The book "Twilight" is essentially the eroticized fantasies of a teenage girl, purple of prose and taking itself hilariously seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :) Dec 23 2005
By Hannah
Format:Hardcover
Seriously, this book made me sad.. EDWARD IS PROBABLY THE HOTTEST THING KNOWN TO MAN. You have to understand, this made me sad because unfortunetly for me, he is a character. This novel, Twilight, is one of the best books I have ever read.. really. All I really have to say is that this Stephanie Meyer gal knows what is good in a guy these days.. i think we would get along. :) A really fantastic read... i hear she is coming out with 2 more in the series!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a pine board - flat and sappy Dec 9 2008
Format:Paperback
After hearing so much about this book, I finally was persuaded to read it. What a disppointment! I can't believe this is being compared to the Harry Potter books, in fact, I'm surprized it got published at all. I would have to say I couldn't imagine what the attraction is, except that I remember being eleven and so 'in love' with Donny Osmond, it hurt.

If you are not a googly-eyed preteen, or at least have the same mentality, you will probably not enjoy this book. 90% of it is just endless descriptions of Edward's eyes, his hair, his chest, etc. etc, ad nauseum, complete with drawn out, boring descriptions of Bella's longings for him. Written in an erotic style, it feels like reading porn, except there's no porn.

The characters are two-dimensional and lacking motivation. What on earth would inspire a 100 year old 'man' to fall in love with an unnattractive, empty-headed, self-centered, 17 year old girl? Smell alone just doesn't cut it for me. I also couldn't stand Bella as the heroine. She is snooty, stuck up and shallow. I think Meyers tries to paint her as self sacrificing, but she just comes across as bitter. None of the humans, who actually seem like friendly people who treat her kindly, seem to be worthy of her attention. I found myself rooting for her death by the end.

Ah, the end - it came all too late for me. And could you BE more predictable? Not a plot twist to be seen anywhere.

This book could have easily been done as a Little Golden Book, and the audience would have been more appropriate.
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