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Book Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga:  Earth is being taken over by a species (souls) of another planet. The souls are inserted at the base of human skulls and take over their hosts minds while keeping the bodies intact. The purpose of the invasion is to keep humans from destroying the planet Earth. In fact, Earth isn't the first planet they've invaded; there have been many others. What isn't expected is when Wanderer has been given the body of a girl named Melanie, her host refuses to give up her thoughts and body. When Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with thoughts and visions of Jared, they both fall in love with him and set out to find him and other "wild" humans.
Stephenie Meyer published The Host in May 2008 just a few months before the final installment of her Twilight saga. I wasn't aware that this particular book came out before Breaking Dawn until now. I had assumed she wrote it after and should know better to do th…

Book Review: Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer

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Like with all the other sequels in the Twilight series, I couldn't wait to start Breaking Dawn and see what the conclusion of the series would bring. The longest book in the series at 756 pages, Breaking Dawn doesn't read like other books of this length. I flew through the pages, and upon a second read through, I noticed a ton of details I missed the first time around. Out of all the books in the series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), the last installment was my favorite one.
The anticipation of whether or not Bella Swan would actually be turned into a vampire by Edward Cullen had my stomach in knots. The first half of the book didn't have a lot of action in it. It was basically about Bella and Edward getting married and their honeymoon. The second half of the book had all of the action in it and a lot of what ifs.
I love the fact that we meet a lot of the vampires from all over the world . . . for those that have lived under a rock and haven't read …

Book Review: Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer

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Immediately after finishing New Moon (Twilight, #2)by Stephenie Meyer, I apprehensively picked up Eclipse (Twilight, #3) and dove right into it. I was worried that it would read much like the book before, but I was pleasantly surprised about how it was much more enjoyable. Despite the fact the hardback version was 629 pages, I finished it within 1 to 1.5 days. I even took it to work with me so I could read on my lunch hour. I also stayed up to three or four o'clock in the morning to finish the book if that tells you anything.
I love the fact that the worlds of vampires and werewolves are finally intertwined into one story unlike the previous two books where they were separated. There was a lot more action in this installment as well with Victoria wanting to avenge her mate and the Volturi coming to check up on the Cullens to make sure they held up their end of the bargain.
Eclipse is the book that made me fall in love with the character of Jasper Hale (aka Jasper Whitlock). We le…

Book Review: New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

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Immediately upon finishing Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I picked up my copy of New Moon (Twilight, #2) and began reading. I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Unfortunately, New Moon ended up being my least favorite book of the entire Twilight series. That's not to say I didn't like it because I did. Because it was a building book, it seemed to move a lot slower than the preceding book, and that is why I didn't like it as much. Of all the books in the series, this one took me the longest to read at 2.5 to 3 days. And, that is interrupted reading because I had to work.

Another thing that made me not like New Moon as much as Twilight was the fact that so much of it was about how heartbroken Bella was over Edward leaving her. Everyone goes through heartbreak when their significant other leaves them, but at a certain point, I just wanted to shake Bella and tell her to move on because it wasn't worth being so miserable over a guy…

Book Review: Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

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The year was 2008, and it seemed everywhere I went, I heard people talking about the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The movie based on the book was finally in theaters, and on a Saturday afternoon, I finally decided to breakdown and buy the book to see what all the fuss was about. That night, I started reading the book and stayed up until the wee hours the next morning. When I woke up, I had to buy the rest of the books in the series so I could immediately start reading the next one. I was absolutely enchanted by the story.
In the many book discussions I've had with different people, they say how poorly written Twilight is, but in the same breath, they add that they were sucked in by the story line. This always blows my mind because if it were so poorly written, then they wouldn't have been as engaged as much as they were . . . at least in my opinion. Will Twilight ever be considered true literature and be in the same league as the classics? Probably not. With that being s…

Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Choices have consequences . . . the factions are in unrest and with war looming, Tris, Four, and several others are seeking shelter with the Amity faction. When Erudite and Dauntless factions arrive looking for refugees, traitors in their eyes, they know they must move on and join forces with the factionless  only to find out some surprising news.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth took me only six days to read, and where I loved the sequel, I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed its predecessor, Divergent. It doesn't really surprise me that I felt this way because it seems to be a pattern with me and sequels . . . I was let down by New Moon by Stephenie Meyer and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. 
The reason that I didn't enjoy Insurgent as much was that there were a few places that were a bit slow. Another reason, and I can't believe I'm going to say this, is that as much as I love romance to contribute to a story, I don't want it to take away from the story, and I f…