Part of the Twilight Saga series
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town.
But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.
Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill.
He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.
Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness.
He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 09/12/2006
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781904233657
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Review by rainbowdarling
This was a gift to me from my SantaThing in 2007, and I was pleased to receive it. Unfortunately, that was where the pleasure ended. I've never been much of a fan of vampires - they make me uncomfortable, and in reading this story, while the vampire portions were mild enough not to make me sick, the rest made up for it.The supposedly-clumsy and awkward Bella becomes the 'belle' of her school in Forks almost immediately after moving there. Having been the 'new kid' before, I can't vouch that it is likely to often happen that way. Her clumsiness felt forced and unnatural, as if S. Meyer was looking for some sort of 'tragic' trait to bestow upon her heroine.The 'hero' was incredible one-dimensional, with a side of tragic. I was unmotivated to root for his side and therefore unable to see what Bella saw in him (or he in her). The romance between them seemed like it was supposed to be 'heated' or 'charged,' and I didn't get that.All in all, the book felt forced, and I honestly felt like throwing the book at the wall on more than one occasion. It did not appeal and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a quality story with an interesting romance.
Review by judithann
Loved the book! Very interesting topic, although the vampire thing didn't convince me at first. That is, I thought of it as just a story, but after a while, I got into it and could "believe" that it was real. The propagonist was a bit young for me, so I could not identify with her very well. If I were a teenager/adult I probably would have given the book 5 stars. And whatever my comments: I am already looking forward to reading the follow-up!
Review by coffee.is.yum
This is a wonderful book. I don't read romance books, especially teen romance books. From the back description that's what it looked like it would be. However, after seeing this book EVERYWHERE while trying to find fantasy books to read online I decided to give it a try. I absolutely love it. The vampires are described in a way that somewhat deviates from myth, making the creatures original. The relationship that Bella and Edward have together makes you long to read more about their problems and solutions.
Review by mcgooglykins
For the first few chapters, my only thoughts on this book were 'How did this even get published?', because it reads like a thirteen year old wrote it.However, if you keep reading, this doesn't really matter. By using a pretty standard Damsel in Distress/Knight in Shining Armour literary idea, Meyer has created an intoxicating read. You won't be able to put it down - even though you know you could have written it better. It's addictive, and as yet I haven't been able to figure out exactly why. All I know is I enjoyed it. A lot.
Review by klarusu
I think the best way to describe this book is as a really big, gooey, caramel-filled, high-calorie chocolate bar. You know you shouldn't, you know it's bad for you and has no real food value but you love it anyway and keep coming back for more.On the surface, it is not an amazingly original concept: high school girl falls in love with dashing, immortal member of the fraternity of the undead who has a conscience and fights against his base instincts to become an heroic and useful member of society. Meyer lays it on with a trowel, too. We are left in no doubt that Edward is gorgeous - she uses every second paragraph to point that out in very plain terms and Bella's reactions are described in an almost adolescent writing style. The book focuses far too exclusively on Bella and Edward's interaction and the peripheral characters are not well-fleshed-out. Bella and Edward themselves are absolutely stereotypical with no depth to them. There are some unsatisfactory plot devices too, such as the baseball game, which even in the context of the subject matter of the book, doesn't really work.But the book <i>does</i> work. It draws you in from the outset and it is really just a one day read despite its length. The vampire family are intriguing characters and I'm itching to see more of Jacob Black. I can't wait to see what's next for Edward and Bella and they've already entered the realms of well-loved characters. It is a truly guilty pleasure, but if vampires and high school are your thing, it's one I'd recommend you indulge in! I'm off to read a classic now in a literary effort to burn off the calories......
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