Atom Books. 434 pages. copyright 2005
i had my apprehensions, doubts and qualms about this book. just about everyone was raving about this young adult novel series. i was never into young adult literature, and definitely not interested in a vampire love story ala buffy, etc. but since im experiencing such a long spell of good book drought, i was welcome to suggestions. that is, after all, how you discover new favorites.
i struggled at the beginning till the middle part, because it was only then when the pacing picked up. but once it did, i couldn’t, for the life of me, put the book down, even for a toilet break.
4 now-famous sentences on the back of the book:
about three things i was absolutely positive. first, edward was a vampire. second, there was a part of him–and i didn’t know how dominant that part might be–that thirsted for my blood. and third, i was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
that was isabella swan speaking, the heroine of the story. she’s just moved to the small town of Forks, and though the town is boring and dreary, her relationship with edward cullen, a 90 year old vampire in a 17-year old high school student’s clothing, is anything but normal or steady.
what i loved:
–the suspense that the twists and turns of the plot and chase scenes take you to.
–discovering how cool the cullens are
–the occassional romantic thrills
–the plot, period.
what i didn’t appreciate:
–very slow build-up
–bella’s dullness/lack of character
that’s just about it. though i’m not a full-on fanatic (yet), i am already starting the second book, New Moon. (given by my husband since he could see me hunched over the book till early in the morning). and ive been talking non-stop about it.
overall, im pretty glad to have found a series to look forward to. the last time my heart beat that fast while reading a scary book, was about 1994? (Fear Street Saga by R.L Stine!)
i hope the movie won’t disappoint. (coming december 2008 )