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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.
- calgal186 - When Bella Swan moves from sunny Arizona to wet Forks to live with her dad she is not expecting to like it. If it is not bad enough that is rains 90% of the year there, she has to go to a new school and make all new friends. She never was the popular girl at school, and she think that she is the opposite of pretty. But she's proved wrong when many of the boys at her new school flirt with her. When she sees Edward Cullen during lunch, she is suddenly intrigued. He and his brothers and sisters are all amazing beautiful, yet they are still outsiders. They sit together and never say a word to anyone else. It seems like Edward can't be in the same room as Bella at first. He tells him that "it would be best that they were not friends, not that he he didn't want them to be." What is that supposed to mean? Never the less, they soon strike up an unlikely friendship. But the more time Bella is around him, the more strange things get. He is impossibly fast, his skin pale white, never eats food and is amazingly strong. When she goes to a beach party at La Push, she runs into an old family friend. She finds out, according to the superstitions at La Push, that Edward is a cold one, aka a vampire. At first it's much easier now that Bella knows. That all changes when she goes to watch Edward play baseball with his family and a vampire tracker comes around. The vampire instantly catches Bella's sent and she must flee Forks. But with the tracker right on her heels she does not know if she will make it out alive!
November 14, 2005
Kadushin takes a bite out of Meyer's debut novel, reading the suspenseful vampire romance with gusto and conveying a range of adolescent emotions. When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to perpetually rainy, small-town Forks, Wash., to live with her father, she accepts that it will be much duller than life in Phoenix with Mom. But Bella gets more excitement than she bargained for when she falls hard for Edward Cullen, a beautiful, pale boy with a disturbingly deep gaze and eyes that change color. It turns out that Edward and his adoptive family are all vampires, and Bella has entered mysterious, dangerous territory just by associating with them. The drama of everyday high school entertainingly blends with the supernatural as the plot thickens. And Kadushin makes listeners believe Bella's intense feelings of love, confusion and fear as Meyer's tale takes a gripping, unexpected turn toward a somewhat-rushed ending. This enticing production will definitely leave listeners wanting to hear more in this planned trilogy. Ages 12-up.
Starred review from July 18, 2005
Isabella Swan, 17, narrates this riveting first novel, propelled by suspense and romance in equal parts. The story opens with a cryptic scene of the heroine "facing death," then flashes back to Bella's departure from Phoenix, where her mother lives with her new husband, as the teen heads off to live with her father, the police chief in Forks, Wash. From the first day at her new high school, she finds herself magnetically drawn to Edward Cullen, whose behavior towards her is erratic ("I'd just explained my dreary life to this bizarre, beautiful boy who may or may not despise me"). Then she finds out why his interest in her runs hot and cold: he is a vampire—but of an unusual variety. Edward, his siblings and their adoptive parents have disciplined themselves to feed on animals rather than humans; and Edward is obsessed with Bella. Other elements factor into the plot, including a rival group of vampires who are not as disciplined as the Cullens. This plot twist (which includes a subplot about one of the Cullens' past life) contributes to a rushed denouement (much of it takes place offstage) that is perhaps the novel's only weakness. The main draw here is Bella's infatuation with outsider Edward, the sense of danger inherent in their love, and Edward's inner struggle—a perfect metaphor for the sexual tension that accompanies adolescence. These will be familiar to nearly every teen, and will keep readers madly flipping the pages of Meyer's tantalizing debut. Ages 12-up.
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
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