No, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart do not just switch lines. But, I'm not going to lie - a lot of the book is copied andShort and Sweet Version
No, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart do not just switch lines. But, I'm not going to lie - a lot of the book is copied and pasted. Little details are different like Beau opening the door for Edythe and Edythe smiling all the time. Seriously, why is she smiling all the time? You got something stuck in your teeth, Edythe? A dead boyfriend maybe? Kidding. She doesn't eat Beau.
Beau makes a few moves on Edythe that Freaks. Her. Out. And totally made me laugh. Edythe doesn't come across as dangerous making it lose a lot of the tension that Twilight is known for. Still, I got sucked in enough to finish it then promptly flip it over and read Twilight again. Life and Death is like sugary, waxy American chocolate and Twilight is like fine, Belgian chocolate that melts as soon as you eat it. I mean, it's all chocolate and I'll eat it all, thank you. But Twilight is just better.
There are 40 extra pages of content that Twilight fans will want to read at least once. If you want to know all the changes but don't want to read the whole thing, check out the Jessica Thinks Too Much Version!
Jessica Thinks Too Much Version
(view spoiler)[ What's different in Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined?
Want to know all the juicy details of what's the same and what's different? Did Beau (male version of Bella) take ballet as a kid? Does he go dress shopping before he gets attacked by a gang?? If you're curious about that and more then you've come to the right place.
First things first. They go corsage shopping in Port Angeles instead of dress shopping. After that, they go to the movies. Beau is late for the movie, of course, because he's being attacked by a gang. The gang seems to be doing illegal drugs when he walks by and they think he's a cop. This new element of thinking he is a cop is so briefly foreshadowed that I totally missed it and found it confusing. The gang thinks Beau is a cop because they have a brief encounter at the airport and they see him with his dad, Charlie, who's in uniform (I had to go back a few chapters to read that again and wondered why it had to be in there at all). The gang pulls a gun on him until a sexy girl vampire shows up in a silver Volvo to save the day. Beau jumps in the car. Edythe (female version of Edward) steps out of the car and I was like, "Oh! Oh! They are going down!!" I wanted bullets flying everywhere and body throwing...I'm not sure where that came from. I'm not a violent person. But sadly she doesn't kick their butt. She just gets back in the car. *cue anti-climatic trumpet*
As for the ballet studio, the "huntress" still lures Beau there. The ballet studio is where his mom would teach lessons and he would go with her so it still has a personal connection to him. LET'S DISCUSS THE END SHALL WE You'll have to click this spoiler link, of course. Beau gets beat up much worse at the ballet studio. He's trying not to scream, but he ends up vomiting from the pain. He gets more broken bones and has a hard time breathing. It was kind of intense to read.
I can't believe she changed the ending! It was a total surprise. Basically, Edythe gets there too late to save Beau. Edythe will either kill him trying to suck out the vampire venom or he'll survive as a vampire. Edythe asks him to choose and he chooses vampire. As he's changing into a vampire, we get a huge info dump of all the background stories and vampire rules that we learn in the other 3 books of the series. The big difference is the background stories we all known are still gender swapped - even the Volturi. And it was pretty cool.
I liked the way the opening quote from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea tied into the end. Beau is kind of forced into a destiny as a vampire. He doesn't mind after a while because it's everything he ever wanted. That's the same thing that happens in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The main character is a prisoner and can't leave but after a while he wouldn't leave even if he could because seeing the ocean in a secret submarine is like a dream come true.
The best moment in the new ending is when Beau and Edythe discuss how things could have been different. Beau talks about how he wishes he could have had a better goodbye with his parents. Unlike Bella, he has to live with the last thing he told Charlie which was cruel. Beau fantasizes how they could have graduated high school together and had a big wedding before he left his parents for good. Edythe jokes about how that just wasn't possible. I enjoyed the irony of that. It also made me realize that as much criticism as Bella gets for being "passive," she worked hard to get everything she wanted despite Edward telling her it wouldn't work. Maybe Bella fought for what she wanted in a passive, introverted way, but she still fought. And won.
And ohmygosh if you've read this book you have to tell me what you thought of the end!! I'm dying to hear other opinions! It was so interesting to read. Different. Unexpected. AH! Call Me Beaufort
Beau's full name is actually Beaufort. Beaufort is the only name I can think of that is worse than Beau. Beau didn't change a lot from Bella. He faints at blood but justifies it medically to reduce his embarrassment.
"I have a weak vasovagal system," I muttered. "It's just a neurally medicated syncope."
- pg 77
He royally sucks at sports. My reaction to that surprised me. I read this book to see how it challenges my gender bias. Do I have a gender bias? Turns out, a little bit. Girls wouldn't stage a snowball fight! Beau shouldn't suck so bad at sports! Honestly, his crappy sports skills came across as pathetic. Like all guys should be good at sports? It's definitely not true and I was surprised that I assumed that. Bella gets a lot of judgement for cooking for her dad. But when Beau does it? It's kind of endearing. Beau also cleans a lot, but it's kind of an OCD thing because he puts all the cleaning supplies in alphabetical order.
Little details changed and it made more of a difference than I thought it would. Beau is a gentleman. He opens the door for Edythe and carries her books. He doesn't let it bother him that she's stronger. I kind of liked Beau. Beau is more of a physical being than Bella, if you know what I mean ;). He flat out asks about sex instead of skirting around it. He tries to kiss Edythe a few times and she cringes and puts her hand up. I know she was reacting to trying not to eat him, but it came across as him having deathly bad breath or something. It made me laugh a little. That's How You Spell Edythe?
Edythe felt like she changed the most. Edythe responds a little more to people's thoughts than Edward did. Edythe never came across as dangerous to me. Even when she stops the van, I only saw her as interesting and mysterious - not dangerous. Removing the feeling of constant danger reduced the sexual tension that Twilight is known for. But that's partly my fault, too. Apparently I'm biased that women aren't dangerous. Another reason I didn't think of Edythe as dangerous was because she seemed to smile a lot. Seriously, why is she smiling all the time? You got something stuck in your teeth, Edythe? A dead boyfriend maybe? Kidding. She doesn't eat Beau. While Edward does smile, it came across as condescending while Edythe smiling came across as sweet. The one change that did make Edythe seem scary was the description of her during the dream Beau has right after he finds out she's a vampire. She has pointed teeth, sharp nails and a menacing vibe.
Edythe by far has the best line in the book. She buys Beau dinner and when he protests she says:
"Try not to get caught up in antiquated gender roles."
- pg 135
I know not everyone sucks at keeping characters straight like I do, but just in case, here's the gender swapped names for reference.
Alice - Archie Jasper - Jessamine Rosalie - Royal Carlisle - Carine Esme - Earnest Emmett - Eleanor Edward - Edythe Bella - Beaufort
I was inspired by the main characterEd's very normal life. Maybe normal is too nice a word. His life is more mediocre. He doesn't have any ambitions oI was inspired by the main character Ed's very normal life. Maybe normal is too nice a word. His life is more mediocre. He doesn't have any ambitions or achievements or direction really. The story is about him receiving anonymous cards in the mail that challenge him to help people. He changes their lives in small and big ways just by being observant. It made me want to observe and serve others more. If an ordinary guy can help in small ways, then so can I.
After reading I Am The Messenger, I got that chance.
I saw a guy shopping for baby formula at the grocery store. He would look at a can of baby formula for a minute and put it back. Then he'd look at another can. Then he'd put it back. I found this strange and fascinating. Most people quickly dump 8 cans of the exact same formula in their shopping cart and hurry off. I have never seen someone compare types of baby formula so carefully.
This guy was taking his time for some reason. I continued to watch him (he didn't notice because he was now scrutinizing a fifth can of formula) and tried to figure out what situtation would make someone shop for formula like that. He must never have bought it before. Maybe he has a wife at home with a screaming newborn baby and was instructed to "get formula" only to find the grocery store has 473829 kinds. And now he doesn't know what kind to get. So I went up to him and helped explain the difference between the 439280 kinds of formula and gave him a coupon. He seemed grateful. I imagined him going home to his wife victorious because he'd gotten the right formula AND used a coupon.
It's not life changing or anything. That being said, Ed didn't feel like he was doing anything life changing either.
It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true— big things are often just small things that are noticed.
-Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger (p. 221).
But it reminded me that kindness, true kindness, comes from listening and observing others to see what they really need. Small acts of kindness are big in their own way.
The reason this story works is because it's crude, crass, biting, sarcastic, and full of swearing. Let me explain. The writing hides the preachiness of the story so well that I really enjoyed reading it and it wasn't until the end that I realized I learned something. I'm not saying something has to be crude for you to learn something. But hiding a story about serving others in a crude story might accidentally teach someone something when all they had really intended was to pick up an entertaining book. Making it a little crude can also make the story relatable so you close the book feeling like the character did things that you are more than capable of doing, too.
There were some parts of the writing that I found so beautiful. Here's one of my favorite quotes. I just love how Markus Zusak takes a cliche saying and switches the words around to paint a lovely picture:
Quietly, Marv cries.
His hands appear to be dripping on the wheel. The tears grip his face. They hold on and slide reluctantly for his throat.
-Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger (p. 316).
I like that the tears grip his face instead of his hands gripping the wheel. But I can still imagine the image of tears gripping his face like he's trying so hard not to cry but he can't help it. I find it so beautiful for some reason.
The twist at the end did confuse me. [spoiler]Who is the messenger? My book club helped me figure it out. The character is the message about serving others and the author is the messenger because he made up the story. Right??[/spoiler]
Ed's friend has a crappy car and he keeps calling it a Falcon. I've never heard of that kind of car so I couldn't get this image out of my head:
The Millenium Falcon IS crappy so I just imagined that....more
Aspen Everlasting is a funparanormal romance. This is the perfect fit for young teens as well as adults who want a clean romance that is entertaining
Aspen Everlasting is a fun paranormal romance. This is the perfect fit for young teens as well as adults who want a clean romance that is entertaining to read.
I'm not always a fan of romances because they feel cheesy sometimes, but there was plenty of humor and teasing that kept the cheesiness at bay. This quote is from the beginning where the main character, Aspen, and the childhood friend she is developing a crush on named Nate almost drown. He comes over and hugs her like friends do and he's obviously concerned for her. They're embracing and ... it doesn't go quite the way she imagined.
Was this the moment I had waited for? Nate was going to kiss me. I could tell by his eyes that his gratitude for my survival would bring his lips to mine. My heartbeat sped up with . . .
“You look terrible,” he said.
Okay. Moment gone.
-Kindle Locations 160-162
Ha ha! Makes me laugh every time I read it.
I've known the author, Kathryn, for a couple of years now. She was a book blogger before she became an author and that's how I met her. Among book bloggers the line, "The breath I DIDN'T know I was holding" is a well known cliche that they love to point out because how can you not know something like that? So when I read the following line in Aspen Everlasting, I could see her experience as a book blogger shining through.
The breath I was holding released through my mouth.
-Kindle location 11
Thank you for not using cliches!
My curiosity was peaked as the hidden paranormal world started to unfold. It reminded me of the King Arthur type of fairies that hide in the woods and capture men. They live forever, are dangerous, and can't always be trusted. I loved the way Kathryn made the fairy world her own by having good fairies that had given up the immortality as well as the more traditional evil fairies.
One of the most unique things about Aspen Everlasting is the relationship Aspen has with her siblings. Her siblings - Ash and Willow - are an important part in the story line and they are good friends. It was nice to read about functional family relationships. There's some tension with the parents that was realistic. I liked how much the parents were involved in the story. It was nice to see that even though they loved each other and got along, they still had to work through things with each other.
I loved the sarcastic writing. Theauthorexperiments with formatting words on the page which I thought was cool. The world was fShort and Sweet Version
I loved the sarcastic writing. The author experiments with formatting words on the page which I thought was cool. The world was fascinating and felt new, but the plot slowed down in the middle because the world building kind of took over at that point. It has a lovely ending and wonderful characters. This book is perfect for fans of unique and creative fantasy worlds.
Magonia has such wonderful, sarcastic writing. It's dripping sarcasm like an ice cream cone on a hot day that oozes it's fattening sarcastic goodness all over your fingers. Most of the sarcasm comes from the main character, Aza. Aza is understandably jaded about an incurable disease she's had since birth that makes it extremely difficult for her to breath. She hates when people are trying to "fix" her life like she hasn't tried everything. In this quote, she's describing one of the things that people are sometimes saying to her.
Sometimes also what-about-faith-healers-what-about-herbs-what-about-crystals-what-about-yoga? Have you tried yoga, Aza, I mean have you, because it helped this friend of a friend who was supposedly dying but didn't, due to downward dog?
The sarcasm worked so well because it was balanced out with reality. Since Aza is always on the verge of dying, the family copes with the constant threat of her death by having pre-written apologies to each other so they can all be on the same page in case she does actually die. What she labeled these apologies is beyond hilarious.
My mom has a written apology from me for the entire category of brutal sarcasm. [My brother] has one entitled Excessive Bitchiness, Hogging of Parental Attention by Repeatedly Being Sick Unto Death but Not Actually Dying, and Variant Category: Theft of Clothing.
The one to my dad runs more along the lines of Things I Wasn't Very Interested In, Parts 1-36
I love how funny but real this is at the same time. I loved that she would be sorry for how sarcastic she was to her mom, for the neglect she unintentionally caused her brother, and for ignoring her dad about at least 36 things. SO funny! But also very touching as well.
The strong voice that Magonia is written in also made it a little difficult to read. Maybe an audiobook would help with that. Aza had a very disjointed thought process at the beginning. She seemed to jump randomly from one thought to the next. In real life, most people have thought processes that jump around a lot, too. The problem about reading someone else's jumpy thought process is that it doesn't make sense to me. On just one page she talked about how she got her name, the alphabet, E.T., bullets, and how her day sucked. Like WOW. Maybe they connect in her mind, but they did not connect at all in my mind. I had to slow down and re-read a lot just to get a handle on what she was even saying.
Despite the flaws, I really, really loved the writing. Maybe it's because Aza's voice sounds disturbingly like the sarcastic voice I have in my head (which I keep to myself because I generally like people). I just connected with her as a character. Aza loves random facts. I do too! I'm kind of a fan.
Something unique and creative about Magonia was how it experimented with formatting text. I can't say that I loved it or anything, but it was interesting. The author had empty brackets with no words in a few places. In the context of the story, it represented the way there are some things words just can't express. Like love.
Another experimental thing in the writing I liked was about Aza's best friend, Jason. Jason likes to recite pi when he's nervous. There are huge strings of numbers in the book sometimes. It worked and I found it endearing. The longer the number, the more freaked out he was. He also loved to read very obscure and ancient books like Kepler's Dream: With the Full Text and Notes of Omnium, Sive Astronomia Lunaris which is basically a scientific novel defending Copernican theory that is dressed up as fantasy so the author wouldn't get his head chopped off. I don't know about you, but the fact that Jason reads such interesting books made him interesting to me, too.
The one thing I couldn't stop thinking about Aza and Jason's relationship was, "A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live?" which is from the movie Ever After. It describes the dilemma of their relationship so perfectly.
The world of Magonia comes from an ancient myth from the 1st century that tries to explain the weather. The myth says that sailors traveled in ships in the clouds and would cause storms so they could steal crops and feed themselves. That's a very straight forward way to describe it. Here's how Jason would describe the world of Magnolia:
"It's some kind of Peter Pan plus E.T. hybrid."
I loved that Magonia was based on an actual legend that no one has really heard of before. It added this magical authenticity to the world that's hard to describe.
As much as I loved the fascinating mythology and the fantasy world, it was relied on a little too much to keep my interest in the story. By about 70% through the book, the plot starting slowing down a lot. Most of the middle of the book is spent world building and by this point, I was no longer dazzled by the world. The world is really cool. You can't deny that. And the writing was sadly starting to lose the sarcastic voice it had started with. I felt strangely disconnected. I think the biggest reason I stopped being invested in the story was because once Aza enters the fantasy world of Magonia, it's unclear what she WANTS. Does she want to stay in Magonia? Does she want to go back to earth? Does she want to help with this mission of dubious morals? Does she love her best friend Jason or not? For most of the book, I didn't know the answer to these questions mostly because it doesn't spend much time with Aza's thoughts at all. If I didn't get to know these answers, I would have really liked Aza to explore those questions a little bit. It's realistic to have the main character be undecided when they are thrown into a strange new world, but her indecision went on for too long. If she doesn't want something, there's no conflict left. And no conflict means boring. A fantastic world can't replace a good conflict. At the beginning, the conflict was great. She was always dying and she didn't want to die. Seems like a lame conflict but it really worked because I liked the character and the way she viewed the world.
However, I did enjoy the ending. I liked her epiphany that the Magonians were scared of humans because they have to wear huge helmets with tubes so they can breath in Magonia. This epiphany helps her get what she wants which we FINALLY learn is going back to earth to be with her family and Jason.