In general, I really enjoyed this book. I happened to grab this book at a used bookstore recently and am glad that I did. The smoothness of the writin...moreIn general, I really enjoyed this book. I happened to grab this book at a used bookstore recently and am glad that I did. The smoothness of the writing and the amusement the characters gave me caused me to finish this book in about 3 days. Phrases like:
"...my books are refreshing and indulgent. They are the chocolate truffles of literature. Naturally, you could go your whole life without ever eating a chocolate truffle, but would you want to?"
The story intrigued me, because as an avid watcher of the series LOST, in a similar fashion, it introduces you to characters in the present time. Then, the book goes back to the past, the late 1930s and takes you on a tale that is quite intricate. You get to discover why the characters are the way they are in the present and during this, the author is able to throw a few twists into the plot.
Overall: three stars. A great book. The ending almost seemed as though it made room for a sequel, which lead to the lower rating. (As, I feel this book should be able to stand on its own).
Caution: If you are not a fan of slight swearing and small (very brief, a page at most) intimate romance scenes, this is not the book for you. (less)
After finishing this book, I was saddened to learn that many consider Stephenie Meyer the next J.K. Rowling. And though both Twilight and the Harry Po...moreAfter finishing this book, I was saddened to learn that many consider Stephenie Meyer the next J.K. Rowling. And though both Twilight and the Harry Potter books are wonderful books, in no means should they be compared.
First and foremost, the writing style of this book is far more simplistic than that of Harry Potter, with some exceptions of course. Despite differences in their writing styles, both writers are able to draw you into the story, ultimately causing only one thing: obsession/addiction. You learn to love the characters and feel for them as you read the story.
As a minor side note, however, still sticking with comparison of Rowling and Meyer, it is my personal feeling that this series of books (Twilight) is aimed at a female audience (mostly) while the Potter books seemed to be more uni-sexed. Though I have seen men reading this series, I have seen far more men interested in the Potter books.
Putting aside this comparison, it should be said that this book is a wonderful story of young love and high suspense. It will leave you wanting more. For myself, the characters were so well described that I wanted to learn more and more about their fate. Despite many flaws in the writing, the enjoyment of the characters and plot lead to my high rating of this book. Would this work be deemed a classic piece of literature? Perhaps... But for different reasons than perhaps a Jane Austen book would. Writers like Stephenie Meyer (and J. K. Rowling for that matter), have allowed those who detest reading to actually pick up a book and do the thing that they detest.
Meyer has created a wonderful saga that I am sure many generations of readers will appreciate for years to come.(less)
When I first started this series, I critisized every flaw I could find. The sappiness of the romance, the lack of feministic prevalence...etc. But as...moreWhen I first started this series, I critisized every flaw I could find. The sappiness of the romance, the lack of feministic prevalence...etc. But as I was approximately half way through "Twilight" I realized something: Why did I need to be overly critical of a book? I chose to read it. And for me, reading of this sort should be based on pure enjoyment. Afterall, one needs a break from heavy chemistry and physics; and a good vampire/human romance story seemed to do the trick perfectly.
As I have previously stated, Meyer is no Jane Austen. But in all honesty, I don't think that they could be compared. Not only different genres, but... different times. The reading audience of today isn't what it was fifty years ago.
With those comments aside, for me, this book was not as good as the first. However, it still kept me intrigued and I found myself wanting to pull late nights just to read the next few pages. As my mother has told me, this story is addicting; one wants to know what will happen to the characters.
I applaud Meyer for her ability to create such an intricate tale. I am excited to indulge in the next two novels.(less)
Enjoyed this book much better than the second. Perhaps my reasoning for this is because Bella, the heroine, seems to become a little more mature when...moreEnjoyed this book much better than the second. Perhaps my reasoning for this is because Bella, the heroine, seems to become a little more mature when it comes to love. Sure she still seems to fall a little "head over heels" all too fast; but in this book she is faced with a decision what will change her ultimately.
Meyer continues to deliver her easy to understand story in a wording that will leave you anything but confused. In this book we are further introduced to the characters that those who enjoy these books have grown to love. (And just in case you are wondering...my favorite "side" characters would be Carlise and Alice...).
Overall a good book. I am very excited that I only had to wait a week to finish off the series. Though this is no Harry Potter, and cannot compare with Jane Austen, I feel that these books please the inner teenage/romance guru in me... and that is always a fun thing to have!(less)
Well, I don't think that I will be able to call the Twilight series "Mormon smut in fantasy form" anymore. Meyer has stretched herself in her last boo...moreWell, I don't think that I will be able to call the Twilight series "Mormon smut in fantasy form" anymore. Meyer has stretched herself in her last book here. Don't misjudge my words though...this book is FAR from obscene. The book just isn't as, let's say, innocent as the previous three.
Overall, I think that this book is comparable to the third book for me in regards to satisfaction. Though the third book does score slightly higher.
My issues with this book were mainly lack of plot development and lack of plot execution. It was almost as if Meyer is taking you on this roller coaster ride... You are going higher and higher, ultimately building up in suspense. And then, just when you think you have reached the apex of the ride, and you are in for a rushing downward fall--you realize that you are on flat ground again.
Despite the flaws, this book did grant me closure.
I have seen and heard that many people were unhappy with this book--though understanding their sentiments, I was merely happy for the way that Meyer ended her series. I think any other ending to the story would have had me a little perturbed.
Overall, as stated before, Meyer has created a nice series that people will enjoy over and over for many years to come. (less)