I read this book when it first came out, before all the hype and the marketing push. That being said, I didn't have any preconceived notions as to wha...moreI read this book when it first came out, before all the hype and the marketing push. That being said, I didn't have any preconceived notions as to what the book would be like or how great people thought it was. I enjoyed my read of Twilight. I think it was a good choice as Stephenie Meyer's first published novel. She displayed a different take on vampires and I highly respect people who can present a new take on an old story. One of the things I liked most in Twilight was the development of a connection between Bella and Edward. The chemistry that played throughout the book was well done. What I didn't like was the whiny, weak nature of Bella. I understand that Bella and Edward are supposed to be soul mates of a sort, but does Bella have to need Edward so much? This just keeps getting worse as you go along in the series. Don't even get me started on Book 2. So, while I liked this book and would recommend it, there are other vampire YAs that I think are more interesting, have stronger female characters, and are better written.(less)
Meg Cabot really shines in all her YA series, but the Mediator series takes the cake.
The characters are strong--people you can easily connect with an...moreMeg Cabot really shines in all her YA series, but the Mediator series takes the cake.
The characters are strong--people you can easily connect with and care about--the story is interesting, and the plot just keeps getting better. This particular book--the last one in the series--is such a great end. Just thinking about it makes me want to read them all. (less)
Yikes! This book was a massive waste of time. When Twilight came out, I had high hopes for this series. When I read Eclipse, my hopes diminished a lit...moreYikes! This book was a massive waste of time. When Twilight came out, I had high hopes for this series. When I read Eclipse, my hopes diminished a little (why, oh why, would I want to read about a girl who keeps wanting to kill herself because a guy left her? And she won't even pay attention to the one who wants her. GAH). By Eclipse I was ready to throw in the towel, but when it comes to books I'm a firm believer in "the benefit of the doubt." That came back to bite me in the ass. Breaking Dawn was probably the worst book I've read in the past ten years. Maybe my whole life. Stephenie Meyer set up various rules in the world that she created and decided in the fourth book of her series that she wasn't going to follow them. Which could be fine, but when it's obvious that you're breaking a rule just as a device for your story, that is not okay. And to be fair, I think that Stephenie Meyer has a lot of potential as a writer. Part of me wonders if the fact that her books got progressively worse wasn't so much her fault as it was her publisher's/editing team's fault. I'm thinking that in their haste to push, push, push the Twilight Series and get them all out, they didn't fully do their jobs as editors. And maybe she didn't fully do her job as an author. Enough of that, though. Breaking Dawn was NOT a page turner. I didn't need to turn the page because I already knew what was going to happen before I had to turn the page. It was that predictable. And it was ridiculous. A few scenes that were ridiculous: the honeymoon scene, the birth scene, the imprinting scene. Why these scenes were ridiculous? Because it seemed to me like Meyer was floundering for a plot. It seemed like the book had no direction, it was here, it was there, it was all a device to lead up to the end. What is the point? None, maybe. Because they just wanted a fourth book so that they could milk as much sales as possible.(less)
This book started out promising. But it went nowhere until the last ten pages. I had to force myself to read it--it just felt like the same thing was...moreThis book started out promising. But it went nowhere until the last ten pages. I had to force myself to read it--it just felt like the same thing was happening over and over again until the end. (less)