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The Host by Stephenie Meyer
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May 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, lds-author
Read in May, 2008

I think that Stephenie Meyer's real strength--in all of her books--is character development. Sure, some of the lesser characters remain one-dimensional, but, by the time I get to the end of one of her books, I feel like I know her main characters. I understand their motivations, their desires; I know why they do what they do (even if I wish they wouldn't). And, I think that is high praise indeed when you are dealing with an alien whose motivation and personality are truly not human. Also, Stephenie Meyer doesn't just come right out and tell her readers all about her characters. She reveals their souls slowly, methodically, and naturally. I think that Stephenie Meyer's character development is one of the main reasons why her books are so great. (Well, that and the perfect combination of romance and danger to really get your heart pumping.) I thought The Host was marvelous.

Here's what I loved:
I loved Wanderer.
I loved how she found a home. I loved the end of the book.
I loved how she and Melanie grew to love each other.
I loved all the crazy alien worlds--what fun.
I loved the whole body and soul dilemma. What an interesting idea--what happens when your body loves one person and your soul loves another. I loved the multiple layers of love triangles.
And oh, how I loved Ian.

Thank you, Stephenie Meyer for coming to Kansas City and signing my book.
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message 1: by Paige (new)

Paige JoLee,
I love the way you say things. I always wish I can word things as well ass you do. Every comment you write makes me interested in the book and that's impressive knowing that I'm not sold on Stephanie Meyer at this point (though I am trying Eclipse again). Please teach me to write as eloquently as you. And allow me to borrow this when I come to Kansas.


Angie What a great review. And I agree. My love for Ian is a large, large love.


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