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Crepúsculo by Stephenie Meyer
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Mar 12, 2009

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bookshelves: portuguese, not-own, 2009
Read in May, 2009

Honestly, I didn't enjoyed it (nor hated it) as much as some other people but I can see why they like it, namely girls. However, I wasn't seduced by the vampire. He seemed a bit like a stalker and I don't like stalkers. But focusing on the book...

Bella moves to Forks, after her mother remarried a baseball player, making her travel very often not to be away from her new husband. Bella, with 17 years old can't do the same, and decides to go and live with her dad. Hence she meets Edward Cullen, who reacts in a very strange way as he knows her, but Bella doesn't give up until she finds his and his family's secret – they're vampires. But there are more dangers, as it seems Bella is a very mouth-watering dish.

The characters are pretty basic, practically one-dimensional. Bella is a girl who, clearly, doesn't have her mind on the right place (ok, she's in love and that might excuse some of her problem, but still...), she's clumsy, thinks mostly of others well-being and (enjoys) seems to be always in danger. Edward is beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, and perfect and likes to date his food. Ah, it seems he's intelligent (after all he concluded high school many times before) but that doesn't make him think better and gets too close to Bella, whom he saves constantly though he, himself, says he's the biggest danger to her. The secondary characters are, equally, superficial and it was hard to care about anyone, namely with the vampires who are capable of everything and are so perfect in all they do. Actually, I thought the humans were more interesting.

The story has little action, as it revolves mostly around the relationship between the two main characters. I liked the part in which Bella was trying to figure out Edward's nature, while from the moment they got together the book went downhill, turning out to be very dull and to much sweet for my taste. I rolled my eyes countless times (which is never a good sign) and really thought of abandoning its reading. However, the dialogue between the couple is nice to follow, especially to understand Meyer's changes to the vampire myth, though I still think that the sparkling part is a bit too much. But since they're the better predators, the deathliest one, they had to have something that would give them away while hunting in broad daylight, right? At least, that was how I came to terms with that.

Still, it's an easy book to read, it seems a diary as it is told as a first-person narrative, through the eyes of Bella. It's a nice book if you're looking for a light reading at the end of a stressful day. However, if I wasn't lent the entire series, I think I would never read the remaining books as this one gets away with being a stand-alone. It leaves some questions to be answered but the end is still satisfying.
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81.46% "I was enjoying it, but then they got together and now is just annoying... :/"
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