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Waaay behind on book reviews - three to do altogether, so here's the first one, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I think it's probably one of the most famous books around at the moment. Almost on a par with Harry Potter - everyone I know seems to have read one or two in the series and usually all of them. So of course I had to see what all the fuss was about and happily added it to my pool of books for the Halloween challenge I'm doing.

For reasons not stated at the beginning of the story Bella Swan has decided to leave her home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she lives with her mother, to go and live with her father in Forks, in Washington state. It's awkward at first, her father Charlie is pleased to have her there but Bella has always disliked Forks and is not at all sure she'll be able to settle. He's bought a truck for her from an Indian friend, so at least she has transport, and with that she starts at her new school.

Bella doesn't consider herslf to be a particularly 'cool' kid, or particularly pretty but is surprsied to find herself the object of attention of a couple of boys. She's never had many friends but finds that here in Forks she does actually have some, they may not be the cool kids, but that's fine. One day in the canteen she notices a group of teenagers sitting apart from the rest of the school. This is the Cullen family and it's explained to her that they are different and always keep themselves aloof from everyone else. Amongst the Cullens is Edward, absolutely the most gorgeous boy Bella has ever seen and it's not long before Bella realises that he has noticed her. After a shakey start they begin to communicate. Then Edward saves her from certain death under a runaway truck and Bella can't figure out how he got there fast enough to save her. Something is definitely peculiar about Edward. Bella sets out to find out what it is exactly and it's not long before she realises she has fallen in love with a vampire.

Most people, I have to say, seem to love this series. Those that don't seem not to like the fact that mostly it's just a teenage romance book with vampires. And this is true, it is. Three quarters of the book is about how Edward and Bella get together, their life at school, and not a lot else. I'm trying to work out why that didn't bother me and I can't. Yes, I liked the two main characters, I also liked the forrested setting of Forks, WA. Most of the book really isn't *about* very much to be honest but despite that I really did like it an awful lot. And when it suddenly took off, a hundred pages from the end, with the arrival of a rogue group of vampires, it was suddenly unputdownable! Superb. If I was going to be really nit-picky I would say that sometimes Edward's resemblance to a Mills and Boon (Harlequin in the US) hero did grate a tiny bit. He is ever so slightly *too* perfect - but I find I can live with that quite happily. I have the next book, New Moon and will read it probably next month when I can devote more time to it.


Oh, I've got this book staring at me from my shelves right now, mocking me with the fact that I couldn't finish it! I was quite into it at first - enough to actually buy it! - but somehow it faded for me in the middle. Maybe, now that you've mentioned it, because Edward is a bit too perfect, and it does seem to have descended into a teenage-Mills-and-Boon, but... rogue vampires, eh? That sounds alot more promising - perhaps I'll pick it up again after all!
Well, there was a fair bit about Edward's twinkly eyed expressions and over-all gorgeousness and I have to admit it came very close to being too much even for me. So I completely understand why you didn't get to the end. However, the last 100 pages makes it all worthwhile and I'm thinking (hoping) that the rest of the books might have a bit more emphasis on action rather than so much romance, much as like a bit of romance in books from time to time.
I'm glad you have read and reviewed this - thank you for sharing your thoughts about it.
A pleasure, N. I enjoyed this book that everyone seems to be talking about and have a feeling that the rest of the books in the series might be even better.
That's good to hear. I've heard a lot of squees about it and some negative comments, so it's nice to hear about it from you.
I'm so far behind on posting it isn't funny. :(

I enjoyed this as I read it, but in retrospect, I found much of Edward's behavior stalker-ish and creepy. This is not preventing me from reading the rest of the books in the series, however. ;)

Enjoy your holiday, m'dear. Take lots of pictures!
Yes, I'm definitely planning to read the rest of the books too. Despite their faults they're too good not to read.

Thank you... yes I will definitely take lots of photos!