Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 1, 2008
Series: Twilight, #1
Genre(s): fiction, young adult, fantasy, romance
Format & Length: paperback, 498
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About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be – that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
My first thoughts on this book were that I liked it more than I expected to. My first foray into the Twilight series was years ago when a friend lent me the audiobook. Unfortunately, the narrator’s voice sounded so whiny to me that I couldn’t make it through the first chapter. This time, another friend lent me the series in paperback, and I had a completely different experience.
I did have a few issues with Twilight. For starters, Bella is, in fact, whiny and needy to the point of getting on my nerves. But, to be fair, what 17 year old girl doesn’t act that way at some point? Second, I found the pacing to be a bit erratic, especially through the middle of the story. Lastly, I kept finding inconsistencies. For example, it boggled my mind that the crux of the story took place in the ballet studio Bella danced at as a young girl while for the first three quarters of the book, Bella is amazingly accident prone and can barely walk in a straight line. I even went back and re-skimmed the entire book to look for any other ballet or dancing references, and did not find any. Am I the only person that has issues with this?
Despite all of these things, and for no good explanation whatsoever, I enjoyed reading this book. Something about the story intrigued me, and I found myself consistently thinking about it and wondering what would happen next. I will be reading the next book in the series.