See Kim's reviews of New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
Summary:When seventeen year-old Bella Swan leaves sunny Arizona to live with her father in the small and gloomy Pacific North-West town of Forks she doesn’t expect to like it. After all she has made excuses not to go there enough times over the past few years. If living in Forks, with its constant mist and rain, wasn’t bad enough she will have to make a whole new set of friends and settle into a new school.
Bella soon makes some new friends at school but when she sees a boy called Edward Cullen sitting with his brothers and sisters in the cafeteria she is instantly intrigued. Edward is stunningly attractive, almost inhumanly beautiful, and yet he is an outsider too. Although Edward and his family have lived in Forks for two years they have never really been accepted by the townsfolk.
At first Edward is aloof, sometimes it almost seems like he can’t stand to be in the same room as her, but eventually they strike up an unlikely friendship. Even as Bella falls hopelessly and irrevocably in love with Edward, she still can’t work out exactly what makes him so different to everyone else.
On a trip to the beach, Bella is told of the local legend about the “cold ones”, a group of blood drinkers who have sworn off hunting humans but are still not welcome on Indian land because vampires are not to be trusted. Realising Edward is vampire changes nothing for Bella, she knows that she still loves him even if he’s not human.
Edward and his whole family are vampires. Edward himself was made a vampire when he was seventeen years-old, although that was at the end of World War I. For Edward his love for Bella is both a delight and a torment. A delight because she is the first person he has loved since he was made a vampire. A torment because although he has sworn off human blood and only hunts animals the craving for human blood never truly leaves him and the very scent of her also stirs his hunger for blood….
My Review: Ok, let me just start off by saying I am not 15 years old. When I first heard about this series I laughed at reading a "young adult" series. I am not young and very much not an adult,:) so these didn't hold a lot of interest for me. After all the craze started....and then died down. I decided that I could give them a try. After all 20 million people can't all be wrong, right?
This books style is playful and unencumbered. The loves story flames hot all the way through, and although there is NO SEX the steam radiates out of the book with the fierceness of a rumbling kettle. The main character is likable and we all relate to her on some level. She seems to think the way we all did in high school, and yet Mrs. Meyer captures you in a off beat, slightly kooky story line, with scenes and characters you won't soon forget (and this is my FIRST review, of the first book).
On the flip side. Ok, so in case you haven't heard this book is about vampires. High school vampires at that. So..... if you can't turn yourself over to the fantasy, don't dive in, you would be disappointed.
Overall I think the writing was good, if very simple. The author was creative and engaging, and seems to really take pride in her ability to suck you in to the lust and rampaging hormones without ever stepping over that "Juvenile Fiction" line of trust. I liked the second half a bit better, the love plus the action was a great way to lead in to the next book.
If I could sum up this book in one phrase: Did I just read a book about teen aged vampires and LOVE it? Yes, I did, even if I am a little ashamed to say so.
My Rating: Is a 4.8 legal?? I loved it, but I wanted a little more from the writing.
I will be reviewing the others in the series in the next couple of days.