Twilight Series, Books 1-4

Three Stars

Title: Twilight Series

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: Little, Brown

Synopsis:

Book One: Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Book Two: Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won’t be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The “star-crossed” lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy’s reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

Book Three: Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour the paperback edition. Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer’s riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Book Four: When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved? To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs. Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever? The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

Overall Review:

I feel like I need to add my review of Twilight. I read all of the books and watched the movies – and I’m sure other people have, too – but I just needed to voice my opinion. There were a few redeeming qualities, but overall this series was not my favorite.

I admit I swooned over Edward Cullen. After all, what girl doesn’t want a guy that’s totally obsessed with them and wants to protect them from every possible problem? I certainly do. I also liked how it was a fun twist on the Shakespearean love story- except with vampires and werewolves. I liked how the author kind of paved the way for monster stories and paranormal romance, and what she did with character relationships was pretty great. When Bella Swan’s heart broke, I felt like MY heart broke.

Overall, the character development was abysmal. Everything seemed way too easy (that’s a theme with YA books I feel- conflict is a GOOD thing, people), and I’m so over the helpless female heroine who has to be saved by the practically indestructible love interest. It’s so cliché.

Highlights:

  • Relationship development was great
  • Easy to read and fun
  • Plot was unique and had enough twists to keep me interested

Lowlights:

  • Characters lacked strength and were extremely co-dependent
  • Characters were annoying
  • Unrealistic emotions
  • Writing was mediocre

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