Thursday, June 4, 2009

Enchanting Review: Twilight

Paranormal YA/Romantic Suspense
Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown & CO
ISBN# 978-0-316-05284-4
498 pgs
Paperback--Available Now
Rating: 5 Enchantments
Edward Cullen has a secret to hide and his “family history” has him thinking of himself as the villain, the bad guy. He finds a new challenge to prove the stereotype correct, the day that Bella Swan arrives on her first day of school. Her scent is so overwhelmingly enticing he struggles to control his thirst for her blood. Yet, the harder he tries to stay away, the more he can’t. Now Edward has given himself the challenge to save her life from her clumsy self and then even from his own kind.
Bella Swan knows right off something is different about Edward Cullen. When all her comic book hero theories are laughed at and thrown out the window, there’s only one solution left to his mystery; the scary story legends from the Quileute’s tribe. The local Indian reservation is home to Jacob Black who befriends Bella, and spins tales of THE COLD ONES and WOLF MEN; vampires and werewolves. As the pieces fall together, Bella finds life in little Forks Washington is not what she thought it would ever be … dangerous.
After years of never wanting to see Forks Washington again, Bella Swan finds herself living with her father while her mother travels with her new-step father for employment in minor league baseball. During the last semester of her JR year, Bella soon finds out that Forks is not the dreary, boring small town she remembered it. The same cold, wet, cloudy weather hasn’t changed. Hardly a full day of warm sunlight. However, the scenery has definitely changed; the Cullen family. Edward shows mixed emotions about being around her. At first he acts as if she has not showered in a week, then he saves her life from her own clumsiness, others bad driving on slick ice in the school parking lot, and even when she gets sick at the scent of blood in Biology during a blood-typing experiment. As he comes and goes around the school, trying to stay away from her, and yet being there when something goes wrong, Bella finds an attraction to the mystery around him. The closer she gets, the more her life is in danger. What she never counted on was falling in love with someone who died almost a hundred years ago.

TWILIGHT is a fabulous web intricated together to capture the reader from chapter one. Being in first person, you get to live through Bella’s emotions, her senses, and her decisions. Sometimes you find yourself trying to be her conscious and try to will the story to go a different way, but it all works out in the end with a great big sigh of relief. This is a great way to start a wonderful love story series. It defeats all odds between differences of worlds; including between life and death. Edward Cullen is a true gentleman who keeps in control of himself and brings forth the hero most young girls look for in their own lives. Bella is a self-conscious teen girl who has the adventure of the lifetime. Though her very existence is in danger every minute she stays in Edward’s world, she shows that no sacrifice is too great when it’s for love.
Stephenie Meyer grabs hold of you and doesn’t let you go once you step into the world she creates. Find out more at her website
Barb Soden
May 2009

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