There are so many books that I have read before my blog and never had a chance to review them, so I figured why not do it now?
Synopsis: 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.
The first time I read this book was when I was about 9 years old, it was within the first year that this book was released. Not only was this the very first young adult book that I have ever read but it was the first and only time I buddy read with someone. My friend at the time and I would plan sleepovers just so we could read together and discuss, so you can imagine how sentimental I get when I think about this book. However, I’ve re read this book 3 times now and there are definitely things to discuss, so here we go.
First off let’s discuss the things I wasn’t too fond of in this book.
- The fact that it was written in first person. I hated reading the story through Bella Swans POV, she was whiny, bland and just plain annoying. All she ever cared about was Edward and everything else was kind of brushed over. If it was written in 3rd POV I feel like we could have delved more into all the other characters and even explored more of the vampire/werewolf world. I would have enjoyed reading scenarios with other characters rather than reading about Bella cooking dinner for her and her dad.
- I could honestly go on and on about how much of a Mary Sue Bella is, but by now everyone already knows this.
- The love triangle, it was pretty pointless and the fact that it was such a huge part of this series just drove me crazy.
- How creepy Edward really is, when I read this as a child I didn’t think his stalking was questionable (which is pretty sad when you think about it) but when I did my re readings I just couldn’t ignore it. The fact that he would sneak into her room and watch her sleep, how he was always there when she needed him, not because she asked but because he was stalking her, I’d definitely not want to date someone like that.
There are things that I did enjoy though.
- I liked the fact that this book had a little bit of everything such as, romance, some action, a bit of background story of some of the characters and their family history (but not that much though) and some hints about the Black family being werewolves, which all made the book pretty interesting.
- I did enjoy the times she interacted with her friends, whether it was her school friends or Jacob Black. I thought they had a really good influence on Bella and made her get out more and be a regular teenager. I wish she didn’t put them in the back burner though and actually balanced her time with Edward and them.
Overall the book wasn’t perfect but compared to the other 3 books, it was by far the most interesting.
What are you thoughts on twilight, did you like it or hate it? Let me know!
I’m curious, were you team Edward, team Jacob, neither or perhaps rooted for another outcome? Personally, I was a hardcore Jacob and Bella shipper back in the day, I thought he brought out the best in her, plus he was alive and she didn’t have to change her whole being for him and could still live a normal life.