My son read the first three novels in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga a few months ago, and I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical. One, the book jacket described the series with words like “deeply seductive” and “vampires thirsting for blood”–could this really be appropriate for my teenager? And two, did I mention vampires? I mean, fantasy or science fiction or whatever genre vampires and werewolves belong to–it’s not really my preference.
So I was skeptical, that is until I read Meyer’s novel The Host based on Jennifer’s recommendation at 5 Minutes for Mom, and I was both surprised and intrigued. My friend offered to let me borrow the Twilight novels–Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse–and now just five days later I can tell you all skepticism has vanished. Let’s put it this way: three books, five days. You do the math.
Pick your adjective: compelling, suspenseful, intriguing, fascinating, enthralling, surprising, inventive. Oh yeah, don’t forget enjoyable, immensely enjoyable. Add some vampires, werewolves, a few battle scenes and a healthy dose of romance and you have a taste of the Twilight saga’s appeal.
Meyers tells the story of seventeen-year-old Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie. She meets a mysterious classmate, Edward, and despite discovering he is a vampire, a “vegetarian” vampire who only drinks the blood of animals and not humans, she falls deeply in love and Edward becomes her life. Bella and Edward’s story quickly becomes intertwined with dangerous vampires intent on taking Bella’s life, not to mention werewolves with a long history of enmity with “the cold ones,” i.e. vampires. Bella finds herself caught between her all consuming love for Edward and the steady, subtle love of her best friend and protector Jacob.
One word of warning: this series is intended for teenagers (and adults) and there are battle scenes though no gratuitous descriptions. Despite the subject matter (vampires), their necessary nourishment (blood) did not result in the kind of gore I expected. There is a lot of kissing and at one point, Bella wants to consummate her relationship with Edward, though again there is no overly detailed account. It is worth noting that Edward refuses her, wanting to wait until they are married.
The fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn*, releases August 2 and I am eagerly anticipating the final installment of Bella’s story. I certainly know what I hope Bella’s fate will be, though I am equally certain there are many more surprises and twists ahead!
(edited to add the link to Lisa’s Breaking Dawn review)
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….