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The book that started the phenomenon is now available in a deluxe collector's edition! Featuring a ribbon bookmark, cloth cover, ragged edges, new chapter opener designs, and a beautiful protective slipcase, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
Bella 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, Bella'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 Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
"Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. ''Be very still,'' he whispered, as if I wasn''t already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat. " As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he''s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward''s sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer''s writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up)
I have found my own brand of heroin. This book should have a warning label- once you pick up you will not be able to put down!! My husband told me I was acting like an obsessed teenager. ...more info
- love this book
absolutly love this book my mom borrowed it and is now reading it! i love it...more info
- Intoxicatingly Good
I must admit, before I read this book I was an extreme skeptic. A vampire love story.. how good could it really be? But, I could not help but let myself be succumb to the hype, and I bought the book. Now I am extremely glad that I did. This book is intoxicatingly good, crossing the border of addicting. I read the book in one night. It is a good thing that this book belongs to a series, one would not have been enough. WARNING: Do not begin this book if you have something pressing that you should be doing, because you will not be able to put it down....more info
- The worst ever!
This is the worst book I have ever read! But before I get tons of backlash, let me add that I really like the four books in general. The writing and the plot of Book 1 was so juvenile! However as you go on through each book it does get better. I was so sick of Bella and Edward telling each other "I love you" every few pages.
I continued to read the other books in the series under pressure of my friends and was surprised that I actually liked the 3rd and 4rth book. Those two were actually worth laboring through this one and the second....more info
- very well done
INTERESTING FACT: Ms. Meyers is NOT the first author to use Forks, Washington as a setting! It also appears in Barthe DeClement's 1984 young adult novel, "Seventeen and In-Between." This is a very well written young adult novel that I would recommend to anyone interested in young adult realistic fiction.
Stephanie Meyer's book, Twilight, is an original take on the subject of star-crossed lovers; in this case between a vampire and a human girl. I think that Mrs. Meyers has done a very good job with the premise. I've read a few other reviews here and one reviewer gave it a very low score b/c the characters are young and fell in love quickly. I hate to tell the dude, but it would be pretty boring if they met in their 20s and it took five years for them to hook up! It wouldn't be young adult fiction either at that point! Also I believe (and have personal experience with this in regards to my husband) you can be unbelievably drawn to someone as soon as you meet them and pursue a relationship despite many considerable obstacles. I give this book 5 stars for the use of an original premise, character development, satisfactory ending, and all around enjoyability. Even if you generally dislike "fantasy" fiction give this one a chance. I have a masters degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy and would most likely give any book that more reluctant readers would pick up and enjoy 5 stars!...more info
- Wonderful book, beginning of saga
I was referred to this books by my friends who were having Edward Cullen-mania, and I never regretted reading the whole saga and falling in love the story. Super romantic, super nice. Leaves you wanting more, after 4th book...more info
Awesome book! I am 36 years old and really enjoyed this book! I could hardly put it down..this book is worth buying at all ages...more info
- CGE Student Review
My all time favorite book is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The book theme is a love story/vampires. The genre is love story/vampires & humans. Other books by Stephanie Meyer are New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Host.
Twilight is about a girl (Bella Swan) who moves into a small town named Forks with her Dad. The day she rides to school in her old messed up Ford Truck This boy (Edward Cullen) is acting very strange only around her.
There are two main characters, Edward and Bella. There is a list of others as well:
Edward and his family are vampires and no one knows it and his family only drinks animal blood and they usually don't drink anything but animal blood but, when Bella comes to town Edward just can't hold himself back from drinking Bella's blood as the story goes on Edward and Bella start falling in love. Edward will do whatever he can to not drink Bella's blood and keep her safe. Edward and his family won't be keeping their secret for long once Bella comes into their life.
There are so many exiting parts in the book Twilight and one was when a van was about to crush Bella but Edward stepped in front of the van and pushed it away. Bella did not get hurt but she was sent to the hospital. Now Bella knows Edward is not normal.
- Twilight from Pendulum books
Ordered April 19th, it is May 21st and I still have not received the book. The payment for the book is on my credit card. ...more info
- A decent, but brainless read.
While reading this book my husband (who bought the series for me after I watched the movie) raised his eyebrows, asking, "Is it a bunch of insipid teenage commentary like I thought?"
Well, yeah, it's definitely that. Bella is boorish, has a low self esteem, and I never quite figured her out because her thoughts were so boring, I skimmed them. Because the story is told first person I don't know how clear a picture of Bella I do have--what's she like to everyone besides herself? Teens aren't known for their self-knowledge. I was probably that insipid at 16, too.
Edward was a chauvinistic turn of the century vampire, reads minds, is amazingly beautiful, with unbearably sparkly teeth AND skin. Etc, etc.
But I still liked it, still fell all over myself for the "I love you, I love you, I love you, Oh I don't know how I'm going to live without you." I do actually like that, and reading romance may be gender differentiating but not in and of itself misogynistic. What can I say? I like brainless romance.
The writing itself was mediocre, the characters 2-dimensional, and the pull genre-specific. But I still liked it. It was an easy, flowing, read. I got my mind off sad stuff for awhile and I giggled and cringed at Bella's infallible expertise at fainting and stumbling, ridiculous head-dialogue, inane banter with her boy, and appropriately annoyed at her inability to be inwardly kind to the boys who fell all over themselves running after her.
To read, is not synonymous with to be brainy, Don't go reading this book for the intellectual conversation, its not Joss Whedon, its Stephenie Meyer. Read because it's fun. I had fun. I hope you do, too.
- Disengage brain and go for the fun
This is another book I had a hard time rating. In the end, I give it a low 4. It wasn't really that good of a book, but I enjoyed it in spite of the quality. It may be the fastest 500 page read in my life.
Joe Prince wrote a fantastic (and hilarious) one star review, and I don't disagree with anything he had to say. But I liked the book anyway.
This is clearly a book for teen girls, and the inner teen girl in the rest of us.
The ugly duckling storyline has a wide appeal to this demographic. (Bella is just an ordinary girl at her old school. She's never had a boyfriend, hasn't even been asked out. But suddenly, she's got multiple boys drooling over her, including the mysterious, beautiful guy that usually doesn't talk to anyone outside his family!)
The last third has a very teenage balance as well. Our Heroine comes up with a plan to outsmart the Bad Guys. Of course, she needs help to pull it off, so the team of Good Guys comes to help pull it off. Of course, said plan involves the separation of Our Heroine and our Hero, the Love of Her Life. And I should probably mark this as a spoiler, but really, is anyone surprised to hear that Our Hero comes to the rescue just in the nick of time!
The writing walks the line of being sensual without getting explicitly sexual, with characters that are clearly (very clearly) attracted to each other. This is one area where I do think the author did a good job of allowing the book to be accessible to girls of differing levels of interest in sexuality.
I found it VERY important NOT to stop and think while reading this book-- I had to sit back and enjoy the ride and not think about the convenient coincidences, the age difference between Edward and Bella, and more. And I have to look past the whole "Overwhelming, can't live without you, love at first sight" thing that the entire book is based on.
Would I recommend this book? Very strongly no! Would I discourage anyone who is already interested from reading it? No, there's a good chance you'll have a fun read. ...more info
- Open up your imagination....
Okay. First of all, I would like to say I really enjoyed this book. I've read numerous other "young adult" books including the Harry Potter series and Eragon series. And though, this is not as good as them (it is a bit on the mushy side), it takes you into the mind of a confused teenage girl who is a lot more mature than most. I've also read Anne Rice and grew up loving vampire stories, and I know ALL the legends. Though it is a bit far fetched that vampires sparkle in the sun, I think it gives you a different spin on the myths and that is what makes it interesting. Who wants to read another story about evil vampires that only go out at night and suck peoples' blood out. Boring. At least Stephanie Meyer made up her own fictions about them. And that is all vampires are anyways are fiction . Don't act like she is not accurate in describing them how she wants. It's her book (sorry, it read one of the other reviews that made it sound like the reader believed in mythical creatures or something). If you have an open mind, and an imagination, you will like Twilight for what it is: a fictious account of vampires coexisting in a human world....more info
- How is mental abuse charming?
I read this book out of curiosity about all the rave reviews. It's not a terrible read, the story flows fine.
My issue isn't even Bella as a heroine. In a strange way she can be kind of likeable. But I really HATE Edward.
With every page we have to hear about how amazing and wonderful and charming and georgeous and intelligent he is. But what he does is a whole differnt thing. When he physically restrains her from doing something she wants to do, he's not controlling, he's protective. When he doesn't think she needs to know something he simply doesn't tell her. When he stalks her, he just wants to make sure she's safe. He constantly belittles her, berates her, makes fun of her, and never once seems to care.
Read any handbook on domestic abuse and you will see Edward and Bella personified. How is this even remotely romantic? So what if he doesn't actually hit her. Abuse takes many forms.
Edward is mentally abusive, controlling, cruel, and sadistic. And I am terrified that young girls thing that equals love....more info
- Great read
I never had any intention of reading this book, even when the movie came out at the cinema I didn't want to watch the movie and just thought it was about vampires so I wouldn't be at all interested. Then saw it on dvd and got completely and utterly hooked - I live in a country that doesn't have book stores so ordered all four books - got them two weeks later - and read the first book in a night. Loved it so much that I started the second book the same night and sat up until 4:45am to finish it!...more info
GREAT STORY PEOPLE... SO MUCH MORE INTENSE AND DETAILED THEN THE MOVIE (EVEN THOUGH I LOVED THAT TOO) READ ALL 4 OF THESE... ONE IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT THE OTHER.. AMAZON ALWAYS HAS THE BEST PRICES....more info
- book in great condition
the book was in super fantastic condition. it's like im reading it brand new. ...more info
- Twilight Review (Casey)
Twilight is a captivating novel that will sweep readers off their feet! This is the story of two star-crossed lovers from very different backgrounds that try to make a life together, even though odds are against them. Twilight is a modern Romeo and Juliet with a twist, vampires. I would recommend this book for any age, and anyone who enjoys romance, passion, action and vampires. Meyer did an amazing job of creating this beautiful story, and continues to captivate her readers throughout the series. Young Anne Rice fans will instantly fall in love with Twilight, Bella, and Edward. After reading Twilight you will be gripping your seat and thirsting for more. Move over Harry Potter, because Twilight is the sensation that is sweeping the nation, and stealing the hearts of millions of teenage girls. Five stars for Twilight, the love story of this generation.
-Casey :-)...more info
- Graet book, the first of many.
Take a bite into this blood warming book wrapped in romance and violence. The main character is a girl in high-school named Isabella Swan. Her parents are divorced and she now moved to Fork with her dad. She goes to school, meeting a lot of friends the first day. However, lunch is where it all happens. She notices a kid at the other table always staring at her. Jessica tells her the one staring is a member of the Cullen family. They are the prettiest people in the world, but they don't date. One day, Bella and her friends decide to go and shop for a dress when she meets Edward Cullen. They start to talk. Bella is intrigued and does research of her own and finds out that he is a vampire. Somehow they fall in love. It is really hard for Bella to keep this as a secret but she doesn't tell anyone. Living with a vampire who really wants to drink your blood is a strange thing but yet she does not care and loves him.
Stephanie Meyer wrote this book. It is part of a series. The other books are New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. She loves to write. Stephanie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona.
I liked this book a lot. I loved how the author combines romance with a touch of action and myth. It really made me want to read the other books.
I think that this book would be good for any one over the age of 12. Some things in the book younger kids just wouldn't understand like love and vampires. There is also a little violence that might overly frighten younger readers. Yet this book is fantastically written and I highly recommend you read it.
- Edward- Peeping Tom and stalker....
It seems to me the main character, Edward, could easily be substituted for a drug or other addiction.
*I can't get enough of you, Edward, even though you can (and desire to) kill me. I am not worthy of you and your God-like beauty. I love you forever despite the fact you are not good for me.
Sounds like abuse to me. What kind of a message is this to send to teens and young adults?
And, let's not even get into the mediocre writing and terrible plot. 400 pages of obsessive, unhealthy love between two people who have dated each other for a week or so (unless you count all those nights Edward was a Peeping Tom, peering into her window and stalking her.)And, then, suddenly, the last 100 pages we have some weird chase that had little to do with the build up of the first 400 pages. My grade? An F. And, what has this Twilight frenzy have to say about our society? I cringe!
Truly, I read this with an open heart. I am not, by nature, overly critical. I was thrilled to hear of a new, young author's success. But, now, I am disappointed greatly. And floored that so many others disagree....more info
- BS, anyone?
I auctually liked his book the first time I read it. The second time, I began thinking 'where's the plot'? This story is about Bella Swan, a Mary Sue. THat is, her only flaw is falling down. And that is way overdone. And, of course, she is so amazing that she reads Jane Austen in her spare time, moves across the country to make her mom happy, gets asked out by half the boys in the school- oh, and all vampires seem to have a magical attraction to her.
She also gets married and has a baby at 18.
She marries Edward so that he will have sex with her.
And Edward CUllen has no personality. None. Nada. Zilch. All he do is moan about how much he loves Bella... oh, and he sneaks in her window to watch her sleep. Stalker much?
- Edward, sweet Edward
I loved this series. Not knowing what to expect when I started, I was engaged in this lovestory that didn't seem possible. I have read Twilight now three times and listened to it twice on CD. The fist book in the series, it introduces you to a whole new world that is meshed into the real world. I have highly recommended this book to as many people as I could. What a fantastic phenomenon....more info
I can never say enough good things about this series. I love this book, and was absolutely addicted after reading a few chapters. I have recommended this book (and the series) to many of my friends and family. All of those that I recommended this book to (ages ranging from 10 to 55) loved it. I have read it over and over and can never seem to get enough of this romantically fantastic story!!!...more info
- Most Addicitive Series Since Harry Potter
I'll admit the only reason I even picked up this book was out of peer pressure, but for once I was very pleasantly surprised. The story brings us back to those first few years of anxiety, rapture, fear, and mystery that we've all experienced when we had our first love. These feelings are modified and I would say enhanced by the twist: my first love is a vampire.
It is an easy read but the excitement leaves you turning the pages until 3am because it is just SO hard to put down. ...more info
- Completely fell in love with this book.
Reading this book and it's sequels was like reading about feelings I had felt but never wanted to talk about out loud. I was amazed by the amount of detail and insight the author put into these books. I have never been so completely engrossed in any book like I was in the twilight series. My only critisism is that she didn't keep writing more books....more info
I am not the target demographic for this book either (referring to another review), I just finished up my eighth and final year in college (even when I started college I was at least two decades older than the "target demographic" for this book...I'll let you guess how old that makes me). The first thing I did upon completion of my last class was pick up this book. I wanted to read something completely gratuitous for once; without a deadline.
My daughter has been telling me how much she loves these books since she read them, and reread them, like...ten times, so I thought I would give them a try.
For some background about my reading tastes: One of my first novels was "Interview With a Vampire" when I was 12 years old. Of course, I LOVED it. I see this as a 21st century, Young Adult, version of that.
Now though, I have to make an admission: I tend to like Young Adult fiction, first of all, because I tend to feel like a voyeur with many adult novels. I think most YA novels are "fun" to read rather than torture (which some AF books are to me)...when I pick up a fiction book I'm looking for an interesting story, interesting characters, interesting places, etc. In other words my interest in books is not prurient. This book has some inescapable tension but it's not capitalized upon, which I liked.
Having said that I have to say that I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and finished the fourth book less than one week after beginning the first. Maybe I'm just starved for a good story after so many years of reading and studying textbooks, but I REALLY liked this book.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, who also described themselves as not the "target demographic", I was not expecting Tolstoy. Maybe this attitude allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the characters, the story, and especially the way it was written.
I personally LIKED the dialog and in my honest opinion it was NOT overdone because what they were saying was interesting. Another reviewer mentioned that they thought that Edward would be smarter because he was so old, however, I would contend with that because it is told in the book (maybe in one of the sequels?) how closed off he had been until he met Bella. People build walls around themselves and I think it showed not only the depth of the Edward character, but the multi-dimensionality of the all the characters. To me, this was a great strength of the book, the easy, natural, development of the characters, and I don't think it was an accident --- it was meant to be part of the story. Maybe my own imagination added these extra dimensions but I think that the other reviewer maybe missed some. Another example is that the other reviewer mentioned an apparent discrepancy with Bella's academic scores and her attitude. This is a shallow perception of reality: I personally know many students who are "honor" students who, believe it or not, are not in the glee club, or cheerleaders...in fact, they are quite the opposite. High academic scores are NOT always indicative of self assurance. This is a harmful myth and reason why people often do not see the signs of depression among comparatively good students. For instance, when they commit suicide people often are blown away and are often heard saying "They were such a good student, who would have known?" As if good grades are a sign of sound mental health...this is NOT true. I hope this is not a spoiler but Bella had grown up with a bubbleheaded mother and Bella felt the need to be the adult of the two. This is a classic scenario which I, as a Youth Specialist at a juvenile facility, has seen all too often. The child doesn't have time to develop on their own because they are busy being the parent. Once they are severed from the parent role they must find a way back to homeostasis, which is usually a very traumatic time in their life and a time of intense inner turmoil and questioning.
Now, see? This was what I was trying to escape from by reading this book...
Anyway, I really loved this book. I just wish the movie would have done the book justice. I vote that they redo the movie; starting from scratch and keep it more true to the book in every way.