Friday, July 26, 2013

REVIEW: TWILIGHT BY STEPHANIE MEYER.

Title: Twilight (Twilight #1)
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Published: September 6, 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 434
Source: Bought from National Book Store
Category: Romance, Paranormal
Trailer: not applicable.
Synopsis:

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.
Twilight is a phenomenon!

I've been re-reading my PDF copy of Twilight since 2007 so I've read it over I think 40-50 times already over the years. I've only read my paperback copy twice. Since I am blogging about books now, I  thought it would be best to write up my long overdue review for it. I know, it will be forever biased on my side because Twilight is the culprit my I am so into books now and as far as I could tell, I have never been ashamed that I loved it to bit nor I am such a huge fan.

So as you all know, Bella decides to spend time with her dad Charlie in Forks, Washington. Her mother remarried and Bella cannot afford to move around a lot. She will definitely miss sunny Arizona and she doesn't know how she will cope with rainy Forks. Good thing Jacob Black still remembers her. However, when she sees the Cullens at school, she is immediately curious about their family and their inhuman beauty. Especially Edward Cullen. The dazzling Edward Cullen.

Well, I am a thousand percent in love with this novel. I will never be ashamed (I know a lot of people hated this) and will always be a huge fan of Meyer and the Saga. If I remember correctly, the thing that made me delve into this when I first read it years back was the premise. It was my first vampire novel (sorry Vampire Academy, I will have to get my grabby hands on you soon) and it was such a light read completed with swoony romance. I remember wishing I was Bella Swan over and over so I could be turned a vampire. It ignited my dormant love for reading and I promised myself that I will never stop anymore. The world building was so simple yet full of mysteries and action. Who wouldn't fall in love with Forks and the Reservation? It was an example that no matter where you are in the world, simple and content life can be attained. I loved how vivid Meyer explained the high school, Swan's residence, the Tribe, the Cullens.. everything was so easy to picture out and somewhere at some point, I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO IT. Well, not the vampire part but the simplicity of the livelihood they have. The fun fact that one's destiny can be changed by merely deciding to move with your dad. I loved the twists (THE FIGHT SCENE WITH JAMES OMG), the retellings of Vampire slash Werewolves myth, the oh so sweet romance and the history compiled all together into this one awesome novel. Most specifically, I totally DIGGED how easy it was to read from the POV..

The characters are all fantastic. Jacob Black for example. He's very straight to the point and a little sarcastic which made his character *at first* hilarious! Then we have the Cullens. Aren't they just perfect? I loved them all! Emmett was the hunk Vampire with an easy attitude, Rosalie was the prettiest yet she's got hang ups, Jasper was the newest member so he was a little harder to control yet I loved his gift, Alice who is my favorite, she's very friendly, sweet and loving! Though she goes a little overboard with fashion, her character gave so much life to the story and without her and her gift, I actually can't picture out what will happen next. Esme's also a very loving foster mother and I hope all mothers would be as selfless as her and I think Carlisle was the perfect match for her. Edward on the other hand, used to be my ONLY fictional boyfriend because of his good intentions and mesmerizing smirk! My brain is always, I mean ALWAYS associating Volvo to Edward and believe when I say that whenever I stumble upon one, I can hear myself murmur, "Edward?". He's not only good looking but intelligent and good hearted. And even though Bella can be sometimes slow and irrational, I loved her nonetheless.

Twilight resurrected this long forgotten love for reading! It is mysterious, fun, romantic and simple novel that completely captured my heart right at its first chapter! I haven't tired yet of re-reading this novel and I would forever be indebted to this for making me this kind of reader I am today: voracious!

VERDICT:
"That's the beautiful thing about being human: Things change."
""And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…" he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. "What a stupid lamb," I sighed. "What a sick, masochistic lion.""

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