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TBT Book Review: Twilight (Series)

Twilight Book by Stephanie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: YA (Paranormal) 

In a Snapshot: When Bella moves to Forks, she falls for the beautiful Edward Cullen. But a happy ending isn’t guaranteed. Their love must survive the ultimate test. That being, Edward wants to kill her. 

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

This was the first book I picked up after my baby started sleeping through the night. And oh, what a perfect YA novel to choose. I became obsessed! 

First, Bella’s teenage persona–soft bodied, clumsy, a bit socially awkward–was totally me some odd years ago. Second, I am a complete sucker for Victorian-minded gentlemen (like Edward). Third, theirs is a forbidden love story that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you breathless for more–ok, that’s a bit cliché, but I really mean it.

Fun Fact: This is the book that motivated me to (finally) start writing toward publication. Seven years later, I’m still at it. 

Who will like this? 

Paranormal fans. Romantics.

A Favorite Passage: 

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 potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

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Book Review: Shiver

Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA (Paranormal) (Fantasy)

In a Snapshot: Grace has always had an affinity for wolves–especially the yellow-eyed werewolf who saved her as a child and still watches her every winter.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

This trilogy promised to do for werewolves what Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series did for vampires. As I am a huge Twilight fan (seriously, loved that series), I gave it a try. 

I began reading this book in its audio format. Since the novel is written in dual (boy/girl) point-of-view perspectives, I found myself with the same problem I experienced with Across the Universe–namely, I couldn’t handle listening to Sam’s male voice as he impersonated Grace. So I ended up checking out the book at the library and finishing from there.

I’m glad I did. Stiefvater has a knack at folding paranormal wrinkles into an otherwise normal teenage life. She also surprises the reader with some beautiful lines and lyrical language. I especially liked the poetic songs Sam creates in his human-form mind.

Who will like this? 

Twilight fans. Werewolf fans. Romantics.

A Favorite Passage: 

“I could still smell her on my fur. It clung to me, a memory of another world. I was drunk with it, with the scent of her. I’d got too close. The smell of summer on her skin, the half-recalled cadence of her voice, the sensation of her fingers on my fur. Every bit of me sang with the memory of her closeness. Too close. I couldn’t stay away.”