Stephenie Meyer makes a memorable debut with YA novel that gives readers a bit of a twist with plenty of suspense, atmosphere and charm that had me staying up well past my bedtime. Twilight is classified as a YA novel but don’t let the label throw you off as you would be missing out on one of the most captivating reads of last year. Here is the synopsis:
This is a love story with bite. 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.
Isabella Swan stays with her father in Forks, Washington. Bella’s parents are divorced and her mother decides to travel with her new husband. Bella’s parents are depicted as being somewhat absent minded people. It’s a convenient plot device and somewhat unrealistic. I can’t recall Bella’s father making much of an appearance in this book except for moments where a parent was needed, even that was sporadic.
When Bella first spots Edward on her first day of school, she cannot help but be captivated by his beauty. However, every time he sees her he seems to be revolted by her and she doesn’t understand why. As the story progress, the two become friends and there’s the promise of something more developing between them. But Edward has a secret: he’s a vampire.
The Cullens (for me) are the most captivating characters in this series. The head of the Cullen household is Dr. Carlisle Cullen. Their “coven” is made up of six vampires. The Cullens moved to Forks because the weather suits their kind. The Cullens have remained inconspicuous and prefer to blend into human society. They “hunt” outside the city to circumvent attention to themselves and since Edward has developed romantic feelings for Bella, he has to internally struggle with the monster that he is in order to be with her.
Edward and Bella make a memorable couple. Most of the story is focused on their budding relationship and the history of the Cullen family. Everything seems idyllic for Bella and Edward until another vampire coven breezes through town. Their leader, James, hunts Bella and this part of the novel turns out to be the most captivating and the most suspenseful part of the book. I couldn’t put it down. Of course, with two sequels out now, Bella survives. Like many readers, I was swept up by the idealistic romance between Edward and Bella. Sure, this seems like your ordinary vampire story, but this one has some bite. My grade, A.