My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue. I was wearing my favorite shirt -sleeveless, white eyelet lace; I was wearing it as a farewell gesture. My carry-on item was a Parka.
–Stephenie Meyer - Twilight - c. 2005 - pg 3
I picked this up in Chapters because the title and author sounded vaguely familiar, I wasn’t sure from where, and I don’t like that cover, but it was only â‚¬4, so I figured what the hell. Turned out I’d seen it mentioned over at Heather’s and I think that Andi enjoyed it too.
The American cover is a lot nicer, but the novel itself is the thing that is important, right?
At first I was a bit meh, the opening preface and the blurb at the back had me thinking this was your predictable teen vampire book. But once I got reading it I just couldn’t stop. Sure, it is a little predictable, and if you are a plot fan then you may not get a lot out of this book.
It isn’t a deep and serious literary work, but it is exactly what it sets out to be, a highly enjoyable and readable vampire romance. It is a real page turner, and I know I’ll want to read the sequel.
The basic plot revolves around Bella. She has left her home in Phoenix to live with the father in the sleepy, cloudy town of Forks, Washington State. Her mother has a new love interest and Bella wants her to have the space to be happy, so she has sacrificed her love of the sun for the rain of her father’s place. Once in Forks she finds herself the centre of attention, not always wanted, mainly for being the new girl. But she also begins to notice the Cullens, a family of outsiders that no one seems to talk to. And one of them in particular gets her attention.
Go on and read it if you have the chance, it is a lovely read.