Thursday, September 13, 2007


by Stephenie Meyer
Fiction/Fantasy/YA, 2005
Megan Tingley (Little, Brown)
paperback, 498 p.
Twilight series - Book 1
(#40 for 2007, R.I.P II Challenge- #1)
Bella Swan’s move to Forks could have been the most boring move she ever made. But when she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, her 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.
First I have to admit that I’d never read a vampire novel before and had never really had any desire to. But, much like Bella, I was dazzled! What an addictive read! The last time I read a book so compulsively was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now I understand what all the fuss was about!
Even though it’s unfortunately still very summery here, I was in the mood for something a little dark, a little romance, so this fit my mood perfectly! Of course now I want to devour the other 2 books in the series, but I’m tempted by the set that’ll be available in November. What’s a girl to do?

My Rating: 4.5/5

Also reviewed at:
A Striped Armchair
Melody's Reading Corner
The Written Word


  1. Hmm...I'd probably get the rest of the series now. It's so much fun to get sucked in by a new series and devour the books one after another.

  2. I'm so glad to hear you loved this so. I've never done the vampire thing either, but do have this on my R.I.P. list. Don't know why, but I've been worrying that I won't like it. Sounds like there's a good chance I'm worrying for nothing.

  3. This is a great book. And you're right, it is quite addictive. :) I hope you enjoy the other two in the series as much as you did this one. I think they're great.

  4. Read 'em now! Read 'em now!

    No, wait. That's the wrong answer, isn't it? I'm an enabler!!!!

  5. I read Twilight at the beginning of 2007 (my review is here: and I just couldn't wait to continue the story, so I ran right out to the library for New Moon. My TBR list is so large, I haven't had a chance to read Eclipse yet!

  6. It's great that you enjoyed your first vampire book. It's a genre I really like (either from a horror, sensual or urban fantasy take). I have this to read hopefully by the end of October and book two as well.

  7. Unless you REALLY have to know what happens to Bella and Edward, save your money and time, and don't read the other two. They aren't nearly as good or as compelling as Twilight, IMO.

  8. How cool that you liked this one!! Welcome to the wonderful world of Vampires!!

    I'm reading this one for the RIP challenge too!

  9. I am not a fan of vampire novels either! But, your terrific rating intrigues me much!!

  10. Nymeth,
    I've got quite a few other books I'm looking forward to reading soon but we'll see whether I can hold out or not.

    It really sucked me in and I couldn't stop reading. Who knew I'd like a vampire story so much?! I hope you like it when you read it.

    Yes, very addictive! I'm looking forward to reading more.

    LOL! I'll probably give in, but I do have lots of other fun stuff lined up to read so we'll see.. :P

  11. Stephanie,
    I know what you mean about the TBR list being so large! I have a feeling I'll want to continue with the story soon though.

    I'm pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Do you have any recommendations for other good vampire stories?

    I've heard lots of mixed reviews about the other 2 books but I think I'll have to read on to see what happens to everyone. :)

    Thanks! It was a lot of fun! :)

    Happy Reader,
    It might've been a case of good timing that bumped up my enjoyment, but it really did grab me! I wouldn't have thought so either beforehand.

  12. hmm this sounds interesting.. i enjoy reading vampire novels, i don't know why :D

    Have you read "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova? It's probably one the best vampire book Ive read so far and lots of historical facts :D

  13. I thought the same as you, that it sucked me in like the HP books did. I read all three books and enjoyed them very much :)

  14. ideru,
    I haven't read 'The Historian' but I'm reading 'Dracula' right now so I can see myself reading it at some point. The whole vampire genre is new to me. If you like vampire stories then I imagine you'd enjoy 'Twilight'. :)

    Yup, it was the same kind of feverish reading- one more chapter, one more chapter... :P

  15. I liked this one so much I bought it (after I read the library copy). The second one was so-so. I am on the waiting list at the library for the third. I've heard mixed reviews on that one, but I will still read it. This one was fun!

  16. I do read vampire fiction and enjoy it, and my reluctance to try this one is solely because it's a YA book. I find more misses with YA books than I do hits, Harry Potter being one of the hits. Still, I finally caved and have a copy of this one on my shelf to try once I get over the last bit of my reluctance. :-) I am glad you enjoyed it so much!

  17. Tanabata - I've heard such great things about this book, but I've been kind of putting it off for the same reason you did--vampires! :) One day I'll have to give this one a chance. Thanks for coming by earlier!

  18. my daughters and i have read all three of these this year - and absolutely loved them! i'm glad you liked Twilight too!

  19. I'm new to the vampire genre as well, but it feels like it's such a definite presence in the challenge it's impossible to ignore! I now own the first two Gleason books, Marked, The Historian, and a short story collection I won in a giveaway. I'm going to have to start hanging garlic over my windows!

    I'm afraid to start reading this series, because it seems like everyone loves the first one, but then half of the people are very disappointed by the other two.

  20. Danielle,
    Yes the reviews are very mixed on the 3rd one but I think I need to read them all and decide for myself. 'Twilight' was very fun indeed!

    I hope you end up enjoying it when you finally get to it. Since I'm new to vampire fiction I have nothing to compare it to but I can see myself reading more in the future. Any suggestions?

    Exactly! Vampires? Who would've thought! :P
    No problem, thanks for the return visit!

    Good to hear someone else who loved them all since there are mixed reactions to the other 2 books. I'm looking forward to them regardless though.

    I've resisted the vampire genre for a while but I've also just ordered the first 2 books by Colleen Gleason, and I'm reading Dracula which I can see leading to The Historian! We'll have to blame Carl! LOL about the garlic!
    As for the 2nd and 3rd books being disappointing, perhaps we'll be in the half that loves them. :P

  21. Yay, happy you liked this! It's one of my favourites! I have to admit that I positively adore Alice, but you don't really see much of her until the second book.

  22. Court,
    I like Alice too, at least what we see of her in this first book. Good to know there's more of her to come.

  23. I couldn't imagine reading a vampire book when my daughter raved about "Twilight." Now, I've just finished "Dracula" for R.I.P., really liked it; and I'm in the middle of "the Historian" and can hardly put it down. So I'm sure I will read "Twilight" eventually. Thanks for your review.

  24. Framed,
    I'm quite enjoying what I've read of 'Dracula' so far. I'm pretty sure now that I'll end up reading 'The Historian' at some point. Good to hear that it's unputdownable!

  25. I'm not usually a big fan of vampire books, but I thought this one was good.

    I only read it because my little sister loved it, but... now I wish I'd done so sooner. Here's my post on the book.


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