Initially I wanted to post a review for each book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, but as I finished Breaking Dawn over the weekend, I realized that it wasn’t going to be easy. Although the books don’t overlap with each other, its not hard to give away spoilers. My overall impression of the books are that they are not the replacement Harry Potter series as some other reviews would have you think. I’m still trying to figure out the appeal of the characters despite the weak storylines. Not a typical review, I’ll just write up a paragraph on each title.
The novel begins with Bella Swan’s move from Phoenix to Forks, Washington, one of the rainiest cities in the US. Bella first meets Edward as her biology lab partner when he takes an unusually offense to her being placed next to him. Over the next few weeks, their relationship develops and its not long before Bella puts the pieces of Edward’s unusual characteristics together. His speed, his good looks, and his strength all point to Edward being a vampire. As their romance develops, a nomad coven soon enters Forks, putting Bella’s human life in serious danger.
Twilight is really the strongest book in the series. The reader feels Bella’s attraction to Edward, and every girl I’ve talked to who has read this book has fallen in love with Edward as well. Bella is clumsy and is very typical high school teenage girl, but maybe a little bit more mature. Twilight is a story that is definitely age appropriate for high school. The characters are strong, they can easily fit in high school archetypes of “jock” “cheerleader” “nerd” etc. I read this book from 10pm until 4:30am, so I have to say that reading that late at night with a cankerous raccoon scurrying around in my backyard helped add to the mood and tone of the book. I’m not sure I would feel as strongly for the book if I read it in broad daylight.
FINAL GRADE: A
The reviews for New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are below the link.