Retro Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Posted May 31, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 8 Comments

Retro Review: Twilight by Stephenie MeyerReviewer: Tracy
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #1
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: July 18th 2007
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 544
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Series Rating: three-stars

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.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

Holly: Ah, the Twilight craze. This book is responsible for a lot of young adults becoming steady readers – and a lot of adult women losing their mind over fake characters. Good times. 

This review was originally published April 20, 2008

So yesterday I took my oldest daughter to a birthday party and dropped her off. It was either sit and watch her go down huge inflatable slides (um, no thanks) or mosey around the nearest store since I had forgotten to bring a book (I know, what was I thinking?). So I drove to Target and immediately went to the book section. The very first book I see is Twilight. My friend Christine raves about this book but I had never read YA before so I hadn’t really given much thought to reading this one. I grabbed it off of the shelf but still looked around. Nothing else seemed to grab me so I bought Twilight, sat down in the food court and started reading.

ok – how stupid am I? Don’t answer that! When I put off reading books that people tell me that are great and then I finally read them that’s the first question I have to ask myself. I should know by now that my “book” friends just don’t steer me in the wrong direction! Example: books I’ve put off reading then kicked my self afterward: Dark Lover by JR Ward and the rest of the BDB series, the Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy – you see the pattern.

That being said – I LOVED Twilight. I thought that it was a charming, sweet love story that had adventure & humor. Can you ask for more? Bella’s thoughts (and of course her dry humor and sarcasm) as she moves to a new town and starts a new school were so familiar to me since my family moved a lot up until I was about 20. Because of that I was immediatly drawn into the story and then just couldn’t put the book down.

I don’t think I’ll be putting off reading these highly recommended books any longer. And I certainly won’t not read a book just because it’s labeled YA.

Rating: A+/ 5


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8 responses to “Retro Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  1. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this book. It is still my favorite in Meyers’ Twilight saga. The sexual/romantic tension combined with the danger factor was so deliciously addictive.

    Another YA recommendation: WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr. I just finished it and its fantastic. Where TWILIGHT is an A+ among YA paranormal romance, WICKED LOVELY is an A among YA urban fantasy with romance.

    Will you read NEW MOON and ECLIPSE? 🙂

  2. I’ve already finished New Moon – Heartbreakingly wonderful! I’m starting Eclipse today…it will take me a lot longer to finish since I’m working all week. waaaah! lol

  3. I want Breaking Dawn so badly it is killing me!! And I am the type who likes to go straight to the end of the book, but with this one I am going to hold back the urge.

  4. Straight to the end of the book? That’s horrible! lol You’ll have to hold yourself back…you can do it, I have faith in you!

  5. The beginning of NEW MOON was heartwrenching. When Bella was so depressed and trying so hard to make the best of her life without Edward… my heart was heavy. Nice tension throughout the entire book. The best part of NEW MOON was Jacob and of course the trip to Italy! Go, Alice!!!! 🙂

    So Tracy, are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

  6. Okay I loved Book 1 liked book 2 and hated book 3 (I say hate what I really mean is didn’t like can’t get through because of stuff) but I am still going to read Book 4 because I must know how it ends. Which means I need to finish book 3 right?
    Anywho I am all for Team Jacob (That was really an FYI) I hope she does something for him.

  7. Book 2 WAS incredibly heartwrenching. I loved the trip to Italy and I absolutely LOVE Alice – she’s just fabulous!

    Book 3 wasn’t my favorite of the 3. I’d say my favs are in publishing order but I liked them all.

    I am most definitely a Team Edwards girl. I just love him and Bella together. As much as I like Jacob I think he’ll still (is it?) imprint with a different girl and then where would Bella be?

    Can’t wait for Breaking Dawn!!!

    Who’s gonna read The Host when it comes out?

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