Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

In this Gothic love-story, 17 year olds Bella and Edward suffer a torrential attraction to one another. Not that unusual, except for one problem. Edward is a vampire. Though he’s a nice one (he feeds on mountain lions) he’s not so sure he can resist Bella’s “bouquet”. As they fall deeper “in love” he becomes confident in his strength to withstand the temptation to indulge in her blood. However Bella’s pheromones happen to attract another vampire, one who is not as nice as Edward.

Twilight is a tempestuous read, vivid with descriptions of intoxicating love. A good part of the book is Edward and Bella trying to suppress their desire for one another, however they eventually give in to embrace and kiss a few times. One would have to be a true romantic at heart to appreciate how intensely these characters pine for one another. Dracula and Juliet? How can this relationship ever work? Edward is mature, beautiful, graceful, and protective, but he is still a vampire. Bella is young, clumsy, and insanely reckless, and rather than resist temptation, she has this “I shouldn’t be doing this but I can’t help myself” reasoning. Not a very wise girl. Edward was the better role model. Besides the love story, there is some thrilling action that culminates with a violent encounter with the not so nice vampire. Well written, but even with vampires aside, a dicey read. Sequels include: New Moon (Twilight, Book 2) Eclipse (Twilight, Book 3)

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