Part 1 of the 4 series of the Twilight saga.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Circa – 2005

Synopsis: High school junior Bella Swan has recently relocated from living with her eccentric mother in sunny Phoenix to the overcast city of Forks, Washington with her Chief of Police father. In her attempts to make friends she is attracted to the ever so mysterious Edward Cullen. In his attempts to distance himself he conveniently drawn closer to her through a series of life endangering events that Bella continues to fall victim to. Bella is quickly swept off of her feet by Edward despite his looming mysterious disappearances from school & him appearing in her room night after night. Bella is drawn to him, his pale skin, his color changing eyes, his ability to read minds – well, everyone but her’s… his mysterious vampire “family”. Bella is quickly excepted into the Cullen family {”adopted” vampire children saved by Dr. & Mrs Cullen}, despite her mortality. Edward declares that although he is immortal & she is not, he does not want to live in a world where she does not exist within his life. However, her mortality catches up with her when she is tracked by a vampire who does not live by the “bite no humans” treaty. Bella becomes his one desire, which creates the ultimate challenge for the Cullen family – protect the human.

Honestly, I was never drawn into this book until I was invited by my friends to see the movie, “New Moon”{the second book in the saga}, I had seen the first and enjoyed it – however I was told that it wouldn’t be able to be “completely enjoyed” without reading these books. So, without a second thought I ran off to the Library and picked up the first copy that I could track down. I was quickly drawn into these books and ended up reading ALL FOUR within a 7.2 day time-spread. What can I say, I am addicted to reading – once I get into a book, I can’t put it down.

Meyer’s creates a wonderful storyline & has excellent character development, one that is rivaled by J.R. Tolkien & Dan Brown. Her books draw the reader in – mesmerized, gripped, determined to guess what they will see on the next page. She leaves the reader begging for more & advancing page-by-page unable to put the book down for longer than a few hours. She creates a suspenseful novel with a delightful blend of romance & horror. Playing off of her love for Romeo & Juliet – Meyer’s creates a tale of two starstruck lovers who are a dangerous pair with her morality & his vampire thirst for her blood. The writing is an appropriate balance of love with the traditional morality of homegrown family values – abstinence. This is an amazing feat on her part, as not many authors are able to pull off a value ridden love story and still have it reach the top of the best sellers list internationally. I stayed up into the early hours of the morning indulging in this novel {I highly doubt that I am the first to do this… haha}. I highly recommend this read.