With 160 million copies of the Twilight Saga sold worldwide, this addictive love story between a teenage girl and a vampire redefined romance for a generation. Here's the book that started it all.
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, Twilightcaptures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
"People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."-Time
"A literary phenomenon."-The New York Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these star-crossed lovers. The first book in Stephenie Meyer’s massively popular fantasy series introduces teenage Bella, who moves to live with her dad in a gloomy Pacific Northwest town, where she promptly meets Edward, a brooding and chivalrous dreamboat who is actually a vampire. It’s no wonder this fictional couple went on to become a generation-spanning, pop-culture phenomenon: Meyer conjures up the intensity and yearning of adolescent passion within an utterly consuming dreamscape. Twilight makes a strong argument that you don’t need a heartbeat to fall in love.
Fans of Meyer's debut novel, Twilight, may be disappointed in this second book in a planned trilogy. It begins with a bang, on Bella's 18th birthday, when Edward Cullen sweeps her off to his unorthodox family home (in the first book readers learn that the Cullens are vampires who hunt animals rather than humans) for a birthday celebration. But when Bella unwraps a gift and gets a paper cut, her drops of blood set off a chaos that culminates in the Cullens leaving town. Edward exits on page 73, and does not reappear for nearly 400 pages, except for his voice in Bella's head when she embarks on dangerous adventures, such as motorcycle riding and cliff diving. Instead, this book focuses on Jake, her friend from La Push, who has some unusual traits of his own. A Quileute legend that he confides in Bella in the first book comes to the fore here (and ties in with the title), and Bella is tracked down by the "bad" vampires from the first book, who seek revenge for Edward's murder of their friend James. Long stretches in the book may make readers feel as if they're treading water, but the pace quickens when Alice Cullen sees a vision of Bella cliff diving and mistakes it for suicide. Edward then heads to the all-powerful Volturi vampires in Italy, seeking his own death. Will Bella get to Italy in time to save Edward? Will she remain human? Meyer answers the first question but leaves the second for the third novel. Ages 12-up.
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I have re read the series more than 3 times and find it amazing! Twilight is slow at the first, but becomes better about halfway through. I'm 15 and still admit to reading it. I have read a lot of books from many series, and the Twilight saga is one of the best. It is my second favorite vamp series next to Cirque du Freak. I highly recommend it.
What IS a good teen romance novel?
Not this. It's time to be candid here and tell everyone who classifies this as "one of the best romances ever written" that there are more mistakes in this book when it comes to grammar and repetition than there are on the average 3rd grade paper. Not only does this book fail to give you ANY emotional attatchment to Bella, who comes off as a mopey teenager who hates every single aspect of life, but it also fails to develop WHY Edward fell in love with this trainwreck of a girl in the first place. Clearly Edward must be mentally disturbed, because no man would stand in someone's room while they're asleep and listen to them talk. Bella also must be on the same boat as Edward, because anyone who is FLATTERED by this obviously doesn't know how a man should treat a woman. And for any of YOU who think that this "really shows how much he loves her" has a really warped and twisted idea of what love truly is. What aspect of Edward does Bella actually like? Other than he's very attractive (which she proceeds to tell us on every other page), and that he gives some level of danger in her life which I'm sure thrills her. I'm not really sure I truly know the dynamic of their relationship, because Stephanie Meyer decides to spend pages rambling on about the way Bella positions her hands or the color of someone's hair instead of just getting to the point. Obviously pointing out some descriptive details is a major aspect of what writers call "imagery" but taking a time out from an important event and spend 5+ pages on a pointless story that is completely irrelevant just makes you want to skip it and continue reading what ACTUALLY MATTERS. Meyer really needs to learn what a "good book" is, and go write one, because so far, she has absolutely none published. Building up 200+ pages of a story, forming a plot (or trying to, and failing epically), and then having the whole thing end in a matter of 10 pages is very disappointing. I was expecting an epic ending or something that would leave me on my toes, but it didn't. I read the whole series anyway, in spite of my head telling me I was an idiot, and I wish I could take back that part of my life which as I so lovingly put it,has gone right down the crapshoot. So please, think very carefully before reading this, because the book is basically uneventful, stupid, boring, bland, and lacking depth and even logic.
My favorite book I have ever read...read it cover to cover over 5 times!!