Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Ribbon, a Battle and a Vacation from Reality

Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
629 pages

With ice in my heart, I watched him prepare to defend me. His intense concentration betrayed no hint of doubt, though he was outnumbered. I knew that we could expect no help - at this moment, his family was fighting for their lives just as surely as he was for ours.

Eclipse has to be my favorite so far in The Twilight Saga. This novel dealt mostly with the battle within Bella herself, allowing the reader inside her decisions, actions, and thoughts. Meyer has a signature way of capturing her reader, and holding them hostage within the pages of the book for the time it takes them to read it, as well as after they turn the final page...

The way I judge the greatness of a book though, is by how long it takes to come back to reality.

My only complaint of this book is again the fact that its highly climatic scene did not come until almost the very end, therefore, the scene was over in just a few pages or so.

Stephenie Meyer has again created a book just as intriguing, just as suspenseful, and maybe even more addicting than the first two.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Stephenie Meyer is Causing Me Sleep Deprivation

New Moon
Stephenie Meyer
563 pages

I knew we were both in mortal danger.
Still, in that instant I felt well. Whole.
I could feel my heart racing in my chest,
the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again.
My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin.
It was like there had never been a hole in my chest.
I was perfect - not healed, but as if
there had never been a wound in the first place.

Not even an hour ago, I flipped the last page in the second book of The Twilight Saga. This book did take me longer to read than the first not just because it was approximately 100 more pages, but because I was missing Edward. Yes, he does leave in this book, and in that time, Bella is in a state of miserable depression.

Meyer writes so well, her analogies between a "new moon" and the characters' feelings in the book are in-depth as well as puzzling, in a good way of course. Her characters and their relationships are so carefully crafted, the romance so perfectly limited, and the action so thrilling, readers (like myself) will find themselves reading way past their bedtime.

One negative (in a sea of positives) about this book is that the climatic scene is so far towards the end of the book, and it flies by between two or three chapters. There is so much rising action, that the middle of the book became a bit lacking for me.

Aside from that, New Moon will surely leave readers gasping for Eclipse.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

498 Pages in 3 Days

Twilight
Stephanie Meyer
498 pages

I guess I am a bit behind the ball when it comes to reading the latest teen-novel sensation The Twilight Saga. It was the same thing with Harry Potter for me; not reading and falling in love with the entire series until three years ago.

I am not really a fantasy kind of person, (I was totally shocked to walk into Barnes and Noble and see an entire section dedicated to "Paranormal Teen Romance"), but I got kind of tired of friends asking me whether I was Team Jacob or Team Edward. I would usually answer, but only to myself of course with; "Is Team Weasley okay?" or "What about Team Peeta?"

So I gave in, and started the 498 page novel on Friday night; only putting it down at midnight and already on page 137. I finished it this morning (probably my fastest reading experience yet), and ran to the library as soon as it opened to check out New Moon, the second book in the series.

Overall, it totally surpassed my expectations (as I thought it would be a lot of dating drama, and cheesy vampire bites) but it was much more of than that. Here is a brief introduction:

Bella Swan has been living with her mother in Phoenix, AZ for most of her seventeen years. In the spring of her Junior year, she decides she is in need of a change and flies to Forks, WA to stay with her father. Upon her first day of school, she catches the eye of Edward Cullen; an incredibly pale boy with golden eyes and supernatural powers. Bella senses something different about him, and is determined to figure out what...

Meyer has crafted an irresistibly good novel; full of terror, pain, mystery and love that will surely have vampires creeping into your dreams at night.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Movie vs. The Book: My Sister's Keeper

With a friend who has also read the book, we watched the movie version of the book My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult on Friday.

The movie was released in 2009, and some of the cast list is as follows:

Anna Fitzgerald - Abigail Breslin
Sara Fitzgerald - Cameron Diaz
Kate Fitzgerald - Sofia Vassilieva
Taylor Ambrose - Thomas Dekker
Campbell Alexander - Alec Baldwin

If I had not read the book, I would have liked this movie. The basic plotline was the same, but several of the key characters from the book were left out such as Julia Romano. Also, Kate, Anna, and Jesse looked too young when compared to how I pictured them. Several of the events were rushed and disjointed and the ending of the movie was also completely different than the book.

On the positive side, this movie was full of emotion. Some parts were very sad, and made me want to cry. While others, sparked laughter.

Again, this movie was great by itself, but when compared with the book, it did not reach my expectations.

Click here to read my review of the book, My Sister's Keeper