This is one of the hardest books to review, not because I hated it, but because it is popular and so many people have already read it and formed their opinions on it. But here goes…..
So I decided it was time to venture into the world of one of the most talked about books in the modern era. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Here was a story of a girl and boy who met and fell in love and all the complications that go along with it. When stripped down the bare bones of the book that is what it is. It is not Shakespeare, Austen or indeed Bronte, but it has never pretended to be, it is a YA/Vampire novel and that is the truth of it. I have seen so many people say the writing is not up to scratch but that has been grossly over exaggerated. Sure the editing could have been a bit tighter, but all in all, it is a well written story.
The book is well written, the story line flows well. One thing that surprised me as I was reading the book, when I pictured the characters in my mind, I did not see the actors from the movie. The way they are written, they conjured up completely different images in my mind. The one character that I really did not think a great deal of was Jacob, because I had seen the movie before reading the book, I was under the impression that he actually believed in the vampire legends, but in the book he to me was a clueless teenager who needed to learn more about his history. He seems to just go along with what he is told and believes very little. There was enough suspense to keep me wanting to read the story even though I knew the ending. Another thing I think would have been beneficial to include would be an explanation as to why their skin glitters in the sun, there was no real explanation as to why the vampire skin does this. I am not sure if that is explained in further books, I just feel it would have added more depth to Edward and the other vampire characters.
My advice to anyone who has not yet read the book, take the critic’s opinion of the book with a grain of salt, read it for yourself and make up your own mind. I enjoyed it, but I took it for what it is. I will be reading the rest of the series.