It held me breathless with anticipation as few books do. It is a story about a 17 year old girl Isabella who has just moved to the small town of
Excerpts from pg 18 & 19
“They were sitting in the corner of the cafeteria, as far away from where I sat as possible in the long room. There were five of them. They weren’t talking, and they weren’t eating… They didn’t look anything alike… and yet, they were all exactly alike…”
“I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful. They were faces you never expected to see except perhaps on a airbrushed pages of a fashion magazine. Or painted by an old master as the face of an angel. It was hard to decide who was the most beautiful – maybe the perfect blond girl, or the bronze haired boy.”
However, she doesn’t understand Edward’s first reaction to her. He seems to hate her and can’t stand being next to her. He is different, something not quite human about him. They become friends and she learns his true nature. He is a vampire living with his “siblings” and the town doctor. They fall in love despite the problems it could cause.
Excerpt from page 259
“I reached the edge of the pool of light and stepped through the last fringe of ferns into the loveliest place I had ever seen. The meadow was a small, perfectly round, and filled with wildflowers – violet, yellow, and soft white. Somewhere nearby, I could hear the bubbling music of a stream. The sun was directly overhead, filling the circle with a haze of buttery sunshine. I walked slowly, awestruck, through the soft grass, swaying flowers and warm, gilded air. I halfway turned, wanting to share this with him, but he wasn’t behind me where I thought he’d be. I spun around, searching for him with sudden alarm. Finally I spotted him, still under the dense shade of the canopy at the edge of the hollow, watching me with cautious eyes. Only then did I remember what the beauty of the meadow had driven from my mind – the enigma of Edward and the sun, which he’d promised to illustrate for me today.
I took a step back toward him, my eyes alight with curiosity. His eyes were wary, reluctant. I smiled encouragingly and beckoned to him with my hand, taking another step back to him. He held up a hand in warning, and I hesitated, rocking back onto my heels.
Edward seemed to take a deep breath, and then he…………………..”
Bella is accepted by his family, who are thrilled to see he has found someone. She is curious what it would take to become a vampire, but Edward won’t tell her.
Suddenly Bella’s life is put in danger when an outside clan of vampires traveling through the area discovers her with Edward and his family and decides to hunt her. The danger and excitement mount as Edward races to save her life.
The book is actually part of a trilogy written by Stephenie Meyer for young adults, but adult of all ages will enjoy reading this exciting, enchanting, thrilling story. I can’t wait to read the sequels “New Moon” and “Eclipse.”