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Twilight
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16+
Release Date
May 31, 2005
ISBN
0066212715
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In Twilight, award-winning novelist and poet Katherine Mosby weaves the unforgettable story of a woman's sexual and political awakening, in Paris, on the verge of World War II. Mosby, whose prose Time called "rich and accomplished," evokes in Twilight a complex moment in history seen through the prism of a poignant love story. By breaking off her engagement to an emotionally remote fiance, Lavinia Gibbs avoids a stifling marriage -- but outrages her socially prominent family, who fear she has consigned herself to spinsterhood. Instead she sails for Europe to begin the process of rebuilding her life. Ever practical, Lavinia makes a new home in Paris, where she determines she needs more than beautiful architecture and entre e with the expats to make a full life. Lavinia wisely adds into the mix a pug and employment, but it is not until she meets the charming, enigmatic, and long-married Gaston Lesseur that she begins an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and sacrifice that will change her irrevocably.

With luminous prose, Mosby examines the emotional landscape of adultery while creating a powerful yet poignant depiction of a woman's unlikely blossoming. Unlike Flaubert's Madame Bovary, for whom adultery provided escape from an unfulfilling marriage, Lavinia Gibbs longs for the domestic and the luxury of the quotidian in an increasingly precarious world. Mosby creates in Twilight a story that will resonate with readers long after they have finished this book.

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
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Reader reviewed by Kyla

I love Twilight (The whole series but mostly Twilight!) because I just have a THING for vampires: They are hot, strong, fast, and some have cool talents. I llike any books that are about `mythical' creatures because I KNOW they are all out there somewhere, they are just hiding good. Vampires paired with a a girl that is clumsy and throw romance and mystery and action into it, that makes a good book. I like the first book in this series the most because it is all new and you don't know what this interesting hot guy IS. And then when the romance starts, it is all new and they haven't been together long so it is interesting to see the way it plays out. There are a lot of Twilight Haters out there but I think that most of them didn't even give the series a chance because of the popularity of it. Haters or not, I love this book and would reccemend it to ANYONE, even Twilight Haters.
~Kyla  : )
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A look back
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Reader reviewed by Holly Hemphill

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer was a great book. After the novel first came out, I found in buried beneath other books at a local book fair. I picked it up and was enthralled after reading the back. I couldn't buy the book, but I came by everyday and sat there in the library, reading it. Every free second I had was devoted to getting to the next page. It's a teenage romance that appeals to everyone, it's almost a modern day Romeo and Juliet. It has an amazing fast and fluid story line, quick to whisk you away onto an upcoming chapter. After the first book, I did everything I could to get my hands on the sequel. I like Stephanie Meyers style as an author and believe she is a great role model for up and coming writers.
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Not My Favorite
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Reader reviewed by Kim

Twilight may have started the vampire phenomenon, but it is not my favorite series at all. The only thoughts that Bella seems to have are about Edward and becoming a vampire. There is not much depth to her character, and I dont see how Jacob or Edward could have fallen for her. Also, it pushes the boundries of vampirism a bit too far in the way that vampires sparkle. Another problem I have with this series, are the many similarities that it shares with the Sookie Stackhouse novels. There are too many for it to be purely coincidental. If you are looking for a teen vampire novel with substance, I suggest the Blue Bloods series, or the Vampire Academy series.
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Vampire Love Story
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Reader reviewed by kileyrue

i was surprised at how much i enjoyed this book.  everyone was telling me read this, you'll love it.  it starts out kinda ho-hum, and lets face it, Bella's got some problems to work out, but who doesn't?  And who wouldn't want someone like Edward to help you along the way?  This book puts a bit of a new spin on vampire lore and i love the hints at werewolves and Jacob at the end.  I'm definitely ready for book two in the series.
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Just a Bite into the Apple.
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Reader reviewed by Kammi

Twilight, the famous jaw dropping, love story every teenager and parent is fretting about all over the world! The famous Vampire Hottie, Edward Cullen. And human that's lucky enough to be near him, Bella (Isabella) Swan. Hmm, I'm sure you've all read it and are probably going 'Why is she bothering? EVERYONE KNOWS ITS AMAZING!' well, I'm bothering because I do love the book. (: Twilight is definitely a suspense filled book, along with the movie. How ever the book was WAY better than the movie. Stephanie Meyer should have just directed the movie, huh? I loved everything about Twilight, the format, the characters, everything. Edward is definitely potrayed as perfect, but he's definitely not young grass hoppers. Nobody; Not even a vampire(; Is perfect. Edward is the 'protecter' of Bella, he's in love with her. Hmm, I always wondered how a VAMPIRE could fall in love with a HUMAN. or vise versa. Life, right? Haha. Great book though. (:
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its cool
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Reader reviewed by monna aka monica

geez people i thought this book was okay it wasnt the best because at times it was really boring but i love the auther 4 making the books thanks steph oh and u can be 12 and still understand this book as good as anyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11ps im 12 ha ha
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Beyond the believable
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Reader reviewed by Katie

Stephenie Meyer has certainly started a new trend with vampire romance, but Twilight and the other novels in the saga go beyond the vampires and the werewolves and into the unrequited, irrevocable love between two young people (well at least young in appearance). You have to admit, we all want an Edward Cullen in our lives, right ladies? The love between these two is a bond so strong that not even a silly detail, like, well, his ravenous thrist for her blood, can break. This, I must admit proudly, is my favorite series of books that I have read. I can only hope one day to fall in love with my own Edward, as I am sure most of the girls these days hope for. But through all the negative feed back you may hear, I think these books were beautifully written and I give infinite kudos to Stephenie for a brilliantly well job done. If you have't read the Twilight series for whatever reason, I must insist you absolutely should.
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A Classic YA Love Story
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Reader reviewed by Max

Seventeen-year-old Bella Swan moves from Phoenix with her mom to cold, wet Forks, Washington with her father. There she finds herself drawn to handsome, mysterious Edward Cullen, who sometimes acts like he wants to be with her and sometimes acts like he wants nothing to do with her. She discovers that he's a vampire, and she decides she doesn't care. Edward and his family, who are also vampires, don't hunt humans. Edward takes Bella to meet his family, when a different clan of vampires comes, and one of them wants Bella's blood. James, the other vampire, hunts her, and the Edward's clan tries to keep her safe.




Twilight, although quite purple at times, is a really fun read. The characters are easy to connect to, and it's written in a style that allows teenagers to feel what Bella's feeling and really understand what she's going through. I especially enjoyed reading the Cullens, Edward's clan, who have striking personalities and seem like interesting people. I loved Twilight, and I recommend it, especially to teenage girls.



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better then the movie
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Reader reviewed by graveful

This book is by far the best in the series! You could easily just read this book and not read the rest in the twilight series.  Even if you are not interested in vampires or fantasy type stories if you like romance or female literature then this book wll interest you! The characters are engaging and likeable and it was hard to put down and you will be sad it ends.
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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
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Reader reviewed by Megan

Seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan's parents divorced when she was a toddler, and her annual visits to her father, the chief of police in rainy Forks, Washington, have always been more of a torture than a treat. So why does Bella volunteer to relocate to Forks permanently, leaving her mother and stepfather behind in sunny Arizona? The answer reveals much about Bella's personality; she tends to consider others' needs before her own, a trait that soon may bring her love but also endanger her very life.

Life in Forks is a revelation to Bella. Despite the rain and the overly green landscape, she soon discovers that she enjoys living with her easygoing, introverted father. At school, Bella --- who has never had a boyfriend before --- becomes many boys' object of attraction. But Bella, who's more embarrassed than flattered by this new attention, has eyes for only one boy. Edward Cullen, the aloof, dazzlingly handsome youngest son of the mysterious, reclusive Cullen family, alternates between interest in Bella and what appears to be fury at her.

As circumstances --- and her own attraction --- bring Edward and Bella together, Bella begins to ask questions about Edward and his astonishingly attractive, wealthy and accomplished family. Her growing suspicions are soon proved true --- the Cullens are actually vampires. These are not the kin of Count Dracula, though. The Cullens are a remarkably sophisticated coven of vampires, who have managed to control their desires to the extent that they prey on large animals (grizzly bears and mountain lions) rather than on humans. Carlisle, the patriarch of the "family," has even controlled his bloodlust to pursue a successful career as a surgeon.

Finally, Bella discovers the reasons for Edward's apparent rage --- torn between the desire to love her and the desire to devour her, he fears that his vampire nature might grow too strong for him to control. Soon, though, the two are inextricably bound up in a love affair from which neither of them might escape undamaged. Considering that one of the limitations of their relationship is that they are unable to have sex, TWILIGHT is a remarkably sensuous novel. Bella's descriptions of her desire and Edward's attempts to control his own appetites are charged with erotic energy.

Although TWILIGHT seems inspired by other vampire novels such as Robin McKinley's SUNSHINE, Stephenie Meyer certainly leaves her own imprint on the genre. Her vampires are mysterious and alluring, with powers that alternately confirm and contradict traditional vampire lore. Bella's romantic dilemmas, klutziness, and loving relationships with her parents give her character depth and keep the narrative from becoming too dark. Although the novel is long, its pacing is steady and compelling until the end, when the chase scene rockets out of control. Nevertheless, TWILIGHT is a gripping blend of romance and horror that will entice fans of both genres.
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