New York, NY: Little, Brown & Co., 2005. Print.
Annotation: A teen love story with a bite! A story of resisting forbidden love but not between your ordinary young players. When Isabella Swan moves to Forks, WA her falling in love will be a matter of life and death once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward, just the local town vampire.
Booktalk: Isabella Swan, or Bella, a seventeen year old girl moves from her warm, sunny home in Phoenix, Arizona, to the small, dank, rainy city of Forks, Washington, to live with her dad. While worrying about her new life in Forks, she meets the mysterious and magnificently beautiful Edward Cullen. Edward seems perfect, or so she thinks. Edward has a secret, he is a vampire and not the only one in small town Forks. Bella finds herself drawn to Edward, but his behavior towards Bella is hostile one moment and protective in another. As Bella gets closer and closer to Edward he warns her to stay away from him. This seems to be more and more impossible as Edward and Bella find themselves continually attracted to one another. Their passion is unquenchable and they risk falling in love. But this relationship could have fatal consequences.
“Don’t be afraid,” he murmured, his velvet voice unintentionally seductive. “I promise…” He hesitated. “I swear not to hurt you.” He seemed more concerned with convincing himself than me. “Don’t be afraid,” he whispered again as he stepped closer, with exaggerated slowness. (p. 264)
Can their obsession for one another overcome the extreme danger that this relationship will bring? Bella will learn there are more vampires and with “different” tastes. Her world is suddenly thrown between fantasy and reality. Bella will be fighting for her life but from which vampire?
Honors & Awards:
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2005
- YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
- YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006
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YA voices Shanyna, age 16
The world that is created in these books seems so much cooler than our world at times. Its a nice escape and it gives my mind something to think about and try to figure out what is going to happen next.