I noticed that Young Adult is the genre of the moment. Or can I say of the decade? Ever since Harry Potter became a huge hit, followed by The Chronicles of Narnia and Twilight, YA made it to the consciousness of everyone.
I read so many updates regarding books being bought by big movie studios. If I Stay by Gayle Forman was one of those books. I read that Summit Entertainment, the one behind the Twilight Saga movie franchise, bought the rights to adapt it into a movie and it will star Dakota Fanning. Good one!
And so many others that I forgot to write about (as usual!).
The last and final book in the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer was partly annoying to me. Let me enumerate the ones that truly bothered me:
1. The idea of Bella’s pregnancy. It’s gross to be sucking on human blood like it’s juice!
2. That plea of Edward on Jacob to breed with Bella if need be just make her give up the baby that’s slowly killing her. That was not a great idea at all and was totally inappropriate.
3. Bella’s sick happiness on seeing Jacob. She was a married woman!
4. The baby’s name: Reneesme. I mean come on! There are so many names to choose from and I could understand it’s taken from the two characters’ names but it just sucked!
5. Edward calling Jacob “my son”. Eewww!
The rest of the story’s okay. I liked the parts where the Cullens and their vampire friends were training to fight. I liked that part when Bella realized that she had great blocking powers. I liked the fight part.
The book wasn’t all great but it’s a really good ending to the Twilight Saga. It could be interpreted as an open ended book because the Volturri‘s issue with the Cullens may be resolved but they could find another issue to pick on and that would mean another book for Meyer! But all in all, I do like the ending and how finally Bella was able to resolve her ‘inexplicable’ love for Jacob. And she became friends with Rosalie, finally!
I am giving Breaking Dawn 3 out of 5 stars
I will combine my book reviews on the 2nd and 3rd books in the Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
I have mixed feelings on both books. On the one hand, I still have this overwhelming love for the character of Edward Cullen. Because I already read the last and final book in the saga, I can now understand why Jacob Black was that annoying. I can now understand why Bella Swan felt the need to be an ass and be torn between two men, or a vampire and a werewolf. When I first read New Moon, I had to put the book down for days before I could continue reading it again. It was just the need to finish the book and move on to Eclipse that made me read the whole damn book. Admittedly, I am Team Edward. I hated that parts where Edward was just a dim memory of Bella. With the storytelling, it’s the same as Twilight. Good, nothing spectacular. I am just one of those persons who don’t like a fickle-minded woman probably.
So I was able to finish New Moon and was happy with the ending. Bella and Edward were back in each others’ arms. I liked that ending a lot. I liked how Alice Cullen played a big role in the book again.
Moving on to Eclipse, I thought it would be a whole lot better but the idea of being torn between the one you declared to be your life (Edward) versus your bestfriend (Jacob) was, again, something I totally hated. I didn’t like that Bella played the hearts of those men. There was an explanation in the final book but since I didn’t know it yet, I could never appreciate the tug in Bella’s heart where Jacob was concerned. I liked the idea of the mortal enemies setting aside their differences to fight for a common goal. The newborn vampires of Victoria versus the werewolves and the good vampires. The scene where Bella realized that she’s also in love with Jacob, the one in the clearing while they were waiting for the fight to commence… that really bothered me. How could a woman be in love with another when she couldn’t live without another? Bella was madly in love with Edward and couldn’t live without him but she’s also in love with Jacob? Come on, girl! Pick one!
I like Seth Clearwater‘s character. I liked how he bonded with the vampires and became a central character in the last book. But I am getting ahead of myself….
So my final judgment: 50-50 like-hate both books.
I am giving New Moon 2 out of 5 stars
while Eclipse 3 out of 5 stars
Before all the brouhaha on the movies happened, I was already one of those huge fans of the Twilight Saga. I’ve read the books way before the movies started so I would like to think of myself as a die hard fan. I wasn’t a converted fan which was the case of so many people who happened to get to know the franchise because of the movie adaptation.
I must admit, though, that however much I hated the movies now, I was extremely excited when I heard that Twilight, the first book in the saga, was heading to the big screen. I wasn’t much excited over Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan but I was one of those who swooned upon seeing the actor playing Edward Cullen. Who wouldn’t be in love with Robert Pattinson, right? Perfect Edward for us die hard fans!
And then the movie was shown. Did you know that my friends and I even had tickets to a special cinema (read: expensive) extremely excited as we were? All the while we were watching the movie we were laughing our heads off! It was a big JOKE! We were horrified that Stephenie Meyer allowed such a thing to happen! Imagine our beloved book, the special and memorable scenes in it, twisted and turned into a totally different movie! Have you noticed the use of too much emphasis/exclamation points? Haha!
Case in point, Rosalie Hale‘s role. Continue reading
I am hooked on The Passage by Justin Cronin! Such a heavy read but one that will make you want to turn the page and continue reading even if you need to sleep already. It’s that good!
No, please stop the comparison with Twilight. It’s not even remotely close to it. It’s entirely different and actually a post-apocalyptic story more than anything else. Sure, it involves beings which are vampire-like. But the focus is on the survivors and the little girl who is neither a vampire nor a human being. Her name is Amy.
Go read this book. I am still in the beginning of Book III. I think I will finish it by next week.
I am currently reading Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins. I thought this is the same author who wrote the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. But it’s not. I got curious with the book because it says that the wimpy vampire, Nigel Mullet, is everything that Edward Cullen (of the Twilight Saga) is not. Nigel is forever stuck in the awkward age of 15. He’s close to being 100 years old and still hasn’t gotten himself a girlfriend.
After reading half of Willow, I needed a funny book to get off the heavy feeling in my chest. When I read the book teaser, I immediately went to Fully Booked and bought myself a copy.
I’ll let you know how the book goes. I’m half-way through already.