Off the Shelf 0607-23
By Stephanie Meyer
I’ll admit I would not have been drawn to this book on my own…but it WAS the single most checked out book in the library this year and it WAS the Florida Teen Read 2006 Winner and on top of that I get recommendations from 9th grade students such as,
“I liked the combination of suspense and romance.” Janeth A.
“It was scary and full of action, but also sweet.” Gloria P.
“This was my favorite book this year – it really kept me interested.” Andres G.
“Absolutely the best book!” Cara L.
The plot centers around 17-year old Bella and her boyfriend, Edward, who, by the way, is a century-old vampire in the guise of a 17-year old boy. They struggle to keep from being destroyed by other vampires, as well as, from allowing others to discover his secret. Despite the constant balancing act between the reality and fantasy, the author manages to capture your imagination and your heart and takes you for an enjoyable ride full of apprehension and love.
What is most fascinating is the author’s explanation of how vampires evolved, how some vampires have special powers, and how the description of the pale and cold skin becomes attractive to humans.
The suspense of the novel is easily captured in the very last line of the book, “ And he leaned down to press his cold lips once more to my throat.” So does Bella survive as a human? Does she die? Or is she, herself, transformed into a vampire? Meyer has authored New Moon to entice her readership for more! My recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist
My recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 stars