Thursday, 22 August 2013

Book Review: The Host (#1) by Stephenie Meyer

I would never normally read a book like this but some startlingly good reviews combined with seeing it in a charity shop for £2.49 made me pick it up and give it a shot!

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"Before you go any further with this book, whether reading it or reading it's reviews, I think it's worth noting that you should not judge it on the merits of Stephenie Meyer. Yes, all you 'twihards' out there may think that that is the perfect reason to read it but personally this book offers something completely different to the table. Many people have said that the characters are flat and the writing isn't great or even skilled and to an extent I agree with that completely but the idea of the book and the unusual character of Wanderer makes for interesting reading. By the end of chapter two, I was really keen on this book yet 300 pages in I was dying for it to end, another 100 pages later and I was so in love with the story that I was skim-reading just to get to the next juicy detail.

I don't think it's an 'adult' book at all, I'd definitely say it still comes under the YA category regardless of Meyer's insistence that it's for a different audience because it doesn't offer anything that I think any other YA book shies away from so as not to fit in general fiction.

Her writing style does get tiresome, why she insists on putting everything in black and white so much when it can be implied more subtly is beyond me and it seems that it's this that makes the book falter in the middle when the plot stops carrying the story and it seems to become more about the characters which aren't entirely strong in the first place.

I enjoyed this book but it's not something I'd bother reading twice and nor would I recommend it because it'd embarrass me a little if someone was under the impression that I thought it was a wonderful piece of writing. It is a good read though if you fancy something interesting that's easy-going and after this I've changed my opinion on Meyer and really do hope she improves her writing style so I can really celebrate her next release!

One thing in particular I thought was a really nice touch to the whole thing was a playlist at the back noting what songs she associated to different characters and themes. It's easy to see why people fall into the trap of reviewing the writer and not the book in this instance but I hope that means we'll get better books in the future from Meyer and not at all that this book was a flop! In fact, I believe it would have had a better reception if she wasn't known and disliked by many for the Twilight saga."

(Read: August 9th - 18th, 2013)

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