Stephenie Meyer is a 30-year-old mother of three children based in Arizona. TWILIGHT was her first novel.
Fans of Meyer's debut novel, Twilight, may be disappointed in this second book in a planned trilogy. It begins with a bang, on Bella's 18th birthday, when Edward Cullen sweeps her off to his unorthodox family home (in the first book readers learn that the Cullens are vampires who hunt animals rather than humans) for a birthday celebration. But when Bella unwraps a gift and gets a paper cut, her drops of blood set off a chaos that culminates in the Cullens leaving town. Edward exits on page 73, and does not reappear for nearly 400 pages, except for his voice in Bella's head when she embarks on dangerous adventures, such as motorcycle riding and cliff diving. Instead, this book focuses on Jake, her friend from La Push, who has some unusual traits of his own. A Quileute legend that he confides in Bella in the first book comes to the fore here (and ties in with the title), and Bella is tracked down by the "bad" vampires from the first book, who seek revenge for Edward's murder of their friend James. Long stretches in the book may make readers feel as if they're treading water, but the pace quickens when Alice Cullen sees a vision of Bella cliff diving and mistakes it for suicide. Edward then heads to the all-powerful Volturi vampires in Italy, seeking his own death. Will Bella get to Italy in time to save Edward? Will she remain human? Meyer answers the first question but leaves the second for the third novel. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"The sexiest vampire tale for years arrived in Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT, about teenage Bella's chaste romance with a beautiful vampire boy. Their intensely erotic feelings are endangered by more predatory types. Guaranteed to suck in sulky 13+ girls for hours." THE TIMES. "Will keep readers madly flipping the pages of Meyer's tantalizing debut." Publishers Weekly
Gr 9 Up-The sequel (Megan Tingley Books, 2006) to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) gets off to a quick start when 17-year-old Bella's good vampire boyfriend, Edward, leaves her behind in order to keep her safe from bad vampires. Depressed, Bella drops out of her social life, can't concentrate at school, and is threatened to be sent away from home by her father unless she pulls herself together. When Bella discovers that she can summon the memory of Edward, cautioning her, whenever she undertakes a physically dangerous activity, she formulates a plan to continually place herself at risk-learning to ride a motorcycle, walking in woods where a mammoth bear has been sighted, and so on. She comes to respect and care deeply for Jacob Black, an old childhood friend who is willing and able to help her with these projects. And then Jake, a few years younger than Bella, grows into his manhood-which, in his case, is his werewolfhood. Ilyana Kadushin reads with flair and evocative voicing, slipping from Edward's suavity into Jake's adolescent scratchiness, from Bella's depressed weariness to her excitement and fear. Fans of Twilight won't be disappointed, and those new to the series can pick it up here and go back later to find out more about Edward's evil co-vampires. The end leaves a clear path for the next installment of Bella's complicated romantic life.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.