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Synopsis

The phenomenal #1 bestseller is now a major motion picture: "Startling and addictive. . . . An epic story of love, family, and loyalty." -USA Today

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

THE HOST movie opens in theaters on March 29, 2013.

Book Reviews

The Host
Average rating
4.3 / 5
Amazing
September 27th, 2015
This book was amazing its easy to read and get lost in.I found myself reading for hours on end.Its a perfect version of a love trinangle between wanda,mal,jared,and ian.Stephenie meyer is one of my favourite authers,and after reading this i think she is my favourite.It was way better then the movie and i hope she makes a second book.
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Twists and Turns
May 27th, 2015
Enter a hidden world full of twists and turns. Interesting theme and characters. Secrets. Surprises. Relationships. Alliances. Enemies. Keeps you involved throughout. I felt sad to leave the characters when I finished this well written book.
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Capturing
February 28th, 2015
The book brings you in and you don't want to put it down. It leaves you always wanting more. It is very different then anything that I have read so far.
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1 review
Fine sci-fi
January 31st, 2015
Very good story of any possible future and testament to human nature even if you aren't human. Really sparks the imagination.
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1 review
Enjoyed the scenery, but glad I didn't stay.
January 15th, 2015
I liked the idea of this book and enjoyed the action And suspense. The characters were intriguing enough to keep me entertained but I was glad when it was over. I was NOT expecting this book to be in any way like Twilight and it wasn't. But I did expect a little more romance and love but perhaps I should not have. It was just okay.
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1 review
Wasn't sure what to expect...
September 24th, 2014
Wasn't sure what to expect with this story as I am a big Twilight fan, but this turned out to be better then I was thinking and I would definitely recommend to other Stephanie Meyers fans.
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1 review
The host
September 8th, 2014
Great read bring on the invasion
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1 review
May 5th, 2014
This is my absolute favorite book! The first couple of chapters is slow, but once you stick it out you won't be sorry!
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1 review
February 26th, 2014
From start to finish the movie and the book keeps you watching and reAding. You cannot put the book down until the end and then you wish it wasn't finished. Beautiful story of one mans love. Perhaps there will be a part two. I will be the first to buy it
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1 review
Decent
February 20th, 2014
There were times where I found this book a bit of a chore... And other times where I was unable to Put it down. A great concept but I found it was a little bogged down by the love story which at times was too much. I thought the same about the Twilight series. But overall, a good story and well written.
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1 review
February 13th, 2014
As a fan of Stephenie Meyer I decided to give this book a try. I found that the first few chapters were hard to get into, but the further you read into the book the more you understood and got to know the characters in depth. This isn't one of my favourite novels but I did enjoy aspects of it. The movie however was not good at all and did no justice for the novel.
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1 review
February 1st, 2014
A fantastic read. Did not want to put it down. Desperately hoping for a sequel. A must read.
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1 review
January 30th, 2014
I enjoyed this book, the concept was a really unique idea. I struggled a little bit with following certain things in the beginning but I found it easier the further I got into the book. Another hit for Stephenie Meyer!
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1 review
January 27th, 2014
This was an amazing book, much better then the movie if you have seen the movie reading the book will add so much more to it.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Though when I first started The Host I found it difficult to keep tracking of the two main characters, I found the story intriguing. I liked how the characters were not just one dimensional. They sometimes made me root for them and then be very mad with them in the next chapter. The story was suspenseful. I like the aspects with the human race and aliens. The love stories kept me turning every page. I would recommend this book.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This is a great book worth reading even if you saw the movie. Hope she continues to write great books.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Intriguing and mind-boggling! Totally different Stephenie Meyers from Twilight Series but I loved it!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I loved every bit about this book. The story line was fantastic and had me on the edge of my seat constantly. It was extremely difficult to set the book down I just wanted to keep reading more and find out what happens next. A successful tear jerkier.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This was a great novel with both suspense and adventure. A real turn pager!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Interesting; though at times, it seemed a bit monotonous. I was hoping for more after Twilight.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Absolutely sad and fantastically heart warming at the same time. Makes me wish it was me in that group of people closest to Wanda and Melanie hiding in the cave.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This book was just ok. Interesting story line but a slow progression. I preferred the Twilight
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Kept me interested all the way through. Shows all human emotions. Love truly is more than the physical body. Great read!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
While I found the first 100 or so pages difficult to get through at times, I'm glad I stuck with it. Beyond those first 100 pages, I was swept into a whole different world and found myself instantly invested in the characters and their struggles. I couldn't put it down! By the time it ended, I was so wrapped up in the story, I didn't want to go back to reality; I wanted to stay in their world longer just to see how their lives would play out.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Definitely not one of my favourite books. Its a very easy read if that is what you are looking for.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and very addictive. I could not put this book down.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
The host is an amazing story you will want to keep reading it.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I struggled with the first part of the book, but once she reached the desert I was hooked. I read till 4am...I couldn't put the book down. I laughed and cried and was moved by the ending. I thought it was a wonderful read!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Loved this book. Not a fan of the other books by this author, but I thought this was a nice departure. I loved the concept, and the chages that the characters go through and what they become. I couldn't put this book down.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Surprisingly good. Not anywhere near as poorly written as the Twighlight series. A wonderful exploration between the relationship between these two species.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
great author. enjoyed the story.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I thought this was a phenomenal book, it was intriguing, the ideas behind the book were very interesting. Was thrilled when the movie came out, only to be disappointed by the movie, the book is far, far better than the movie, definitely worth the read.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I loved it! I couldn't put it down. It was fantastic I really felt connected to the characters, it was very inventive, just a unique story.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
right from the start this book will have you, action, twist and turns, a love triangle with a HUGE twist, loyalty, and friendship, i recommend reading the book first then watch the movie. I've read the book 3 times and watched the movie twice.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Love this book, a little confusing in the first couple of chapters, but after that the story rolled and rolled. A 'don't want to put it down' kind of book. Great character development, wonderful plot and a nail-bitter at times. Would recommend and have.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Picked this book up thinking there was no way she could too the Twilight books, boy was I wrong. I was hooked from the first page. A modern epic love story that left me wanting more once it was finished.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Fantastic book, reminiscent of my favourite sci-fi thriller, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Great dialect, plot and love story, all rolled into one delicious, fast paced thrilling read. Couldn't put this one down!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This was a very insightful book. Kept me in fantasy land and I love it
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
fantastic story. the movie does not do this story justice
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This book picked my interest from the very first page. It is slow paced but worth the read.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I quite enjoyed this book. The transition from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series to this book was a bit odd at first. But gets a lot better as it unravels. An easy read
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This book was a fantastic read. It took a little while to really get into it but once i did I was hooked, I couldn't put it down and just wanted to keep reading to follow the journey till the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book, the movie definitely doesn't do it justice. The Host describes a fascinating interplay of two minds inhabiting one physical body, aliens on earth. Its an emotional read. I am an avid SF & Fantasy reader. Its long but I didn't want it to end.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I found this book slow to get into and actually stopped at one point. I decided to percivere and I am glad that I did. I very much enjoyed the stories that unfolded. The romance, mystery and paranormal factors that life poses. It wasn't what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
When I first picked up this book I had no intention of enjoying it. Big surprise to me, I loved it and almost from the very beginning. I highly recommend.
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January 23rd, 2014
I couldn't put this book down, it was very addictive from beginning to the end. Highly recommend if you like stories with love and loyalty.
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January 23rd, 2014
I read this book the week it was released. As an avid reader I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the book in under 6 hours. Amazing writing and the detail in this book causes the reader to get lost in the world of the novel.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Personally, i loved this book and have re-read it many times. If you enjoy young adult novels that mix romance and suspence with the supernatural then i think you will love this bok as much as i did. For me it was one of those books that had alot of those moments where you just couldnt stopreading until you know what happened next.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I'm a big fan of this author before all her movies came out. I loved this book! I was always curious of Melanie's journey. I found it to be a real page turner. I would hate to spoil this book for anyone so I will say no more. It is a great story about faith, hope, love, and family. I would recommend this book for Adults and Teenagers.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This book was really interesting and captivating; very different from Stephanie Meyer's other works. I loved the story and couldn't wait to see how it all ended!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I thought the book was well written, definitely grabbed the readers from start to finish. I'm a huge fan of Stephanie Meyers, especially the Twillight Series, but it was great to see her try something else. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves "love stories" as well as a book that holds your interest from start to finish.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
True Stephanie Meyer style, I loved it!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I could not put this down! Great read!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I found this book quite vexing, after passing the first three chapters. The build up to that point was quite dry and boring in my opinion. However the grown in the relationship between Wanda and Melanie was amazing to read and I enjoyed the ending entirely. So anyone who plans on reading this trust me, it gets better after the first three chapters.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A totally different take on the premise that there are Aliens living among us. It has all the elements I love most in story - forbidden love, an unlikely hero and enough emotional and physical conflict to ensure the reader experiences a roller-coaster of emotions on their reading journey. Stephenie has crafted her heroine(s) with great sensitivity and I was immediately drawn into their struggle.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A refreshing new take of Stephenie Meyer. Melanie is a character who fights for her well-being and demonstrates a wonderful female protagonist. The love triangle is enticing, and the story line is intoxicating. By the time you're finished reading it, you fish you lived on a planet where Aliens had taken over the earth.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Excellent book. I would recommend it to everyone!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Great read, love the ending. Totally about family loyalties.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Invasion of the body snatchers in a way with a twist
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Amazing novel! The character development is well done and you find yourself routing for two people, yet the same person/body. It is an emotional roller coaster for the characters and readers alike.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Absolutely fantastic. It is a book that grabs you straight from the start. The characters are well defined and i just love the twists in the story line. Im a big fan of Stephenie Meyer and this book doesn't disappoint.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Absolutely awesome book! I`ve watched the movie first and after have read the book, and as usually the book is so much better! The story is intense, the characters are so realistic; you just cannot stop reading!
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January 23rd, 2014
There were two strikes on this book before even beginning it. One, I saw the movie before reading it (I try never to do that), and two, it's Stephenie Meyer of course, so I had preconceived expectations having read the Twilight series. It was a bit of a slow start for me getting involved with the characters (see above for the reasons), but I was engaged by chapter two and turned out liking it very much. Characters are detailed and rich and fortunately, nothing like her previous series, which would have made it confusing. Four stars.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Very enjoyable read, love, action, suspence it has it all :)
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved Meyer's Twilight series but this book really let me down. I felt the story plot dragged on and on. Overall it wasn't that interesting in my opinion.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
After reading the Twilight series I was expecting an exceptional book and was certainly not disappointed. I was kept on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. What a world to live in. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre. My only wish is that Stephenie writes another book soon.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Written by the author of the Twilight series Stephenie Meyer has created an almost believable piece of science fiction. The story shows us the struggle to not loose our own personal identity against all odds. The only time I was disappointed in this story was when the Alien described the other life forms that her people had previously shared consciousness with. These life forms seemed more conducive to a child's novel rather than a adult or young adult story which did not match with the level of writing the rest of the novel. This is a novel I would recommend to any Science Fiction reader as a study of how love can conquer even the most impossible odds and how when we strive to understand others we can work together toward a better purpose.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This is a cool book.It is neat.A really good and cool book that i have read. It is also a really good Sci Fi and fantasy book.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A great page turner, with an exciting twist! I looked at reading this book quite a few times, but the blurb didn't grab me. It wasn't until a friend said it was a must-read, that I did. It's an interesting take on alien invasion and human nature. Very different to the Twilight Series!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Loved this book. I purchased it because the author was the same as the Twilight Series Books. It did not disappoint. Lots of action, suspense and a surprise ending.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book and am hoping there are many sequels to come. Even though I am in my sixties, It just goes to show that all ages can enjoy Stephanie Meyer.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I really liked this book. It was much better than the movie. I am excited to read the next book in this series.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This book was GREAT! I was a little reluctant thinking it was just a sci-fi book, but once I started it I didn't want to put it down. Stephenie Meyer tells a great story. I have and will continue to recommend this book!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This book is a great read! Very addictive, makes me not want to put it down.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I found this book quite hard to get into as well as hard to follow. I had such a hard time reading it that at one point I even gave up reading it. When I picked it back up though, I enjoyed the story. It was well told. I believe it would have been better if it were easier to get into as well as a quicker read! I very much enjoyed other Stephanie Meyer novels and really thought I would enjoy this one as well.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This is a story that is fantastically plotted from page one till the end. We love Melanie and can relate to her. Stephanie Meyer takes us away from Bella and Edward and dips into a completely new realm of intrigue.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Described as the first "adult" book by Stephenie Meyer, I liked it a lot but the adult was a stretch.
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January 23rd, 2014
I am not usually a Sci Fi or Fantasy person but read this to see how the author wrote in a different style. I found myself lost in the story, unbelievable as it was. I laughed and I cried! Deep within its pages are the age old beliefs of unconditional love, strength and purity. I found myself absorbed by the characters and following their ups and downs with interest. A very worthwhile read.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way Stephenie Meyer writes her books. The storyline is very captivating but the love story always melts my heart. This book is an awesome read for any age.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this book. In fact I liked the book better than I did the movie. I hope she writes a follow up book.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
An amazing read. I saw the movie first and then decided to read the book. Like most book to movie transformations, the book was much better. Better detail and more captivating. Following "wanda" on her journey to get Melanie to safety kept me on the edge of my seat.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Great story line with very genuine theme. Loved it!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Although it may start off a little slow this is a book I would suggest for anyone who likes an adventure along with a heart tugging love story. :-)
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Awesome book!! Super well written and honestly was sad when it was over. Really excited to see more books from this author as what's she's done so far hasn't been disappointing. :)
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2 reviews
January 23rd, 2014
I spent three all nighters reading this book. I just could not put it down. It is so interesting. The love, the thrills, the drama and the confusion just draws me in and keeps me interested.
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
Absolutely an amazing book I fell in love with the characters and the love story best book I've read could not put it down.
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1 review
Good read
November 9th, 2013
Very captivating and absorbing.
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1 review
Fantastic read
October 14th, 2013
Made me laugh, cry and everything in between one of the best novels I've read since the hunger games
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
This is an awesome book! It has its twists and awkward parts but what book doesn't? It grabs the readers attention at the beginning and carries that attention to the end. For me however the first four chapters were very confusing, Because it was written as a memory, so I beg you not to stop reading and go till the end. This is one of the best creations of Stephanie Meyer.
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good read
September 12th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book-the evolving of the characters, the dilemmas to be struggled with and resolved...was pleased that, for the most part, the movie did justice to the book, too.
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1 review
Awesome book
August 28th, 2013
Great read. Really looking forward to another book from this author. :-)
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August 14th, 2013
This book is soo good! Made me cry good tears hehe
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1 review
A real love triangle
August 1st, 2013
Overall it was pretty intetresy some parts were a little confusing though.
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Best writer ever!
July 14th, 2013
It was a slow beginning, but once the background was laid out, and once I got to know the characters, I was hooked! I cannot wait to see the movie!
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The host
June 6th, 2013
Loved it, movie wasn't as good
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1 review
Loved it
June 6th, 2013
Wow loved this book! It was so amazing! I read a lot of it everyday loved it and the movie, absolutely perfected helped me understand the book better. I recommend this book and give it 5 stars! Good book
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1 review
Good read
June 4th, 2013
Loved it will for sure watch the movie :)
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The host
May 19th, 2013
Another great book by Stephanie Meyer. Look forward to reading more of her work. I only wish she would finish midnight sun
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1 review
Absolutely loved it.
May 12th, 2013
I was sucked in from the start. As different as the stories are, I can see many similarities to the Twilight Saga. If you like Twilight, I greatly recommend it.
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1 review
Liked it a lot
May 3rd, 2013
Better than Twilight, moved just like I hoped and even if the end is predictible, I did love it.
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