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Mini-Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Monday April 29, 2013 at 12:00 am |

thehost-smPublisher: Back Bay Books
Published: May 6, 2008
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 619
Form: Paperback
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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 still 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.

My Thoughts

Just WOW!  I was really not prepared for how amazing this story was.  Exploring themes such as prejudice and tolerance, The Host grips the reader and holds them captive from beginning to end.  The complicated love between Melanie, Jared, Wanda, and Ian was written beautifully and their story peppered with a myriad of characters you won’t soon forget. I was especially fond of Jeb.

The only issues I have with the book (which did not take away from my enjoyment of it at all), is that there never seemed to be any REAL danger.  Whenever the characters found themselves in a sticky situation, they seemed to wriggle out of quite easily.  Also, Meyers seems to have a penchant for pedophilia or pedophile like relationships.  In many of her characters relationships there is a much older guy and a not quite of age young girl.  Why she makes so many of her couples inappropriately aged for each other I’ll never know, but it’s growing a bit tiresome and kinda just makes me feel a bit icky.

Overall though, this story is so worth reading.

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11 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer”

  1. Molli says:

    The age different in her relationships squicks me out so much. *shudders* That said, I have heard from so many people that this one is better than Twilight, so I may end up reading it at some point. Glad you enjoyed it, girl!

    • Jade Jade says:

      It was better than the FIRST Twilight book definitely. Otherwise it’s just really different, but its really a great story. And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one whose noticed the age thing. It’s a bit eerie.

  2. Yay! You mostly dug it. I loooove this book! So glad you liked it.

    So remind me, who was too old for who?

    • Jade Jade says:

      I thought the book was awesome but MANY of her characters, even in Twilight. Here goes:

      Melanie and Jared: Jared is like 26 I think and Melanie was maybe 17 when they met.

      Ian and Wanda (The last Wanda when they found her a new body): He’s a man grown and the girl they found was like 15 or 16.

      Eddy and Bella: 100 something year old Vamp and 16 year old girl.

      My beloved Jacob and Reneeseme (dumb name): 17 or 18 yr old boy and an infant.

      Quil and his 2 yr old Claire.

      Can she NEVER just have two 16 yr olds? Or an 18 yr and a 20 yr old or whatever. Just something more age appropriate.

  3. I was going to give this one a try during the readathon but chickened out. I need to rethink that decision. Fab review!

  4. Yayayayayay!!! Great review! And I agree with your “likes” and “issues”. ;0)

  5. Erin says:

    Glad you liked this one, I heard mixed things on it.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Besides my two little issues, I thought it was a great read. Definitely one to keep you up late wanting to know what will happen.

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