Book Review: The Host

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

The HostOk, let’s just get some things out of the way up front: yes, this is by the author of the Twilight series. Yes, I enjoyed that saga, if not the prose itself. No, this book is not related to that series at all. No, there are not vampires or werewolves in this one. There are, however, aliens. Meyer has decided to dip her toe into the world of science fiction, and I for one think I might like this even more than her other series. It is the story of Wanderer, an alien being who is part of a species that takes over the minds of their hosts while leaving the bodies intact. Earth is their latest conquest. It is also the story of Melanie, the human whose body Wanderer is placed into, and who refuses to fade away and give up her body completely. As a reader, you side with her at first. How could you not? She’s a human whose mind has been violated in the most profound way. But the soul of Wanderer is also a compelling and sympathetic character, and you come to see her side as well. What follows is a story that explores what it means to be human, what it means to love, and whether the idea of ‘the enemy’ or having sides is really ever that simple. It is intricate, and not naive regarding the behavior of humans facing the extinction of self. I think Meyer’s prose has gotten better, as well. There is a lot of emotional drama, as you’d expect when two souls with different feelings and different aims inhabit the same body. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It didn’t make me cry, but there were some very anxious moments. I’d recommend it. I haven’t see the movie yet, but I hope it does the book justice.
 

I give it 4/5 stars.

 
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June Etsy Round-Up

Etsy round-up time again! I’ve got two for you today. First is the June-themed jewelry round-up, featuring pearls, roses, Gemini and Cancer. Second is a collection of items for the menfolk, in honor of Father’s Day. June Jewelry by Dragonflight Dreams Wire Wrapped Freshwater Pear… PoppyLayne $34 Pink Rose Stud Earrings in G… CrofootDesigns $6.25 Gemini Zodiac Pendant – Hand… adorNationforl… $48 Hammered Copper Black Pearl … Armillatadesig… $25 pearl cluster skinny bangle sirenjewels $79 Cancer Zodiac Ring – Stackin… NauticalWheele… $28 Silver Necklace – Rose Neckl… ByLolaB $24 Tahitian Moss Sage Green Pea… CuteJewels $30 Black Pearl and Sterling […]

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Short Story Challenge Results & Round-Up

NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2013

Late last night, the final results of the 2013 NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge were announced. And I’m happy to say that, in a contest that started out with about 800 people from all around the world, I made it through all 3 rounds and ended up in 5th place. 😀 I’m still waiting on specific feedback from the judges, and of course the writerly prize pack that comes with 5th place. But it’s pretty exciting! Especially since other times I’ve done this contest, I didn’t make it past the 1st round. I guess I was more inspired this year? […]

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What I Wore: 7 x 7 Remix Challenge

Today is something a little different and fun! I’m linking up with Audrey and Natalia for the 7×7 Remix Challenge. The idea is that you pick 7 pieces of clothing (shoes count, for this one), and can only use those items to make 7 different outfits (i.e. a week’s worth). Accessories don’t count, so jewelry, belts, scarves, and all that can be mixed and matched and piled on. It’s meant to help you get the most out of your closet, and look at the things you have in a new way. Here are the items I picked: 1. Navy tank […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

How To Make It Impossible To Fail Activity Breeds Activity A must-read for this summer: The New Rules for Sunscreen Why coffee is called “joe” Want to go to space? First, you must live in this dome for 2 years. Researchers Unveil A Thought-Controlled Drone $#*! Jennifer Lawrence Says: The Oscar Winner’s 68 Best Quotes. She cracks me up. Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends Famous Scifi And Fantasy Authors In Their Workspaces. I want Neil Gaiman’s treehouse. Ten Stupid Writer Tricks (That Might Actually Work) Why You Should Never Write Action Scenes For Your Blockbuster Movie. Good advice, […]

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Blanco Lavender Festival

  This past weekend, the boy and I headed down to Blanco for the annual lavender festival. We’d never been, and I was curious to see what it was like. It was a little over an hour drive out into Texas Hill Country. There’s a pretty huge market setup in downtown Blanco, and then several of the local lavender farms are open for free tours. We headed to the market first, browsing goods and eating lunch. Naturally, there were a LOT of lavender-themed foods and drinks. I tried some strawberry lavender lemonade, which was alright. We also tried samples of […]

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Right Now

Right Now

Right now, I am… looking forward to going to the lavender festival tomorrow during the day, and having friends over that evening, and then the Mumford & Sons concert on Sunday! Busy weekend, but all full of fun things. 😀 glad I went to the Bites & Bloggers event last night. So many amazing local chefs and good food, and I met some fun people. And came home with a ridiculously huge goodie bag. reading my way through the Mistborn series, and the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, and The Artist’s Way. I’m liking all of them, for different […]

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