Sunday, 25 October 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephanie Meyer

Ok, I'm just gonna delve into this one straight away...
So, in case you live under a rock (hey, at least it's full of solitude!), on October 6th 2015, it was the 10th anniversary of Twilight (the book). So Ms Meyer decided to do a little something-something that was switching genders. So Bella is a guy, Beau, and Edward and Jacob are girls, Edith and Julie.

Let's do a flashback to late '09 and early 2010: 
You have 12/13 year old Nylah (holy sh*t, was I really that young?!) going cray-cray with severe effects of Twilight Fever, constantly dreaming of having a vampy BF in Biology class. Even went as far as watching it everyday for a week (approx.), totally ignoring the bad acting. 
Anyways, I read the books and totally invested myself into this series cause it was badass and stuff. But unfortunately, the Fever was cured about a year and a half later (round about after watching Eclipse). And I was over it (but I still watched Breaking Down part 1 and 2).

Now, you've got pessimistic, borderline dark soul, crazy (seven)teen Nylah, with a side of the ability of being girly and fake jolly. I've read my share of PHENOMENAL books, and what are my standards for this? Pretty mediocre cause the books were actually pretty radical [side note: Yes, I'm aware I haven't reviewed Twilight..if you want me to, comment below]

Goodreads cover+ blurb:
26874617Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide..
GENRE: Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal (Vampires), Fantasy
AUTHOR: Stephenie Meyer
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
SOURCE: Bought, hardcover
PAGE NUMBER: 442
RELEASE DATE: October 6th 2015

Overall, it was a pretty cool novel- I enjoyed the feminism in that it's the girl who saves the guy (we are in 2015 here, people). All the characters, except for Bella's Beau's parents were switched re: gender, not generally personalities, though. I summed it up for ya:
Bella
Beau
Edward
Edith
Jacob
Julie
Alice
Archie
Jasper
Jessamine
Emmett
Eleanor
Rosalie
Royal
Esme
Ernest
Carlisle
Carine
Charlie
Charlie
Renee
Renee
Billy
Bonnie
Taylor
Tyler

Oh, and the names are just....god-awful. Like, I thought I was being pranked. The novel was tolerable but the names were just too medieval. 

This novel was written in Beau's POV. Also, Beau was more tolerable as a protagonist than Bella.

Everything was pretty much exactly the same as the first Twilight novel, so if you enjoyed that then you *might* like this. Buttt there is the ending which was phenomenal and had this been used in the first novel, things would've been quicker LOL.

Aside from a few bumps, this novel was a refreshing change from Twilight and the whole controversy about Bella being a damsel in distress. 
Would I read it again? Unlikely. Was I glad I read it? Next question.

{There is no 'My Favourite Quotes' section because I speed-read this}



★ ★ ★ 3 stars!!

That's it from me. 'Tis been a pleasure. I hope to see you next time and I hope you enjoyed this review.  

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