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The Host

Slowly getting back into the swing of things. To get my mind away from the crazy news regarding the Sandra Cantu case, I’ve been able to write more than usual. I’m happy with the direction of my second novel, but I know it’s far off until it’s ready to be read.

Someone recently asked me about books I’ve recently read. I’ve been an avid reader since grade school, and I’ve continued being one up to today. I recently had the pleasure of reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer. My review is posted on Check it out!

The Host: A Novel The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me about two weeks to read “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer. It took me quite a while to get through the first 100 pages. I just honestly didn’t understand what was going on besides the fact a soul was now in a human body. What was a Seeker? Healer? Who cares! So I didn’t open the book again until a week later, still stuck on page 84.

As I got more into it, I slowly realized the error of my ways. The first 100 pages were crucial in setting up the rest of the book. The dichotomy of Melanie and Wanda grew on me. How Meyer’s set this book up made me, the reader, pull for Wanda to make it through, even if she is one of the Souls.

But that was the trick. Since I am a human reader, I brought my human bias into this book. I sided with the humans and I thought of the invaders just like the humans in the book did – the Souls were savages and Wanda was just an unusual exception.

In my opinion, the love story of Wanda and Ian trumps the love of Melanie and Jared. Ian looking past the physical mask and seeing Wanda for the caring and unselfish being that defined her personality gave me hope for mankind. Even Melanie says she wasn’t as good a being as Wanda and I would have to agree. The discovery of The Seeker’s unusual behavior gave me that “I should of known” slap on the forehead. Of course, I’m so human, I’m too limited to see beyond my human point of view right?

After finishing the book, I re-read the first 50 pages and it made a whole lot more sense to me. Yes! I’m not a complete idiot! I see the foresight in the author’s writing.

And since I’m so human, I speculate a sequel. The ending just screamed sequel – but maybe that’s just a side effect of my humanness? I wonder if one of the Souls would feel the same way?

If someone asked me if I liked the book, I would probably say yes. If they asked me if I enjoyed it, I know I would say yes. I just know it’s probably not for everybody, but for this reader, it gave me goosebumps.

Stephanie Meyer, thanks for making me question my whole human perspective. 4 stars!

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