Stephenie Meyer was born on the 24th of December 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and was one of six children. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen (+ ie). Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in English. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Phoenix, Arizona. After the publication of her first novel, Twilight, booksellers chose Stephenie Meyer as one of the "most promising new authors of 2005" (Publishers Weekly).
Her favourite authors/biggest influences are Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Maeve Binchy, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne DuMaurier, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eva Ibbotson, William Goldman, Douglas Adams, Janet Evanovich. She can't write without music, and her favourite band being Muse.
The Host is Stephenie Meyer’s first non-Twilight Saga publication. Touted as science-fiction for those who don’t do science fiction, The Host is another love story against the odds. The story introduces us to Melanie Stryder, the girl taken by the aliens who are parasite which take over host bodies in order to completely control them. When Wanderer, the soul (parasite) who has been given Melanie’s body wakes up in her ninth life cycle on as many planets, things do not go quite as planned.
After seeing and enjoying the movie Twilight, I had to get the book. If I was less of a glutton for punishment I probably would have heeded the warning signs. Every teenage girl I knew of swooning over the book and the Romeo of the story, Edward Cullen. I even had a 24 year old friend update her status with something along the lines of “After Edward Cullen I can never again want a human male.”
After the grand finale of Twilight, I’m sure most readers were pretty interested in finding out what the sequel, New Moon, had to offer. Would Bella Swann really want to become a vampire in order to spend the rest of her days with her only love, Edward Cullen? Would Edward allow it to happen? Would Victoria, the mate of the tracker vampire that Edward killed at the end of Twilight, come back to Forks for revenge?
Bella Swann’s days are numbered. The Volturi have made a threat which the Cullen’s will have to follow through or face their annihilation. There is also the not so insignificant matter of the vampire Victoria wanting to avenge her mate’s death by torturing Bella to death. Not to mention the fact that by changing Bella into one of them, the Cullen’s will break a century old truce with the werewolves of the Quileute tribe, one of whom is Bella’s best friend Jacob Black.
After my damning review of Eclipse, I’m sure you must have guessed that I didn’t hold out much hope for the finale of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn. Eclipse would have been a decent book as a standalone, but in the context of being the third book in a good series it should have offered a lot more. Thankfully, Breaking Dawn is of the quality that we expected after Twilight and New Moon.