Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by an alien species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves: Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

Being as all the books I’ve been reading lately are for reviews in the future then I thought it was time to dig up some older books I’ve read and posted reviews elsewhere.  Earlier this year I read The Host by Stephenie
Meyer and was completely blown away.  I had it on my shelf for over a year before I finally picked it up and I had it in my head that I was going to make myself get to page 50 and if I wasn’t into it by that point then I would read something else and then read another 50 pages, and so on.  By page 50 I was so engrossed in the story there was no way I could have put it down to read something else!  I’m not a fan of science fiction with aliens and aliens taking over the earth really did not interest me at all.  I had so many people pushing me, urging me to read it that I was just going to make myself.  I posted my review on shelfari after reading it and this is what I said.

“Not being a sci-fi fan I put this book off for two years before finally giving it a chance.  I was so surprised when I got into the book and I couldn’t put it down!  It was amazing!  Although it’s technically sci-fi with aliens, it isn’t really ABOUT that so much.  If your holding off on reading it because of the alien aspect, please don’t let that hold you back because it’s SO much more then that!  If your holding off because your not a Stephenie Meyer fan, please don’t let THAT hold you back because you would never even guess the author.  It was written beautifully, it pulls you in less then a quarter of the way in and it’s nearly impossible to put it down after that point.  I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book!  I know it has mixed reviews, but I found it to be fantastic!”

If you’ve been holding off on reading The Host I really hope my review may have convinced you.  It really is an amazing story and it pulls at the emotions so strongly that you’ll find yourself crying, laughing, hating and loving, right along with Melanie and Wanderer (Wanda).
I give this book 5 Moons!

The Host is now in paperback!

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  1. I absolutly loved this book. I mean everyone loves Twilight but no one ever gives her other book a chance which is also super good. Thank you for your review and I hope the sequel will be coming soon!

  2. Dawn, you really do have to give it a chance and see for yourself! BTW, it’s funny I was commenting on your review you just posted at the same time you were commenting on mine! LOL.

    Morgan, I know, a sequel would be great. I’ve heard some different things, but it sounds like good things are happening! And I agree people need to give it a chance. And I wish people wouldn’t read it expecting something Twilight like. It’s so different, but SO good!

  3. I loved this book! I think it’s better than the Twilight series & I sat up until 3 am finishing it…some of the lines are still stuck in my head. In fact I gave my copy to my sister in law last year but I want to read it again so I’m going to buy the paperback!
    Glad you reviewed it.

  4. I’d heard so many mixed reviews for this book. Some loved it while others hated it. I didn’t know if it was worth my time. but I think you’ve convinced me to try and give this book a chance…this is so hard considering this book begins off in such a boring manner…I started reading it but it just wouldn’t catch my attention!

  5. Karen, that’s funny, I passed my copy on to my SIL as well. She just doesn’t have the urge to read it. It’s a hard one to pass on to others, they just have no desire to read about aliens. How do we explain that it’s NOT ABOUT aliens. I mean, yes, they are in it and stuff, but it’s about SO MUCH MORE!

  6. lol! I read it because my husband is always trying to get me to like sci-fi and the book says “sci-fi for people who don’t like sci-fi” Now I know my husband would never like this book but it did get me to start liking sci-fi books!!
    But I’m a sucker for that love story. I hope she does a sequel.I read that she had 2-3 more stories in her head but wasn’t sure if she wanted to write them. There is going to be a movie though. Not sure how I feel @ that though :-)

  7. I’ve been meaning to read this … there’s just one thing putting me off, though … LOL … it seriously reminds me of this series I used to read when I was in school, Animorphs … about these slug-like parasites that wrap around people’s heads and take over their hosts actions etc 😮

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