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drey's library hosts (85.) The Host (by Stephenie Meyer)!!

June 5, 2009
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I'm so excited to be a part of the tour for Stephenie Meyer's The Host!! Welcome!!

About the book:
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.

When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

One of the most compelling writers of our time, Stephenie Meyer brings us a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the very essence of what it means to be human.

stephenie meyerAbout the author:
Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.

Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. With encouragement from her older sister (the only other person who knew she had written a book), Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies. Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer's House and eventually made its way to Little, Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers theme.

Twilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and has spent more than 25 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. In 2007, Eclipse landed literally around the world and fans made the Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon! With midnight parties, vampire-themed proms and more the enthusiasm for the series continues to grow.

On May 6, 2008, Little, Brown and Company released The Host, Meyer's highly-anticipated debut for novel adults which debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The Host still remains a staple on the bestseller lists a year after its debut.

On August 2, 2008, the final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn was released at 12:01 midnight. The Twilight movie, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starting Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, was released on November 21, 2008. Twilight debuted at #1 at the box office with $70 million, making it the highest debut for a female director.

Stephenie lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons.  For more about Stephenie, check out the "unofficial bio" on her website, StephenieMeyer.com.

drey's review:
If you've been here since January, you'll know that I've read & reviewed all 4 Twilight books. I signed up for this tour on a lark--I wasn't enthralled with Twilight, and its whiny-angsty heroine, Bella, and thought I'd give The Host a chance for Meyer to show that she could write a 'better" heroine...

And, in my opinion, she did. (I consider Wanderer to be the heroine here, as Melanie's--to me--just a voice in her head...) I confess, I didn't know much about The Host prior to reading it. But the thought of an invading alien species burrowing into my brain doesn't really sound appealing. Until you read The Host, that is... Somehow Meyer's altruistic, do-anything-for-you alien isn't so bad. Except for maybe just a tad too much of the do-anything-for-you thing, which started getting annoying, as it did with Bella... But Wanderer didn't have all that whiny-angsty drama-queen tendency like Bella did, which probably assisted in my reading enjoyment. I can see why The Host has been at the top of the bestseller lists. 

Fun stuff!

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A huge "thank you" to Hachette, who has 3 copies for you--if you live in the USA or Canada, and have a non-PO Box mailing address... To enter, comment on Stephenie Meyer's books - Do you like the Twilight series? Why do you want to read The Host? =) Please make sure there's an email address on your entry!

As always, +1 for following, +2 for sharing. Don't forget to let me know what & where!! Do it before 6:00 pm CST on June 18th! Good luck!

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71 comments:

gaby317 said...

Please count me in the contest.

I read the Twilight series and did enjoy it - I didn't read much YA and though I'd skim through the parts when Bella and Edward were a bit much, I liked Jacob and how he was so loyal!

I'd like to read the Host on the strength of how much I found I enjoyed the Twilight series. And your very positive review has helped as well.

Thanks!

+1 i'm a follower
+2 I'll post this contest on my blog's sidebar.

www.startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com

gaby317nyc@gmail.com

Mary said...

This souds great! I read the Twilight series (a big leap for me).

I'm a follower


I blogged in my sidebar

Mary

meah56 at gmail dot com

Lucky1 said...

I read the twilight series,I thought it was good,the best one was Eclipse.
I friend recommended the host,she said it was great.

I'm a follower

lucky1stuff(at)yahoo(dot)ca

thank you for the chance to win it.

Mishel said...

Don't enter me on this one

Just wanted to say I absolutely loved The Host. Wanda was definitely a character that I really came to love reading about! Excellent review Drey =)

MJ said...

I loved the Twilight series even tho a friend had to twist my arm to get me started!!!

I'd love The Host.

I follow.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

nfmgirl said...

I haven't read Twilight yet. It is sitting on my shelf, and I hope to get to it this summer. I think that The Host sounds fascinating. I love "alien species"! The whole concept sounds intriguing.

I'm a follower

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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Jo-Jo said...

I haven't read anything by Meyer yet, but I would love to win this one.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

I'm also a follower.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Annie said...

I did read Twilight and I'd love to read this; it sounds great!

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scottsgal said...

I've read the first book and loved it. Just starting on the second one and plan to read the series. I'd love to win this one!

I'm already a follower

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booklover1335 said...

I love the twilight series, and while "Host" is not related would still like to read this book to see if I like it. Would love to win it!

I am also a follower

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My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

The Host sounds excellent!

Please enter me!

And I'm a follower.

Dottie :)

Valorie said...

I didn't enjoy Twilight and want to read The Host because I want to give Meyer another shot.

I follow.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

throuthehaze said...

I loved the Twilight series and I have read the Host before. At first I didnt like The Host but it definitely picked up and I couldnt put it down. I would love to win so that I could read it again!

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

bridget3420 said...

I love the Twilight series but I haven't read The Host yet. I'm sure I'll like it because Twilight was wonderful.

Follower

Linked on my sidebar
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bermudaonion said...

Don't enter me. I just wanted to say great review. I enjoyed The Host more than I thought I would. I found it engrossing.

Anonymous said...

My goal is to own the Twilight series and Of course...I would love to read The Host. Awesome giveaway.

thebun at personainternet dot com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe by email and am very happy to be part of your library.
thebun at personainternet dot com

Amy said...

Like you, I want to read this because I want to give stephanie meyer another chance.
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com
-amy

Kat Bryan said...

I haven't read and don't have any interest in the Twilight series. I do think The Host sounds interesting, though.

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I haven't read the Twilight series, or seen the movie. The Host sounds fascinating!

BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!

BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!

http://twitter.com/BookingKitten22

BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

Belinda M said...

I have only read the first book of the Twilight series. Already I am hooked and just waiting on a friend to finish the second then I get to read it. I would love to be able to read The Host, please enter me in the giveaway

I follow your blog as well


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Cheryl S. said...

I haven't read the Twilight series. I've been seeing so much about it (how could I not!) & may consider reading the series in the future.

As for "The Host", it seems to be a good sci-fi book. This would hold my interest a little more than a vampire book.

Thanks for the review - Please count me in!
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Cheryl S. said...

I follow

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clenna said...

I read Twilight because I heard that all the kids were reading it and their parents were pre-reading it and loved it as well! So I started reading the first book, within a couple of weeks, I had read all four! Then I had to see the movie and can't wait to see the next one!
An 8th grader recommended The Host to me and told me it was even better than Twilight! So now I can't wait to read that one.

clenna said...

I follow

donnas said...

I loved the Twilight series. And since I liked her writing I would like to read The Host.

I am already a follower.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

ossmcalc said...

I haven't read the Twilight series as of yet, but it comes on good recommendation by several friends.

I would very much love to read The Host.

Please enter me.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I am a follower.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Toni said...

Hi there.. great Tour Stop. I am reading it for the Tour also. I loved,loved the Twilight Series. I don't read YA Books so for me it was what I expected young adult fiction to be like and I am a fan. Looking forward to see what her adult fiction is like.

nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-06-06-09.html

Luvdaylilies said...

I loved the twighlight series~my daughter read them first & recommended the series to me and I'm soglad she did!
Please enter me in the giveaway & Happy reading to all=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Luvdaylilies said...

I am a follower=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

chey said...

I haven't yet read the Twilight Series.
I want to read The Host since reading the review today. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

chey127 at hotmail dot com

tina werner said...

love stephanie's books!!! got me totally hooked on reading again, thank you!

i'm already a follower...

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

Lisette said...

Yes I liked the Twilight series they were pretty darn entertaining. :) I really want to read the host because it sounds awesome!

lc_intocable[a]yahoo[d]com

Chris said...

I liked the series, but it wasn't fantastic - I thought the writing needed a lot of work. I'd like to see how she does on the adult series - maybe my language problem is from the fact that it's a YA series at heart.

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dar said...

Don't enter me Drey. Just wanted to say that I liked this book also although the Twilight series are still my favorite. Drop by tomorrow when I put my post up.

FatalisFortuna said...

Thanks for the giveaway. :)

I had mostly the same reactions you did... a few things I didn't like about The Host, but on the whole a much more mature read than the Twilight series.

screamingicecube at bellsouth dot net

Ladytink_534 said...

I actually wasn't that fond of the last two Twilight books but I adored the first two quite a lot. I plan on re-reading the first one eventually. I'd like to read The Host just to see what all the fuss is about really!

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen H in NC said...

I haven't read any of the Twilight series, but I did see the film and enjoyed it. I would like to read Stephanie's work.

kkhaas[at]bellsouth[dot]net

Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

kkhaas[at]bellsouth[dot]net

A Reader said...

I want to read The Host b/c I enjoyed the Twilight Series.

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A Reader said...

Follower (liane66)

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A Reader said...

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etirv said...

I'd love to win this for my teen who is a Stephenie Meyer fan! Thanks!
delilah0180 (at) yahoo (dot) com

dag888888 said...

I'm a fan! Thanks!
dag888888 AT yahoo DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Julia said...

I love the Twilight series. Please enter me for the book.

juliabca @ hotmail.com

http://juliabca.blogspot.com/2009/06/little-promo.html

Melissa said...

This is on my amazon wishlist, so I would love a chance to win! thank you :)

Melissa said...

following

silverhartgirl said...

I love the twilight books new moon is my favorite i cant wait to read the host i have read all the twilight books three times.
silverhartgirl at gmail.com

budletsmom said...

I loved the Twilight books and am really curious about this book as it sounds so unlike anything else I have ever read.

budletsmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

budletsmom said...

I am following.

budletsmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mari said...

Please enter me!

+1 I am a follower!

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Crystal P said...

I would like to enter :)
I am a follower!

crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

Vera said...

I LOVE the Twilight series, and am currently finishing up Breaking Dawn. If Host is even remotely as entertaining as Twilight series, I'm sure I'll love it as well.

vvperesk@gmail.com

Holly said...

Didn't love the Twilight books. Thought Breaking Dawn was the best of the bunch, actually. Borrowed The Host from the library and really liked it. Finally, some depth, which was sorely lacking in the Twilight series.

I'd love my own copy, as this is one I'd actually read again. I probably won't reread Twilight.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Please count me in. I've read the Twilight Series, but haven't read Host yet.

+1 - I follow
+2 - I blogged it here:

http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways.html

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Dixie said...

Drey please omit my entries for this one-I just found out I won a copy! Thanks.
Dixie

Dixie said...

Never mind, I figured out how to do it myself-duh-trashcan thingy-lol.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I'm a follower!

(forgot to mention it earlier!)

Dottie :)

Cindy said...

I have not read any of the Twilight books! I have read some reviews of The Host and I think that I would enjoy it. The Host sounds interesting and I think that I would fight if someone tried to take over my mind too. The love story part of the book intrigues me.

Please include me in the giveaway.

I follow your blog on Google.

I also subscribe by email.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I also follow you on Twitter! You are on my list of Twitter Favorites. My username is Soccermom213

I do tweet about your blog and giveaways and will do so again.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Lee said...

I've heard a lot of good things about the Twilight Series, but haven't had the opportunity to read any yet. Please enter me in your giveaway.
chinook(at)gmail.com

J.R. said...

I've seen the first movie and as a fan of vampires, I'm always interested in someone else's take on them. As for "The Host", I'm curious what she does outside of the Twilight series.
And as always, I follow.

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