The Host by Stephenie Meyer


I am thrilled to end the month with our very first guest book review. I haven’t read this book yet, I know shame on me, but after reading this wonderful review by PrincessSerenity I will have to. I love sci-fi and romance, this book offers a great combination of both. Hope you enjoy this review as much as I did.

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Guest Book Review

10/10 (if there was more than 10, it’d be a 100)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our World has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who has avoided invasion and lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

The story is set many years into the future, the book doesn’t really give a set date when the invasion began. The world is a much better place to live in. Everything is FREE! You don’t have to pay for anything, food, medicine, housing. Everyone lives in peace and harmony. No violence, or injustice is left on this Earth. The whole reason the invasion took place was to make the Earth better and not die, due to the previous inhabitants’ lack of care and nurture of their planet.

Melanie is the main character in the story. She has lived almost her whole life running and escaping the parasites that want to invade her body. She has her little brother and her boyfriend to keep her company in this new “world”. She tries to find the rest of her relatives, but gets caught and her worst fear becomes a reality.

This is where Wanderer comes in. She is the “parasite” that is inserted into Melanie’s body. But what she never expected happens. She is not alone in this new body, for Melanie has refused to leave it completely. Wanda (how I prefer to call her, and Melanie too) never having faced this new challenge in all her nine lives, tries her hardest in coping with this intruder.

She starts learning about human emotions, fears, dreams, and everything that comes with being human. She learns about Jared and Jamie, and the love that Melanie has for them, eventually Wanda feels it too. They set off on a mission to find them to make sure they’re okay.

They find more than what they bargained for.

I heard a person describe this book as a replica of the movie Body Snatchers. This is NOTHING compared to that. This book is about how love overcomes all and how you can learn a lot from walking in the other person’s shoes….literally.

This book tugs at your heartstrings, so have tissues readily available. The last time I cried while reading a book was with Where the Red Fern Grows, now that is telling you something.

What I liked:  Wanda. A quote from the book sums her up. “You are the noblest, purest creature I’ve ever met. The universe will be a darker place without you.”

What I didn’t like: That it left me wanting more.

Would I read more? Hell Yeah! In a heartbeat. The ending left this story enough material to make another sequel, even making it into a series.

The movie adaptation fell extremely short in comparison. It failed to show just how Wanda learned and taught new things in return. The movie script was more focused on the sci-fi action part of this book, than the love aspect of it. It did not do this amazing book justice.

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