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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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May 2008 Book of the Month.

Stephenie Meyer has written a series for teens ,‘The Twilight Series’, which has been incredibly popular, set in a world where vampires and werewolves co-exist, fight with, and, even fall in love with humans. They are great fun and now she has turned her attention to entertaining a more adult audience with this new book. No vampires and werewolves in this one, but a species that is taking over the world by inhabiting the bodies of humans. Her writing is thoroughly absorbing, which is just as well considering this is over 600 pages long, but Meyer has a knack for always leaving you wanting more at the end of her tales. Romance and science fiction are mixed brilliantly for a great read.

If you like Stephenie Meyer you might also like to read books by Rachel Caine, Anne Rice and Jennifer Rardin.


The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes 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.


“Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon—out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope.” — Orson Scott Card, author of The Ender Saga

“A fascinating, passionate, and unique psychological thriller. In The Host, Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase ‘being of two minds!’'— Katherine Neville, author of The Eight

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer

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. She said 'I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write'.

Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight and it became one of 2005’s most talked about novels and made it on to the New York Times bestseller list. The Twilight series has continued with even greater success in the US with New Moon, Eclipse and now the fourth one in the captivating Twilight series of vampire romance and suspense is just published here in the UK, Breaking Dawn. This unforgettable series features a teenager’s forbidden love for a vampire is passionate, riveting and deeply moving and has captivated audiences the world over. Don’t miss it. Why not read an extract now….

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2nd July 2009


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