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Judy: Book 1: Twilight
Isabella Swan, known as Bella, is going to live with her father in Forks, Washington. Her mom has remarried and Phil is a minor league baseball player so they travel. She leaves sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks. Bella is rather shy. She is intrigued when the Cullen family comes to school and is hurt when Edward looks at her with pure hatred in the class they have to share a table together. If you read Midnight Sun you will see Edward's side of this situation.
Edward Cullen lives the life of a seventeen year old although he is much older. His family has to move around after so many years when folks see they are not getting any older. And he is always in high school. Life has become tedious. The other members of his family all have someone; Carlisle & Esme, Emmett & Rosalie, Alice & Jasper. Of course none of them are truly siblings. They are bonded by the secret that no one can know about, they are vampires. This family has chose to live among the humans and to drink animal blood, not human. As vampires they have abilities such as moving quickly and never aging but some have special abilities. Edward can read minds and Alice can see the future in visions where Jasper can control emotions. For Edward it can be annoying to have every one's voices in his head. Suddenly when he looks at the new girl, all he hears is silence. He cannot read Bella Swan's mind.
After Edward saves Bella's life, her curiosity will not let him escape how he was able to get to her quickly and to stop a vehicle with his arm. She eventually finds their secret and is invited into his world. Bella finally feels like she belongs somewhere.
The Indian reservations nearby there are more secrets. When there are vampires in the area and they seem threatened, the young men are called forth to shift into wolves. And because of some rogue vampires in the areas things are heating up. And Bella ends up in the middle of everything. Definitely a series you want to read in the order written.
Laurie: Didn't care for the way the writing started out in this book, never finished it, but LOVED THE MOVIE ! Oddly enough I read another book of hers not in this series and loved it!