The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 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.--From publisher description
I must tell you that I was a bit, a tiny bit, skeptical about reading "The Host". I was absolutely *in love* with the "The Twilight Saga" ( like a lot of people, I think : ] ), but when I read her little novelette, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," I was a bit saddened. I didn't *love* it : ( So, I thought, "Okay, maybe she [Stephenie] should have just left it alone. Maybe 'Twilight' is all she has in her. Oh well."
Oh, how mistaken and misguided I was!
I was at Target and found "the Host" at a remarkablely low price and got it. I thought to just keep it in my collection and maybe try a chapter. Give it a chance, right? I am so happy I did. I loved it! I couldn't put it down! Stephenie did it AGAIN!
I really loved all the relationships, feelings, and human interests in this novel. The relationship between host and soul, man and woman, thought and feeling...so awesome! I wanted to know if the relationships would survive...were the relationships real...who was going to get hurt...who would survive...who would be together...how would Stephenie do it in just one book????
I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read it, but this is a MUST READ. I love when that happens, don't you? When you don't want to put a book down? When you think about it even when you aren't reading it? As I've said before, I think Stephenie Meyer has a spell over her readers - a "you don't want to let go" spell - and I loved it and was mesmerized once again.