When I moved to Utah I saw this book and the others in the series around everywhere. I don't remember seeing it when we lived in Indiana. I didn't know anything about it, but since it was everywhere in large quantities including in Wal-Mart I assumed it was some romance novel that was not worth my time.
Months later my sister-in-law, who still lives in Indiana, asked if I knew anything about it. She said it had been written by someone that went to BYU. I looked into it and it indeed appeared to be a romance novel, but with a teenaged girl and a vampire. Sounded gross, but I figured I would give it a look. She and I have listened to it and discussing it and even though it is not as gross as I anticipated it is still gross.
There is a hundred years difference in age between the main characters. My wife an I have three and even that sometimes seems like there is a generation gap. I can't imagine the differences at 100 years. Also, even if he looks like a teenager, the dude hasn't matured past his pouty and hissy fit phase in a hundred years?
Cold Skin/Sweet Breath
Nothing like cuddling up to an ice cube. Mmmm, comfy.
Sweet breath? What does that mean? I don't get it but it made me nauseous.
The book is filled with an under tone of teenage lust. I saw one married lady comment on her blog the emotions it geared up inside of her and she has no idea how a teenage girl who is trying to save herself for marriage deals with a book that sends her mind to those places.
Struggle to Overcome Natural Impulses
One positive side of the books I saw was even though there was the constant push for physical intimacy from Bella, I thought the parallel between controlling drives that we have and denying them or redirecting them to a more appropriate place compared with the vampires desire for blood had potential for a good story. Unfortunately the development of the plot and the lines given to the characters were thin.