Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Host #1
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Genre: YA/ Sci-Fi/ Romance
Description from Goodreads:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie 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.
I read Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series and enjoyed the books, but I have to admit that I loved The Host more.
I loved all of the characters, especially Melanie/Wanderer and Ian. I also loved Jared, but he was a bit of a jerk most of the time. The love triangle between Jared, Ian, and Melanie/Wanderer was great, because it didn't feel like a love triangle to me. I did not hate it or get tired of it like I usually do with other love triangles in other book series, I believe the reason to this is that Jared loved Melanie and Ian loved Wanda (the host in Melanie's body). I absolutely loved Melanie's and the Wanda's characters. Stephanie Meyer did an amazing job at giving both of these characters their own personality. When I think of Melanie and Wanda, I think that it is sort of like us and our conscious in real life. Overall the characters were freaking amazing.
The beginning was a little slow for me. There was a lot of description and a few diaglouge. It's a great beginning, because Stephenie explains/describes why the souls came to Earth, and how they live their daily lives. I guess in other words a lot of world building for my own personal taste. Great insight in how Earth has changed, but not too interesting. It starts getting interesting once Melanie/Wanda leave society and go into the desert.
Like any other girl I love my swoon moments in books! There are not a lot of swoon moments, but it is not about the quantity in the host, it is about the quality. There are major swoon moments from both Jared and Ian with Melanie and Wanda. What more can a girl ask for? I have to admit that I love both Jared and Ian, because they are both hotties and great guys in their own way. If I had to choose between these two I would probably choose Ian :)!
I recommend everyone to read this book! It is still one of my favorite reads, and yes I would probably re-read this book again.
Final Verdict: 4.5 Stars
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because the beginning was very slow for me.