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The Host Free read ´ 2 ñ 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 relinuish possession of her mindAs Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts wiMelanie's body didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinuish possession of her mindAs Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared a human who still lives in hiding Wan. I really did enjoy this book It is narrated in the same style at the Twilight book in the first person The things that make this book really good are the internal dialogue between the main characters Melanie and Wanda I am told that this did not work too well in the movie but as a book it makes great interesting readingThe story an alien invasion has happen we the humans have lost or have we The Aliens call themselves Souls; they think it is the closest translation from our language They are parasiticsymbiotic in nature They are inserted into through the back of the neck and attach themselves to our brains and control our bodies They have done this on at least eight other different planets The society seem to have 3 classes Healers their Doctors Seekers their police force and the general populace they are never referred to as then Souls Their occupation seem a seeking of knowledge and experiences that maliciously or ambitious The aliens so not seem to be well armed and do not like violence The Invasion has been of stealth slowly taking over people and their neighbours before any realised Most of the technology seems to have been concentrated on healing and space travelThe reason I ask the uestion is did ne lose is because on all the other planets they have conuered they have never met a species that is a conflicted emotional and diverse all at the same time The other species offered little or no resistance and the aliens were just accepted The Aliens seem to have no personality of their own in their natural states The personalities seem to be the sum of their experiences from previous and current hosts The only real method of telling if some have been taken over is their eyesMelanie is one of the few humans left till she is captured she tries to kill herself rather then submit to being taken over but the aliens heal her body The Soul she is bonded with is called the Wanderer because of all the worlds she has visited but never settled on for than one hosts life time Usually this is it the Soul takes over and replaces the Host with full access to their memories and carries on living their lives Melanie being the fighter she is refuses to go uietly he is presence and voice constantly with the Wanderer As the story goes on we find this is happening and strong will Humans refuse to be giving the aliens' full controlUsing or being led by Melanie Wanderer finds possible the last outpost of pure Humans If she has any hope of surviving Wanderer must make peace with Melanie; then together they must try and convince the humans they mean no harm Both sided must put aside their preconception of the other and try to find common ground This is a great story about the human spirit The language is definitely at a higher level than Twilight probably because Meyer has realises her fans have grown older Meyer's writing style has a good story telling flow to it I enjoyed reading the whole book The only think I would grip about is the lack of action in the book; there was action in the football game and the bonus chapter Alone then in the rest of the book However she was writing for emotional content then action This is an intelligent different story seen through the eyes of both Humans and aliens

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Derer 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 Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 ACE #2. When it comes to reading books that has a film made about it I tend to watch the film first and then read the book The Host is probably one of my favorite films I absolutely love Max Irons I think he's gorgeous and while I was watching the film I also couldn't help but admire the actor who played Ian I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer she's one of the authors that made me want to start writing but I couldn't possibly be as skilled of a writer than she is She's incredibleI loved the Twilight series but others hated it Team Jacob all the wayI don't really watch science fiction movies other than Alien but I genuinely enjoyed this book It took me awhile to get into it considering I know what happens but I wanted to see the things that are in the book that might not have happened on screen and to be honest I felt that it should have been the other way around I should've read the book first and then watched the film but that's just me I always tend to jump on the bandwagon When I read books I love a heroine that's strong and a bad ass I refuse to read a book that has a weak heroine who let's people walk all over her it actually makes me really angry when that happens People might like that though but for me I love a heroine that can stick up for herself no matter what the situation is and that's why I loved this book and that's why I gave this book 5 stars

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The HostMelanie 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. I originally had not planned on even reading this book because the Twilight series instills much rage within my soul but I was in a dry spell for reading so I decided to give it a try I have to say I really enjoyed it much than the Twilight series I have seen a lot of people complain about how slow the beginning was but I didn’t really notice It sucked me in pretty uickly It was very clearly a Stephenie Meyer book though which did lead to certain amounts of anger and eyes rolling nearly out of my head My biggest complaint with Stephenie Meyer is her romantic plots I feel like I’ve accidentally picked up a Harleuin romance It is super cheesy and super melodramatic It makes my brain hurt Here’s an example “I stared into Jared’s eyes and the strangest thing happened All the melting melding welding that I had just been through was shoved aside into the smallest part of my body the little corner that I took up physically The rest of me yearned toward Jared with the same desperate half crazed hunger I’d felt since the first time I’d seen him here This body barely belonged to me or to Mel—it belonged to him” 595 ARC WHAT First horribly cheesy Second nobody but you owns your body and if you find it romantic to think otherwise that is unhealthy Let’s learn some emotional and physical independenceWhat the hell is up with underage characters and older men Why could the females not be slightly older This is supposedly being marketed as an adult book so maybe it’s a bit alienating to make your main characters 16 when she first meets Jared who was 26 then 17 when she was starting in a new body which they thought was younger when Ian is in his mid 20’s I am guessingI’m just glad the romantic interests were not supposed to be seen as perfect They had similar flaws as Edward Jacob but we were not reminded every 20 seconds how easily they dazzled everyone Jared can barely stand Wanderer for most of the book He would kill her easily if it weren’t Mel’s body He is cruel and violent towards her Ian is the first to physically assault her And then in the end he does it again while also being a bit violent toward Sunny Jared Of course Ian ends up pretty near perfect with his perfect understanding and perfect kindness and perfect love But I will accept this because I think that his perfect personality fits with the gentle loving peaceful personality of Wanderer While still cheesy there were bits that were not romance based that were emotionally compelling I felt Wanderer’s fear about what she had to do in the end In the tunnel on the way to Doc for the last time when she asked Jared where everyone slept when it rained my heart ached for her I thought that was a lovely way of noting how much she still really wanted to find out about this world and how much she was going to miss and that life was going to go on without her I know I know we are being emotionally manipulated because if you don’t know how it’s going to end before you even pick it up you haven’t read enough in life But if you put yourself in the character’s place when she has a very clear idea of what is going to happen it’s pretty sad The thing that made me love this is that it is not a romance It is a story about humanity with romance thrown in I like looking at humanity through alien eyes I like learning what it means to be human with Wanderer I like the interactions between Mel and Wanderer I like that Wanderer picked up sarcasm from Mel I love how absolutely confused she initially is by humans She views humans as violent hateful creatures She is confused when they feed and protect her This completely goes against her view of humanityI like how we perceive the humans through her eyes how we get an idea of their motives from her which she is normally wrong about and then we slowly see the change This is seen especially with Doc I enjoyed seeing how Wanderer reacted to humans and how her perception of them changed She goes from being terrified of humans to constantly surprised and confused by how good they end up being to loving them and embracing her own humanity But throughout it she is ashamed of betraying her kind and feels like a traitor She constantly second guesses herself whether it’s in favor of the humans or the souls It’s not until the end when she really accepts that maybe what she does is wrong but if it brings about good then it’s the best thing for her to do I like the uestion of how much of yourself comes from some ethereal personalitysoul and how much comes from your physical body What makes us human What parts of us do people fall in love with Are we physical spiritual emotional It’s a bit cheesy have I said that enough but I like the idea portrayed when Ian says “It’s not the face but the expressions on it It’s not the voice but what you say It’s not how you look in that body but the things you do with it” p 397 ARC And then we get to see Wanderer in two different bodies which change her a bit We have weak v strong etc When in Mel’s body Wanderer feels a physical longing for Jared but an emotional one for Ian After she is put in a new body she still loves Jared Melanie occasionally seems overly familiar with Ian before remembering who she is Jared stares searchingly and confusedly at Wanderer What makes someone who they are What part of a person do others connect with There are a lot of small touches that really pleased me I love how people act and react in this bookI thought it was hilarious when Wes said “You may have taken the planet but you’re losing this game” when they were playing soccer That's just funny to me If you can't use humor to cope with the apocalypse you'll never make itA reaction that rings completely true is when after Wanderer walks in on the dissections and is absolutely horrified the guys are confused about why she is so upset when they were sure to cover the bodies so she couldn’t have seen anything However they only covered the human bodies They still see the souls as alien and other which negates understanding and compassionI love what happens in the following bit “’Ah’ the seeker’s familiar voice moaned from the human body ‘Ah’ The room went utterly silent Everyone looked at me as if I were the expert on humans” p 553 ARC Of course that is how they would react when she is the one who knows how to bring the humans back One theme of the book is belonging What makes one belong Wanderer does not think she belongs in the cave because she is not human Many of the humans agree But she becomes part of the community and her friends who have gotten to know her and thus care about her believe she belongs Jeb never calls her ‘it’ and as the others get to know her they stop doing this Lacey is instantly accepted by many of the humans because she is human or becomes human again But she has a hateful personality and most of the main characters do not like her Jeb refers to her as ‘that creature’ So what makes us belong somewhere I think the characterization is actually not terribleIan for instance initially comes off as cruel and violent he tries to kill her but he’s just reacting to his world being taken over by beings who want to basically kill all humans We see that he has the capacity to be kind to gain perspective to learn to understand Granted it seemed a bit incongruous to go from Killer to Most Compassionate Loving Person Alive Ever in such a short time but I'll take what I can get from MeyerEven Kyle is developed though it mostly comes up in the end Initially he is just the villain of the story but once Sunny is brought in we see that yeah he is rash and selfish and arrogant and angry but he can be gentle and kind And we don’t see this 180 done on his character where all of a sudden out of the blue he is capable of love We know he had a girlfriend before this all started Someone at some point must have seen some good stuff in him And his grief at losing his world is manifest through anger and violence towards those who destroyed it Sunny looks at him as her protector but he doesn’t jump into a relationship with Sunny He wants Jodi back But through his interactions with Sunny he gains understanding He is confused by her reaction to initially meeting him and is surprised he can be so kind to her He is compassionate when she realizes what is going to happen and is terrified he didn’t realize it would be that hard Once Jodi doesn’t come back he has Sunny put back in her body and he takes care of her But he’s confused by it all; he doesn’t know what he’s doing or how to have a relationship with her As shocked as I am by this Meyer is able to create a character that grows but still remains himself I did have a problem with the ending It’s just too neat and happy While I was amused and pleased that Jared held a knife to Doc to get him to save Wanderer it’s way too pat of an ending Of course you knew it would happen from the beginning but I have to wonder whether it would be a better ending to just let her die She’s lived she’s learned it’s her time to go Life and love go on even in the face of death as Meyer reminds us numerous times Show us how the humans cope how they do on their own once she’s gone Of course she is the main character of the book so maybe allowing her to co