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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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.

I originally did not expect much coming from the author of the Twilight book series, because I did not really like the style of her writing in those books. Then when I found this at the library, I decided to read it (at the time I did not know who the author was) and I fell in love with this story. The characters were a bit basic, but the two male leads in this book leapt to life. I don’t know why, but they were both complex and written in a way where you could imagine them in reality. The protagonist, Melanie, was a bit of a bore to read about, but Wanderer was very interesting because she gave the world a new set of eyes, and shared her kindness with everyone.

(I watched the movie, and although it was almost completely faithful, so you guys can check that out also if you like the book.)

I recommend this book to those who like Twilight, or dystopian novels.