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A-Z Challenge The Host

H is for The Host

For those of you tired of the vampire books that Stephanie Meyer seemed to bring back to life after the Twilight series might be surprised to see her lesser well-known book The Host on this list. The Host is an amazing story told from two opposing perspectives. Although the movie didn’t do amazingly well, it was a very close adaptation and should be mentioned.

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. – Amazon

What did you think of this book or movie? Comment below who was your favorite Jared or Ian?





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  1. I’m afraid I never got past the first Twilight book, though I bought the lot – and The Host – for my school library, because the kids loved it – well, the girls did, anyway. I think there was one boy reading it, out of the lot. I can recall hearing a boy from another school complaining that “Instead of going up in flames in the sun, they SPARKLE!”

    I agree that this particular love triangle does sound unusual!

    1. The Host features two strong women portrayed by the same actress. It doesn’t get any more unusual than that.

  2. I have not heard of this movie – likely because I blocked it out of memory for being associated with Twilight, but it sounds like it might be interesting. I might have to check it out on a movie night with my teenage daughter.

    1. Yeah, same author COMPLETELY different storyline and world. But it is heavy on the love triangle idea although executed very differently. If you like strong young women in lead roles, this is the one.

  3. First I watched the film, chosen mostly because parts were filmed in New Mexico where I live. I was so impressed with the story, it was the first book I downloaded to my brand new Kindle! This was several years ago and I still think about”The Host.” Great choice for your post.

    1. Thank you!

  4. I read and saw all of Twilight, tho I despise the characterization of her Bella Swan, so I never did give The Host a chance. Perhaps I will now after this recommendation. Happy AtoZing!
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    1. Thank you for that honest review of the Bella Swan character. We’re in full agreement. Thankfully, this lead character is a bit different in the Host. I would say give it a chance and it might surprise you.

  5. Interesting! I was wondering about this one. I keep meaning to pick it up, but it’s one of those that I think about every once in a while, and then just toss out that thought. I loved the Twilight series so you think I’d grab onto this one, but not yet. Great review. Love triangles though… eww.

    1. Not your typical love triangle. And half the fun is seeing if they resolve it by the end! Meyer is pretty crafty at making you love these characters. I have to say though if you can don’t start with the movie. The book does a much better job of telling the story than the movie. The movie is a nice bonus.

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