Book Review – Life and Death – Twilight re-imagined by Stephenie Meyer

Get some glitter on your skin and sink your teeth into ‘Life and Death.’

Life and Death Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Fantasy, Romance

No. of pages: 442

From Goodreads:

When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.

What Beau doesn’t realise is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back… 

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I immediately dropped everything to read this as soon as it arrived in the mail from pre-ordering – being such a twi-hard, how could I not.

I’ve read comments of others complaining why Stephanie Meyer released this instead of a sequel to ‘The Host,’ or ‘Midnight Sun’ – and if you read the forward, you’ll get your answers – this was basically a re-edit of ‘Twilight,’ not an entirely new book.

I enjoyed this novel, it still gave me all the excitement from reading ‘Twilight’ in the first place, but without actually re-reading it. The gender swap is fun, the names comical and glimpses in what Stephenie wanted to do if she’d had a chance to edit ‘Twilight’ one more time before its release.

I still got that angsty tension between Beau and Edythe. Granted it didn’t feel as intense as with Bella and Edward, but still elicited all the feels I love getting from her books.

The ending was fun too – a nice surprise for Twilight fans. Although it felt a little rushed and a bit too much information was crammed into the final 1-2 chapters. I think if Stephenie had more time she could have done it justice – initially it was only going to be a snippet, but in turning out a new novel (even if it is a re-edited version) is amazing and I’ll take what I can get. I love the way her mind works.

You can certainly see how gender does not come into play all that much in the overall story – and I love how Steph has made that point after all the criticisms over Bella being such a damsel in distress.

A great addition to the Twilight franchise.

I started seeing Bella and Edward in Beau and Edythe, but by the end of the novel, Beau and Edythe had separated themselves as alternative entities.

I was liking the gender-swapped versions of some of the characters better than their originals and it was fun imagining how these re-imagined characters would fair in the rest of the Twilight Saga storyline. Highly recommended.

The fandom is already starting to come up with art on what Beau and Edythe look like… both funny and interesting so far. Check it out at #Twilight10Art.

Overall feeling: bliss

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