The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Reviewed by Kate, age 17, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

While Twilight has recently become a big hit with the new movie coming out, many people are starting to read and even reread the series. But what many people may not know is that Stephenie Meyer has another book totally unrelated to the Twilight series. This book is called The Host.

Instead of being about vampires, this one is about aliens. Not the typical green aliens you may be thinking, but small, silver, centipede-like creatures. They go to each planet and take over the bodies there. They invade Earth and take over the humans by planting themselves in the brains of their "hosts".

In The Host, one particular alien, Wanderer, becomes a part of a human named Melanie. While in their brain, the aliens can control the human's body and have access to their memories. Wanderer's job is to find the rest of Melanie's family and friends that are in hiding from the aliens.

But Melanie won't have any of this and prevents Wanderer from accessing her memories to keep the people she loves safe. All Wanderer knows is that this isn't supposed to happen. Melanie is strong - too strong. They actually have conversations with each other in her head.

What's worse, as Melanie slowly reveals her past, Wanderer falls in love with the humans Melanie loves, the humans she's never seen in her life. Melanie aches to find her family and friends and hopes that they are safe. As Wanderer so desperately wants to report what she knows to her own kind, she also doesn't want the humans to be hurt.

Throughout the book, Wanderer is torn between staying with the life she has always known and having a new life on Earth with the humans she has fallen in love with. Just like the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer knows how to capture our most passionate emotions and win over our hearts. The Host is no disappointment - it is definitely worth reading.

Out of 5, I give it 6 stars!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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