The Host - Stephenie Meyer Okay, so I read this book when I was ... 15? So, that was almost four years ago. When I reviewed it, I was a bit of an idiot. (Or, a lot of an idiot.) My review consisted of a lot of exclamation points and OMG's and rather stupid statements like, "STEPHENIE MEYER IS LYK DA BEST WRITER EVAHHH." And yet, as idiotic as I sounded, this is my third most-liked review (probably because it's such a popular book, and probably everyone who "liked" it was also a 15-year-old who couldn't punctuate and who thought Stephenie Meyer is "da best writer evah".) So, needless to say, for a while this review's existence bothered me because it really didn't say anything intelligent. Also the comments on it were rather hostile, soooo I'm deleting those too and just starting with a clean slate here. In fact, I'm hoping to do the same thing with a lot of my reviews because so many of them are an eyesore to me (and make me look terribly stupid). I don't know why I used to be so lazy with capitalization/spelling because it drives me absolutely nuts now.Anyway, on to reviewing. Although like I said, it's been a few years, so I don't remember a ton. I haven't re-read it since that first time, so maybe I would feel differently about it nowadays. But I remember really enjoying it.Yes, it had its flaws, as all books do. It was a bit slow starting out, but I got hooked after the first 100 pages or so. The alien-takeover premise isn't terribly original, but I do love possession and mind control. Also, Wanderer was a rather obnoxious main character. Not as pathetic as Bella of the Twilight series, but she was rather unrealistically self-sacrificing. Then of course, there's Meyer's writing style, which isn't the most awesome thing ever. Although I thought she improved with this book. It was definitely better than Twilight.However, these issues didn't take too much away from my enjoyment of the book. I liked the characters besides Wanderer ... except Jared. What an a-hole. The story was exciting, and it addressed some interesting ideas about what makes us human. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, but this one was interesting––especially since Wanderer and Melanie are essentially two people trapped in one body, and so struggle with the issue of having separate love interests. I was kind of pissed off though that Melanie and Jared still wound up together in the end, since Jared was such a jerk to Wanderer. I guess it makes sense he was angry, but Mel and Wanda were still friends, so ... Eh.I also liked the ending. I didn't know how on earth it was supposed to come to a conclusion, and I liked that it came to a happy-but-not-perfect ending. Anyway, I do wish Meyer would write the sequel to this instead of writing rather pointless things like The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. Not really sure what would happen in the second book, but it interested me a lot more than Twilight did, so ... ARGH.