The Host – A Book Review

Hey y’all!

I’m back with another review! By the way, how are you guys enjoying these reviews? I’m having a great time gushing over books and I just love giving my honest opinion on books. I think next I’m going to do the Shadow and Bones Trilogy but like in one post. Maybe.

I’m coming to you today with this book review of The Host by Stephenie Meyer. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she’s the same writer of the Twilight saga (Eclipse was my favorite of the series). Speaking of, I recently let go of my Twilight books and gave them to a student. It felt like a rite of passage. One book I was happy to part with? The Host.


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.


Now let it be known that I was warned when I first bought the book that it would be a book I would have to stick with in the long run. I was told that it would be boring and that it didn’t get good until the end. I was like yeah right, I’m sure it’ll be fine. I was wrong. I was really wrong. It was not fine. I couldn’t finish it. Yes, you read that right; I did not finish (DNF) this book. I couldn’t do it.

Now, I’ll admit, it’s been years since I read this book so I will do my best to give a review with what I remembered from it. I like the premise of the story. Secret lives with aliens living in people and having the person to try to fight back from the mind controlling alien seemed like a great time. The book itself was boring and had no real action. Again, maybe I should’ve kept with it and finished it but I could not. My brain was mush and I only made it halfway through the book.

From what I remembered the girl (Melanie) was in the desert and trying to make her way to some town that I guess people were because where she was it was deserted so she had to search around for food. I do remember her meeting a guy and she was interested in him…that’s about it. I don’t remember anything else and I just put the book down forever. I did not like this book. I don’t recommend it. It’s not a good time.

What rating would I give it? I can’t really rate it because I didn’t finish it. However, the way it was going was a 2/5. I mean maybe the book was a 4 and I had to read it until the very end but sadly I’d rather watch paint dry.

What book have you started reading that you just couldn’t bring yourself to finish or DNF?




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