Monday, 20 May 2013

Artful Readers Club - April

I have a confession to make... my book for April for Darcy's Artful Readers Club was meant to be "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. I was still only halfway through by the end of April...ooops. But looking at my list again I realised I'd put "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer on it - which I read back in March before I went to see the film! So, The Host is now my April book and I will review Bring Up the Bodies for May (which I have finally finished). Hope that's clear!

I imagine most people have heard of Stephenie Meyer as the author of the Twilight saga but she has also written The Host, which I was aware of but had never got around to reading. I had no idea of the plot until the trailers started appearing for the film and was actually a little surprised to find it's along the lines of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The synopsis...

"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their 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."

The review...

This book, like Twilight, is aimed at "young adults", so is a nice easy read - I think it only took me a few days to finish it. The author deals with the conflicting thoughts of the two women very well and it's not difficult to follow who is "speaking" each time. You easily find yourself sympathising with the "alien" and understanding her point of view so the book was interesting in that respect. If you like books in this genre then I think you'd definitely enjoy this book. As for the film..."it was alright" was our response when the credits rolled - the book is much better!

The art...

I've been working on this on and off for a few weeks - I've attempted a face - she's ok, apart from one eye being bigger than the other! Her eyes are silver - the trait that indicates a human has been taken over. The silvery strands around her head are the "alien" - they enter through the back of the neck. And I put some planets around the page to indicate all the planets Wanderer has inhabited before coming to earth - I couldn't resist a bit of doodling though!


  1. oo nice! I have seen the film but not read the book, I too thought that it was 'just ok' Not sure i would read the book soon, but maybe when the film has faded a bit in my mind. I actually like S. Meyers writing.

    Top tip for your eyes, get a circle stencil. They usually have about a dozen different sized holes. That will make your pupils the same size and help. x

  2. My neck has been hurting all day and as I already have grey hair, it is hard to tell if the aliens have got me! Great artwork, faces are jolly hard to draw but you have succeeded very well.

    Janet xx

  3. Good tip Darcy. I have read the book & watched the film. I totally agree the book is much MUCH better than the film. love the art work to Dxx

  4. Great review, I have been undecided on whether to read this or not, then saw the trailer for the film and thought maybe I would or I might just watch the film - now I think I'll probably read the book! I really like you face and the doodle planets x

  5. Oh, I've read this book but didn't like it as much as the Twilight-series... It was enjoyable though!
    I really like your face and the alien-strings made me laugh. The planets are pretty cool! ♥
    See you in the ARC!

  6. Great page! It looks like a good read. I love reading young adult books. :)

  7. Wow this is fab! Completely in love with the alien strands! And who can not love the doodling too!
    C xxx

  8. Not sure why I haven't commented on this one before now - I thought I had done all of the April linkies ... sorry about that!

    I quite like the sound of this story from the sci -fi perspective, but I am not good with romance-led books, I find them a little sickly sometimes.

    I love your drawing (I think her uneven sized eyes add character :) if it was good enough for Picasso!)


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