As a stand-alone novel, it is beautiful. But I'm begging for a sequel!
I didn't come to the Twilight saga until the week BD was released, so I was able to go from book one to the inevitable standoff with the Volturi, one after the other, loving the characters, then letting them go (for a short while) with the last page.
For the first time for me ever, I finished a book, The Host, then immediately turned to page one and started over. I can't say I read the entire story in one sitting, but it certainly didn't take long for me to finish, then start again. I devoured the world Stephanie created in The Host, and wanted more. Want more. Maybe rereading it will satisfy my need, but I would love to learn more about the Earth these aliens have created for our host bodies, about Jamie, Jared, Melanie, Ian, Wanda... everyone and everything.