...book review! I tout this blog as a review of things culturally-related (tedium of pop culture to haute couture), so I need to get some more literature rocking around on here. [Also, Liam's Alternate Reality today asked about an "under-the-radar" book that you'd recommend to people and it got me thinking.]
I finished The Host at 3:30 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday morning; I read so late into the morning because once the book really ramped up, at the last 150-or-so pages, I couldn't stop, the story was so engaging. I found this book to be good, with good character development that could appeal to a wide audience. It's a science-fiction story with an alien invasion of Earth (in addition to multiple other "planets"). There's an awesome underground resistance movement from a cell of humans, and all kinds of business breaks loose when an alien/soul defect to the human alliance. There's also romance written in for those who don't think they'd like a typical sci-fi book, but it's tame and not the over-arching issue of the book, rather just sort of a side story to draw in more female readership.
Here's a review of The Host that I found from Entertainment Weekly.