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Eclipse: 3 (Twilight Saga) Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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The sexiest vampire tale for years arrived in Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT, about teenage Bella's chaste romance with a beautiful vampire boy. Their intensely erotic feelings are endangered by more predatory types. Guaranteed to suck in sulky 13+ girls for hours. (The Times)
Will keep readers madly flipping the pages of Meyer's tantalizing debut. (Publishers Weekly)
The third book in the New York Times bestselling vampire romance series that has developed a cult following among teensSee all Product description
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I did actually really enjoy this series of books and felt a little sad when they finished! The characters are a lot easier to love in the books than the films and there is huge amount more depth to both them and the story itself. I would very much recommend these books, even if you have been put off by the hype of the films.
I ended up watching the films after reading this series and really didn't enjoy them as much.
The supposed main storyline deals with a group of new vampires in neighbouring seattle, who as it turns out are actually being made to hunt Bella, as their maker Victoria is still pretty violently put out about Edward killing her lover when he attacked Bella. This storyline is greatly overshadowed however by the love triangle between the three lead characters.
Edward, (who is possessive and controlling at best) is demanding that Bella marry him before he turns her into a vampire (which she doesn't want to do) and even more rigidly demanding that she marry him before he will have sex with her! I mean, what age are we living in here? Is this not just a bit bizarre? He also seems to think that Bella is being unreasonable about the whole marriage thing, when she is only 18, and of course her parents will object and everyone think she's crazy! Never mind that if he's going to turn her they will have an eternity in which to get married anyway.
Jacob on the other hand is either not talking to Bella at all, or desperately trying to convince her to pick him over Edward, and acting very much like a jealous, obsessed stalker who won't leave her alone. Although, in his favour, at least he seems to be happy to take Bella as she is without making the outragous demands Edward does.
Bella herself seems to get stuck in the middle of this little tug-of-war, although a lot of the time she puts herself in that position, and doesn't make things easier for anyone, especially as it seems she has already choosen who she wants to be with. She also constantly cries and whines throughout the book, and is apparently incapable of being alone for even a second without someone to watch over her. I also don't get why she is so incapable of making a choice and sticking with it. If she wants to be with Edward she should just say so and stop leading Jacob on, and if she doesn't want a graduation party, and doesn't want to get married she should just say so too instead of allowing everyone else to make her decisions for her.
I would suggest that this book is too long for the events that take place, with major events like the fighting and the graduation glossed over, while most of the focus is on discussing characters feelings over and over again when it really isn't necessary - we've heard it all before. Action-wise, its not as good as 'New Moon' which at least seemed to have a little pace and excitement. I have to admit that at times during this book I felt my attention really wavering, and had to make a conscious effort to bring my attention back to what I was reading.
Overall, the book continues the story set out in the first two, and gives us a glimpse into what Bella's life would be like depending on which boy she picked, it also leads up to the obvious finale and expected turning of Bella in the final book. Hopefully the last book in the series 'breaking dawn' will make up for what this one lacks and mean that I haven't totally wasted my time thus far, and hopefully Bella will grow a backbone and learn to stand on her own two feet for once.
Time is getting closer to her graduation, and the time for her being turned into an immortal creature(whether she chooses the Carlisle option -change after graduation or the Edward option-change after they get married) , Bella must decide which route she is going to take and the consequences and scarifices she has to make.
On the other hand, mysterious killings starts to occur in Seattle which draws the attention of the Cullens. And guess who's behind this? Well you do not need to know rocket science to be able to answer this question if you have paid attention when reading New Moon. Off course it's Victoria. She makes a group of newborn army to help her to revenge the Cullens for killing her partner James. And hence the Cullens turn to Jasper, the newest member to the family for help. Jasper then gives a brief history of himself which also explains why he will be so good at the task. I like this as we do not seem to know who he is or where he's come from in the first two books, kind of mystery unfolded. Still a bit short of forces, the Cullens turn to other friends or coven for help but get nothing. Finally, they get the wolf pack of Jacob involved under the most usual circumstances, and the formation of this alliance is really, I think, a big turn in the book-and well, don't want to spoil you all, this will have a big impact on the story afterwards.
On one hand, Bella is under constant fear of the newborns and Victoria, on the other hand, she's been thinking about her choice. Rosalie and Jacob fill the role of putting her into persective and remind her of the things she will miss as a human. Rosalie, in my view, has been horrible(kind of bxxch, sorry for my language) in the first two books-the known dislike towards Bella, misinformed Edward of Bella's death etc but this book has really done her character some justice. She accounts her pre-human life and how she became a vampire, which is not her own wish. This helps explain where all the hate she has toward Bella is coming from. Jacob on the other hand, confesses his love for Bella in the hope that she would change her mind.
Throughout the story, you can see how both clans/parties, come to terms with their differences and form an alliance which finally destroy the outside threat. However, during the process, you can also see the clash between Edward and Jacob towards Bella. It's not just a conflict of the two moral enemy but more about the "being human" side of Jacob and "being immortal side" of Edward. This also makes Bella comes to realize her feelings for Jacob(which I think it's too late), which she's been denying all the time and wonder if she has made the right choice. In the end, not suprisingly, she chooses Edward and leaves Jacob in agony. Personally, I can understand her choice but I have to say I do feel so sad and sorry for Jacob-you will understand when you read the epilogue.
Overall I think it's an incredible read, packed with lots of chills, actions and most of all romance-all the things you want in one volume-really cannot get anything better than this!!! I know they are going to release a movie based on the New Moon but I have to say I am really looking forward to the movie for this to come out-heard it's June 2010, it's going to be a big hit.