Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga
Previous Books in the Series:
1.5. Life and Death
2. New Moon
Date Started: February 27
Date Finished: February 28
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
The last time I read this book, it was the summer before my senior year of high school. I had read Eclipse the summer before when it was first released, but I was rereading it in preparation for the series finale that was coming out in August. Almost a decade later, and this book still irks me a little bit. Mostly because of the love triangle, but now also because of a few other things as well. First, let’s examine the new love triangle. As expected, Jacob becomes a new side because of everything he did for Bella while Edward was ‘away.’ Edward only barely tolerates him because of everything he did for her, but he still tries to keep the two apart, which was quite annoying. The whole dismantling of Bella’s car and then having Alice ‘kidnap’ her when he goes hunting just so that she doesn’t go to the reservation pissed me off. Talk about controlling. But he does eventually relent when he realizes that Jacob wants to protect her as much as he does.
Now for the new things that pissed me off. After Jacob confesses his feelings for Bella, he kisses her despite the fact that she’s about to protest it. She punches him in the face and breaks her hand. He laughs it off, but to me it ticks me off. She obviously didn’t want him to kiss her, and despite taking the hint and backing off he laughs off her protests? Really? And then to add to the bull shitness of it, when Jacob drives her home and Charlie is told what happens instead of being outraged – like any sane father should have been – he tells Jacob ‘good for you.’ What?! Now, granted, both Jacob and Charlie apologize for how they reacted – Charlie even goes so far as to ask Bella if she needs help learning how to defend herself just in case something like that happens again. Better reaction, but still…
The final thing that annoyed me was something that actually started in book 1. Bella’s intelligence is surprising to the members of the Cullen family. Now, granted in book 1, it was Emmett who was surprised, but in Eclipse it was Edward who was shocked that she was able to figure out that the coming at them from all sides thing was all connected. Um…why are you so shocked? You’ve already said that Bella was very observant. Why wouldn’t she be able to see this?
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book is still entertaining. But you know you’ve grown up when the Bella/Edward scenes that used to make me swoon, now just leave me feeling meh.
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