Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Eclipse
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 629 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 7, 2007
Source: Personal collection

SYNOPSIS

BELLA?”
Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, just like he had in the parking lot, and kissed me again.
This kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine – like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.

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?

READERS CAPTIVATED BY Twilight AND New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much-anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer’s riveting vampire love saga.

MY THOUGHTS

Okay. This reread was fun, but by Eclipse, the series started to lose its luster for me. The love triangle was tiresome and unhealthy. Edward began the book ridiculously controlling and overprotective; his sudden 180 partway through the book manipulated Bella into thinking he was incredibly selfless, when he is in fact the most selfish character in the series. And while I loved Jacob, he also tried to manipulate Bella’s emotions, although at least he was more open about it. Bella, for her part, is too young to know what she really wants, so she wants it all.

I forgot how little action there actually is in this book–it’s all about the relationship drama. The fight scene with Victoria was awesome, but it was over too fast considering the series was building toward this fight since book 1. I also wish we could’ve gotten a POV look at the showdown with the newborns! It sounded like an epic fight, but we only got a little recap after the fact since Bella didn’t witness it.

One thing I loved in this book was learning more of the Quileute legends and history. I really love the werewolves in this series, and the scenes at La Push really fleshed out the world building and mythology in this series.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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