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Title: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
The vampires and werewolves of Forks, Washington face a new threat when Victoria seeks revenge against Edward and Bella. Though werewolves and vampires are natural enemies, they will have to work together if they want to save their loved ones from the mayhem which is swiftly approaching. The conflict and constant tug-of-war between Edward and Jacob over Bella finally comes to a head, with Bella making her final choice.
This is the third book in the Twilight series. If you love drama and angst, then this is the book for you! I just finished Eclipse this evening, and it definitely left me feeling sad. The ending is so tragic and even though I know that everything will turn out alright in the end, I still feel so sorry for poor Jacob.
It seems to me that this story revolves less around action and more around relationships and feelings. It completely capitalizes on the love triangle between Jacob, Bella and Edward. Their feelings, motivations, guilt trips, selfish actions, fights, and hissy fits are all on glorious display for the reader to bask in. It feels like watching a soap opera from up close. Personally, I would have liked a bit less of the angst, squabbling and indecision, but I can see how it would appeal to a younger audience.
The steaminess quotient definitely jumped up a notch with this book, compared to the first two. With the talk about marriage, Edward and Bella are more forward in their physical relationship than they have been in the past, though there isn’t anything explicit. Even Jacob gets his turn to smolder in this book!
The relationship between Edward and Bella is still one of (what I think is) unhealthy co-dependency. I get that young people like this idea that there is one person out there who is your soul mate, and that it would kill you if you had to part with them, but I can’t keep my brain suspended in the clouds like a teenager can. My mind craves a bit more realism in their relationship, and for their characters to realize that you can’t completely depend on someone else to define yourself or your happiness in life. Sigh…I know that won’t be coming in the next book, though.
Despite that criticism, I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. It’s just so juicy and full of drama! I think the conflict and uncertainty in the relationships makes the story so engrossing, and that’s what makes it so addictive.
I recommend Eclipse to all the ladies out there who enjoy a good romantic story with a bit of danger thrown in. I think it’s best suited to teens and up, as things get a bit violent, especially the farther you progress in the series.
- More intimate scenes & discussion of sex after marriage; also a sexual assault is alluded to
- A few uses of the d-word
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Until next time…
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