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From Publishers Weekly
The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun in Twilight, but it’s unlikely to win over any newcomers. Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode in Twilight place Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer’s other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward’s competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. Once again the author presents teenage love as an almost inhuman force: “He would have been my soul mate still,” says Bella, “if his claim had not been overshadowed by something stronger, something so strong that it could not exist in a rational world.” According to Meyer, the fourth book should tie up at least the Edward story, if not the whole shebang. Ages 12-up.
Praise for Eclipse:
“Move over, Harry Potter.” – USA Today
“Has a hypnotic quality that puts the reader right inside the dense, rainy thickets of [Forks]” – People Magazine
“The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment” – Publishers Weekly
“[Stephenie Meyer is] the world’s most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice” – Entertainment Weekly
“Meyer’s trilogy seethes with the archetypal tumult of star-crossed passions, in which the supernatural element serves as a heady spice.” – The New York Times
Eclipse brings us back to Forks and Twilight
By Amy Wallace
Twilight introduced us to Bella Swan and the mysterious Cullen’s a family of vampires. New Moon pulled Bella and Edward Cullen apart, and tested their love and introduced us to Jacob and the battle between wolves and vampires. It also left us hanging with a decision about Bella and immortality: when?
Eclipse is different. We return to the town of Forks and find that nothing much has changed. Graduation is closer than ever (after which, the Cullen’s have agreed to make Bella a vampire) and a serial killer is loose in Seattle. Bella cannot see Jacob, her best friend because he is a Werewolf, and due to her ties to the vampires, it would break treaties and bonds made between them.
As the days go by, and graduation gets closer and closer, Bella must choose her fate. She wants to become immortal and be with Edward, but she must give up her family to do so. She is also worried about the change: will she be able to be “vegetarian” like the Cullen Family, and refrain from human blood? Or will her new blood lust cause her to kill innocent people?
The serial killer that is in Seattle turns out to be supernatural: newborn vampires on the loose. This brings up even more issues for Bella and her decision to become immortal. Not that anything could ever persuade her to give Edward up, but it makes the choice more difficult by showing her the realities of becoming a vampire.
Without spoiling the plot: Jacob wants more from Bella too, which makes the choice even more difficult. Must Bella choose between the love of her life and her best friend?
Eclipse is yet another installment of a series I desperately hope will continue. I want to continue watching the characters grow and change, and find out what their lives will unfold to be like. I am already anxious for the next in the series! Write more, Stephenie Meyer!
Exciting, engaging, and leaves you wanting more
By Chad Michael
I really loved the Twilight saga… Although book 1 is probably my favorite, I definitely thought Eclipse was the next best book in the series when read (or listened to in my case since I bought all 4 audio books) from front cover to back. It really keeps you engaged and builds the relationship between not only Bella and Edward but also builds the reader into the relationship with all of the Cullen’s and Quiluete wolf pack. It was great and exciting til the last page!
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