Eclipse (Twilight #3) by Stephenie Meyer (2007)
YA Fiction | Paranormal Romance
“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?”
How to write a review on the Twilight Saga…that is the question. Honestly, I suppose I shall have to write a two-part review for each book in the series: a) How I felt when I first read the books at age 14 and b) How I felt when I re-read them at age 18. Yes. Yes that shall be my format for the following four Twilight Saga book reviews. Now let’s proceed.
Book One: TWILIGHT
pooled ink Review:
AGE 14: Quit messing with Edward and Jacob! Jacob is attractive, kind, loyal, and sweet, and a good human-wolf being, but you yourself keep admitting that it’s Edward you really love, Bella. So STOP IT. You’re literally just being that girl. You’re “that girl” who plays with people, is selfish, and pretends to not be aware or that they don’t do it on purpose but you do know and you’re a terrible person for it. Jacob is definitely persistent (which became a bit irritating) and that doesn’t help but if you weren’t so wishy-washy every other time he makes a move on you then it would help him understand that no, he does not in fact have a snowball’s chance in Hell with you except as your best friend. You, Bella Swan, are frustrating and messing with the perfection of what I once thought was Twilight. Ugh! Love triangles are the worst!
But other than that this book was awesome! I loved learning more backstories of the Cullen clan! Also Victoria is crazy and she had me nervous the whole time like I couldn’t even begin to guess where she was going to pop up or how this would all end. She’s got some serious revenge going on! Vampire-werewolf-newborn battle is EPIC. Each book really escalates with the actions, the plot twists, the excitement, and the romance! So even though I’m really hating this ridiculous love-triangle going on I can’t help but get sucked into the story. I can’t believe there’s only one more book in the series! Ahh!
AGE 18: Quit messing with Edward and Jacob, Bella. Quit toying with poor Jacob’s loyalty and emotions. Quit trying to take Edward’s 190-year old virginity you weirdo especially when as far as you manage to get is trembling clumsy fingers unable to undo a single shirt button and essentially creating a scene that had me cringing in pain. You’re an idiot and your awkwardness is painful to read. Not everything in this book is terrible. But definitely Bella.
Huzzah for including a battle scene in this one…or at least some of one because honestly most of it was just focused on Bella in a freezing cold tent and Edward and Jacob making dagger eyes at each other…I’d rather hear more about, you know, the actual battle raging in the forest.
But I did still enjoy reading about psychotic Victoria (although I think her role could have been played up just a bit more). And the backstories on the Cullen clan were great. However most of this book was literally dedicated to the annoying love triangle (I’m still Team Edward for Bella but ugh both of them were getting on my nerves) and that really killed it for me.