- Series: Twilight Sagas (Book 3)
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316027650
- ISBN-13: 978-0316027656
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eclipse (Twilight Sagas) Paperback – August 4, 2009
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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. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The third episode of Meyer’s vampire-romance series finds heroine Bella Swan anxious to become a vampire and live forever with handsome vampire Edward. Obstacles arise when Edward demands marriage and werewolf Jacob declares his love for Bella. Eventually, the Cullen vampires and the Quileute werewolves unite to face off against a pack of uncontrollable vampires seeking revenge on Bella. Kadushin portrays kindly Edward in soft, warm tones and voices teenager Jacob in more brash, edgy speech patterns. She captures Bella’s uncertainty as she wavers between her love for Edward and her intrigue with Jacob. Kadushin’s performance is particularly stellar in passages where Bella is cold and her words come out in a chattering fashion or when she is upset, causing her to sob and hiccup. Matt Weathers reads the epilogue, which indicates a follow-up title is likely, news that should please fans of the popular series. Grades 9-12. --Pam Spencer Holley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bella doesn't come off any better here than in the last book. Even though she's (secretly) agreed to marry Edward, she still insists on spending time with Jacob; which Edward doesn't like, though Jacob is grateful for time to try and change her mind. Bella isn't the only manipulator here, though; Edward is bribing her with what she wants to get what he wants (which is something he knows she doesn't want).
I get that Bella is a 17-year-old teenage girl, but really? Are they that selfish and self-centered? But not even what happens to Jacob while protecting her is enough to dissuade Bella from her chosen course.
With the threat of the Volturi coming to Forks, the wolves and the Cullens must work together to keep Bella and the town safe. We also learn more about some of the other family members and their history of how they came to be.
An action packed read with welcomed moments for your heart from our favorite couple.
The answer? Nowhere. And extremely slowly. Was there a point to this book? Nothing happens! The whole "plot" could have been summarized in a chapter. Bella whines. Bella is horny. Bella graduates. Edward has changed from the Pattinson-proclaimed James Dean persona into a sniveling co-dependent wretch. Jacob and Bella are both disturbingly manipulative and sado-masochistic.
The only redeeming qualities were Rosalie's and Jasper's stories. Honestly, Rosalie has been one of my favorite characters so far because she is the only one who hasn't been entranced by Bella's...well...what, exactly? Bella is not independent or smart or talented in any way, she is not strong or interesting -- she is an empty shell. We have learned nothing about her so far -- did she have ANY friends in her entire life in Phoenix? Any hobbies? ANY ambition to do ANYTHING? The overall storyline for the entire series would have been SO much more interesting if there were some sort of struggle -- Bella as a fiercely independent-minded stubborn driven young woman, who is swept off her feet and has to deal with the internal struggle of following her dreams, or following her heart. Who fights back rather than whimpers. Her collapse after Edward left would have therefore been so much more profound.
Regardless, when Jasper finally opens his mouth and tells his story, it starts to get promising. Maybe there will be a really good, descriptive good vampire/bad vampire/werewolf fight in here. The chapter flashing between the scene in the clearing and the scene at Bella and Edward's tent. Finally, maybe no more "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HAVE SEX WITH ME" begging (which is a wonderful example to girls about how to manipulate guys, by the way...just beg and look pathetic and eventually they will give in? if this were a book geared toward adults, fine, have Bella be some insecure pitiful moaning flat character. But take a little bit of responsibility for the impressionable fan-base you somehow now have groveling at your feet). But no -- the fight itself is glossed over completely -- it is all over by the time we hear anything about it. The much-alluded-to and feared visit by the Volturi is, well, WEAK. And Victoria, with all of the build-up, turns out to be a simple kill.
Yay. Back to "I'll marry you if you will do me before you make me a vampire" for the rest of the book. At this point the whole thing is like a train wreck -- do we want to bother with even borrowing the fourth book? Or are we now caught up in the lurid fascination of seeing just how very much more nauseating things become? Spelling and grammar mistakes aside (I blame this on publishers so fanatically greedy to get that teenager money that they can't bother with proof-reading), this particular installment just felt like a vapid waste of time. Sorry.