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Praise for Eclipse:
"Move over, Harry Potter." - USA Today

"Has a hypnotic
"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

Praise for New Moon:
-"Teens will relish this new adventure and hunger for more."--Booklist
-"[A] near-genius balance of breathtaking romance and action."--VOYA
-"New Moon will ... leave [fans] breathless for the third."--School Library Journal

Praise for Twilight:
-A New York Times Editor's Choice
-A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
-An Amazon Best Book of the Decade...So Far
-An American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Twilight Saga
  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Mti edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*The rating should probably be a 4, but out of principle I give everything Twilight related 5 stars. Silly, but that's the way it is.

I am evenly split between happiness and disappointment. There were so many wonderful bits of information in the Guide, things I never thought to wonder about and answers to numerous niggling questions. However, so many things were left out - things that I'm sure Stephanie knows and are really essential pieces of information for any Twilight lover.

On the bright side, the paucity of information means there's lots left to the imagination. Readers and writers of Twilight fan-fiction will not lack for story options. I also wonder if the major holes in various characters' biographies (specifically Alice and Jasper, as well as Renesmee and Jacob) were done in purpose to leave room for future books. I already know that she won't answer certain questions about Nessie and Jacob in case she explores it later, but there was so much left out of Alice and Jasper's early lives that perhaps Stephenie envisions another story (I doubt it though).

I'll go over the good and bad points. I am making an effort not to put any spoilers in my review (e.g. the substance of Alice's story), but I'll be referring to what is and is not in the Guide. If you're as picky about spoilers as I am, you might want to be careful. Also, given the level of my emotional investment in Twilight, my criticisms will likely not be as diplomatic as I normally try to make them.

The Good

1. Vampires Generally: I learned almost everything I wanted to know about the physical qualities of vampires. I already knew much of the information, but there was just enough new to keep me happy.

2. Alice's Human Life: Brava, Stephenie!
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If you look very carefully on the back jacket, you will see the cover image of the original announced book. It reads, "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Stephenie Meyer" as the byline. The byline on the cover that was printed reads "A companion to the #1 Bestselling Series by Stephenie Meyer." That should tell you everything you need to know about this book. The title page doesn't credit the author, it credits Alphie and Pel from the Twilight Lexicon website and it's evident from the number of things that are marked 'unkown' or 'sometime between time x and time y' that very little new information was given to them in this writing. The book is a hodge-podge of information of varying newness and quality, and while it's an interesting addition for those who'd like a pretty book, it doesn't provide much meat for fans who've paid close attention to information about the series all along.

Wonderful and interesting backstories have been included for some characters, such as James, Victoria, Laurent, and Alice. As became usual for SM starting in Eclipse, far more attention has been paid to the wolves and their history than to the vampires and theirs. There is some new information about the Volturi, but what she imagines for their past is generally out of line with ancient European history. The backstories vary immensely, however, in quality and new information, with some lifting word-for-word the tiny backstory given for that character in the books. (This is unfortunately especially true of the Cullen bios, which are arguably the ones fans were most interested in.) Some bios give pages of information about characters we didn't know, others are a few lines long and reveal that very little new info has been added.
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By LG on April 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I so looked forward to reading this guide, and am sad to say it was a huge disappointment. About 10% of the book is new information, the rest is just rehashed from the books themselves, twilight lexicon or author's website. There is some nice new background information on Alice, and some of the less central characters, but the information on most characters is a direct repeat from the books. You think SM could have thrown in just a little bit of new information and given us something, or even some basic information about future events, i.e. did Charlie marry Sue? The story timeline, fan drawings and Cullen car overviews were annoying filler and made me feel ripped off. Particularly the story timeline. I'd say most people wanting to read the guide are fans, so hey, we know the basics of what happened in the books, trust us! I came away feeling the whole thing was put together by the publisher's, with barely a look in from SM. The really annoying thing is it could and should have been SO much better.
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Because of all the delays and push-backs of the release of this book you would think this book would be great. This book could have been released 2 years ago and be exactly the same. It just feels like SM is burned out on Twilight and her lack of effort shows in this book. I was expecting amazing things and got very little. Each character should have had a photo. No fan art should have been in this book, it's a guide not a fan tribute. And pages of book covers from around the world, WTF? I can go to Amazon.com and see those. The book is filled with useless information to make up for the lack of necessary information. And the FAQ are a joke. We had those same questions answered 2-3 years ago. I'm heartbroken that we the fans that love and dedicate our time and money to this saga got this as the long awaited guide. It's not a guide, it's mash-up of Twilight fan/websites. And the 60 page interview was so unnecessary and just a page filler to make the book bigger. The Twi-Fans got taken for a ride with this book. I never thought I would think this or say this but if this is all the energy that SM can put into Twilight then maybe she shouldn't write anymore about it. I felt the passion and desire in the first 3 books of the saga but after that it just seemed like she had to finish it and she hurried through to get it finished.

Sad, sad day in the Twi-Universe.
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