Monday, November 23, 2009

Review: ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer

by Stephenie Meyer
Published January 1st 2007 by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover, 629 pages

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. 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?

Just to finish up our reviews of the Twilight Saga in celebration of the movie NEW MOON (Which I have now seen twice -- the second time being just as if not better than the first -- and will see again tomorrow), today we're talking about book 3!

This book I think really takes on the more epic feel of the stories. The main conflict is much more external for most of the book in the form of Victoria, but it also has a lot of emotional turmoil.

Unfortunately, this book I loved and hated at the same time because of that. I actually loved all the fighting sequences the external conflict plot. But being book 3 the internal conflict of Bella trying not to hurt or lose Jacob but still being in love with Edward, as well as refusing to marry Edward for so long was just plain annoying to me. She was cruel to both of them, and in the end made the only decision for her that made from the beginning she had always said "I'll choose him. It was always him" (referring to Edward) therefore we know it always will be.

Another thing I loved here was finding out more about the mysterious Jasper. His past is fascinating. I would even dare say I'd like to read more about it later down the road.

All in all this is a great one, and will make an even better movie than NEW MOON in my opinion. A few things. The movie release date for ECLIPSE is June 30th 2010. And if you haven't heard, Rachelle LeFevre will not be playing the role of Victoria. She breached her contract and booked another movie that overlapped the filming for ECLIPSE so they hired Bryce Dallas Howard. I don't usually like it when they switch actors without extreme cause (like in the case of Dumbledore, they didn't have a choice...and I wouldn't have minded if they switched their choice for Rosalee) but I do like Bryce Dallas Howard, and think it will be fun to see her take on the part.

I own this book and was not compensated for a review.


Guinevere said...

I think you meant ECLIPSE is going to be released on June 30. I'm really excited for that one too! It was my favorite book in the series (if I remember correctly). Although I agree, it was annoying how she wouldn't say yes to marrying him (seriously, if you know he's the end all of all loves, and you wanted to die without him, what's the hold up? Just because your mom's marriage didn't work out so great was not a big enough reason for her hesitancy to me). But see, this all goes back to the fact that Bella honestly bugs me most of hte time in the books. I read them for the story and for Edward. I need to reread this one now! Thanks for the review, it's fun to reminisce.

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

I agree...a big factor in reading them was my desire for an Edward fix. ;)

Larissa said...

As I mentioned before, I kind of enjoyed some of Edward's angst in this book as payback for leaving in New Moon - but I'm spiteful that way. LOL.

This is definitely my favorite book. I have reread the scene in the tent more times than anything else. :)