Monday, September 1, 2008

Enchanting Review: Eclipse

YA Paranormal
Little Brown, Young Readers
640 pages
Hardcover--Available now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Seventeen year old Bella Swan is back in the third book of the Twilight Saga. Still human, Bella is fighting to be turned into a vampire and has strong beliefs on the subject. Still naive and clumsy as ever, Bella is about to graduate high school and has a lot of decisions to make.

Edward Cullen is a 100 year old vampire that lives and acts among the humans with his family. Edward is still in love with Bella and does whatever it takes to keep clumsy Bella out of harm’s way. With Eclipse, you see more of Edward’s challenge and what he must do to try and overcome them.

In Eclipse, you see a lot of changes made. Bella, for one, is happy to have her vampire boyfriend back. Edward is very over protective of her, though. Leaving her once was enough for him. With Edward keeping a close eye on her, Bella is not allowed to see her former best friend and werewolf, Jacob, for the simple fact that in one angry moment, Bella could be hurt. In other problems, someone is after the damsel once again and is out for blood. With Jacob and Edward fighting over her, Bella feels torn that the two can’t be friends. Bella is also starting to want more out of her relationship with Edward. In the midst of all of this happening, there are a bunch of killings happening in Seattle that could be vampire related. There is also a surprise visitor that will also disrupt the peace. In this book, Bella does figure out a few new things about herself and how strong she actually is.

Eclipse is a very enjoyable read, with all the happenings that Stephenie Meyer throws in. I really feel for Jacob in this book, fighting for Bella to be with him, instead of Edward. And, Edward’s attitude is amazing in this one. The only thing that annoyed me a little is how overprotective that Edward was. He didn’t give Bella a lot of space and I could understand how Bella did feel about that. I also really liked Jacob in this book, because he started having feelings for Bella in New Moon, but really started fighting for her when Edward came back. In a way, I was really rooting for both of them, because Bella is very lucky to have two stand up guys (or mythical creatures) fighting for her. Charlie is also some comic relief, with being mad at Edward for leaving Bella in the first place. Towards the end of the book, it gets really gripping, with Bella being stalked by a mysterious vampire and with the drama between Edward and Jacob. Another interesting thing about this one, is the back story that Stephenie gives us on the werewolves. Around a campfire one night, Bella is told some ancient stories about them and it’s a very interesting and insightful story. Eclipse is a page flipping read.

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the other three books in the Twilight Saga, Twilight, New Moon and the final Breaking Dawn. She’s also the author of a sci-fi book, The Host and is planning on 2 more books in that series. Also, she is in the process of writing Twilight in Edward’s perspective and it’s going to be called Midnight Sun. You can visit Stephenie at her website

August 2008

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