Review: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga #3) by Stephenie Meyer - .Red Wine & Books

Monday, April 13, 2020

Review: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga #3) by Stephenie Meyer


Print Length: 629 pages
Publisher: Little Brown & Company (August 7, 2007)

From Goodreads.com:  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?


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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Alright. I liked this one slightly more than I did the previous two. Mainly because watching the vampires and the werewolves learn to work together was interesting for me. Aside from that? 

I find it VERY hard to believe that NO ONE put one and one (and one) together until nearly the end. After everything that had happened, I would have thought that at least someone in their hundreds years of life would have at least considered the possibility of what was going on. But nooo, let's leave it to Bella to figure out. Even though she is supposedly so important to everyone.

Speaking of Bella. She was even more whiny and self-absorbed than before. I think this was probably due to the fact that in book one she was all about Edward, then book two became all about Jacob, and then book three became all about her wanting both of them? I'll admit to being confused, how could someone who was SO SURE of who and what she wanted to be so confused?  She balks at the idea of getting married at eighteen (to the point she hurts Edward's feelings), but has NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER becoming a vampire at the same age? How dumb is this girl? Sure people do like to whisper when teenagers get married (I should know I did it at 19), but getting married is a lot less permanent than becoming a vampire. 

Edward just irked me as well. He "listened" to his fiance (who didn't even want to tell Jacob she was engaged) kiss another man, but he was "so understanding" he didn't blame her one bit? Cut me some slack. He's still a "man" and anyone would be at least a little irritated about the fickleness of the person they love (especially if said person wants them to go against everything they believe in). 

And Jacob. I haven't decided if I'm more annoyed with him because of the way he kissed Bella without her permission, or the way he (more than once) mistook her trying to get away from him as passion or .... no. I honestly hate him. Because he KNOWS Bella isn't for him, he REMEMBERS how badly it hurt her when Edward left, and most importantly he KNOWS how imprinting works, and despite that? He tries to make her stay. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know how it ends and by this point, everyone else does as well. But when this book takes place? The characters don't. And to me? Jacob is being pretty damn selfish to be with someone he knows he's going to eventually leave. He even tried to impress that fact upon her when he told her about Leah and Emily. 

Personally? Knowing how this story ends? I'm insanely curious as to what might have happened had Bella chosen Jacob. He never would have imprinted, so would either of them ever truly have been happy?

In all honesty, this book series might be the one exception where the movies were better. The fight scene was loads better than listening to Bella's inner musings, and the movie scene where Billy offered his hand for Carlisle to shake when he thanked him for treating Jacob? Much more prominent than any bullshit that we got in the books.

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                                       Eclipse is available from Amazon.com

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