Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Posted August 7, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 52 Comments

Review: Eclipse by Stephenie MeyerReviewer: Holly
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #3
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: August 7th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 640
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three-stars

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?

This is the much anticipated continuing first person story of Bella Swan, a 17-year-old girl who moved to Forks, Washington and fell in love with vampire Edward Cullen.

Graduation is fast approaching for Bella, and with it, her deadline for becoming a vampire. She’s still on the outs with Jacob Black and she’s starting to have second thoughts about being changed. Not to mention there are a spree of murders taking place in Seattle and Victoria, the crazed vampire who’s been after Bella since Twilight, is still haunting Bella’s dreams.

I’ve never been one for self-denial. I mean, I figure, you can lie to your friends, you can lie to your family, but ultimately, you cannot lie to yourself. Bella Swan takes “lying to yourself” to a whole new level in this book. So much that I was seriously tempted to stop reading.

Side Note: There will be spoilers included in my review. There’s no way around it for me. If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to know before you read it yourself, please don’t read any further. :End Side Note

Once again we follow Bella’s thoughts as she tries to deal with becoming a vampire, her overwhelming love for Edward, her constant worry for her family, and her despair at the gulf between her and Jacob.

I think my biggest problem with this novel is the way Bella constantly deludes herself. It started almost in the beginning. Alice has a vision at lunch while sitting with Bella and Edward. Bella is curious and wants to know what the vision was, but neither Edward nor Alice will tell her. Edward then railroads her into going to visit her mom for the weekend in AZ, and then lies to Bella about the vision, telling her it was something much different than what it really is.

Prior to Edward telling her, Bella is sure she knows what the vision was about – Victoria – and has worked herself up into a nice fit of semi-panic. But when Edward tells her it was something inconsequential, she goes, “Oh. Good” and for the next 300 or so pages, she thinks to herself, “I’m just blowing this out of proportion again, just like I did with Alice’s vision”. She even does this after she finds out the truth of the vision and why Edward insisted she leave town for the weekend.

And that was the continuing trend throughout the book. She was in constant self-denial and always wanting to play the martyr. She finally makes amends with Jacob – who we know is totally in love with her – and she spends as much time with him as she can. But while she constantly thinks to herself, “I’m hurting him” she doesn’t back away, and she doesn’t make an effort to ease the pain he feels over her relationship with Edward.

I also had a very, very hard time with her developing relationship with Jacob. She finally agrees to marry Edward and then shortly after realizes she’s IN love with Jacob. Yes, I said IN LOVE with him. Although she loves Edward more, she could envision a life with Jacob. A comfortable, human life. She tells Jacob all of this and then says, “but I’m going to stay with Edward”. She even kisses him at one point (Jacob, I mean). Who does that? Naturally Edward found out right away because he can read Jacob’s mind, but rather than being upset with Bella he tells her he understood her reasons, that Jacob doesn’t fight fair, and that he loves her no matter what. Which, of course, just made Bella feel even worse.

At one point, I thought this was going to turn into another Love Triangle series, and I was sorely disappointed. I’m still not entirely sure that won’t happen.

Eventually they (Bella, Edward and Alice) figure out that Victoria is creating her own little army of “Newborns” – vampires who have just been created and don’t have any control over themselves but have tremendous power – with the intention of bringing them to Forks to wipe out the Cullens and kill Bella. They begin preparing to fight them, but Jasper, who has experience fighting Newborns, doesn’t think they’ll be able to win the fight, as they’re all sadly outnumbered.

Until the werewolves get involved. Jacob and the rest of the gang from La Push agree to fight with the Cullens to save Bella. I have to say, despite how annoyed I was with the book in general and Bella in particular, that was pretty cool. Seeing the Vamps and Weres working together was great. Although I still say Bella isn’t worth it.

Perhaps I’m not making much sense, or my frustration with the book is overshadowing the actual review of this book, but this is how I felt whilst reading..frustrated. And angry. And annoyed.

There were some good things. We find out more about Rosalie and Jasper and how they became Vampires. Learning about their pasts was very interesting. We found out more about the werewolves, too, and how they came to be and the legends they pass down. Of course, it was from these legends that Bella gets the idea into her head to sacrifice herself so everyone else can live, but at least it doesn’t happen that way.

The fight scenes were cool, even though we saw them all from Bella’s POV. And there’s an extremely unguarded moment when Jacob and Edward are talking about Bella with each other – when they think she’s asleep – that really touched me. Seeing where they both come from in regards to her..well, it was very sweet and touching. I could really feel the love they both have for her, although I am truly baffled by it. I’d just want to smack her myself, but that’s just me.

I think, overall, I expected Bella to get stronger and more independent. To find herself, I suppose. And instead she seemed to get more co-dependent and more self-serving. She was just plain selfish, assuming the world revolves around her and only thinking of herself, never of the other people in her life.

The Epilogue was very well done, however. It’s written from Jacob’s POV and I found it to be very insightful. If SM writes Midnight Sun -Twilight from Edward’s POV – or anything from Jacob’s POV, I’d scoop them up in a heartbeat.

Anyway, despite my issues – and there were many – with the overall story and Bella, SM’s writing still drew me in. She obviously has the talent and drive it takes to produce a constant page turner, and for that alone I cannot rate this in the “terrible” range.

3.0 out of 5

I honestly don’t know how I feel about continuing on with the series. Prior to reading this one, I was excited to read more about Bella and the Cullens and Jacob. Now? I’m not sure I want to see where this train wreck leads us. Although, I will probably buy the next installment. What can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment.

*I was going to include links in this post to SM’s site and etc, but it appears to be down. If I remember, I’ll update it later.

Edited to correct a mistake. I said Esme and Jasper told their stories, but it was in fact Rosalie and Jasper. I apologize

three-stars

Was She Always This TSTL?

Posted August 3, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 4 Comments


I’m almost finished with Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. I think I have less than 70 pages left to go (unfortunately I’ve had some personal things going on lately that have really cut into my reading time) and I’m starting to wonder..was Bella ALWAYS this Stupid?

I remember being slightly annoyed with her in Twilight, but overall loving her “voice” and being totally wrapped up in the story.

I also remember being slightly annoyed with her in New Moon, what with her constant angst and over usage of Jacob Black’s feelings for her. But in the end, I felt she was slightly redeemed and I even somewhat applauded her reasons for refusing Edward’s marriage proposal..hmm, or what I thought her reasons for refusing were.

But here I am, almost finished with Eclipse, a novel I’ve been waiting far too long for and I find myself wondering…what did I miss in Twilight and New Moon? Did I block her stupidity because the story was so well crafted? Was I so obsessed with Edward and the other Cullen’s I completely disregarded Bella’s annoying inner monologues?

How did I miss all that?

*headdesk*

*More on this in my review, coming Sunday or Monday

Am I the ONLY One..

Posted August 3, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 11 Comments

…in Romancelandia who lurrrves the secret baby plot? Well, ok, to clarify it has to be well written, but I don’t hate them. On the contrary, I quite enjoy them. Sometimes I take them from my shelf and love them and stroke them. Other times I throw them carelessly across the room because the reason behind the “secret” are the stupidest thing evah, but overall, I’m not a hater.

Am I alone?

Just curious…

Best Reads of July

Posted August 1, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

Alright, so it’s been a hella slow month for me on the reading tip but I know for a fact that Izzy and maybe Holly have gotten a lot of reading done so this month is solely for them. I don’t even want to list how many books I’ve read this month because it’s pretty pathetic, so moving things right along….

…my favorite read of the month is actually my only read this month and it’s by one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot. I read Teen Idol last month and it was the bomb diggity, I haven’t checked yet to see if it’s part of another series she’s got going but dude, this book was the bomb and though I loved me some Luke Striker for me, it was ALL ABOUT SCOTT! He was my hottie for sure in this book and I just loved reading about Jen and her little world, I totally recommend this book to any of those that love reading light hearted, high school drama stories told in the first person, great great stuff!

Next…

Is Me! Izzy.

Damn, I was on a role this month! I read 7 books. That is a lot for me. I’m the slowest reader of the bunch. So to knock out 7, yeah, I’m awesome. My 7 books for the month were:

Bridge to Terebitha by Katherine Patterson
Sins of A Duke by Suzanne Enoch
Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
Broken by Megan Hart
How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling

I’d have to say top 3 reads were: Sleepless at Midnight, Broken and Harry Potter. I recommend reading them all. Broken, is a roller coaster of emotions though. (At least for me). So be prepared. Also, it’s erotica for those who don’t care to read erotica.

Holly’s Turn:

July was a fairly slow month for me, too. I miss the days when I used to read 30-40 books a month. I really need my reading mojo back. *Sigh*

I think I read 14 books this month.

Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton
The entire Mediator series by Meg Cabot (a total of 6 books)
Tempting by Susan Mallery
A Third Party by Chris Tanglen (erotica)
A Third (and Fourth) Party by Chris Tanglen (erotica)
Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Chance McCall by Sharon Sala
Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins

Although I enjoyed them all, I think I’d have to go with Harry Potter and Up Close and Dangerous for my favorites. It was bittersweet reading HP and seeing the end of an era, but over the book was very well done.

While Up Close and Dangerous wasn’t LH’s finest novel, it was much more gripping and entertaining than some of her previous hardback releases and left me hopeful that future novels will be more in tune with her older works. I’d highly recommend both.

I’m going to give an honorable mention to Tempting by Susan Mallery. I had some issues with the book, but overall it was a good read and a great wrap up to the series.

What about the rest of you?

Until next month…

Weekly Reread: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.

Posted August 1, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Weekly Reread: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.Reviewer: Rowena
Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander Series #7
Also in this series: The Highlander Takes a Bride, Falling for the Highlander
Published by Dell
Publication Date: August 28th 2007
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 394
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five-stars

It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalisingly real, he's offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn't know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed....

I’m in a slump, y’all.

Nothing that I’ve picked up has been able to catch and keep my attention for longer than fifteen minutes and it really sucks but, I did pick this book up last week and was sifting through it, hoping that this book would bring me out of my reading funk.

A Karen Marie Moning is a good choice to kick off a reading slump because I was instantly wrapped right up in Cian and Jessi’s world. I was loving the whole mirror business and the whole paranormal aspect of the story, the magic, the good versus evil business and really, the biggest thing for me was the Dageus MacKeltar business.

I was all over that mug in this book, again.

This whole book was really good for me, from the total alphaness of Cian and his “voice” that works on EVERYONE but Jessi, I loved the whole getting to Scotland thing and just the bond that formed between Cian and Jessi. This book seriously had it all, sexy heroes, steamy plotline and out of this world characters that just heated up page after delicious page.

The scene where Dageus takes off with the mirror and Cian is ripping into him because he left Jessi vulnerable and just that whole scene was one great big AWWWWWW scene for me because you could see just how stubborn Cian was and you could tell how much Jessi had come to mean to him and it was just a fantabulous scene.

This whole book was one great big roller coaster for me, it had it’s high moments where I was rootin’ Jessi and Cian on and it had it’s moments where I wanted to kick someone because the evil dudes were just so evil but I love the world that KMM has created with the MacKeltar men and I just love the way KMM tells her stories, with lots of feeling, character development and just every damn thing about everything.

By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Cian and Jessi and I was just so hot damn happy they got their happy ending and I was hella loving all the Dageus and Drustan in this book too, gosh I love those twins. And that ending is something else, man I just effing love stuff like this.

This book gets a great big A for me because it was the hot damn bomb diggity with a cherry on top! Read it if you haven’t but first read the others, I skipped all the other books because this one was calling me…

five-stars