Release Date: August 7th, 2007
Dates Read: January 22nd – January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: young adult, romance, urban fantasy
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?
R E V I E W
If this is the first review you’re seeing of mine from the Twilight series you are behind. Eclipse is the third book in the series and my third review after my Twilight binge.
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer was my favourite book in this series. Honestly, I managed to consume this massive book twice in one day when I was 12. I was truly a strange child. This book is a shit tonne of build up and now as an adult reading this I could see that Stephanie Meyer truly lost the threads of her story. This book is truly just awkward as fuck.
However, anyway, what is Eclipse about? Let’s pretend you’ve never seen the Twilight films or read the books – are there people who fall in this category? If so, comment below! Eclipse continues to follow the love story of Bella and Edward, as well as really developing the love triangle between Bella, Jacob and Edward. You could say this book really made love triangles the massive craze they were. Now that Edward is back after his dumping of Bella and near death experience, he is treating Bella’s friendship with Jacob as an inconvenience – mhm, love men who control who I can and can’t see. This seems to be the centre of the story until news of multiple deaths in the Portland area. All signs point to an army of newborn vampires, which sets the Cullen’s on edge since it is so close to home and the army only seems to be growing. Bella is not bothered by it at all. She is more interested in getting that vampire dick – which Edward won’t hand over.
During the same time, we still have Victoria alive. If you’ve forgotten about her, don’t stress, she is the only one left of the original trio that became the conflict of Twilight.
Eclipse actually had a battle. Oh man, I loved this battle as a preteen. It made me so dang happily and I was fist pumping. However, as an adult, and I know this book isn’t technically targeted towards me, it is weak as heck. Again, a war is about to happen and the main focus is the fucking love triangle. I truly mean it. Bella kisses Jacob – consensually this time because there is a not consensual kiss in this book – and Edward who can read minds obviously works this out. It is truly a hot mess.
The Volturi also make a re-appearance in this book. It seems like Steph really thought she had a solid new villain as she tried to phase out the OG villain trio which she has slowly killed off every book.
Bella truly just whinges a lot. She is an even hotter mess than the book itself because her true focus is sex. I get it, teenagers have hormones, however, when a war that is technically your fault is about to start wouldn’t you maybe be a bit more concerned? Bella truly isn’t.
Eclipse does have a pretty great scene though. I love the scene in which the vampires and werewolves are training together to prepare for the battle. It is truly so great to me, I don’t know why but it is always my favourite.
Oh, Bella also graduates in this book. This was really nice to read now that I have graduated from both high school and university. This was something that I couldn’t even imagine when I first read this series. My depression was truly so strong that I did not expect that I would love to see the day to see myself graduate twice. It was super bittersweet for me, honestly.
OH ALSO, I realized during this audiobook that Victoria literally hadn’t said a word for three books. She was tracking Bella down, pissing off vampires and werewolves alike to kill her and she just didn’t say a word until this book. If only she had just killed Bella. Would have been perfect.
In conclusion, Eclipse is a hot mess and I really don’t think this is my favourite book in the series anymore. Bella gradually became more and more annoying. However, the narrator is still dang great. They truly did a fabulous job despite the shit content they had to narrate.
Happy reading everyone!
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