Part of the Twilight Saga series
Bella?' Edward's soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running.
He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me again.
His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine - like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.
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 approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death.
But which is which? Following the international bestsellers Twilight and New Moon, Eclipse is the much-anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's captivating saga of vampire romance.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 27/06/2008
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781904233916
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Review by thecommonryan
So far its a perfect abuse narrative, spun as romance. *bashes head on desk* --- The author acknowledges the parallels between her story and common tactics used by abusive arseholes, and yet still shapes their relationship as an 'ideal'. I'm disappointed, and not so thrilled with the ending. I had hoped that the book would redeem itself.
Review by klarusu
"True love, my arse!" That's what springs to mind on finishing the third instalment of the 'Twilight' saga. No longer do I think that Edward and Bella are star-crossed lovers separated by circumstance. I've come to the conclusion that Edward has really done a number on Bella. This is the first of the books that I had a serious problem with. For the first half, Edward is a really good approximation of a classic abusive, controlling partner. He breaks down Bella's self-esteem and manipulates, isolates and controls her. It culminates in a downright disturbing chapter when Bella is held hostage by his family and her low opinion of herself means she takes it. It takes a lot for me to react like this to a book - I'm not a militant feminist and I often think that people make a lot of fuss about nothing with these kind of complaints. What's more disturbing is the self-perpetuating nature of the abuse. Bella is not much better on the emotional damage side in her selfish treatment of Jacob.I was close to abandoning this book on principle in the first section - it was Jacob and the La Push werewolves that redeemed it for me. He's a loveable character (up until he seems to lack the understanding of 'No means no'). Bella and Edward probably deserve each other and quite frankly the sooner he bites her and they disappear, the better! Jacob though, he's great and I found I was rooting for him to wake up and smell the coffee and find himself someone better than Bella (although preferably not a 2 year old like one of the other adult werewolves ... but let's not go there or I'll never shut up...). The vamps aren't all bad, I like Alice despite her complicity in Edward's plans - actually, there are moments when it seems that Edward dominates her in a similar way to Bella. I don't understand how any self-respecting author, let alone a <u>female</u> author, could laud female subservience and male dominance to such a degree. Not one female character has any strength. Even Emily suffers her scars because Sam didn't mean it and wasn't responsible for his actions. It's like an abused girlfriends' handbook.I also hated the author's convenient use of an ultimatum to preserve the lovers' religious morality. Of course it's OK that Edward killed people because they were <u>bad</u> people but heaven forbid that they should risk their fragile souls by having pre-marital sex! I wonder here how much the author's religious background shows through?Will I read 'Breaking Dawn'? Certainly! Like I said, hooked. Would I like my daughter to read this and love Bella and Edward and accept this portrayal of social dynamics? Not so much. Bring back Buffy! I want a vampire loving high school girl that kicks butt not a willingly complicit doormat.
Review by deargreenplace
Eclipse is the third book in the Twilight saga and my patience is running out.Edward and Bella are as sickeningly "in love" as ever, Bella is still clumsy and in as much "danger" as ever, and Edward is still cold as stone. They graduate from high school, and Jacob and the werewolf pack have to join forces with the Cullens to protect Bella from a new predator. Again.After reading these books in quick succession, the flimsiness of Meyer's writing really becomes apparent. Her style is flat and repetitive and doesn't elicit any emotional investment with the characters whatsoever. If I had to read about Edward's cold stone arms suddenly reaching out to grab Bella one more time I was going to scream.While I'm on the subject of their "relationship", I'd like to make a few points for any teenage girls out there who think that Edward and Bella are the epitome of romance. This is not love. Love is not about blackmail and manipulation. If someone loves you, they won't try to tell you who you can and can't spend time with. Relationships should be fun when you're 18. Being with someone doesn't mean that you are their possession. These books can come across as a poorly disguised morality tale - Bella is made to feel guilty for wanting to sleep with Edward, who builds sex up into a life-threatening event that he will only participate in if they get married first. What century is this?! I was tempted to shout "Bella, he's just not that into you!"And then there's Bella. What's the big deal? Meyer never accurately portrays just why Bella is so enticing to every male in Forks. Is the clumsiness (which we are battered around the head with every two minutes) suppose to be endearing? She is probably the weakest character in the book, and Meyer can't seem to decide whether she is feisty or submissive. She ends up being both, which just doesn't work, and her repeated whinging that she wants to be a vampire so that she can be beautiful is just pathetic. It's a bad case of telling rather than showing - a symptom of the awful writing.The only part that I really believed in was the feud between the vampires and werewolves. As with New Moon, Jacob is probably the best-drawn character in the book, though he deserves better than to be stuck with Bella, who rejects him anyway. There is one more book in the saga. Can I dare to hope that these hideous creatures get their comeuppance?
Review by WomblingStar
The third book in the Twilight series. I think this is quite a good series. It is not the most amazing literature but the stories are good enough to keep you hooked and up late reading. The third book sees Bella trying to manage her feelings for both Edward and Jacob and stay alive/become a vampire at the same time. It moves quickly and I think I preferred it to the second book New Moon.
Review by magemanda
This is the third in Stephenie Meyer's now extremely famous series about Bella and Edward. In this book the Cullens realise that Bella is threatened by Victoria; Bella struggles between Edward and Jacob; and Edward issues his terms for Bella to be turned into a vampire.This is the worst of the three. I struggled to reach the end, and found no tension at all in the last one hundred pages or so. I really disliked the story Jasper tells about the wars in the South and the newborn armies that are created - can anyone say 'info-dump'? Once again, Meyer needs something to create tension and so shoves it into the story with no sensitivity or appreciation for what has gone before.I was very disappointed with the men in this book. Edward becomes even more controlling - literally, kidnapping his girlfriend to ensure she does what he wants. Issuing ultimatums. Just the kind of guy you would advise your girlfriend to get away from.Jacob is just as bad. For someone who was so delightful to read about in parts of the second book, in this book his delusion about Bella's feelings and his refusal to accept what she is telling him leads him to sexually assault her. Count me a person who is neither Team Jacob or Team Edward!And then we come to Bella - a girl who is determined to create the most melodramatic life. Someone never satisfied with her current lot. After all, she describes Edward as the most perfect man and is convinced she wants to be with him forever, so much so she is willing to become a vampire (strange girl). However, she also yearns after Jacob - why? If Edward is so perfect what can Jacob possibly offer? She strings the two guys along and causes them both hurt unnecessarily. She has gone beyond annoying and whiny (as she was in books one and two) and is now dislikable.Finally, I have a gripe that was present before but came to the fore in this book because there was so much more romantic action between Edward and Bella. I actually get turned off by the idea of a guy who is essentially a freezing rock. Those unyielding cold lips are about as unappealing as anything I can think of. When you struggle to realise where Bella's attraction for Edward stems from, there is little left in the books to enjoy.I shall most certainly not be picking up the fourth and I am now only keeping the third book so that I can compare book to film when it comes out. After that the whole series will be going to the secondhand book store for someone else to endure!
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