Author: Stephenie Meyer (Website)
Series: Twilight Saga #3
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Format: Hardcover (629 pages)
In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.
Something Edward didn't want me to know. Something Jacob wouldn't have kept from me...
It was never going to end, was it?
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? Summary from Dust Jacket
There are spoilers in this review. But, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m pretty sure these spoilers aren’t anything new.
I first read Eclipse when it came out in August 2007. I was so excited to read it. New Moon had left me with such anxious feelings and I wanted peace. I needed peace. So, I waited as patiently as I could to find out what would happen to Bella and Edward, and begrudgingly Jacob.
I read Eclipse in one day. I needed to know if Bella ended up with Edward. I needed to know that Jacob wasn’t in the way anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t get quite what I wanted. Eclipse is what showed me that I detest love triangles more than any other literary device there is. I’d rather see my favorite characters die than in a love triangle. Sadly, love triangles are over-abundant in YA books.
I’m not one to throw books if I get mad at something in the story, but when Bella finally relented to kiss Jacob and discovered that she was in love with him, I very nearly threw my book across the room. I was so mad! I almost didn’t keep reading. It was my worst nightmare coming true. When I finished Eclipse, the peace and calm I had wanted about Bella and Edward’s relationship wasn’t there. Sure, she chose Edward, but it felt like she only chose him because she had to.
The epilogue in Jacob’s point-of-view bugged me too. I didn’t care what Jacob was feeling. I wanted more Bella and Edward. It almost left a sour taste in my mouth, but I got over it. After realizing that I liked most of the book and that Bella did end up with Edward, I was okay. I decided that I liked Eclipse, just not quite as much as I had liked Twilight.
Just like with New Moon, I’ve only read Eclipse three times now whereas I’ve read Twilight five times. I couldn’t bring myself to read Eclipse again until after I read Breaking Dawn and knew Bella ended up with Edward for good.
2014 Reread Thoughts
Reading what I term “The Great Dog Snog” (coined by some friends on the Twilight Lexicon when Eclipse first came out) was still irritating. It’s definitely not my favorite scene in the book. It’s seriously like the longest kiss in the world (Bella and Edward don’t even have that long of a kiss)! But, what I did notice this time around is that Bella wasn’t just choosing Edward because she had to. She chose Edward because she wanted him more and that made me feel better. I think in that respect the Eclipse movie helped a lot because of the emotions shown in the movie. So, now I can read Eclipse more happily than I could that first time around.