Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Eclipse Review

“It was too dark to see much besides the black triangles of the spruces leaning and shaking with the wind. But I strained my eyes anyways, searching for other shapes in the storm. A pale silhouette, moving like a ghost through the black…or maybe the shadowy outline of an enormous wolf…”

Stephanie Meyer’s astounding ability to capture readers in a mythical world of undeniable love and unquenched vengeance brilliantly spellbinds the imagination. Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight saga, is full of energy, romance, chills and thrills making it almost impossible to put down. Reading Twilight and New Moon, in that order, is essential to understanding the continuing story line, because readers are dropped straight into the story, and they’re both excellent novels.

The conflicting forces between vampire Edward’s selfless eternal love and the warmth of werewolf Jacob’s friendship and persistence for more stirs within Bella, the narrator, as she reaches graduation. Bella is once again surrounded by danger as tensions rise when a chain of murders take place in nearby Seattle, all of which point to a looming vampire threat. These dangerous vampires make their way to Forks in search of Bella leading to a suspenseful plot that weaves its way through the story. However, the main conflict within the novel is the love triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob created in New Moon adding to the enmity between vampires and werewolves. She must now choose between fire and ice, life and death.

The first several chapters are dedicated to the stifling issues of jealousy yet soon pick up steam as they revisit the romance between Bella and Jacob, my favorite part. Despite Bella’s love for Edward she is drawn to Jacob. They take long hand-in-hand walks by the beach, spend intimate moments in the woods, and constantly find themselves in each other’s arms. This causes Eclipse to enter soap opera mode as it becomes highly saturated with teen drama and angst. Edward is Bella’s soul mate but Jacob is the soul mate she should/would have had naturally if Edward didn’t exist. Poor Jacob didn’t even have a fair chance. “Well, I’m so sorry that I can’t be the right kind of monster for you Bella. I guess I’m just not as great as the bloodsucker, am I?”

Bella’s dependency on Edward soon becomes very frustrating and tiring as her obsession is passed off as normal. I have to admit that I did gag a few times at the overly perfect portrayal of love between the two, which is why I love Jacob so much. His pushy yet captivating charm really won me over and definitely made it a more interesting read.

Eclipse is packed with action and suspense that sends you racing through the pages. Although it is very predictable and quite obvious who is threatening Bella the final battle delivers on excitement.

Eclipse is a novel for all ages –an easy read yet dense with exhilarating imagery and creativity.

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