Author: Stephanie Meyer
Summary: 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?
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: It’s book three of the series, and I’m still wondering why this series is so popular. The main characters are not likeable especially Bella, who has had no character development, and in fact seems to be getting worse as time goes on. Seriously, she is one of the most selfish characters I’ve ever met. As usual Bella wants to die, and me as the reader wishes she’d just die already so we can stop listen to her moan about how horrible her life is. Loving parents - check. Friends - check. Guy in love with her, and will go to the end of the world for her - check (times two.) And what does she want? To die and be like her boy friend, so they can be together forever. Who cares that the rest of your family and friends will be left in the dust? Only thing I like about Edward is his insistence that Bella stay as she is and enjoy life for a while. (I dislike Edward, I think he is portraying a terrible example of what a man should be, he’s controlling and abusive, and his and Bella’s relationship are giving bad examples on today’s youth. If he was an adult and acted like this, he’d be seen as a bad guy. His recommendations of what and how Bella should do things, always come a cross as demands, and its passed off as okay, because he’s a “vampire/monster/soulless” sigh)
I did enjoy learning more about Jasper and his background, and I adore Alice. Emmett is also an enjoyable character to read about. In fact, all of the Cullens are interesting, except Edward. They all have such interesting background stories, I wish she’d write more stories on them and their “adventures”, rather than this boring love story, which is pretty much the same in every book, with an extra little subplot tied in at the end.
I was hoping this big battle at the end would mean that we’d see the whole Cullen family and wolves fight, instead we got Bella and Edward sitting in a tent, listening to the fight and a wolf howl. We get to see a quick glimpse of Edward kill a vampire, but I was hoping for a big fight scene! Oh well.
Okay so overall, the idea of the subplot of a group of vicious vampires coming to kill Bella and the Cullens was a great, and I really enjoyed the build up to it but then was let down, because the overall execution of it and main story line were horribly done.
So why do I keep torturing my self with this crappy love story? Because I love the vampire family and how they function. It's a different take on vampires, and I like vampire stories. I just wish the approach to it would be better, because it has so much potential.
Would I recommend it to read: So far, this is the "best" of the series, but it isn't a very good book. I find it to be full of fluff, has a little more details about the vampires, and slightly more of a story line that veers away from a whining Bella and stalker Edward (instead you get a super creepy love triangle). But there is a little more story to it.
What to read next: Breaking Dawn
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2009 Support Your Library Challenge