After being reunited in New Moon, Bella and Edward are quite content, until they hear about a spate of murders in Seattle. The Cullens fear they’re not being carried out by your average murderer, rather a pack of ‘newborn’ vampires.
Unfortunately they’re right and an army of vampires have been created by Victoria, who is still trying to avenge James’ death, and kill Bella.
Knowing they can’t take on a small army of vampires on their own, the Cullens and the werewolves are forced to work together and get along in order to save Bella’s life.
The Bella, Edward and Jacob love triangle really heats up during Eclipse, with Jacob seriously struggling to come to terms with her choosing Edward and choosing to become a vampire, as a result he’s continuously trying to win her over.
– – – –
I was absolutely gripped to New Moon, so I was really excited to start on Eclipse, but I felt let down and didn’t really find it as interesting as New Moon at all.
I had a couple of serious gripes with Bella in Eclipse. First off, she only agrees to marry Edward so that he will finally have sex with her, Perhaps I could understand if it’s so she will be turned into a vampire faster, but it appears it’s just for the sex. This just seems completely out of character for her given everything I’ve read during the past two books.
Secondly, her issue with marriage really annoyed me. We read that her parents marriages failed and she was scared that the same might happen to her, a fear I imagine quite common really, I have no issue with that. But she seems seriously against the idea of marriage but still says yes, again just for the sex.
If she doesn’t want her marriage to fail, maybe she should have said no? Or perhaps, yes because I love you lots and lots, not because I’m really horny and 50 Shades of Grey hasn’t been written yet.
Jacob really got on my nerves throughout the book, I really liked him in New Moon he seemed friendly and nice, but he comes across as so whiny and needy, for goodness sake Jacob, accept it and quit whining. He seems to spend the entire book trying to trick and convince Bella to go out with him instead. Maybe I’m just seriously Team Edward? He’s like a broken record throughout the entire book, ‘Oh Bella you do love me, you just don’t know it.’ that’s kind of stalker-ish Jacob, haven’t you heard of no means no?
My gripe with Edward, the only one I’ve had with him so far (apparently I love controlling vampires), is that he doesn’t beat the crap out of Jacob. Jacob kisses his fiancé and Edward blames himself? Oh come on, just punch him, just once, for me Edward he’s been annoying me for the last 500 pages!
I really enjoyed reading about the vampires and werewolves having to get along with each other, the tension was nice and it was nice that in the end a couple of them were friends instead of sworn enemies as they had been at the beginning of the book.
At the end of the book we read a chapter from Jacob’s point of view, which took a couple of pages to get into, but using something like that during the fight scenes would have been interesting. Since the fight was taking place in multiple locations it would have worked well.
I’ve just started reading Breaking Dawn and I’m hoping it will end the series well and won’t be a disappointment.
3. 5 / 5
What did you think of Eclipse?