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Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

The third book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

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  • Oct 13, 2007
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In 'Twilight' we met Isabella Swan, a very human girl who had very human problems -- adjusting to a new town and a new school, making new friends, living with a father who didn't know her all that well. We also met Edward Cullen, Bella's new boyfriend, who happens to be a vampire. And the love of her life. In 'New Moon' it got even more complicated, as Edward leaves and Bella reaches out to Jacob Black, her best friend. And a werewolf.

Now, in 'Eclipse,' Edward is back, and Bella has some hard choices to make, and some truths to face about herself. Is she really sure that she wants to become an immortal like Edward? What are her real feelings for Jacob? Is she capable of hurting one to be with the other? And oh, by the way, what is going on with this new rash of brutal murders in Seattle, and why are the Cullens so concerned about her all of a sudden?

There's plenty to chew on in 'Eclipse,' which makes for a really fun read. The complications of the previous two books, both romantic entanglements and conflicts with other immortals, come to a head here, and much is resolved. Meyer keeps up the standard she has set for herself, dealing with characters who are likeable, believable, flawed yet capable of acknowledging their flaws. Over the course of this book in particular, all of the main characters -- Bella, Edward, and Jacob in particular -- go through pretty dramatic changes. They each grow in different ways, many of them unexpected.

The end of the book is not an easy one. It is satisfying and in some sense the way it should end, but it is also a little bit heartbreaking. Right up to the very end of it, Stephenie Meyer tells us a story about characters we can believe in and care about, and because of this we know that it has to end this way. Right up to the end, she tells a story with dimension and heart...just the way it should be.

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review by . July 17, 2010
this book is the most action and suspense filled yet in the saga. Edward and Bella's' peace and quiet after their near death experience with the volturi in Italy dosen't last long. Bella's arrangement with carlisile to change her into a vampire after her graduation is wearing on Edward, since its not what he wants, but he knows it must happen because of the volturi. also his girlfriends obsession with her best friend is getting to him in the form of jealousy. it doesn't help …
review by . July 14, 2010
Alright if you haven't read my other reviews, this is basically my background info so you'll see where this review is coming from: Basically I wanted to see what all the hype was about Twilight so I bought the series on audiobooks and listened to it (against my better judgment) in the car on a road trip. The story is so shallow and lacking any real literary value. I think the hype stems from a combination of right-place-right-time and being so generic that anybody can relate to it. By the …
review by . June 23, 2010
  In the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse, the characters really are looked into more, especially Jacob.  By that point we have already learned that Jacob is a werewolf but we learn more about his background and the story of the werewolf in his family and legacy.  Stephanie Meyer gets much deeper into the characters and who they are how they came to be where they are now.  This book I felt was the most in-depth. But it also had a great deal of suspense and intensity …
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
Ugh! Bella has some serious heart issues. Imagine having to choose a boyfriend between a werewolf and a vampire... It just goes to show that following your heart could sometimes be bad for you.
review by . July 20, 2010
Aside from Twilight, I'd say Eclipse is my second favorite book in the series. It doesn't have the depressing connotations of New Moon, and it doesn't have the overdrawn story elements of Breaking Dawn. In a lot of ways, it's a return to what originally made Twilight such a pleasurable read. It is a bit formulaic, but maybe that's not such a bad thing given what these books are about and who they are marketed for.        
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
posted in The Twilight Saga
book 3 of the saga. it moves a little slower than the rest of them, but the outcome is worth the wait. do i hear wedding bells??
review by . July 20, 2010
When I finished New Moon by Stephanie Meyer I knew I'd want to read more of the series, but wasn't particularly worried about waiting awhile. Then I learned what everyone else already knew, that there really are only four books to read... and that the movie's coming soon. So I decided perhaps it was time to catch up on Eclipse.      The story really does move forward in Eclipse, and the characters really do change--not magically, but humanly, growing deeper and wiser. …
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
good, better than the first one!
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
I think at this point, Meyer was just trying to finish out the series. It starting feeling a bit sloppy and just way too drawn out.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
its ok
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The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun inTwilight, but it's unlikely to win over any newcomers. Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode inTwilightplace Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer's other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward's competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. Once again the author presents teenage love as an almost inhuman force: "[He] would have been my soul mate still," says Bella, "if his claim had not been overshadowed by something stronger, something so strong that it could not exist in a rational world." According to Meyer, the fourth book should tie up at least the Edward story, if not the whole shebang. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob, a werewolf, and her relationship with Edward, a vampire, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the ...
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ISBN-10: 0316160202
ISBN-13: 978-0316160209
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Novel
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