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Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

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

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Enough Suspense, Action, and Intrigue to Keep Me Hooked

  • Feb 16, 2009
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Bella Swan longs for some sense of normalcy in her life. However, normal isn't possible when your boyfriend is a vampire and your best friend is a werewolf. Not to mention the fact that vampires and werewolves are sworn enemies. To make matters worse, it seems a rogue vampire is building a bloodthirsty army for the sole purpose of ending Bella's life. Like it or not, vampire and werewolf must find a way to work together to save the girl they both love.

Stephenie Meyer has quickly established that she is a stellar storyteller on every level with her Twilight series. While these books are saturated with a little too much romantic anguish for my taste, they are also chocked full of enough suspense, action, and intrigue to keep me hooked. Meyer's approach to both vampire and werewolf lore is surprisingly original and dare I say more feasible than other traditional stories from this genre.

This third volume also treats us to one particular element I was anxious for: some werewolf/vampire interaction. I don't want to give too much away, but the payoff is worth the wait.

One of the major issues surrounding these books is whether or not they are appropriate for teens to read. These novels are remarkably clean given the subject matter (there is no sex or blatant cussing), but there are several somewhat violent scenes. Also, Meyer deeply explores Bella and Edward's romantic relationship and the temptations that come with it. I feel Meyer does a great job of handling all of these elements carefully, but I would encourage all parents to do what they should with any book their kids are reading. Read it first and decide for yourself.

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July 19, 2010
the lack of sex and swearing is a rareity in todays world, and though some feel like that is part of what makes Meyers' world more unbelievable i thinks its a nice change.
 
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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
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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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