I know I should have finished this series a long time ago, but I have been reading them slowly, leisurely...just as each movie comes out--so I can read the book, then see the movie. I've got my tickets to the midnight premier of the movie, and just finished the book, so I'm ready.
This book continues the story of Bella Swan and her vampire lover Edward Cullen. In this book Bella is anxious to become a vampire, but Edward wants to marry Bella first, and to complicate matters, Jacob Black (her werewolf friend), declares his love for her too. Thrown into the mix is Victoria, a vampire who is hunting Bella for revenge, and Seattle murders that are being committed by an army of newborn vampires. The Cullens and the wolves join forces to combat this threat and Jacob and Edward manage to become allies. They defeat the newborns, but not before Jacob is hurt and Bella comes to the realization that her friendship with Jacob Black is more than just friendship. She is forced to confront the fact that she loves Jacob too...just not as much as Edward.
The touching scene where Bella has to confront Jacob after leading him on and ultimately rejecting him, is done better than I thought it would be. But I'm sure lots of Jacob fans will be angry with Meyer and disappointed with Bella by the end of this book. And if you were angry with Edward for leaving Bella in New Moon, you'll be much more sympathetic to him after Eclipse. His motivations are more completely explained and he really does seem to have Bella's best interests at heart--always.
An interesting twist is that when Jacob receives a wedding invitation in the last pages of the book, it is not from Bella it is from Edward. He then transforms into a wolf, and runs away to escape the heartache.
I do like this one the best so far, but one thing I really do have to remedy. I have to read "Wuthering Heights". There are many references to the book in Eclipse and it's got me really interested in finally reading it.
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