“Back of Book” Summary:
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings, Victoria continues her quest for revenge, and 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 a war between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
My Review (October 5, 2009):
Again, Stephenie Meyer captures the agony of love, but this time much different from New Moon. Bella realizes she is in love with two men at the same time and must make that painful choice. She ultimately gains due to her chosen relationship, but still loses by knowing the anguish she has caused the other. I can usually really relate to Bella, but not so much in this book. I cannot relate to her reluctance to marry the one you love and the bulk of the story dealt with having to choose between two loves (that is not anything I’ve ever had to deal with). Bella becomes aware in this book of the pain she causes people. She also becomes aware of her abilities to choose the life of one over another.
The eternal enemies, vampires and werewolves, make a pact to protect their town and Bella, who is caught between the two worlds. The story is just as exciting as the other books, and maybe more so because there is more action and bloodspill. I’m not sure if this book was better than the rest, but since I’ve now read three novels and witnessed the characters grow, I feel connected to them more than ever. Admittedly, Bella is at times also annoyingly whiny in this book just as she was in New Moon. Despite Bella not always being the most likeable character, it doesn’t take away from the story as a whole. The Twilight Saga is far bigger than just one character.
This book is lengthy at 600 pages, but the author keeps your attention with external action along with internal struggles. I find once I start one of these books I cannot pace myself, I must continue. I need to know what happens next- which is clearly the sign that an author has successfully written a good book.