“Back of Book” Summary:
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…
My Review (August 23, 2009):
This book was just as good as the first, in one sitting I read close to 300 pages, I couldn’t put it down. In this book Bella has definitely matured, but in a painful way. The author effectively shows the true pain of love and loss, and at times it’s almost despairing to read the agony of several characters- who are all connected somehow. Edward is disgusted with himself the way he constantly puts Bella in danger, so he leaves to protect her. Only to Bella, not having Edward in her life, and the shock of the out-of-the-blue rejection, is far worse to her than death. The majority of the book is the story of Bella trying to piece her life back together, but she feels empty, like Edward stole her heart. Bella’s character does get rather whiny and annoying at points throughout this book as she wallows in self pity.
However, add a few werewolves into the story, a dangerous vampire coven, and you end up with Bella rushing against the clock to rescue the love of her life- the same one who utterly destroyed her in his absence. The later half of the book really makes up for any annoyances with Bella. It becomes an exciting story that brings in much more complexity into the narrative than the first book in this series