Author: Stephanie Meyer
Date finished reading: December 25, 2009
In this third installment of the Twilight Series written by Stephenie Meyer, Bella Swan finds herself torn between a vampire and a werewolf. Once again Bella is in danger, and it is up to Edward and Jacob to save her. With the battle between vampires and werewolves, Bella soon must choose between the love of her life and a close friendship. In the midst of the battle, Bella deals with becoming an adult, graduating high school, and impending maturity. Can she really make the decision to become immortal?
Fans of fantasy and the young adult genre will enjoy this series, and I do suggest starting with the first book and continuing through to this third one. Though a reader should be able to understand this third book alone, to get the full effect, they should follow through the series.
I liked the growth of Bella’s character in this novel. She finally moves away from making selfish decisions without thought of others’ feelings. The writing style and vocabulary of this third book is greatly improved from the last two. I enjoyed the writing in this book much more than the previous books.
Yet the plot of this one irked me. Although there is less downtime in this one (the first halves of the first two books dragged on endlessly), and more action comparatively, it seems like less actually happens. I didn’t particularly like where some characters went in this book, the decisions and actions made. I don’t want to give away important plot points, but some of it was inconceivable to me. I didn’t always believe the emotions and actions of the characters stayed true to the characters themselves.
Moving on to something else – I wasn’t in love with this series, though I did want to read the books to know the story. It interested me enough to want to know what would happen next, but I’m ready to move on.
I think fans of YA novels, and fans of vampire/werewolf mythologies will enjoy this novel (and the other two in the series). Some of the aspects of each “monster” are unique and interesting. At the same time, Meyer presents the story in a very real way, so that people who aren’t readily excited to read fantasy can enjoy the series, too.
Although I didn’t particularly love this series, I did race to finish it. It’s worth a read, really. I just won’t be re-reading it anytime soon.
from Tonia Jordan
My Rating: ★★★★