Saturday, May 15, 2010

Monsters in May Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (& Swag Winner!)


 Winner announced at the end of the post!

With her high school graduation fast approaching, Bella should be anticipating the milestone with the same nervous excitement that is consuming her classmates. Unfortunately, things are never quite that simple in the shadowy and dangerous supernatural world she inhabits. Perhaps the least frightening of Bella's problems is her profound bond with Jacob – a bond that became infinitely more complicated the day Edward returned to Forks. By virtue of an ancient treaty, the Cullens cannot set foot in La Push, the Quileute reservation where Jacob lives; nor is the enmity one-sided: the Cullens are wary of Jacob and his pack of protectors, especially when it comes to their beloved and fragile human. Bella finds herself caught in the middle of the mythical monsters’ stand-off, torn between loyalty to the friend who held her together in her darkest hour and the all-consuming love she thought she’d lost forever. However, when the serial killer running rampant in nearby Seattle turns out to be something far more horrifying and deadly, Jacob and Edward are forced to put their rivalry aside in order to protect the human girl they both love. In the middle of the chaos, as graduation looms on the horizon, Bella and Edward find themselves faced with a much more monumental – and permanent – deadline: the tangled compromise that will give them both what they want most, but at what cost?

Eclipse is truly the climax of Stephenie Meyer’s four-part Twilight Saga. As the paranormal love triangle reaches its cresendo, Bella must make her final, crucial choice between Jacob and the natural life he represents or Edward and the unknown. The two vivid heroes are both impossibly loveable, and Bella has some tantalizing scenes with each. Team lines are reinforced amongst readers at the same time that they (temporarily) dissolve in Meyer’s fictional world. The ancient enemies must come together in a tenuous treaty to protect the mere mortal girl at the heart of the series – no mean feat, considering the wild and bloodthirsty enemies they face. When the tension finally comes to a head and the novel's mysteries coalesce into a horrifying realization, an unexpected twist produces some of the best action scenes in the series, which will leave readers on the edge of their seats, hearts pounding. While Eclipse still has its over-the-top sappy moments, they are counteracted more than ever by the twisting and turning plotline of revenge and romance. The dark and captivating histories of several of the saga’s most inscrutable characters are recounted over the course of the novel and give depth to previously misunderstood characters, who may not be as menacing as they seem. The way Meyer’s characters see themselves is often quite distinct from the way they appear to the rest of the world, and these complex psychologies reinforce the character-centric writing style that drives the series and makes Meyer’s tale of paranormal teen romance so surprisingly engrossing. The captivating cliffhanger at the end of Eclipse will send readers rushing to the bookstore to find out what shocking surprises Meyer still has up her sleeve in the final installment of Bella and Edward’s fateful tale, Breaking Dawn.

Rating:
Premise: 4/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Overall: 4.3/5




(Don't miss my reviews of Twilight and New Moon!)

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And the winner of Twilight Swag Giveaway #1 is.....

*drumroll*

Kate (aka YzhaBella)!!!

Congratulations! I've contacted you via email!

(winner picked via Random.org)

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Thanks so much to everyone who commented and entered! There will be one more random giveaway on next week's Breaking Dawn review, so keep an eye out! Don't forget to enter the big Monsters in May Giveaway of The Host by Stephenie Meyer with bonus chapters (extended to 5/24!!)!

My 111 Follower Giveaway also ends at midnight EST TOMORROW! Be sure to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Charline Ratcliff's debut fantasy novel The Curse of Nefertiti!

I'll also be interviewing Laura Kreitzer, the debut author of Shadow of the Sun! Please email me with any questions you'd like me to ask Ms. Kreitzer! Review coming soon!

6 comments:

Cari said...

Congratulations to the winner!

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

Woot Woot! Thank you!!!!

Heather said...

Eclipse is my favorite book of the series. I can't wait to see it in theaters.

P.S. Awesome background!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Congrats to the winner! :)

The Bookish Type said...

Hey Heather! Eclipse is my favorite too! (Most days lol - sometimes I just can't choose). I'm glad you like the background! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Thank you all for visiting!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

I still haven't read Eclipse, so I read your review with one eye closed, but it's true that I ahve heard the most good things and most praise about Eclipse. Everyone agreed that it is the most interesting and exciting novel of the 4, so I will really ahve to see for myself :-)

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