Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: 2007 Pages: 629
Genre: YA Fiction
“And I pray one prayer-I repeat it till my tongue stiffens-Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you-haunt me, then! The murdered do hunt their murderers. I believe-I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul” (Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights).
Oh the passion! As with my Twilight and New Moon reviews, this review will take form in a mostly self-interview. Many thanks to Jodie and Trisha for providing me with a few questions. I cannot write about this book without spoilers, so consider yourself warned. :)
Hey Trish! :P You were feeling pretty lukewarm towards this series after reading New Moon. How’d you like this one?+
Ugh. New Moon sucked in comparison to this book. I think I even liked this one more than Twilight! I was really in the mood for this one, so I just let myself get wrapped up in the story. Writing wise I’m not sure that this book is any better than the others, but when the mood is right…and boy was my mood right.
Even though you were apprehensive about the whole vampire/werewolf/human love triangle?
Ok, good point. The first third of this book was kind of a groaner, and I hated the whole love triangle. Unfortunately it’s a big part of the book, and I wanted to scream at Bella for stringing poor Jacob along. Her whinyness didn’t bug me as much as her reluctance to let Jacob go.
So does that mean that you felt Edward is better suited for Bella?+
Who knows. From our past interviews, you know that I have a “thing” for Edward, and that “thing” certainly didn’t go away with this book. I was a little irked with his constant forgiveness of Bella’s childish behavior, and I don’t know how he could stand to have Jacob keep Bella warm in the tent (URG!), but I guess a century of life taught the guy a little patience. Jacob definitely seemed much more immature in comparison.
And you think Bella is mature?? What about her incredible disgust for marrying Edward despite her undying love?+
I can completely sympathize with Bella not wanting to marry Edward so young, but if he’s going to change her and she’s committing to spending the rest of her life with him, I’m not sure what the big hang-up is. Virtue played such a big part of this book, especially as Bella was continually trying to become more intimate with Edward, and I can’t help but think about the underlying message. Even the whole “changing” aspect seemed to be symbolic of Bella losing her virginity. A self-interview seems like a strange place to discuss symbolism, though.
Alright, we’ll get on to more superficial questions, then. Your crush for Edward still seems to stand firm, true? Any other characters that you really liked?^+
Oh Edward. Holy cow. Too bad I’ve got that icky visual of Robert Pattinson stuck in my head! Honestly, I couldn’t even begin to tell you why Edward is such an appealing character to me and in many instances he was too patient, too understanding, too perfect. Ick. All in all, though, I really enjoyed getting to know Edward better in this book. I don’t feel we really got to know him in Twilight and he was absent in most of New Moon. It was interesting to watch his and Bella’s relationship mature and grow. Other characters that I liked? I loved Alice. Even though she’s a little too bubbly for my taste, she is so much fun. I love her enthusiasm.
“Icky visual of R. Pattinson” huh? Does that mean that you finally saw the movie?^
Haha! I’ve seen it twice. I told you that Scott would probably break down and get the movie and I was right. When I was out of town one weekend I returned to find he picked up a used copy. We watched it once and then I watched it with my sister. Cheese city, but I don’t know why I would have expected any different. Hopefully New Moon will have a bigger budget and someone will give that poor boy some chapstick–those lips are too ickily red.
Only one more book left! Do you know what to expect?^
It’s interesting because I just learned today that it isn’t common knowledge that Jacob is a werewolf. I accidentally ruined that for a friend who is about to start New Moon. Knowing that, though, didn’t really affect my reading of the book. When Breaking Dawn came out last summer I accidentally read in a review that Edward and Bella get married, but that’s all I know. I’m guessing that things will wrap up very nicely. Not really looking forward to hearing Jacob’s point of view, though. I’ve put some space in between all of the books, but I’m going to try and read BD a little sooner–maybe by October.
And vampires? Still hot?
Resistant towards the series? Why? Which of the Twilight books is your favorite?