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A Guilty Pleasure Losing Its Appeal
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
Girl gets boy. Girl loses Boy. Girl gets boy back, then defies him to hold hands and snuggle up with a “friend” who wants to break them up.
As this series progresses, I like each book a little less than the one before. Only the amusing narration, bickering, and jibes; Alice’s child-like glee; and the more serious and intriguing developments with Victoria and the Volturi kept me reading.
I thought Bella had made her choice in “New Moon.” I didn’t expect to see her conflicted in “Eclipse.” She got her prince, her angel, back, and now she’s having second thoughts about the wolf? Throughout the book, Bella’s feelings for Jacob are presented as friendship. She enjoys his company and her time among the Quileutes. . Then suddenly, we are told in Chapter 26 that she is actually in love with Jacob and tempted by the life he offers her. This revelation might have been more believable if we had indications that Bella saw qualities in Jacob that Edward lacked, or that a mortal life was starting to appeal to her.
My sympathy toward Bella disappeared with each choice she made to run off to Jacob and allow physical intimacies more appropriate for sweethearts than best friends. It doesn’t matter that this was how things were between them “before,” Edward had come back and the relationship was restored. It wasn’t helping Jacob let go of his romantic attachment. It just encouraged him to keep thinking that if he waited long enough, Bella would choose him. As it was, I found his cockiness off-putting and absolutely despised him for forcing himself on Bella in a sickening scene. Charlie earned a special place in “character Hell” for his approval of Jacob’s actions. Edward alone redeemed himself from the unsavory turn his character had taken by giving up trying to dictate terms to Bella and instead considering her happiness.
In spite of disliking how the characters behaved in this book, I still found parts I enjoyed. Humor was sprinkled throughout, which helped tremendously with finishing the story, and the plotline with Victoria and the newborn army was riveting.
By the way, does anyone else ever read about Edward’s icy body temperature and think “There are some parts of a man I really don’t want to be freezing cold”?