Sometimes a series is a bit tricky to pull off. Whether it’s a movie series (like Pirates of the Caribbean) or books (Harry Potter), either the story runs smoothly and flawlessly or totally falls apart. Pirates of the Caribbean 3 is a classic example of taking a perfectly good movie (Pirates 1) and running it into the ground. On the other hand, I felt that the Indiana Jones series of movies actually got better as they went along, with the third one being my favorite.
Then there is Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. It is hard for me to review this book in comparison to her other two in the series, since I read them last January. I do remember loving Twilight and being almost as equally enthused about New Moon.
For sure, Bella’s “I’m not worthy” attitude does not bother me as much as a lot of other bloggers. I also liked that Jacob, Edward and Bella were still involved in a sort of love triangle (and found it humorous when Bella had to share a sleeping bag with Jacob while Edward was in the tent). The book ended on an upbeat note, with an impending “big event” which I can’t wait to read about.
Having said that, what I felt lacking was the tension that the first two books had. I remember distinctly in Twilight when the vampires were all playing baseball in the field and were approached by another group of vampires, one of which wanted to kill Bella right away. That was a extremely tense moment and perfectly played out. In New Moon I loved the visual that I had when Bella was running toward the square trying to stop Edward from coming out into the sunlight. The clock ticking away and her desperation to get to Edward was intense. In Eclipse, I felt that the real story, of Victoria’s revenge and the Volturi involvement was a little overshadowed by Bella’s internal struggle between the two men she loves.
In the end, the book kept me interested enough in the story that I will definitely continue with the series when Breaking Dawn is released this fall. Even though I don’t think that this was Meyer’s best book in the series, I still felt it was a worthy read.