Edward's Version of Twilight
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"Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it's not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella's emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends. Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third."
Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library: Amazon.com
*spoiler* I felt utterly lost in this book without Edward and craved the sound of his voice almost as much as Bella, looking forward to the parts where she went to extremes to hear him( if only in her subconscious). At first I was anxious to get through the book; anxious to get back to times when Edward and Bella were together; however, as I slowed down and focused on the story that filled the pages within their time apart I became engrossed in all it had to add and offer the continuation of this intensely emotional saga.
Edward's soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, just like he had in the parking lot, and kissed me again.
This kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine—like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.
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As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?"
Stephenie Meyer; StephenieMeyer.com
While I loved every book in this saga, I was utterly depressed at certain intervals of this particular book. While later in the series I was able to understand Bella and Jacob's attachment, it only frustrated me in this book... my heart continually breaking for Edward. However, the story continued to suck me in and even though I planned to go to bed after reading the last page of Eclipse, I had to immediately pick up Breaking Dawn to find out what happened next.
"Do you ever think that your life might be easier if you weren't in love with me?" Edward Cullen
"Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights--with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling--a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long feud between werewolves and vampires--resolve pretty quickly, apparently so that Meyer could focus on Bella’s latest opportunity for self-sacrifice: giving her life for someone she loves even more than Edward. How close she comes to actually making that sacrifice is questionable, which is a big shift from the earlier books. Even though you knew Bella would make it through somehow, the threats to her life, and to her relationship with Edward, had previously always felt real. It’s as if Meyer was afraid of hurting her characters too much, which is unfortunate, because the pain Bella suffered at losing Edward in New Moon, and the pain Jacob suffered at losing Bella again and again, are the fire and the heart that drive the whole series. Diehard fans will stick with Bella, Edward, and Jacob for as many twists and turns as possible, but after most of the characters get what they want with little sacrifice, some readers may have a harder time caring what happens next. (Ages 12 and up)"
Heidi Broadhead; Amazon.com
*spoiler* I loved this book from beginning to end. Everything I could have wanted the story to become came to be in Breaking Dawn (the conclusion to the Twilight saga). I loved the beginning, feeling giddy during the romantic wedding and honeymoon. I loved the middle, biting my nails at the twists and turns that teetered on the edge of peril, and I LOVED the end as Bella was finally able to show Edward how deep her love for him really ran. I started reading very slow as I neared the end; sad that it's over.. but ready to read them all again!
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