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Eclipse (Twilight #3)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  983,450 ratings  ·  32,520 reviews
Contains first chapter of Breaking Dawn and iron on transfers relating to Twilight.
Hardcover, Special Edition, 629 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published August 7th 2007)
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"You gave it three stars?" she asked me, biting her lip and holding her breath.

"Yes," I finally answered with my marble lips, cold yet strangely comforting, even warm. "Stephenie, don't forget to breathe."

"Oh, of course." A storm seemed to rage in her for just a moment.

"I gave it a three. It's good." I would never lie to her, could never lie to her. Yet, somehow, she felt it was a lie and brooded in stillness for a moment that seemed to last an eternity.

Finally, I broke the aching silence. "I ga
Sep 14, 2007 Melissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wuthering Heights admirers
My notes to characters in Eclipse:

Bella: I'm so done with you. You're a self-absorbed little snot. You're not a strong modern woman because you don't want to be a teen bride, and you're not cute because you fall down a lot.

Alice: You're so not cute either.

Jacob: What you did is called "date rape," buckaroo. And to think I liked you best until the middle of this book!

Edward: Checking the brood-o-meter... yep, you're still no David Boreanaz.

Leah (the one lady-wolf): I don't understand why you're
Oct 15, 2007 Veronica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen girls with far-fetched illusions of romance
I had expectations for this book, but I found it to be a terrible disappointment. Where to begin with?

First of all, I have lost most of the respect I had for Bella as a character. Her obsession for Edward has really gone overboard, to the point of becoming downright annoying, even unhealthy. She worships the ground he walks on, and is all too ready to dump her parents and friends just so she can spend more time with him without growing old. She doesn't seem to have any serious problem with the
snif. my link is worthless now.

this is the virgin daiquiri version of wuthering heights, all watered down, plopped in a blender, and sitting at the folding card table with the kiddies.and they are all gulping it down without knowing that the real deal is way more fun.

elizabeth has probably written the best review this book could ever get, with much wittier analogies, so go read that, then come back here for some less-articulate complaints.

i messed up. i thought i would have a nice vacation, wher
Jan 27, 2008 Saya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only read for the sake of the very few important things that manage to happen
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Denys L.H.
May 11, 2008 Denys L.H. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dumbasses that could care less about character developement
Recommended to Denys L.H. by: a dumbass
This book just made me hate the Twilight series even more. It made me hate Bella and Edward more. Hell, it even made me hate Stephanie Meyer for not double-checking her stupidity all in 629 pages. But I do love Jacob ever so much now. He rules. They suck. End of story. I read the third novel because of my curiosity, and we all know, curiosity killed my brain. This is my review of the novel and my opinion. Anyone who is unhealthily obsessed with Edward or the novel should not be reading this unle ...more
I succumbed and read Eclipse. I swear this is the last time I will ever write about Stephenie Meyer. I really am sick and tired of her books. Fortunately, the next won’t be released for a year, so I can put the series behind me for at least that long.

After offending several people with my dislike for the series, I am starting to feel vindicated. Something about the third installment has pushed some Meyer loyalists over the edge. I have heard students at work complaining about how repetitive the
Summer Owens
Feb 16, 2008 Summer Owens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Summer by: practically every woman I know
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Agh. What is the point of any of this? Edward is so dull and controlling and creepy. I think even a seventeen-year-old would need more than unearthly beauty and a nice car to inspire this epic, world-ending love.
Jacob is the only real character, and even he keeps forcing himself on Bella in unsettling ways.

The whole story is endless repetitions of

Character: I'm going to do X.
Other Character: I will not allow it.
Character: (does it anyway)
Other Character: (is hurt) I TOLD you not to do that, but
Stephenie Meyer should be sending handwritten thank-you notes to every sorry teenager (and masochistic adult) who continues to slog through her Harlequin romp of a series. Were it not for what I will generously term my ‘anthropological interest’ in this ever-popularizing series, I for one would certainly be leading a caravan out to the old country to demand that she return the four and half hours that I lost reading New Moon . Even skimming, I felt robbed.

So why continue, you ask? Well, primar
Looking at other reviews of Eclipse, I'm a little surprised by the comments. Yes, of course it's badly written. Yes, of course Bella and Edward are horrible people, and they have a sick, co-dependent relationship. But that doesn't get any closer to explaining why these books are so popular.

I would say that what they have going for them is that the psychology is not unrealistic, and in fact describes uncompromisingly how destructive love can be. It could hardly be plainer that Bella has made an a
Jun 12, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody... ok, Twilight fans.
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Okay, I gave two stars to this book because I kind of hate everything it stands for, but the facts remains the I've read ALL THREE books in this series cover to cover, and always feel a prick of glee when I get my hands on the newest one. I'm not sure what their diabolical pull on me is, and figuring it out would require the kind of self-analysis that would turn up things I'm sure I'd rather not know about. Here's the lowdown: Stephenie Meyer's books are hardcore teen romances with fangs-and-fur ...more
Rachel Wagner
I was very disappointed in this book. I liked Twilight and enjoyed New Moon, but this installment felt like a dime romance novel to me. She didn't introduce any new characters and spent the whole book on the love triangle between Edward, Bella, and Jacob. I felt like the love scenes were cheesy and tiresome. I also felt that Bella was whiney and initiating. Doesn't she understand that she can't have 2 boyfriends? This seems to be a foreign concept to her. In addition, Meyer has taken Bella from ...more
Sasha  Mizaree (Reviews)
So, this is the book where all of the emotional abuse turns into the physical kind, when Meyer thinks it's a good idea to make the only good character of the series sexually assault Bella.

Good fucking job, you irresponsible "writer".

My memory of the books isn't too great, since I was crazy enough to actually read them a bunch of years ago. However, one scene stuck with me. Can you guess what it is?

I'm sure you can, because this is the book where Jacob forcedly kissed Bella, after which her fa
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Eclipse started out pretty good, and by the time I finished it, I was once again feeling the love glow that these books give me.

My Thoughts:

1.Bella. Bella was rather annoying in this book. I have decided that she must have the lowest self-esteem of any person alive. I just don't get why she doesn't like herself, doesn't think herself worthy of others' love. I think that everyone should love themselves, and with two parents that adore her, you think that would have instilled some degree of self
So the other day I took a trip back in time to deviantART, where I spent many a day last summer trying (and failing) to gain recognition as an artist/fanfiction writer.

God, I'm pathetic.

I used to be all over DA, back in the Church of Nomura days. The Kingdom Hearts franchise was the main focus of my fangirling back then, and lemme tell you, there's plenty more where that came from. DeviantART is absolutely full of KH zealots and preachers.

So I went back, and just for the fuck of it, I typed, "
Deborah Markus
The good:

1. Meyer's writing has improved. The dialogue flows better, and some of the humor is actually funny:

"Do you have a medical degree that you never told me about?"

"Just give me the chance to decide whether or not I'm going to throw a fit over taking you to the hospital."

He made a face of mock horror. "Please, not a fit!"

"If you don't let me see your hand, a fit is guaranteed."

2. Bella's emotions seem much more authentic than they have in past Twilight books:

"It's the fourth? Of June? Are y
Mal {Waiting for Immortal}
Welcome! And we are back, my friends, to another review of Eclipse - Twilight Book No. 3! Look at me bursting with joy...


Eclipse was by far the worst book out of the Twilight series. You might find that hard to believe considering I rated all of them harshly with 1 or 2 (in the case of Twilight) stars...however:

This book is terrible. The Twilight series and especially this book should not be called literature. I am very fond of books, I've read nearly 400 just this year. And unfortu
mark monday
Dec 07, 2011 mark monday marked it as unread-forever  ·  review of another edition
i watched the film version of this the other night, and i have to say that i was impressed. i kept the sound off because the dialogue didn't seem too great, but i could still see that this was a very positive and open-minded film. i love how much time Bella spends with her best friend, the pec-tastic gym boy who turns into a friendly gay wolf. and it's awesome that a film for teens can include a group of constantly shirtless gay kids running around in jean shorts, flexing and showing off their c ...more
Wendy Darling
I swear, all these books might've gotten an extra half star if they all shed at least 200 pages. Sheesh!

Onto book 4 at some point...
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Anyone who's read my reviews of the first and last books in the Twilight saga knows that this review won't consist of much. Twilight was the beginning, the best book, the start of something great. Or at least, it should have been. Breaking Dawn was the bitterly disappointing ending to the saga that had potential, but just didn't deliver. New Moon and Eclipse were the pointless, disappointing, utterly forgettable filler books in this tragedy sandwich.

You know it's sad when, three days after I re
Feb 14, 2008 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and up...with parent permission
Recommended to Morgan by: Ruth
Shelves: magical-fiction
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Jul 26, 2008 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to analyse why so many girls/women have serious mental/social health problems
Shelves: young-adult
polyamory (and a big dash of feminism) would solve these people's problems like THAT!

seriously though, this book is ridiculous and pretentious (CONSTANT wuthering heights references, anyone?). what is WRONG with bella? is it *really* necessary to make her so stupid just so that we'll "relate" to her? it's insulting. also, for an idiotic book, i actually really liked jacob (notice the deliberate use of the past-tense, here). he was the only *real* character in the entire tome-like novel. however
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**spoilers for Wuthering Heights, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn**

"From the Pride and Prejudice-like coming together through a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of feelings keeping the pair apart in Twilight, to the Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers story and close-to-tragic moment in New Moon, to the love triangle in Eclipse and its parallels to Wuthering Heights, the Twilight saga is an homage to these great love stories and works of literature."
Despite what I'm about to say - let me first start off by saying that all three of the Stephanie Meyers books are probably worth of a quick read. The first two Twilight and Eclipse are easy to obsess over. Plus because you get hooked on the first two - you'll probably just need to finish the series....

In the first two books the crush you develop on Edward so intense and pungent that it blinds you to the mediocrity of Meyer's proficiency as a writer. It's even enough to allow you to overcome over
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
It's finished. At least until the next, highly anticipated book. That book that is the beacon of hope to every disillusioned, silly, teenage girl who believes Edward really exists. Here's a bit of education for you: he doesn't. And even if he did, he wouldn't be interested in a selfish, self-absorbed, teenage girl.

My reviews of Twilight and New Moon still stand. Neither one was stellar, let alone worth the hype. I also think it's as if she wasted two books to get to this one. Eclipse was enjoyab
Disconcertingly engrossing.

Why disconcertingly? Let's start with the engrossing and work back from there.

I'll give it to Meyers for getting into the plot much more quickly than she has in the past. I mean the plot that actually has something to do with the climax. This time I felt like there was quality build-up to the big ending; whereas in the last two books it felt as though she got two-thirds of the way thru and said, "Oh crap, I need something to actually happen in this story". That is, s
Jul 07, 2011 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people into sexy, romantic vamps mixed with a healthy dose of teenage angst
Shelves: ya
I tried to like "Eclipse." I really did. However, I just couldn't get into it. First, it's way too long. Major events don't really happen until the last fourth of the book. The rest is basically a love triangle drama. Additionally, it's patently obvious to the reader that Victoria is behind the killings in Seattle from the beginning. I mean, are the characters in this book really that shortsighted?

This book also solidified my complete dislike of Bella. One of the incredibly annoying things about
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I was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family's otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, and I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen (+ ie = me). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to goo ...more
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