I finished this book last week and never got around to reviewing it. This is the final book in a three-part vampire trilogy that has become the hit in teen lit over the past year or two. So popular, in fact, that the first book is currently being made into a big Hollywood movie (which I’m very much looking forward to).
I loved the first book, and merely liked the second one. The third one pulled me back in again. Well-written and perfectly in tune with the theme of choice, free will, and life or death. A great book, if a little melodramatic at times (which I’ll forgive since it’s teen lit and what teen ISN’T melodramatic?).
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?
While the action didn’t really get going until halfway through the book, once it started it was fast and furious. Not only the vampire battle, but Bella’s own internal battle as she struggles to work through all the events in her life and decide which boy to choose – Edward or Jacob. In this book Jacob makes some big mistakes – after all, he’s a boy. But I think his intention behind those mistakes are still very legitimate. And Edward FINALLY shows some real human reactions to the events in Bella’s life – particularly with regard to Jacob. I liked that very much. Edward, who always seems so sure of himself, suddenly is a bit afraid that Bella might NOT choose him.
All in all, a good trilogy worth reading. And it’s not actually a trilogy – Book 4 (entitled “Breaking Dawn”) comes out in August 2008 – and yes, it’s on my Amazon wishlist.
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