Little, Brown & Co., hardback, 753 p.
Twilight series, Book 4
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed … forever?
This is probably my least favourite book in the series, but I still couldn’t stop reading it. I don’t know what it is that makes these books such addictive reads, but I did have some issues with this last instalment. It started out well enough with the wedding and the honeymoon, and I know it’s written for a YA audience, but I wanted more details, if you know what I mean. ;)
And then Jacob’s section was way way too long! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the story from his perspective, and loved getting to know Seth better, as well as the dynamics of the pack, but nothing much happened for those couple hundred pages and I got really tired of reading about Bella’s pregnancy. It was the first time in the series that I was actually bored. So I did something I almost never do – I randomly flipped through the later part of the book and peeked at the end just to see if or when the story would move on.
Well, luckily it did finally pick up in the second half of the book when at last Bella becomes a vampire. This was what I’d been waiting for and this part of the book was a lot of fun to read as Bella adjusts to her new abilities. Arm-wrestling with Emmett, hunting with Edward, plus meeting some of the other vampires and facing off with the Volturi. So even though I didn’t like most of the first half of the book, and the ending wasn’t as dramatic as I might have wished, it was still a pretty satisfying conclusion to the series.
I guess I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye though because I found myself printing out and reading Midnight Sun, the unfinished manuscript telling the story of Twilight from Edward’s perspective. It was fantastic getting to ‘hear’ everyone else’s thoughts, as Edward hears them, and finding out exactly what Edward was doing when he was away from Bella. I’d love to read the whole of Twilight – it ended just when it was getting good - from his viewpoint and think it’s too bad that Stephenie Meyer has decided not to complete it simply because it was leaked. Oh well, maybe she’ll change her mind someday.
Having ‘lived’ with these characters in my head for the last couple of weeks, I’m really going to miss them. In the meantime, cheesy as I've heard it is, I’m looking forward to finally being able to see the film next month.
Review in The Guardian
First sentence: I’d had more than my fair share of near-death experiences; it wasn’t something you ever really got used to.
My Rating: 3.5/5
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