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?
Bella has to choose between the love of two people, Jacob Black and Edward Cullen. Both have made it extremely clear about their feelings for her. Both have made it clear to the other that they will do whatever it takes to win her heart.
If she chooses Jacob, she will have a life where she will be safe and loved with the possibility of having a family of her own. Being with a wolf has its own dangers, but those are few.
If she chooses Edward she gets to live with the one person she cannot live without, but she has to sacrifice her family, her friends, and her life.
With all that hanging over her head, she still has to deal with the impending arrival of Victoria the vampire who is set on revenge. The Cullen’s keep telling her that she will be alright and that everything will work out but Bella is not sure. Would Bella be safer with Jacob or will the Cullen’s be true to their word and make sure that no harm comes to her? Either way, her life will change forever.
The third book in the series makes the reader deal a lot of issues. Sacrifice, trust, change. None of these issues are very easy to deal with, I think that the author has handled them all in a very well. We as the reader sympathise and struggle along with Bella as she faces the toughest decisions in her life so far. Another thing this book made me feel was the want to throw it across the room and strangle the life out of Jacob Black. I have never been a fan of his from the start and this book only proved to show that he has a very immature and demanding side of his nature. My hat goes off to Stephenie Meyer, she has succeeded where no other author has in making me want to use one of my books as a missile.
One thing is for certain, these vampires might sparkle, but they are no less cunning or dangerous than their non-sparkling counterparts. I loved the built up to the confrontation with Victoria and her army of newborns. It brought another level to the story and brought new characters to life. The action scenes were descriptive and did not disappoint. It was great to see the wolves and the vampires, but their differences behind them to help Bella. Some did it for selfish reasons, whilst others just wanted to rip a few vampires apart, but it was still nice that it happened.
All in all a great read. I am looking forward to Breaking Dawn to see how it all works out.