Tuesday 6 July 2010

Book Reviews

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
Little, Brown Book Group

Available Now - £7.99 (Paperback)
Review by Brad Harmer

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 approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Eclipse, whilst far from a great book, is certainly head and shoulders over the first two instalments in The Twilight Saga. Twilight was a stumbling, mildly embarrassing teen romance with a douchey vampire. New Moon was a bit of filler, with a motorcycle riding werewolf. Eclipse, however, has introduced two things never before seen in the The Twilight Saga: plot development, and character arcs.

Digging into the backstory of Jacob Black and the Quileute tribe provides some of the novels darker and more more interesting aspects. It’s a shame that Meyer’s usual flaw of waiting until past the half-way point of the novel to introduce the plot hook remains; leaving Bella and Edward to mope around waiting for something to happen. Her dialogue still sucks balls as well.

There are however, some really great scenes in this one. The night where Edward, Bella and Jacob all forced to share a tent together shows a depth of character that I wouldn’t have believed possible in previous novels. The climax is pretty action packed, and ramps up nicely into the next book, Breaking Dawn.

The Emotionally Fourteen Rating:
A fair amount of werewolf/vampire brawling. Some punching. Some evisceration.
Sex/Nudity: Mormon.
Swearing: None.
Summary: An above average paranormal romance with some strong character development. For Meyer. 7/10

Following a string of bloody murders a creature of myth and legend, a real Vampire, is injured and captured by a mysterious secret military unit, imprisoned in a high security medical centre and then subjected to horrific and brutal medical experiments in an attempt to discover the source of his power.

As the medical experiments become viler and more gruesome, the project's Doctor becomes torn between sympathy for the patient's suffering and the concern for the evil that threatens to consume everyone involved.

Thanks to our friends at Stax Entertainment, we've got two copies of Vampire to give away! For your chance of winning one, send us an e-mail to vampiregiveaway@yahoo.co.uk with your name and postal address before midday on Tuesday 13th July (UK time). The first two names drawn out of the electronic hat will win a free copy!

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