October 10, 2007

Strange Bedfellows

This book is a 2007 Fantasy and Science Fiction Cybils Award Nominee.

Only a few weeks left until Bella's high school graduation...and, if she gets her way, it'll only be a few weeks until she says goodbye to her human life and hello to joining the Cullens' vampire family. She wants her relationship with Edward to be on equal terms, finally. Moreover, it seems that the only way she can escape from a vengeful vampire widow, not to mention the meddling bloodsucking mafia, is to become a vampire herself.

But of course, life isn't quite that simple. There's still her friend Jacob Black, who just happens to be a werewolf. And werewolves and vampires...don't get along so well. Jacob is not going to be thrilled about Bella's plans to leave her human life behind; but, knowing that she's in danger, how far will he go to protect her? Will he and Edward ever be able to come within five feet of each other without their antagonism and jealousy getting in the way?

There's also Bella's father, Charlie, who isn't too keen on Edward but adores Jacob, all without knowing about either of their secret lives. Charlie would flip his lid if he knew that Edward had made Bella promise to marry him before he'd agree to let her become a vampire. And Edward wants her to have the human opportunities he never did, before she commits to her new un-life--like college, which to Bella seems like yet another obstacle to doing what she really wants with her own life: spending forever with Edward.

Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's vampire series, continues the intense romantic suspense story of Bella Swan. Fans of the first two books should enjoy this one. It also appears not to be the final book--a tidbit that those same fans will no doubt be pleased to know.

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