I’m kind of relieved that I finally finished this series. I started out thinking that the writing wasn’t that good and hoping it would get better, and it did, but I feel like something was lost in the process. I can’t really say what, but as the books progressed, I was less and less interested. Maybe I just got tired of the story, or perhaps Bella was just too much for me, because although I feel compelled to finish a series, I had a really hard time finishing this book.
I took basically a day with each of the first three books, and this one took me nearly a week. Admittedly, I was rather busy while reading this book, but it just didn’t flow the way the others did. Maybe it was the Jacob segment in the middle, being totally off from the rest of the series. I’m not a big fan of changing voices in the middle of books, it’s always very disorienting for me, and honestly I don’t care about Jacob’s point of view.
The flip side is that I haven’t really been a fan of Bella from the start, so it’s hard to say I liked her POV better than his. However, at least she remains consistently dull for me, whereas Jacob just gets creepier as things go along. I know there are droves of Jacob fans out there, but I just can’t get over the whole imprinting on Reneesme thing. And his general devotion to Bella – she is so blah to me, please find something else sooner!
I hate to spoil something for anyone, so I guess stop reading now or whatever! I’m just weirded out by “imprinting”. I understand the concept, but I hate that it takes away the free will of the imprinter…and to an extent, that of the imprintee as well. I don’t buy Jacob’s explanation about the person being imprinted on – why wouldn’t they end up loving the person who imprints on them. It just feels somehow like neither party has any choice, and that really bothers me. There’s always a choice, even if one person is totally in love with the other, and I hate that the imprinter seems to not give the imprintee any room to breathe or determine for sure if they want to be with that person.
The story also didn’t really compel me because I just kind of felt like duh, of course they’re going to win! The Cullen’s were simply built up too much all along to be good guys, and we all know that in this kind of book, the good guy wins. I mean, James was relatively easily defeated, Victoria as well, so why wouldn’t they manage to triumph over the Volturi. On the whole, it just seemed too easy.
So basically, I was kind of bored with this book. I hope that if I ever read the series again, the books are somehow better the second time around. Who knows if that will ever happen, because I have a lot to read and well, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to justify a second read :/
Read this book if: You’ll probably want to read the final book if you read the first three. Otherwise, I can think of no reason to jump right into this book.