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Things were way too complicated.
Having Jacob, a werewolf, for a best friend. Being in love with Edward,
a vampire. Werewolves and Vampires being mortal enemies who would rather
kill each other than work things out. Edward wouldn’t even let me visit
Jacob. If he left town, he had his sister and my best friend, Alice, baby-sit
(i.e. kidnap) me. After all, there was an enemy werewolf, Victoria, who
swore she would kill me in retaliation for Edward having killed the vampire
she loved, despite the fact that he had tried to kill me first.
So, I had to take things in
to my own hands and sneak off to La Push to see Jacob. At first Edward
was beside himself with worry and almost broke the treaty and trespassed
to make sure I was safe. But, eventually, Edward came around to my point
of view. Being in the midst of a bunch of protective werewolves was just
about as safe as anywhere, and he quit hassling me.
Then there was the problem
in Seattle. A string of mysterious killings that the Cullens knew was the
work of new, uncontrolled vampires. Soon, they would have to do something
about the problem or risk a visit by the Volturi, the vampire enforcers
from Europe. And, if the Volturi visited, they would begin to question
why I was still human and not yet turned into a vampire…a state that Edward
was still trying to dissuade me from.
But, Edward had promised to
change me himself once I graduated from high school, and that was just
weeks away. If, I first married him. I HATE marriage.
(Sam Marsh, Colorado
Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2009)
This is the third book in a
trilogy, but a fourth book is coming, and rumor has it that this will be
a series of seven books. “A riveting vampire saga” promises the blurb.
Edward Cullen and Bella are the main characters, high school seniors in
the small and isolated town of Forks Washington.
Many complications in their
romance result from the distance in their ages and personal history, Bella’s
father Charlie’s opposition to the relationship, and Bella’s friendship
with Jacob Jacob’s family, native to the Forks area embodies the historical
enmity between vampires and werewolves. The uneasy peace established in
the first two novels is threatened by horribly violent murders attributed
to a gang of newborn vampire outlaws rampaging in the Seattle area and
supported by a European branch of the vampire community. Jealousy, unusual
family relationships, and Bella’s impending conversion to vampirism complicate
the unfolding of their senior year. (Who could concentrate on the mundane
reality of high school life?) The suspense, romance, and other-worldly
dangers make this a must read for the series fans.
(Marge Erickson Freeburn,
Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2009)