A Reader posted a review at 2007-08-13 10:20:32.
There were a lot of points during the book that logic seemed to fail the characters. I was frustrated by Bella's lack of a backbone to stand up to Edward when he forbid her to see Jacob and at how weak her denials to Jacob were. She was whiny and very self centred in this book, I felt, and it was annoying. So many arguements were repeated over and over and there's only so many times you can hear Bella complain and worry about being "normal" and unable to defend herself without WANTING her to get hurt and in trouble.
I wouldn't have a problem with the love triangle if I didn't end up close to disliking everyone involved with it. Bella wasn't being fair to Edward or Jacob, Edward needs to grow some balls and stand up to Bella and her wishy-washiness and Jacob needs to take a step back and stop pursuing Bella if she's not going to make up her mind.
Bella's attitude and her desire to have it all while not hurting anyone is done very poorly here. In the end she does hurt everyone, including herself, and her desire to martyr herself is lame, over dramatic and annoying. A good cliffhanger for this book may have been her deciding to take a step back from BOTH Jacob and Edward and figuring out who she is without them and finding ways to be self-sufficient. It might grow Edward a backbone and mature Jacob, as well.
This series has potential to get back to the intriguing premise it set out in the first book but the third book and the way the characters all floundered set it back and really reminded me of a bunch of whiny, self-absorbed teenagers. I was hoping that this series could rise above that and make capable, competent and interesting characters without resorting to cliches and pratfalls. I guess the outcome remains to be seen in the fourth book.