I don't really like Edward, but I have to say, this one was a page turner. The few times I looked at the clock yesterday I was like "Whoa, did that much time seriously just pass? What happened?" Oh, wait, maybe I found it such a page turner because Edward wasn't in it for the most part.
I couldn't help but compare Edward with Jacob, and asked myself these two questions:
1) When Victoria is after Bella and there's a question of where she will stay while the hunt is on, would Edward have allowed her to make the decision for herself, or would he have chosen for her?
2) When Bella decides to risk her own life to save a vampire Jake doesn't try to stop her, even though he makes it clear that is very opposed to the idea. If the situation were somehow switched around, and Bella wanted to risk her life to save a werewolf, would Edward allow her to?
Based on my memory of the book Twilight, I'm pretty sure that the answer to these two questions is a resounding no.
You know, I think Jake is better for Bella than Edward, and I kept hoping that they would get together. Jake allows her to make her own decisions, whereas Edward makes the decisions and expects her to do as he says. Take, for example, the end of Twilight when that one vampire wants Bella's blood. Unless my memory fails me, Edward tells Bella what she will do without ever asking her thoughts on the matter, let alone seeing if she has any ideas of her own.
There was another question I was considering as I read the book, that I know other people have asked: Is Bella a good role model? I'm pretty sure that the answer to that one is a resounding no, for the following reasons:
1) From my reading of the book, it seemed to be saying that if you really love someone you won't be able to go about your daily life properly for months if they leave you. I'm not saying that it should be easy to go back to normal if you lose someone you love, but Bella isn't a good role model here.
2) When she discovered that she could hear Edward's voice in her head if she put herself in dangerous situations, she actively seeks out danger. This is not healthy behavior, and at least Bella knows that, but it makes her a bad role model.
I admit, I do plan to read the next book in the series. I'm hoping Jacob is in it. But then again, with Edward around, I think Bella will be hanging out with the vampires rather than the werewolves, so I doubt that Jake will have a major part in the next book.