I've been holding off in reading this book for a while because I remembered my experience reading Twilight, which was pretty much that life outside of Forks, WA didn't exist until the book was completed. Guess what. Same result this time around. I started reading last night, and granted, I read pretty quickly, but I just finished the book today. Sure, the dishes aren't all washed, but who really cares, I have read what happens to Bella, Edward and Jacob.
Once again I was sucked into this book right from the start. I have read reviews from people who said they didn't like this one as much as the first, but I liked it as much if not more. No longer do I see Bella as an idiot who has a serious case of high school twitterpation, but I truly believe there is something deeper in her relationship with Edward. And I deeply sympathize with her predicament concerning Jacob.
I loved the twists and turns in this book, the reality of the "human" emotion, the complications and I thought that it was much better written than the first, which I loved, but this didn't have nearly as many eye-rolling cheesy moments for me as Twilight did.
Now, for the next complication - I really want to read the next one. Really. But I have 9 more books on my list before I can add it again. However, I may order it and pre-order #4 at the same time... :) I usually don't get sucked into the popular books with as much excitement, but I just can't help it. I'm looking forward to the release of this book as much as I'm looking forward to NFL pre-season, which are at about the same time. Can't wait.