1) What did you think of Billy's conversation with Bella and her response?
I thought it was big of Billy to take a step back and not tell Charlie, even though he clearly disagreed with everything Billy was doing. And I love that as a Bella moment; it really shows how strong willed she is, yet she stayed mature, holding her ground without throwing a strop.
2) Did you approve of the way Charlie treated Edward as the first boyfriend Bella ever brought home?Yeah. I thought he was courteous without being overly patronising. It was very sweet.
3) Edward talks about his inner turmoil regarding constantly putting Bella into danger. Do you think he is to hard on himself?
Yes, but then maybe if he wasn't so hard on himself, constantly thinking about her being in danger, he might slip and the results of that would be even worse than him being tough on himself. So it's for the best. Poor Edward, though.
4) Edward finally says "I love you". Were you disappointed in how it came out almost off-handedly.
No, I thought it was just right. Bella notices that he tells her he loves her for the first time, but Edward doesn't even seem to register it; it's as though he's thought about it so much and it's so engrained in him that telling her doesn't even register with him. It's so obvious to him that he does love her, so it seemed very in character that he wouldn't make a big deal out of telling her that.
5) We learn more about Esme, was your impression of her changed after learning more about her?
A little. I felt much more sympathetic for her after learning her tragic past, and thought much more of her for being able to get over that. I understood why she was so motherly, too. But overall, she was still the same character as she'd seemed before; I just understood why with learning more about her here.
'Out of nowhere, she was perched on Jasper's back, her lips at his neck.
Jasper chuckled, shaking his head. "You truly are one frightening little monster."' ~APPC~