Sink your teeth into this worthy sequel
New Moon picks up a few months after Twlight left off, with Edward and Bella just as in love as ever and life proceeding as normally as it can when your boyfriend is a vampire. Bella's big problem is that with her birthday, she technically becomes older than Edward, and is still insistent on becoming a vampire so that she can be with him forever. Edward doesn't see things her way, and disaster strikes when an accidental paper cut at her birthday party causes the Cullens to have to fight to resist the sight of her blood. With this danger on his mind, Edward convinces Bella he no longer needs her and he and his family leave Forks.
This book is big on emotion; Meyer does an incredible job of forcing us to feel Bella's pain at losing Edward and her moments of joy when she realizes that doing dangerous stunts bring on the "sound" of his voice. We're led to understand the growing friendship between Bella and Jake, and Meyer pulls us in with the reveal of Jake's own problems. The relief Bella feels upon seeing Alice and then the terror of Edward's dilemma are all events that caused my heart to jump. Rarely do I get so caught up in the lives of characters, but Meyer makes it impossible not to. The fact that she moves her stories along less on action (though there is plenty of that at times) than on emotion is the driving success of both Twlight and New Moon, and the imprint all of the characters leave on you as you close the last page makes you want to simply turn the book over and begin again.
Highly, highly recommended for all who love well-drawn characters and inventive story-telling. Just be prepared to be disappointed as you are forced to wait for the next installment!
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A teenage novel that's enjoyable for all ages..
In Meyer's second book we see the return of the sweet, if somewhat insecure, Bella Swan and her love Edward, who would be the perfect boyfriend if he wasn't a vampire, constantly tortured by hunger for her blood. After an unfortunate incident Edward and his family flee Forks and leave Bella behind wallowing in the grief of her lost love and building her friendship with Jacob, who happens to be wallowing in some major life changes of his own.
Jacob is the star of the book. He is funny and sweet and loving and provides Bella with the strength and friendship she needs, even when her constant whining becomes rather unbearable as the novel continues. As much as you may want to root for him, it is obvious that Jacob will always be the Rhett to Edward's Ashley. Bella may see him, need him and call on him for assistance in her many times of need, but she will never love him like she loves Edward.
It's refreshing to read the conversations between Bella and Jacob and see their interactions. Jacob is a bit of a rogue, and he willingly engages in risky teenage activities with her. Edward treats her like a china doll, but Jacob helps her live her life, and isn't afraid of her getting a few bumps and bruises along the way.
All and all this book is my favorite of the three. Though the Cullens are painfully absent for a good part of the novel, it is nice not to have to read the romantic protestations of Bella and Edward on every other page. They have a deep and passionate love but at times it feels like being the third wheel with the "I love you like the stars above, I'll love you til I die!" couple. After a while you feel the need to cry out, "I get it! Lot's of love...moving on now..!"
I would highly recommend this novel along with the other two in the series. Meyer writes well and the story is fast and enjoyable. It is wonderful for all age groups, my sister, my aunt and I, ages 16, 58, and 23, respectively, all loved this story.
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New Moon by Stephanie Meyer - a MOM review of the book!
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer - a MOM review of the book - great for teen girls!! I am a mom of a pre-teen girl and since my daughter wanted to read the Twilight series books, I was a little hesitant about letting her, but agreed if I read them 1st and approved, that she could read them. Here is what I thought as a mom: I am glad that this saga does not revolve around sex and who's having sex with who kind of teen drama. That kind of media in not allowed in my home or around my daughter! I am glad it's focus is on love and commitment and what that all means in a relationship without sex being apart of that, teen girls need to hear that message a lot more that they do in this day and age (any mom or dad reading this knows what I am talking about)!!! However, in this book, (I may spoil the storyline here, so please skip the rest if you don't want to learn part of what happens) Edward suddenly breaks up with Bella and leaves her heartbroken for 4+ months, where she started a new friendship/relationship with Jacob and then, when Edward "comes back" she loves him and misses him and la di da, basically the end. My problem with this book is her reaction and what it says to all the teen girls out there using this book as a 1st look into love. I feel it is letting them know that a guy can leave you and hurt you like that and if he comes back, well that is ok that he hurt you... no, no no!! I would have like to see a positive role model with a back bone that loves herself enough to not take that from any guy and I feel that teen girls need to see more of that for self empowerment. But I am a mom, not a teen girl in love with the hero! So for moms and dads out there, wondering what your daughter is learning from this book, I hope this helps, some good stuff and some stuff that could have been better for teen girls to hear and read - overall it is a good book and if you have the time, read it yourself so you know what your child is reading. I find it opens up discussions and goes a long way in what they are talking about with friends!! Enjoy!
Vampires, Werewolves and "Bells" OH MY! SOOOO GOOD
After reading "Twilight" I LITERALLY went and bought the next book immediatly!
The book starts off shortly after the first book ended. Edward(the "vegitarian" vampire) quickly decided though that his presence will bring Bella more pain than anything else so he and his family leave town. In the aftermath Bella goes through the next 4 months in a dazed, closed, unattached manner until her father forces her to hang out with friends or go back to her mother. With that decision she decides to spend time with her friend Jacob Black who slowly starts pulling her back from her broken heart. When she finds out he is a werewolf it is no big deal to her since she's spent the past year hanging out with vampires. She does have a few concerns when people start vanishing though. Then she starts hearing Edward's voice whenever she finds herself in danger and she begins throwing herself into dangerous situations just to hear his voice.
I'd love to keep up the synopsis, but I don't want to give TOO much away.
I loved this book almost as much as the first. Where the first book was about Bella and Edward's relationship, this book explores "Bells" (Jacob's nickname for her) and Jacob's relationship. Will Edward come back to her or will Bella move on to find love with Jacob? READ IT and find out. It is worth it!
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I have to say i read this book in a day mainly because i rushed so much trying to get to Edward’s return ( I have a nasty habit of readin the last page of a book before i get started ) I definetly didnt love it as much as I did Twilight and I definetly agree with those who view it as mostly a transition. I think i made a mistake in not having read twilight until AFTER New moon was out so i wasnt used to waiting in between the novels and since twilight was still fresh in me i had that insatiable hunger for the story that im sure many of you have gotten. I think it stinks that it was only eight months between Twilight and New Moon but it will be more than a year between New Moon and Eclipse. Thankfully I know that its coming and its not the end. (which makes me wonder whether or not Bella will be turned in this 3rd book) Anyways I just wanted to say i love these two books and I will buy everyone in the series until it’s (unfortunaly inevitable but long off) end. Major Kudos to Ms. Meyer for such a spectacular debut novel and sequel(s).
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