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The second book in the twilight series, if you're considering reading this you've probably already read Twilight, and if not I'd recommend that you do read it first.
So, this picks up from book 1. Bella is still in love with Edward, the teenage vampire. At the start of the book its Bella's birthday and Alice, Edward's "sister" decides to host a party at the Cullens. What could go wrong at a birthday party you wonder? Well, quite a lot when you're a vulnerable human and all the other guests are vampires.
Following the disasterous party Edward decides that they only way Bella can be safe and happy is if he leaves. How wrong he is? Bella sinks into a depression and to add to her trauma another vampire is on the losse, and hes not as friendly as the Cullens, in fact hes more of a traditionalist shall we say?
Thank goodness then for Jacob, her best friend, who she can rely on to look after her and pull her out of her depression! Howver, as the book progresses hes fighting his own demons.
To add to the drama, Bella discovers that if she places herself in danger an image of Edward appears to her, so not surprisingly she decides to do everything she can to bring him back.
By the end of the book at least one of the three main characters is in mortal peril, will they all survive?
If you're wondering whether this book is for you, especially if you're not the typical Twihard.. well I should add here neither am I at 30-something and I loved this series of books. If the first book inttorduced us into Bella's world, then second book fleshes out the other characters. Although I didnt go to school with a crowd of vampires (though thinking of some of my fellow students I wouldnt be surprised!!) the characters did still ring true.
Meyer does like to lapse into dreamy-type narratives at time which can become a bit irritating but all in all, well worth reading. Who knows, you may eve
n become a Twihard yourself!
Welcome to the second book in the Twilight saga written by Stephanie Meyer. New moon follows on where Twilight left off with the love story between Bella Swan (human) and Edward Cullen (vampire).
The story starts in Bella's dream, as her birthday is that day she dreams that she is looking at her dead grandmother however not everything is as it seems and she is actually looking at herself as an old woman with Edward still looking seventeen years old, luckly she wakes quickly but cant shake her nightmare.
With her birthday making her one year older than Edward, she trys to make everyone see it as no big deal, yet Alice (Edwards 'sister') has other plans and throws her a birthday party at the Cullen house with all the Cullen family but whats ment to be a great night and a celebration for bella, things turn sour when a paper cut sends one of the Cullen family into a frenzy at the scent of the blood and lunges at Bella making edward push Bella out of the way but making the paper cut seem like nothing after the glass vases are broken by her body, slashing open her arm. Feeling guilty Edward takes Bella home after being stitched up by Carlise and for a few days after Edward is distant with Bella, making Bella think that he is over reacting about the whole incident at the Cullen house.
When Edward shows at Bellas house and asks her to walk with him, he tells her he's leaving her with the rest of his family and that he doesnt want her to come with him. Bella believes he no longer loves her and as he walks away at super vampire speed Bella chases him only to be lost in the woods. Will Bella be found by Edward?
As the months progress Bella is still hurting at the absence of the only true love she has ever experienced however when a rush of adrenaline and danger makes Bella hear her beloved Edwards voice warning her to stop being so reckless she quickly learns that to hear him she has to be in danger or do stupid things, making her buy something that not only will break her promise to Edward but also to her father. Taking her purchases to the only person she knows can help Bella finds that being around Jacob Black, an old family friend, helps her feel better but when he disappears on her too and refuses to take her calls she takes matters into her own hands and goes to see Jacob, but what will she find when she gets there? and will she like it?
With Jacob trying to make Bella see him as something more than just a friend and Bella refusing will her friendship become more than she wants it or will something come between then that will lead her back to Edward? When an unannounced guest shows up in her house and delieves some bad news, Bella rushes off for 3 days to save Edward from killing himself but will she get to him in time?
If im completely honest this wasnt my favourite in the series of books. To me it seemed to drag on a little bit, i mean we all know that Bella is hurting about edward leaving her however it seems like Stephanie has tried to make the book as long as possible by filling chapters in with the same things over and over again. Its great that we get to read a little more about Jacob in this book though. We didnt get to hear about him too much in the first book, he just turns up however in the second book we get to hear about his story and about how his life is lead. We see the friendship develope between Bella and Jacob and the love that Jacob has for her and how much he wants her however we all know where the book is going to end.
With the arrival of an older face the the first book showing up and bringing a whole new problem for Bella to face as well as seeing the most scariest vampires too you know that the book will be interesting to read though. i would recommend this if you have read the first book however if you are thinking about missing the first book out and jumping straight to this it wouls be a bad move, you wouldnt understand the story and how th characters have gotten to where they are now in this book however if you have read the first book and enjoyed it you will enjoy this one too, Stephanie has a real nack of pulling you into the story and making you feel like you are right there with the characters and making you feel the emotions they are going through.
To start of with I feel there is absolutely no point in reading this book if you have not read the first one, this is not a kind of story where you can just start in the middle, it will seem very confusing and most probably things wont add up as you need to read the first story.
I am a massive fan of these series of books and after reading the first book i went straight out and brought this, in my opinion this is one of the best books in the four part series. This is mainly because this is where the whole direction of the storyline changes and i feel personally adds a lot more. This story is where the introduction of the wherewolves come into play, I loved how stephanie introduced these characters and evolved them to fit around bella within the storyline. It is any exciting book filled with more adventure, more heartbreak and overall true love. Would recommend this to anyone who has loved reading the first book.Gre
Simply put the reason why I bought New Moon before I'd even read it (something which I hardly ever do) is since finishing Twilight I've become quite a fan of the series. So after my endless searching of a modern day author that could rival other writers that have gone by Stephanie Meyer has managed it.
When the Cullens leave town Bella's life takes a downward spiral. As Charlie despairingly watches his daughter slip into a dark depression he encourages a friendship with Jacob Black. It seems that Bella thrives on the companionship of supernatural creatures, this time in a more hairy form. The fact that she's putting herself in more danger doesn't put her off. Although even Jacobs' wolfy nature can't stop her longing of Edward. Desperate for any type of contact, putting her own life in danger just to see him, no matter what the outcome.
Unlike Twilight Bella isn't playing the damsel in distress role. I have always had two opinions of her but in New Moon it swerves strongly to the irritating side. I find her actions in this novel very over the top. I know that she is meant to be desperately in love with Edward but at times I wanted to yell at her to get a grip! She doesn't take Jacobs emotions into consideration either and it's frustrating at how selfish she comes across. He likes her a lot and it's as if she's using his feelings to get what she wants. An aspect of her personality which does not appeal to me.
Being more of an Edward fan I didn't take to Jacob very well. It's obvious Bella doesn't reciprocate the attraction he has towards her but he keeps on pushing it. Despite his physical strength Jacob is weak to what Bella wants which makes me see his character as a bit of a pushover and able to be used.
Although the Cullens do not take a large part in the story as it isn't supposed to be focused on them, they are there towards the end. We hear them being spoken about but the impact is still very low. In some instances I feel that they are mentioned in places where the family is not needed. At times I think mentioning them takes away the main plot and distracts you from some of the key moments.
This storyline is very simple, possibly the reason why the films can follow it so easily, you can put it down and know exactly where you left off. This is something I find quite refreshing as recent authors seems to love adding complicated sections and details which do nothing but confuse you.
Oddly enough New Moon has a lot more going on it than Twilight yet somehow it fails to match up to my expectations. It is lacking in the ability to keep me gripped, until the very end very little action is involved which disappointed me.
That being said it is by no means a dull book and even if it didn't wow me it provided details which having read Eclipse might not of made sense otherwise.
It moved along at a steady pace but it wasn't as compelling as the other novels I would have to rate it as the weakest of the series.
It's RRP price is £7.99 but I bought it from Amazon for £3.49 in paperback. If you intend on reading Eclipse and Breaking Dawn then this is one I'd recommend. It is more romantic but has a decent amount of suspense making it a story which you could possibly read without taking a look at Twilight beforehand. A worthy read but not as gripping as I would of liked it to of been.
I may not have been overly keen to start on the Twilight Saga, but I couldn't help finding out what happened next, so I moved onto the second book in the Twilight series.
Bella is depressed; it's her eighteenth birthday so she is now officially older than Edward, even though he was born in 1901, however she can't refuse to go to Edward's house when his family have got so excited. It's when she is unwrapping her presents that Bella, as only she would, gets a paper cut. The blood drips onto the carpet and Jasper, the most recent veggie vampire, can't restrain himself, so Edward has to, but in his protectiveness he accidentally causes Bella to cut her arm, causing all but Dr. Carlisle Cullen to become ravenous.
They managed to control themselves by going outside and leaving the Dr to stitch up her arm, but Edward refuses to let this happen again.
He becomes cold towards Bella and finally tells her he doesn't love her anymore, but not to worry because she will forget about him as humans have memories like sieves!
She enters into severe depressions and the only one able to draw her out is an old family friend, Jacob Black.
Bella begins to hear Edward's voice whenever she does anything dangerous, so she secretly takes up motor biking and cliff diving with Jacob.
Despair sets in again when Jacob, who she has solely relied on for the past few months, won't see her and doesn't return her calls. Finally it turns out he has joined Sam's gang, something he was very afraid of and determined never to join. Bella tries to get him alone and take him away from the scary gang but it turns out to be far more scary that she thought; it's a pack. The boys have become werewolves to protect La Push and Forks from Victoria; the vampire mate of James who is after Bella for revenge.
So will Edward ever see Bella again? Or will she not survive long enough? And will she ever regain the friendship of Jacob?
I enjoyed this book much more than Twilight, although once again it isn't a book I would read twice. I liked the way this novel moved a little away from the relationship between Bella and Edward which had grown so much in the first book, and had been it's main focus. In New Moon we get to know Jacob much better and see his and Bella's friendship blossom. The book also drew away from the fantasy side a little and felt more like a romance, as we heard about Bella's pain at the separation and spent more time talking about motorbikes and the like rather than vampires.
The actual writing of the book seemed to have improved too, I wasn't getting bored of the descriptions, just Bella's whining.
Unfortunately I might actually dislike Bella even more than I did when I read Twilight. She came across as even more selfish; she never made the lines of friendship between her and Jacob clear to him because she was so dependent on him; she would allow him to hold her hand and hug him, every time she tried to tell him that they were just friends she would give into his feelings for her and her need for him. She was also still unfair with Mike, putting him through going to the cinema with her and Jacob, but seeming surprised when he hinted at her holding his hand.
It was nice to get to know Jacob more, he grew up a lot in this book, going from a happy, young boy, to almost a man when he discovered that he wasn't truly human anymore. In the beginning he is quite cheeky and childish with lightened the book, but when he became a werewolf he became more intense, particularly in his feelings for Bella which he was more than happy to voice once he knew she didn't think of him as a monster.
I did find New Moon a bit predictable, especially once I noticed the correlation between it and Romeo and Juliet, which, as it is Bella's favourite story, I assume it is Meyer's too, but this didn't take away from the enjoyment of the book.
The Twilight saga is definitely improving on me, so I look forward to reading the next in the series.
What is it about?
Twilight is a series of books, new moon being the second within the series, about a batch of Vampires and Bella Swan who falls in love with Vampire Edward Cullen. Within New Moon Bella cuts herself at a birthday party this resulting in Jasper (another Vampire - Edwards 'brother') attacking Bella out of instict. Edward then evaluates that Bella would be better off without him in her life and leaves her. Bella seeks comfort in old family friend Jacob, who turns out to be a Werewolf. The story continues (with a few more twists)...
I personally thought that of all the four Twilight books this is by far the weakest. Its 'plot' is very stringy, and although arguably important for the overall series I think it is the worst written by Stephanie Meyer. I would only ever really recommend it to purhaps 15-19 year old girls, but would definately say to read Twilight (1st book in the series first) as I would say the plot is more gripping, there is more twists and more overall excitment.
Overall I would rate this at around 7/10, so a definate beach readable book, and a great one to take on holiday.
New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, is in my opinion is far better.
Although I was disappointed that the vampires were not a dominant feature in this novel, yet the way the author wrote, you could sense their presence throughout the novel, so it didn't really seem like I missed them. There is never enough Edward!
This second novel explores the emotions of Bella as she learns to live on knowing she might never see Edward again. The main theme here is the friendship between Bella and Jacob and how that friendship is challenged not only by Jacob(who loves Bella) but the knowledge that Jacob is a natural enemy of the vampires by virtue of his birthright.
The vampires do make a reappearance, and the second half of the novel does proceed at a quick pace with lots of thrills thrown in for good measure. I loved the way the author draws Bella's character, lovelorn yet strong-willed, courageous yet weak, Bella is a study in contradictions, yet we can't help but love her for she is someone all who have been in love can relate to. Her love for Edward is all-encompassing, and utterly believable even with the vampire/werewolf angle!
I would totally recommend this author not just for teenagers but for any adult reader. I have converted at least 12 close friends and their teens to Meyer
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Edward decides to leave to help protect Bella, but this really upsets her and she gets very depressed. Instead, she settles for Jacob, not realising that he's actually a --------. she then goes to Tuscany in Italy to find Edward in the Volturi and Edward drops a huge bombshell.
**** MY OPINION ****
For me, the Twilight saga wasn't all that interesting. It's about a girl called Bella who lives with her dad and comes across a family of vampires. Some other stuff happens throughout the book, though. It was ok, but I found it a bit boring after a while. It goes on about her emotions for way too long and not many exciting things happen. I like the films because they cut straight to all the interesting bits and don't just show her droning on about how miserable she is. If anything, she's slightly pathetic because although she's with a bunch of vampires, she seems to be moaning all the time. However, the book was a very good idea and has a lot of other things that have tried to copy it. Out of the series, I would say that New Moon is the best. Although, Breaking Dawn is quite high as well.
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I have been re-reading the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer and am now reviewing them as I read. New Moon is the second book in the four part series and in my opinion it is much better than the first book. The background story has already been firmly cemented and therefore leaves more room for a fuller plot. The writing style is more adult and flows a lot smoother.
The book begins with Bella's much dreaded 18th birthday. Bella is not looking forward to turning 18 as it means she will officially be one year older than her forever young vampire boyfriend Edward. As we have come to expect with Bella the birthday party that has been arranged by Alice (Edwards's vampire sister) goes disastrously wrong because of a small paper cut.
As a result of the party Edward is once again in turmoil about who and what he is and chooses to leave Forks forever so Bella can go back to leading a normal life. This obviously leaves Bella in quite a distraught state. This leaves room for Bella's childhood friend Jacob to try and fill the space Edward has left behind.
Bella and Edward do not realise that Bella is being hunted down by Victoria (a vengeful vampire who wants to kill Bella because Edward killed her mate James in the previous book) When Edward disappears Bella is left unprotected. The fact that a vampire is wandering around in Forks causes an old legend to come true and unknown to Bella she is better protected than she thinks.
Bella starts to recover with the help of Jacob, but Jacob has his own secret and things become difficult for Bella and Jacob. As I mentioned in my previous review Bella is a bit of a danger junky and decides to go motor biking and cliff diving as this is the only way that she can find to bring the voice and image of Edward alive in her mind.
This story is full of twists and turns that keep the book being a real page turner. I really enjoyed the fact that Edward is not the only one who has a mysterious second life. Bella is still a bit of a weak person as she has a strange co-dependency thing going with Edward, that when he leaves her she is shown to fall to bits instead of picking herself up and carrying on with her life. I don't think Bella is a very good role model.
The mystery of Jacob is very interesting and his attraction to Bella is obvious. I think that Jacob is a brilliant person. He is there for Bella when the rest of the world seems to of given up on her. He helps to rebuild her and just when he is bringing her back to reality and it seems that he may have a chance of being more than friends but unfortunately the supernatural kicks in and pulls them apart.
This book really does need reading straight after Twilight as the plots in the first book carry on pretty much where they left off. The majority of the Cullen's do not feature in this book as the book focuses on the story of Bella, Edward and Jacob. My favourite Cullen, Alice does feature and I was very pleased about that.
This book is a really enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who is a vampire or werewolf fan. I feel that the books are starting to move away from the teenage market and more into the adult reading market.
I have also watched the film that has been made based on this book and I can honestly say I found it pretty dismal. It does the book no justice. If you've not read any of these books I think they are definitely worth a read, if only to see what all the hype is about.
Thanks for reading.
As I said in my earlier review of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga is very much a love it or hate affair. If however you have read Twilight and enjoyed it then it is highly likely you will want to read New Moon (the second book in the series) and will like that too.
With the film of this book having recently done the rounds I am sure most people will be familiar with the events but in case you've been marooned on a desert island and missed it, here is an outline.
After the events of Twilight, life has returned to what passes as normal in the dreary town of Forks. Bella is still with her vampire lover, Edward but she's troubled. Her beloved Edward is frozen forever as a 17 year old while she continues to age. Bella is consumed with a want to be turned into a vampire so she and Edward can never be parted; Edward, however is (if you pardon the pun) dead against such a move.
On her 18th Birthday Bella is the reluctant guest at the Cullens' impromptu birthday party. As Bella opens one of her gifts she gets a paper cut. This seemingly innocuous injury proves to be anything but in a room full of vampires and Jasper, Edward's adopted brother (and newest "vegetarian") is overcome by the scent of blood and attacks, deflected by Edward. Shaken but undeterred Bella tries to take what has happened in her stride. Edward, however, unable to reconcile with recent events, breaks up with Bella and leaves Forks with his family.
Bella's heart break and resultant depression is absolute. But in time she is spurred to move on. Still emotionally scarred she finds that putting herself in danger invokes Edward's voice in her head. This in turn leads her to take greater risks and she turns to childhood friend Jacob Black.
Jacob is funny, brash and obviously cares deeply for Bella. They spend an increasing amount of time in each others company and Bella seeks solace in their friendship. When Jacob suddenly withdraws Bella discovers a shocking secret about Jacob and his friends. With Jacob's attention elsewhere Bella returns to her thrill seeking ways which results is a disastrous misunderstanding.
As face from the past returns, a frantic race against time arises for Bella. Can she resolve the misunderstanding in time and if she does will this lead to even greater danger?
New Moon isn't everyone's cup of tea and I wouldn't suggest reading this book without having read its predecessor, Twilight. It has received some criticism over the quality of the writing but whilst I concede that it is never going to be critically acclaimed I do not see the style of writing as particularly problematic. The descriptions can occasionally suffer from being a little repetitive and some dialogue a little stilted but essentially it was a gripping read which I had trouble putting down until it was finished and to be honest if a book can keep your interest like that it can't be half bad.
Those that love Edward may be a little put out by this novel as he is largely absent from the bulk of the narrative, flitting in and out as the ghostly voice who begs Bella to stay safe. But Edward's absence opens the way for Jacob Black. Quite a marginal character in Twilight, here he comes to the fore. He is great character, warmer that Edward (in more ways than one) and has good chemistry with Bella. Just as Jacob replaces Edward, Jacob's friends fills the void left by the absence of the Cullens. We are given some background on them and their families and begin to understand their dynamic and the Tribe's association with the Cullens. As the story progresses we are also introduced to the idea of the wider existence of vampires, and vampire law, which I found interesting. Bella is still self absorbed and the selfish way she seeks solace in Jacob, rankles. To be honest it was a passing thing though and it didn't distract me from the ongoing plot. I would rather the characters evoke some emotion in me than not at all.
I found New Moon an easy but still riveting read which is the type of book I veer towards these days with an active 5 year around to distract me. Many lesser books or those harder to read have fallen by the wayside. This novel is obviously a continuation of the story begun in Twilight and although the immediate situation is resolved at the end of New Moon it still leaves a number of loose ends which compelled me to pick up Eclipse almost immediately (much to my husband's dismay)! If you have read Twilight then New Moon is a must and if you were enthralled by the love story between Edward and Bella then this will only add to that.
I loved Twilight but found it in some ways the weakest book of the series, due to its need to rapidly set the scene. New Moon was stronger but as it had to bring the readers up to speed with the wolf pack and another back story it is still not my favourite of the four. That is not to say, however that I didn't enjoy reading it and will happily re-read it as part of the set.
As we've already discovered from my first review, Twilight and I didn't really get on so well. Still, I'd been gifted the whole series, and besides, I had a long train journey to take. Might as well take this with me.
I won't bother re-explaining book 1 -- Edward is a vampire, Bella is in love with him, Bella whines a lot, blah blah blah blah.
And then in book 2, Alice throws an awesome birthday party (seriously, why isn't this book about Alice? I LIKE Alice) which Bella is completely ungrateful for because it means she's getting ooooolder, and Edward isn't, and no-one in the history of ever was ever older than their boyfriend.
And then, after Bella cuts her finger and things get a bit nuts when the vampires smell blood, Edward leaves. And there is much rejoicing. No, not really.
The thing that HURTS about this book is that there's the grain of a good story in the werewolf storyline. The whole thing about them starting to turn into wolves again and not being quite sure what to do about that.. yeah, I'd be interested in that. Unfortunately it gets drowned out in Bella whining about Edward. A lot. ALL THE TIME. In between whining about Edward she spends her time manipulating Jacob. If I behaved like that as a teen I can only hope someone would have given me a good shake.
Maybe I'm already out of the age-range for these. Maybe whiny teenagers just appeal more to other whiny teenagers. But this is not a book for me.
New Moon is the second book in the twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer and follows the hugely successful twilight.
I've always been fascinated by novels aimed at teenagers, hmm maybe that the wrong choice of words, as I'm not a teenager and haven't been one for nearly 20 years I find it hard to work out why these books appeal shall we say. I have read Harry Potter which this series has been endlessly compared with and enjoyed them without being bowled over by the quality of the writing, this extends to Philip Pullmans dust series as well and we encounter it here. The books are simplistic in their viewpoints and tend to bring whatever genre down to adventure, loneliness and that sexual need which teenagers have to acknowledge but don't know necessarily how to move on.
So onto these novels, the first twilight introduced Bella, Edward etc in the forest setting of Forkes, Washington State. Bella is about 17 and has moved from Arizona, she soon meets the mysterious Edward who intrigues her. Edward turns out to be a vampire and desires Bella both in bed and as a meal, oh the tortured souls. The book ends with Edward telling Bella something important and the pair move on with their lives - not wanting to give too much away.
So onto New Moon - Now I read Twilight about 2 years ago and had the rest of the novels because my niece and wife both like them. They had been urging me to read the rest of the novels because they assured me that the story would start to get interesting. The first book was a fun read but in truth I found it far too simplistic and the conversion of vampires from blood thirsty gothic characters to a teenager who glistens was a bit too much and took a lot of the fun away from them.
So onto this book, I started with apprehension after all I'm not exactly the target audience and immediately felt as though I was wading through molasses sugar. The novel ticked all the boxes for any generic teenage based literature, teenage morose tick, teenager depressed tick, teenager needed a boyfriend tick, teenager mopping around not doing anything tick, teenager wishing that Edward would return tick, reader wishing she'd throw herself under a bus to get something exciting to read about tick. So the book plods along, anguish follows anguish, loss, depression, boredom and that's just the reader.
Finally the book grinds its way to something more interesting but even here when we meet werewolves, oh surprise they are most of the time really buff teenage boys. What a surprise, Bella has issues and puts herself in danger and you know what going to happen and the author doesn't disappoint.
So all in all a great disappointment, if this is teenager life at the moment boy am I glad I'm in my thirties. If you're suffering and the angst of Bella helps then great good for you, but if you're a thirty something whose got nothing better to do than tell people about the twilight books please don't find me because I'm really not interested anymore.
The only good thing about these books, the Harry Potter series is that is gets people reading so buy these books and then go and get something decent to read as well.
This is the second book in a four part series better known as the twilight saga.
Again like the first book there are two different front covers due to the fact that the film New moon has recently been released.
The original cover is of a red flower and the most recent one is of the three main characters of the book, Edward, Bella and Jacob.
The plot: The story is set a few months after Twilight.
Edward and Bella are still in love and there relationship is blossoming.
Everything is wonderful, well as wonderful as you can get when your dating a vampire.
It's Bella's 18th birthday and she's plagued with fears about getting older, while her boyfriend is forever frozen at the age of 17.
However Bella's problems are about to get a whole lot worse as her birthday party, that has been thrown by the cullen family (who are a bunch of vampires), goes a little bit wrong.
Once again Bella's life is threatened but this time it's by the people who she considers her new family.
Edward knows that while the cullens and himself stay in forks, Bella will always be a magnet for danger, so he decideds to leave her so that she can be safe once again.
Bella is left completely broken hearted and she is devestated that her one true love has abandoned her.
Thinking that she'll never be whole again she carrys on with her life as best she can.
She then meets Jacob Black again, and they form a friendship that soon becomes Bella's salvation, but just as things are starting to seem slightly better to her, Jacob starts to push her away.
Jacob has a dark secret to tell Bella, and once again her life is put in danger.
This is another brilliant book by Author Stephanie Meyer, like Twilight it's full of romance and action all the way through.
Once again it's told completely from Bella's point of view, which allows the reader to go on her emotional journey and feel some of the heartache that she feels, I really cried when I read this book but the ending made me sit on the edge of my seat and my heart beat faster.
Although Edward and the other Cullen family members aren't in the book as much as the first one, the new characters sort of make up for it.
Jacob Black who made a brief appearance in Twilight, is back in this book and gets more of the spotlight as he's one of the central characters.
There are new characters, who are Jacob's friends from the La Push reservation.
Also the reader gets introduced to the Volturi, an ancient coven of vampires that rule the vampire world.
These new characters are are so colourful and interesting that they make this book just as good as the first one.
Again I highly reccommend this book and the others in the series.
Having seen the Twilight film (which I knew I'd instantly love) I jumped feet first into reading the Twilight Saga novels, borrowed hastily from my sister, also a huge fan.
I loved Twilight, although I already knew the storyline having seen the film so I was looking forward to reading New Moon to read what happened next to the ill-fated lovers.
My sister said she read this very quickly to 'get to the bits where it was all good and ok again' and I found myself doing the same. When Edward left I was constantly flicking forward for glimpses of his name to make sure he would feature later in the story! When I started reading I just couldn't believe Jacob could replace Edward as the leading man in the book and Bella's life, but as the story went on, I became enveloped in their relationship and their love, even if they didn't feel the same kind of love for each other, and the story kept me fully engaged.
Like others, I did feel as if my favourite vampire was absent for too much of the book, as I thought the Twilight Saga was all about him and Bella. Plus I don't know quite why it took her so long to work out Jacob's secret! Near the end when Edward came back it seemed quite rushed, but it may have been because I was rushing reading it to see how it all ended! I imagine that this part will be longer in the film because of the action, suspense and drama.
I can't wait to read Eclipse (I bought the first 3 books in one go so I could read one after the other) but I'm going to force myself to slow down so I can enjoy it more (I saw the film and read Twilight and Eclipse all in the space of a week!). But as this is a review I can't help but give the book top marks - I literally couldn't put it down, and I just love the whole Edward/Bella/Jacobs/Cullens story.
If you liked Twilight and these characters, this shouldn't disappoint.
On another note, I'm very disappointed that 'Let Me Sign' (Rob Pattinson's song playing when he's sucking the blood from Bella's wrist after James attacked her, in Twilight) is not on the Twilight soundtrack and seemingly only available on the American ITunes as a bonus song when I'm in the UK!
New Moon is the second in the 'Twilight' saga written by Stephenie Meyer. As I had enjoyed the first book so much I decided that I would crack on with the second book as soon as possible, almost certain that I would be disappointed, how could the second book come anywhere near close to being even half as good as the first?
Again this book's front cover is mainly black with a splash of colour this time coming from a white red and green flower. Again it doesn't really tell you anything about what to expect from the book.
It is a very heavy looking book, but as I'd read the first one in no time the size of the book didn't put me off as much this time.
This book picks up the story between Bella and Edward from where the last one finished. They are currently studying their last year at high school and trying to have as normal a relationship as a vampire and a teenage girl can whilst keeping the secret of Edward being a vampire.
The story takes a sad turn quite early on when Edward realises that the only way he can keep Bella safe is to leave her forever. The story then follows how Bella tries to get her life back on track whilst vowing she will never live a normal life without Edward.
Her new life sees her renewing her friendship with Jacob Black from the nearby settlement of La Push, the Quileute tribe land. Her friendship with Jacob becomes very intense and starts to make you think that maybe Edward is not her one true love after all.
Bella seems to be a magnet for danger however and all is not quite as it seems in the friendly town of Forks. Could even more mythical creatures than Vampires exist and would they be good or evil?
I don't want to spoil the story for you, so I will stop there, but there are a few twists and turns along the way that will have you wondering just where the story is going and each one is fantastic.
I loved this second book almost as much as the first one. I found it just as hard to put down and at no point found myself bored by the story. It took me a little over 24 hours to read this one, although I could have read it faster if my children hadn't needed to be fed!
I cried so much at the start of this book when Edward realised he would have to leave Bella, which made it hard to read all the words! And by the end of the book I was literally on the edge of my seating waiting to see what would happen next! The ending of this book made for more of an opening for the next than I felt the first one had, which ended as a stand alone book with the possibility of a follow up, but without one being forced quite so much.
Again I found the language in the book was easy to read, the chapters well laid out and the story telling was top notch again. It left me itching to start the third book almost immediately (next review that will be coming lol).
I would warn that this book does introduce a gore that wasn't really in the first book as much, so maybe this book wouldn't be good for very young readers, but certainly older teens would be fine with it. I'm not really a fan of gore but it was used effectively to tell the story, and I feel that if it had been left it the story would have felt like it was missing something.
Would I recommend this book
If you have read the first book and enjoyed it then I would highly recommend this book. I would suggest reading Twilight first, as although you could read this story as a stand alone book it's nice to know the history of Edward and Bella before you start.
There were a few parts of the book which referred to the previous book, but enough explanation was given so that you didn't feel like a huge chunk of knowledge was missing if you didn't read Twilight first.
Overall I was very impressed with the second book. I was sure that it would be a let down as I had enjoyed the first one so much, but was so happy to find that this book was very almost as good as the first and kept in keeping with the story telling and emotions so well.
I actually started the third book the morning after I finished this one because I enjoyed it so much and I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next!
Price £12.99 (Amazon and all the other sites will have it cheaper I am sure)
Published by Atom in 2007, reprinted 18 times since then!
I stuck my finger under the edge of the paper and jerked it under the tape. Shoot,' I muttered when the paper sliced my finger. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. No!' Edward roared Dazed and disorientated, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm - and into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires. For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning