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Romeo and Juliet, but with vampires
Twilight Saga: New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
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Twilight Saga: New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
Advantages: good plot, well written
Disadvantages: not particularly likable main character
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.