I admit it: I’m quickly becoming addicted to The Twilight Saga. I had very low expectations, but I finished the first and second books in only a few days. Now I feel a desperate need to get my hands on the third. While we’re talking books, don’t forget about the current reading challenge! Anyway, here’s my review. As you’ll see, I’ve changed my standard review format. What do think of the update?
The Twilight Saga: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Copyright 2006, Little, Brown and Company
Bella Swan feels on top of the world until she and the vampire Edward Cullen’s relationship takes a dark turn: Edward announces that he doesn’t want her anymore and that the Cullens are leaving town — For good. Bella is plunged into a horrible sadness and loneliness that she feels can only be broken when she sees Edward again, which she is convinced she never will. To break her zombie-like state, she starts becoming very close friends with Jacob Black, who is descended from a native tribe of wolf-men. Soon, his wolfish side breaks through and he becomes a full-fledged werewolf, which changes his personality and looks alike. Bella is rather indifferent on this development. The main problem with Jacob is that werewolves are the enemies of vampires, and if Bella ever became friends with the Cullens again, there would be trouble.
Meanwhile, a he said she said situation leads Edward to believe that Bella killed herself because of his absence and lack of love. In truth, Edward never stopped loving Bella, and he is consumed by remorse and grief at this situation. He quickly plans to provoke powerful vampires who are capable of killing him to end his misery. Bella and Edward’s sister Alice race to stop Edward before it’s too late. Will Alice and Bella be able to stop poor Edward? What will become of Bella and Jacob’s love?
This sequel to the popular Twilight is nearly as good as the first. However, Bella’s misery slows down the action and the reader is dragged down with it. I would still recommend that all fans of the first book read it, as it really provides key points and lead-ins to the final books.
Rating: 3 stars.