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New Moon (The Twilight Saga) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, May 31, 2008
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- Publisher : Little, Brown; 1st edition (May 31, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 563 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316024961
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316024969
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : 690L
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.65 x 1.75 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some honey before the vinegar.
The introduction of the Wolfpack and the Native Americans who can shift into wolves was interesting. It is not the classic werewolf, which is later on also shown to have existed in this world but never on page. Yes it can be considered cheap to throw in Native Americans as a mystical magical but Noble Savages. It is a bit of a trope but it does feel legitimate in the story. A close-knit community with an oral tradition of magical history that comes to life protecting people from very serious threat.
There is a background story with Bella's father and his friends that give an underlying pulse to the story that makes it feel a little deeper than it actually is. Meaning there is life beyond the main characters. One thing I wish we see more of in the series is day-to-day life beyond the obsession of love. Bella is still a blank slate pretty much, and while this allows readers to step into her shoes it does make her character feel flat and shallow at times. Unfortunately, this background story missed the mark as it was used mainly to create the final touch of a misunderstanding leading to the climax of the story and we do not get to see how it affects the side characters till later on in the series to a small degree.
I do like the introduction of the Voltari because it shows just how dangerous the vampires really are. The character of Aro is all the more monstrous because it's nice and welcoming as he seems he is unabashedly what he is. I think these vampires if written in a different genre could have been quite terrifying but still serves their purpose. I would have loved to see more action in the series as a whole but I a more of an urban and epic fantasy reader with a little sci-fi thrown in.
If I'm honest this is probably my least favorite of all the books. Mainly this is due to the fact that the story feels forced in the direction that it takes for the exclusive purpose of introducing what is clearly a false love interest in a love triangle as well as introducing the Wolfpack. Save for a first-time reader into the genre and of the series, it is clear that the author is at least in this part showing her hand that the character of Jacob, while an awesome person and friend, will be nothing but Mr. Friendzone. it is really hard to pull off a good love triangle with mature characters.
The obsession that Bella has for Edward and visa versa still feels undeserved. You do not get much about their personalities outside of being possessive protective and fawning over each other's flawless beauty. We never really get into attributes beyond the physical and the fact that the good vampires do not eat people and Edward, though tempted beyond reason, has not kill Bella yet. In the 3rd and 4th books the characters do feel more real and do have some depth to them but that could easly be my imagination filling in the blanks. I know that they're kept mainly blank particularly Bella so that an reader can slip into the character and be pulled along the story. Here in the second book though this obsession is only shown to be one-sided as the character is shown to be pretty much depressed mentally unstable and uses friendship to get her fix through illusions that are brought upon by doing stupid and dangerous stuff.
I think love triangles work for some readers because people can relate the feeling torn and having mixed feelings for different people. Perhaps if Bella was shown as a more sympathetic and deeper character with interest that went beyond her obsession with Edward and his perfection introducing Jacob Black might have worked. I think that it is more the commercialization of the series (Burger king Team Edward or Team Jacob cups lol) that made the love triangle seem to be a bigger part of the story than they actually was. For any of those who read series when it came out the direction was fairly clear by the next book despite what the hype said. the only question was and is what emotional wreckage will be left behind.
The budding friendship between Bella and Jacob draws her out of a deep depression. Despite her lack of romantic interest in him, she leads him on, afraid of falling back into her slump. She tries to be honest and tell him that she's stuck on Edward, but can't help but tell him that she also wants him to keep trying. It's kind of a flaky, selfish thing to do, not exactly endearing. The whole thing left me feeling sorry for poor Jacob.
But despite all that, I felt myself mourning with her. It's easy to say that she shouldn't have fallen apart so much over a guy, but then again, she didn't just lose him, she lost a family and a new sister, Alice. To have so much, love, family, acceptance and perhaps even the promise of immortality, and then to lose all of it all at once, how could she not have fallen apart? Do I agree with how she deals with it? No. Do I empathize? Yes.
As for Jacob, we get to know him in this story, and he has to be one of the most interesting characters so far. With Edward out of the picture, it's difficult not to root for him. He's the ultimate good guy: kind, funny and supportive. He knows Bella is broken, but wants nothing more than to make her happy and perhaps find a place in her heart. And then there's the whole werewolf thing. Kind of hard to court a girl, especially one like Bella, when you keep turning into a wolf everytime you're angry or jealous. I think it's ironic that he, like Edward before him, believes the only safe option for Bella is to stay away. She just can't seem to catch a break.
Besides all the drama, there is a good deal of humor sprinkled through the story, and horror as well. The Volturi are creepy, the encounter with them terrifying. The whole scene kept me up way late. I probably shouldn't have tried to read that chapter right before bed, not good for your peace of mind.
Overall, I loved this book, love triangle and all. Jacob is really the star of this one, and I can totally get why some people would tend to take his side. Then again, it's hard to argue against Edward, flaws and all. He is obviously Bella's soul mate, whatever that's worth. No matter how good Jacob would be for Bella, her heart belongs to Edward, and honestly I don't think Bella's right for Jacob.
I'd recommend this book to those who like YA romance, particularly with love triangles, werewolves, and vampires. It compares pretty closely with the movie of the same name, which I must admit I watched first. I thought it was fantastic that the movie was able to so vividly bring the book to life, and so accurately, which I didn't realize until I finished reading New Moon.
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New Moon took guided you through Bella's heartbreak when Edward leaves. The detail in which the author goes into makes you feel the pain that she felt. No movie could have captured this raw pain.
Bella finds that all monsters could be real, when A!Ice returns and she is whisked off to Italy, to face more vampires who want to kill her. Can they escape from this situation and can Be!!a and Edward sort out their complicated love life
New Moon picks up shortly after the events of Twilight. Bella and Edward are madly in love, the type of love that is so sickly and dare I say it "teenage girly" that has turned so many people off the series and prevented many from even picking it up to begin with.
However, the dynamic soon changes. An incident highlights just how fragile and impractical their relationship is forcing Edward to withdraw his love and move away. From Bella's silly opinion, this is because he doesn't love her anymore. Why she thinks this is beyond me. Edward is mean but it is obvious why he is doing it. What follows (I read this on the Kindle so forgive the percentages) is from 5% to 30% utter mind numbing drivel. Bella is distraught, she wallows in self pity and pines like someone has never pined before.
This section of the story was way too long. I was wanting to stick pins in my eyes and came so close to giving up on the book. I thought I had finally realised why so many people ridicule the series.
Thankfully I persisted a little bit longer. Enter Jacob. By far and away, Jacob is the most interesting character in the story. Bella's attraction to him is believable, their growing relationship (after the initial ooh I think I love him now), is actually well handled. Jacob comes with a good back story and an air of mystery to him. Unlike the Bella / Edward relationship which is too impossible to imagine (both are madly in love with each other, the type of love that when they don't see each other they ache).
Following Jacob's appearance, the story also begins to get some semblance of a decent plot. My main criticism of the first book is that nothing happened. Although this story suffers from the same fate, there are story threads going on.
The story here surrounds random attacks on innocent hikers. There is also the angst going on around Jacob and his friends and the return of some vampires that appeared in Twilight.
The ending of the book is actually quite good. Why it comes about on the other hand irked me. Some minor spoilers follow: Bella in an effort to overcome Edward, resorts to taking part in dangerous activities. The logic being, she hears Edward's voice in her head warning her to be careful when she does these and can therefore imagine him again. I made a logical assumption here that Bella was actually hearing Edward and not imagining him. This proved to be incorrect as later in the book Edward acts upon something he hears Bella has done which proved my assumption wrong (sorry for the confusion, trying not to give too much away). However, later Bella can hear Edward in her thoughts again, which makes no sense whatsoever.
Another strong element to the book is the natural and growing hatred between werewolves and vampires. When Edward and Jacob finally come face to face, the animosity is evident. Obviously anyone with a y chromosome will root for Jacob (I can't believe I just weighed in on that argument).
Overall then, I had mixed feelings about the book. After the appalling start, the story kicked in and dare I say it was quite enjoyable. The ending was satisfactory and there is enough left over to keep me interested in the next book. My rating: 8.0