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New Moon (Twilight) Hardcover – August 21, 2006
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Grade 9 Up–Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it's not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella's emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends. Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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Gr. 8-11. "Which is tempting you more, my blood or my body?" Things are heating up between Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen, in this sequel to the immensely popular Twilight (2005). Then Bella is injured at her birthday party, and the Cullens' reaction to her blood sends Edward's family packing. Bella is inconsolable until she discovers that reckless behavior allows her to hear Edward's warning voice in her head. To keep him close, she decides to live as dangerously as possible, acquiring two motorcycles and developing a close friendship with Jacob, who helps her rebuild them. Romantics will miss Edward's presence, but the suspense created by a pack of werewolves bent on protecting Bella from a vindictive vampire will keep them occupied until the lovers can be reunited. The writing is a bit melodramatic, but readers won't care. Bella's dismay at being ordinary (after all, she's only human) will strike a chord even among girls who have no desire to be immortal, and like the vampires who watch Bella bleed with "fevered eyes," teens will relish this new adventure and hunger for more. Cindy Dobrez
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This read was just as addicting as the first, even though your favorites were in depression. Depending on which team you were on that is. I'm obviously Team Jacob. :)
We also get to meet a new cast of characters to love and hate (I'm looking at you Volturi) But through it all you still root for Edward and Bella to overcome and find their way back to each other.
The illustrations were great, but lacked the climatic effect that the two Twilight volumes did. Most of the graphics were black and white with the exception of two or three short scenes. This volume lacked to capture the tone as effectively as I have come to expect. After Bella discovers Edward has left, I wanted to see her state of mind reflected more in the artwork, but this aspect of the story was glossed over. For something that impacted me so heavily in the novel and film versions, I was left feeling let down. The black and white drawn in grey shades, when I’d have liked it to be represented more visually desperate than a white-wash treatment.
With that said, I still liked the darkness – the more sinister aspects of the storyline: the wolves, Laurent, Victoria. While the movies only hinted at this, in the novel it was meant to make you feel uncomfortable, or in the least, shiver. The artwork here captures the impact more in the tone of the novel, and I enjoyed getting more tension for Bella than I had from the film franchise.
Though, my favourite pages from this volume would have to be the end pages, which I feel really captured the soul of the first half of New Moon – desolate, haunting and dark.
So while I appreciated the artwork, the story felt flat. Admittedly there was a lot of detail in there that I did not expect, but there was something about it that failed to punch in its weight class. Possibly because some of my expectations went unmet.
Really looking forward to Volume 2 later this year. And upon searching the internet, it doesn’t appear Young Kim is continuing with the series. Sad. I’d really like to see where her illustrations could have taken the saga.
This is a good book and places Bella in the middle between the vampires and the werewolves. Her presence and relationship with the Cullens also comes to the attention of the powerful vampire royalty clan the Volturi. It is a good book and suspenseful and I enjoyed it. I recommend it to you.
I began by watching the movie Twilight - though in retrospect, I regret not reading the novel first. My lack of patience in the plot line led me directly to book two, New Moon.
The first thing I discovered about New Moon was the surprisingly weak writing. The dialogue was particularly annoying at times (I've noticed that this comment appears frequently in reviews for this series) and the emphasis on imagery was practically nonexistent. Perhaps seeing the movie first really did improve my experience of the novel, for without it, I would have a hard time envisioning the backdrop for all of the drama!
Writing and style aside, the plot is a brilliant one. It whispers of Romeo and Juliet with an infectious flavor of magic and fantasy. While the comparison of these novels to the Harry Potter series is inevitable, reader beware: Meyer is not JK Rowling. This will be particularly evident to older or more advanced literary enthusiasts. Despite these gripes, I couldn't put the book down and I look forward to finishing the series. I will be particularly interested to see the big-screen interpretation, after all who can resist such an abnormally good looking cast of characters =)
The biggest problem with this book is that despite the good parts – the beginning, the wolfy parts, and especially the very end – the super depressed and mopey Bella, not to mention the awkward hallucinations, make for a rather boring book.
New Moon, while important for overall plot development for the saga, is a slow read. You’ve can’t miss it though.
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Highly recommend this series.