Publisher: Atom Books
Length: 497 Pages
'I felt like I was trapped in one of those terrifying nightmares, the ones where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can't make your body move fast enough.'
The next 'Guilty Pleasure Read' I'm reviewing is 'New Moon', the second part of the 'Twilight' trilogy.
When Edward Cullen, a vampire who controls his thirst for blood for hunting animals rather than humans; leaves Isabella Swan to save her from getting into any more trouble due to their relationship, Bella sinks into a deep depression which alienates herself from her friends and loved ones.
However, when she discovers that she can hear the voice of Edward in her mind during dangerous situations, she will stop at nothing to feel closer to him. So she buys a motorbike, an item discouraged by her father Charlie and asks Jacob Black, a boy living in La Push reservation, to help her to fix the bike in secret.
During this time the two become close, so close in fact that Bella has to make a decision about who she really wants.....Edward or Jacob? However, Jacob has a secret. When he is angry, he turns into a werewolf and this throws Bella into turmoil about where her loyalties lie, as the vampires and werewolves have been enemies for centuries.
When the death of one of Charlie's friend's leads Edward to believe that the funeral being held is actually for Bella, he travels to Italy, to annoy the 'Volturi', a sort of the vampire Mafia if you will, in the hope that he will be able to 'die' and be with Bella. However, when he decides against this method, Bella races against time to save Edward from walking into the midday sun and 'dying'. However that's not all. After saving Edward, the 'Volturi' get word about Bella and after an altercation between Bella, Edward and Aro, the boss of the group, they make Edward promise that Bella will be turned into a vampire and if not, then the group will do it themselves.
Of course, this is what Bella wants, however Edward isn't enthusiastic about the idea. So she holds a meeting to see whether or not the Cullen family will consent to her joining their 'family'. The book ends with Edward reluctantly promising to turn Bella into a vampire himself, to secure the safety of Bella and her parents but with the condition, that Bella marries Edward. Will Bella accept Edward's proposal? Can Bella have Edward but still be friends with Jacob, despite the hostility between the vampires and the werewolves?
Well again, I've probably given away too much as it is, so you'll just have to read this for yourselves!
I was a little disappointed with this book to be honest. It's more the first half of the book I had a problem with. It didn't quite match the intensity and subtlety that 'Twilight' did. The relationship between Jacob and Bella wasn't quite as convincing as Edward's and Bella, in fact the relationships between Bella and most of her high school friends, were more convincing in my opinion. I felt like Jacob was just a bit of a plot devise to try and spice things up a bit.
I also found Meyer's writing to be good, but a bit contradictory. I don't understand why Bella finds being in love with a vampire so easy to accept, but when she find out that Jacob has turned into a werewolf, she has such a hard time about it. It didn't quite sit right with me.
The other problem I have with this novel, is that it seemed that Meyer had simply recycled elements from other books and conveniently put them in her own novel. For example, she takes the idea of star crossed lovers killing themselves to be with each other, featured in 'Romeo and Juliet' and also the part in Italy when Bella is racing to save Edward, is reminiscent of a large portion of Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons'. I felt that 'New Moon' should have been a little more original than that.
On the plus side, the pace was well balanced and I still enjoyed the later half of the novel, it was a lot more interesting than the first half, which was just a lot of teen angst in my opinion.
I enjoyed reading this novel, despite its flaws and will definitely continue reading this series even though at times, it is a bit silly.
On the issue of reading novels within a series, I have been wondering whether I should judge these novels as a whole or individually, what do you think? Can you see each novel in a series individually or do you reserve judgment until you have read them all?
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