Review: New Moon

New Moon

by Stephenie Meyer

I stuck my finger under the edge of the paper and jerked it under the tape. ‘Shoot,’ I muttered when the paper sliced my finger. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. ‘No!’ Edward roared … Dazed and disorientated, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm – and into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning …



My thoughts:

A paper cut. That was the beginning of the end. Within a few days of this happening – which was supposed to be a birthday celebration for Bella from the Cullens – it resulted in the entire vampire family leaving Forks.

The end of the relationship between the Edward and Bella broke her heart and left a hole in her soul. The majority of the book was spent explaining the extent of this brokenness and pain. Emotional devastation is incredibly complicated and no one can share your pain but it doesn’t mean that you are the only one to ever experience that. At least I know I am not alone; that other people experience heart break in the same way.

Even though I knew what happens in the story – although I haven’t read the books or watched the movie – I understand why some would wish for a different ending. I did. I wanted Bella to choose or end up with Jacob. It never happens. Not even close. Not even a kiss; close but no cigar. The love between Bella and Edward would never come close to that between Bella and Jacob I guess; although we will never know.

It’s an incredible deathly misunderstanding that pulls Bella and Edward back together in the end though; and there is much left unsaid in preparation for the next book – Eclipse. So much is now in the balance; the treaty between the vampires and the werewolves; the vote and subsequent promise that Bella will become one of the immortals; how that will happen; the condition as declared by the Volturi.

So it’s on to the next installment. I know what happens though. I guess its just about how it all goes down. I just need to get myself a copy.

As an aside I read this book in about two days flat. Granted I spent most of Sunday in bed reading it. I wasn’t in the mood to do anything or to face the world and the miserable weather made it easy to curl up in bed with this book. The heart-brokenness of Bella was at times overwhelming and perhaps overdone.

I would not not recommend this book. It’s just a tad over-dramatic and I still find Bella a bit immature but she is only 18. It’s still pretty romantic.

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