the message of this book: if your boyfriend dumps you curl into a catatonic ball and wish you were dead for 400 pages. then weep for joy and cling obsessively to said boyfriend when you get back together. And mention how his icy chest feels like marble in every other sentence. so bad.
I have been told by COUNTLESS people that you either LOVE New Moon or you LOVE Eclipse (book 3), but you can't love both. I disagree. I loved all 3 books in this series so far. I will admit though--and perhaps warn others--- I cried more reading New Moon than I have ever cried while reading a book.
I don't want to give away anything for those who haven't read New Moon yet so I won't go into details about what's tear-jerking or why some people might be disappointed. I will just say that I read New Moon in one sitting, just like I did Twilight.
The writing in this book is just as vivid and descriptive as in Twilight and the scenes created are unlike any other I have ever read.
This series is just amazing and I can't come up with words that can describe just how great I think they are.
For the adults out there, don't look past this series just because you think it'd be childish since its techincally a YA series. These books are for everyone. Even if you don't like vampires or supernatural, I promise, these books will touch you.
Boring! I thought if I kept reading it might get better but it doesn't. This teenager is a most annoying person, wishy washy. It is just so much 'thinking' all the time that is about what most of the book is about-what she is 'thinking'. Doubt if I read the other two books.
Okay. You caught me. I'm obsessed. Happy? This book did it. My loving wonderful husband ran out in a cold snap to get me the 3rd book because I found out I didn't have the 3rd one.
Okay, so this book was really good... I wish I could explain why I'm obsessed with these books. I'm usually not into this type of book much less ones that are so "over hyped", but these are great mindless easy reading fiction.
Well worth a read, great for an airplane, even better for a comfy chair and a warm cocoa.
The overall story was good, but I'm really surprised at how annoying I can sometimes find Bella and Edward yet still love the book. Edward is 5 times her age and is sometimes more immature (the whole guilt thing) than Bella.
The werewolves in this are pretty cool, even though sometimes annoying.
I found this a great read, though, even with some of the eye rolling I had to do over things that happen in it.
Bella is perhaps the only teenage character I know of with absolutely no personality. Edward dumps her and she goes catatonic for four months and then turns to another love interest, Jacob, to help her cope. While Bella has no spunk, no hobby, no ability to pull herself up by the bootstraps, in contrast, Jacob seems to have all these qualities. The character Jacob is what provided some interest for me in the book. If it wasn't for the character Jacob, I would have found this book as lame as the first.
from book one in this series i've had issues with the character bella. with all the strong, smart heroines in literature i'm ashamed this series has become this decade's teenage girl role model. the instant she meets edward she becomes (let's admit it) OBSESSED with him and now in this book when he dumps her she falls apart. break-ups are hard, but to this degree of devasation it's just not healthy. if i had a teenage daughter i would NOT want her to read this book. who should want to emulate bella? nobody.
I read thru all 4 Twilight books in less than a month -- I have not read a series I loved more .... ever. I highly recommend these books --- just one caution though, you may stay up too late reading and you may even be tempted to ditch school or work to keep on reading!!!!! This is a love story with a lot of action and suspense -- words don't quite describe how much I liked these books.
I liked this well enough. But... I was warned by everyone who has read it to have tissues on hand but it just did not do that to me. I am still perplexed by the attraction between them I guess to be that emotional about it. Why is their love so much more intense than anyone elses in the world? Bit silly. I am worried it will cause a generation of girls to be pathetic wusses when it comes to love like Bella is... or worse, to not recognize love when they have it because it is not earth shattering enough for them.
Not just for the teens! I read this book in a weekend, and was pleased with the vivid writing the author used to describe characters and scenery. I didn't read Twilight, but watched the movie on Friday night. After watching the movie, I had to start into the 2nd book to take me further into the story. Our 15 year old kept telling me I would love the series if I would just try it. She has chastised me for not reading Twilight though, as she has said the book gives much more information and detail than the movie. She felt the movie barely touched on some items, and was extremely simplified. I was able to read the 2nd book though and understand the plots after just watching the Twilight movie. Eventually, once I have finished the last 2 in the series, I will read Twilight.
All in all, this is a touching love story about honor, loyalty, friendship, and acceptance.
I read Twilight years ago and remember liking it. I thought it was a sweet high school romance, and I remember being pulled in by wondering what was going to happen next - especially the second half when the action kicked in. I enjoyed it. Since then I think the whole world has read the books, and I haven't gone out of my way to read other people's opinions, but it's kind of hard not to run into them. You know when someone points out something annoying about someone that you never noticed and then after that you do start to notice? WELL NOW, the whole time I was reading New Moon I was thinking to myself - wow, Bella really is annoying! Was she like this in Twilight? And Edward really is controlling! I didn't think he was as bad in the first book, was I just completely unaware?
This was more a book that focused on Bella's inner turmoil, which made me I feel like a lot of what I read could have been condensed. Even with the ease of reading the simple language, teenage angst is tedious reading material for me.
This is the second book in the Twilight series. The characters in the books keep you fully engrossed into the story. I couldn't put this "young adult" book down. Even though some of the plot was predictable it made the emotions the main character was going through that much more believable. It is possible to read this book without reading the first in the series but I wouldn't recommend it. I had to run out to get the third in the series the second I put this book down.
This one dragged a bit in parts...not horribly, but it's a long book, and I think it would have been just as good if it was a quarter shorter. All the agony Bella was going through - for sure I'd have felt the same way if Edward left me. But her father Charlie capsulizes it very well as he explains to Alice what Bella had gone through: that she was practically catatonic, not eating, near hospitalization. I feel that Charlie could have had that illuminating conversation with someone earlier in the book, maybe Billy or Harry. All those pages surrounding Bella's misery could have been axed, and we still would have gotten everything we needed to know.
I also don't get the part about the 'voice' she was hearing. I believe the author was going in a particular direction with that (that there was a psychic connection between Edward and Bella) and then abandoned the idea, but instead of removing the lines of Edward's voice from the book, she wrapped it up in a statement near the end, as Bella explained the voice she heard to Edward...a move which left me unsatisfied. Unless there is further exploration of the voice in Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, it was an unnecessary plot line which added nothing to the story.
New Moon leaves you hanging which I usually DON'T like...but since Eclipse is already available I'm not that annoyed. This book isn't as good as Twilight. It might be to kill for...but not to die for.
I just had to read and see what the kids were excited about. And, I liked it, too. I am 62 years old and haven't read a teen novel since I was a teen but I got hooked. I still have to read the fourth book, the last. Can't wait to see what happens!
Out of all the twilight books, this has got the be the worse. The entire book is about Bella moaning and not doing ANYTHING but complaining about how Edward isn't there. And in the end, its like all was forgiven. It's a love story about a powerful male figure, and a VERY weak female figure that can't live her life without a man.
The movie is at least a lot better then the book because she isn't moaning about Edward ALL the time but I still feel its a bad example for our young women to be reading.
The second in the tale of Bella and her slightly...um...unusual? love life. I am a late 30-something and found I just couldn't muster the youthful enthusiasm for the twists and turns of teenage angst, even when vampires and other ghoulies are involved. It's a fine story, keeps you guessing, but definitely will appear to a certain segment of the reading population - unfortunately, not mine.
This series is one of the very few instances where I believe an author's politics and / or religious beliefs get in the way of the story. Bella is completely vacuous, totally without personality. Edward is a misogynistic, controlling, manipulative stereotype. The only character with half a real personality is Jacob Black, who is effectively neutered by the end of the series into a mindless drone like all the rest of the characters - except Meyer calls this "imprinting." I have no idea why this series is so popular with these cardboard characters, but I think the only reason it even got published is the cry from the hyper-religious crowd out there for a vampire series without all the pre-marriage fornication, gore, and lack of upstanding "Christian morality." Meyer breaks all the rules of established vampire lore and tradition in favor of these neutered vampires who aren't scary, aren't threatening, and aren't real on the page. In this case, I would definitely say that breaking the rules worked against the author. Meyer's religion - Mormonism - is extremely apparent in the books, making it fairly obvious she knows nothing about the process of effacement or the concept of negative capability. I managed to get through them all only because it was like watching a train wreck where you just can't stop. I would never read them again, and I certainly wouldn't want my daughter picking these up and thinking men are supposed to treat her like Edward treats Bella.
Bella Swan dreads her 18th birthday because it will make her older than her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen. Her birthday celebration becomes a disaster when an accident causes her to bleed--a dangerous problem among vampires. Edward decides she is better off, or at least safer, without his family around her and he decides they should all move away.
Bella is very depressed when he leaves. She takes some solace in her friendship with Jacob, the son of an old family friend. In her sadness, she tries wild and dangerous things and realizes that she can hear Edward in her head warning her when she does. While she only wants friendship with Jacob, he may want something more. Eventually she learns a secret about Jacob and her friends that may save her life.
All together not as good as the first book. It is dark and depressing. Meyers spends too much time telling us how sad she is. I don't like how dependent she is on Edward and how she uses Jake. I am still annoyed that they never explain how she can hear his voice!
Not my favorite twilight book BUT you have to read it to tie in the whole saga. It introduces the werewolf pack. Edward is absent from a lot of the book.. maybe that is why I didn't enjoy it as much ;).. well the Cullens are not in a lot of the book really and I really enjoy the vampire Cullen clan. This is a good book... keep on reading they only get better!
This series is an absolute horrible piece of fiction. Aside from the fact that Meyer completely butchers vampire lore, Bella is the most vapid, anti-feminist character that I have ever had the misfortune to read. The entire series involves Bella worshiping Edward calling him everything from perfect to glorious to God-like, and wondering why he is in love with her when it's so clear that she's a stupid, fragile, clutzy human who doesn't deserve him. Bella is, in a word, too stupid to live. I am seriously dismayed that so many young women adore this series when it teaches them that the only way to validate yourself is through being loved by a superior man. Aside from the troubling anti-feminist message Meyer also lacks the basic artistic skills that it takes to write a good and intriguing book. Her characterization is two-dimensional at best and her ability to plot and build a climax is even worse. The entire series centers around the relationship between these two characters, Bella and Edward, who magically fall in love at first sight with no explanation other than that Edward is hot and Bella smells tasty to Edward.
Bottom line- this book is pure juvenile romantic fantasy with less substance than a Harlequin romance and even worse writing.
The second book of the Twilight Saga picks up where the first left off, and is another excellent read. The relationship between Edward and Bella faces more of the troubles and dangers that come with a vampire and a human being together, and we also get some werewolves mixed in, just to make it more interesting. Like the first book, I highly recommend it for everyone, despite having the same writing and editing flaws as the first volume. It is yet another example of a book I couldn't put down.
I just finished New Moon and went out and bought Eclipse. I did not read the first book, instead I watched the movie. I am going to buy Twilight and read it because I have heard that it is much better than the movie. I could possible believe that after reading New Moon because the book made everything so vivid. It was almost like watching a movie while reading it. I love the love story between Bella and Edward. I can not wait to start on Eclipse and see how it turns out.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance with a little suspense. I think this book is awesome.
I couldn't put this series down. I did not like the main character (Bella) at all, perhaps because she reminded me of myself at that age and how easy it is to get completely lost in a relationship, to the point of losing everything that was once important to you, all in the name of "love." That is what Bella does and I had to keep reading to see if she was able to turn herself around and reclaim herself. This book drove me crazy, kept me uneasy and I COULD NOT STOP READING IT. I want my bookclub to read this because I really want to disect her motivations.
I must admit, I was a little leery of reading the Twilight series because I had heard so much about it and wasn't buying the hype. However, being an eternal fan of vampires and a hopeless romantic, I thought I'd give it a try; I polished off all three books in a weekend!
New Moon is a pulse-pounding continuation to the love and taboo of Twilight; a definite page turner! If you have not yet tried Twilight on for size, I strongly recommend the saga to anyone look for a sit-down-and-read-all-weekend story. As mentioned, I was leery of getting pulled into the hype, but its all well-deserved! The characters are flawed, making them believable, and the plot lines are not always direct, making them real - life doesn't always go as planned! All in all, a definite keeper for the bookshelf!
I am not one of the Twilight junkies you see everywhere these days so that is my disclaimer for this review. I read the first Twilight book after I saw the movie in the theater so as not to ruin the movie. I found the character development a bit weak in the book and in the film but the plot was pretty good. But true to life, Meyer's second book gets her groove. This novel finds Bella at her lowest point in the series and you learn more about her character which makes the events in the two following novels much more plausible. I loved this book and if you are having a hard time with the first novel. Hang in there. A new moon is coming.
While I loved Twilight, I really struggled to get through this book. I thought Bella was weak, selfish and incredibly unlikable. Her boyfriend leaves her so she completely falls apart, then she turns to Jacob out of loneliness and loses it even more when he goes MIA. Get a grip girl! For once I thought the movie was so much better than the book. The only reason I made myself finish this was because I kept thinking it must get better at some point because so many people I know loved it. That, and the fact that I own all four books in the series because I loved the first one so much. Big let down.
this was one of my favorite books in the series. The only thing was it positivly TORE ME APART! It was so sad. I am thoroghly on team jacob. Edwards not a bad person,but jacob is a much better choice. I love it,I hate it. If you route for the underdog,the funny sweet guy,cannot see any character of any book totally and compleatly crushed,or all of the above then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!
I just finished reading this book this morning. I could not put it down either. I find it weird that I liked it because this is not my favorite genre. I am reading the series because my friends daughter(age 16) was so excited and she asked me to read it too. I did not like this book as well as the first book and am looking forward to the third book. We are on our way to purchase the movie now and see how they compare. I couldn't stop reading because the first was so good and I knew I had to read it to get to the third (it was a means to an end). Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but was always waiting for more. I am not a fan of vampires or horror books but the love story overcame my aversion to reading this series. I would recommend for any one that wants a love story too.
This is the BEST book I have ever read. I thought that Twilight was great until I started into this one. I have never cried while reading any book, at any movie (and I've watched a lot) until I read this book and I was pre-warned that it was sad but still I read. I caught myself yelling at the characters in the book as if they could hear my very words and change what was going to happen. Then there were times that I was torn away from my reading only to realize that I needed take a breath, gasping for air as I yearned to continue reading. The passion that was on those pages was so real to me that my everyday life seemed minor to the love and devotion of Edward and Bella. Just like the first in this saga I was done in days and I am not the fastest of readers. I couldn't get enough; the thirst for more was driving me mad. This saga has become my own personal heroin. I want more!!!!
Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.com
NEW MOON is the much-anticipated sequel to last year's exceptional vampire romance, TWILIGHT. When I first got my hands on a thick copy of TWILIGHT, I ended up losing sleep for a week until I finished it. Night after night I could not put down the gripping tale of 17-year-old Isabella Swan and the family of vampires who virtually adopt her - some more willingly than others.
With the thrill of TWILIGHT fresh in my mind, I eagerly plunged into NEW MOON. The story takes up several months after TWILIGHT ended. Bella has enjoyed a magical summer with her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but as she closes in on her eighteenth birthday, her own mortality weighs heavily on her. Edward will be eternally young and beautiful, while Bella is doomed to age like a normal human.
In this sequel, author Stephenie Meyer starts out strong. For example, she offers some foreshadowing when Bella and Edward discuss Romeo and Juliet for a school assignment. Also, Meyer masterfully set up a potentially epic conflict that must be resolved in the next book. I'm already on the edge of my seat waiting for that one.
Unfortunately, NEW MOON did not captivate me and keep me awake way too late the way its predecessor did. It was largely lacking in the two things I liked best about the first book. First, the vampiric Cullen family did not feature as prominently here. Yes, Bella managed to make other unusual friends, but these new pals were not as compelling as the eternal Cullens.
The other thing I missed in NEW MOON was that it did not emphasize the heroine's stumbling, bumbling klutziness. That aspect of her character made her endearing in the first novel, but while it existed here to some degree, it did not provide the same level of comic relief that I enjoyed in TWILIGHT. Overall this felt like a more serious book.
NEW MOON's rating doubtless suffered from the extraordinary expectations created by TWILIGHT. I loved NEW MOON's beginning and its end, but I only liked the middle. Despite the criticisms, this is an intriguing tale that I highly recommend. And I can't wait to see what happens next.
I have been hesitant to read this series. I enpected a more "non-sexual" feel to the book (knowing the author) and have been bothered by all the undertones in both the 1st and 2nd book. I work with high school girls and they are all about this series. My own daughters convinced me to start reading them. They are suspensful,bur I just don't think all the sexual,suggestive things need to be in it. I am shocked that pre teen and teen girls would find this "normal". As you might have guessed,I am a 50 ish grandmother of 7 and mother to 4 grown daughters. I like a good mystery,but cut the smut....
Although this book does have a lot of repetitive information that you would need if you hadn't read the first book, it is an encompassing and engrossing story that is a great read. The word-smithing of Stephanie Meyers remains the same quality, and the story unfolds with elaborate fashion. She has an excellent way of explaining in detail the emotions of the characters - so that the reader feels the same emotions as well. A great read!
I loved this book and the whole series! I couldn't put it down, I read the whole series in less than a week. It is a classic in the making. As a parent I also apprecited how moral it was since it is for young adults. The series is backed by sound morals and family values that are lacking in many YA books. Meyer promotes close family units, no drug use, safe driving, no sex before marriage, etc... Though there is sex in the last book it takes place after Belle and Edward are married which is more than I can say about many other YA vampire series. In fact it is Edward(the male main character) that encourages the abstinance throughout the series which I beleive is an excelent example for young males... one I would love to find in any boy who would date my daughters. All and all loved the books and would recommend them to anyone. They would make a great Mother/Daughter read.
Great book, although it is not my favorite book within the Twilight series, it is worth the read. This is my advice: once you're finished reading the entire Twilight series reread this book. You will appreciate it much, much more.
This was one of the best and well written books that I have read in a long time! I would recommend it to anyone. I do think however it is written more for females but I feel it would be a good read for anyone. There is alot of talking in the book and just normal life but it is perfectly written. I haven't been this happy about reading a book like this since I read Honeymoon by Patterson in 2005. This is how much I loved this book! What else can I say! A perfect read! I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really liked this book. It is a great follow up to Twilight. This story delves into the life of Jacob more than the first did. It also brings out another side of Bella and shows just how much Edward is willing to do for love.
I have read all four books in Meyer's series about vampires. I loved all of them. However, I found this book to be the most sad of all of them. New Moon is full of all of the angst of young love for both of the characters in this book. It is a beautiful story. Do not be put off by the fact that this is a YA novel. Everyone can enjoy it!
dude- I'm not usually one to be with the teeny-bopper fads... i'm not a fad kinda chick. But Twilight was awesome- New Moon made me cry so much. I was totally enthralled by it. It's so intense when it comes to learning how to deal with not having your true love by your side. incredible...
Like the first book, I couldn't put it down! I don't want to give away details, but it brings about such a range of emotions. The author isn't afraid to show the ugly side of things and I appreciate that. I can't wait to start the third book!
This book is deplorable. One of the worst I've ever read. Pages and pages of nothing but the main character wishing her boyfriend would come back, being completely unappreciative of what's right in front of her, and being self-destructive to entertain delusions of her perfect boyfriend's voice . . . and being rewarded for it and learning absolutely nothing. I honestly can't think of a worse message for teenagers than the message of this novel, nor can I think of one redeemable quality of this book. It's just awful.
Romance and suspense will hold you as Bella tries to heal after her lost romance. But dont think you wont be hooked as she leans heavily on a family friend to fill the hole in her heart. Her personality changes drastically and you will laugh at some of her antics as she attempts to stay emotionally connected to her lost love. In the meantime something strange is happening to some of her friends. The author has an amazing way of reeling you in as the story unfolds. You wont put it down. Book three is definitely my next read!
I loved Twilight, this one I thought was on the boring side....it dragged on too long and seemed kind of pointless. Not much of a storyline in this book just a lot of emotions and nonsense. I think the whole book could have been wrapped up in about 200 pages than drawing it out to nearly 600 pages. I am still curious to know what happens in the series so I will more than likely continue, however I did find this one a big disappointment. I didn't find myself reading it as fast as the first book becuase I lost interest due to there not being much of a storyline until way into the book. I found myself flipping through pages just waiting for something, anything, to happen. I hope the next book is better.
I didn't think this story could get any better - but OMG! This was amazing! I could barely put it down! You think the story is going one way and then they pull a 360 on you. If I hadn't been at work reading most of the time I would have cried and yelled and certain parts. I'm sure if I was reading at home during certain parts I read I would have really cried and screamed.
I recommend this to all readers ages 13 and up.
I was really bothered by the general theme of this book: a woman can't function as a normal person without a male presence. It is sad because this series had so much potential. It really falls flat for me.
No better than Book One. Same pointless characters, same corny romance, same, same, same! And THIS is what teenage girls are swooning over? Not likely. I didn't enjoy it at all and only read it to satisfy some perverse curiosity. Read Harry Potter instead, at least there is an attempt at world building and character development. The story itself just...lacks everything. Bella is a Mary-Sue if I've ever seen one, and not someone I would want to read three books about. Meyer makes no attempt to give any of the characters more than a cursory explanation. Bella is clumsy. Edward is beautiful...blah, blah, blah. Absolutely terrible. I want my eight hours back.
Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The "star-crossed" lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy's reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.
I thought the story was heartbreakingly touching and bittersweetly romantic. I hope that doesn't give anything away. I can't wait to see how it is portrayed on the big screen. My favorite so far of the series.
I adored this sequel in the Twilight series. This book allows you to really understand the deep connection between Bella and Edward, and it also allows brings defines Jacob's character. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, but fanatastic all the same.
While the Twilight series is a good idea I find the writing itself lacking. I read all four books in a matter of a few days and if it had taken me longer I think I would have just stopped reading them. They're entertaining but they're far below the quality reading that Harry Potter provides. I don't recommend them to others unless you're a fast reader and you don't mind wasting a few hours of your time. With that said, I DO recommend Stephenie Meyer's "The Host," where her writing has improved immensely. That is a book I'd actually read again. I will never read The Twilight series again--in general it's a good idea, but the execution is lacking.
Very good read for people of all ages! Loved all the books in this set! Bought them all and could not stop reading even in Thunderstorms and total darkness. Not scary at all! Very nice and it was great to read it and then see the movie.
This one was much more entertaining and interesting to me than Twilight. The story flowed much better, and while not totally unpredictable, it was entertaining. While Twilight was all "fluff" to me, New Moon has a touch of darkness that is just a bit more grown up - more what you should expect from a vampire story. Twilight was somewhat of a disappointment to me, but this one makes me want to read the rest of the series.
Second book of the saga. Have heard from friends who have read all four that it is the slowest of the four, but I have to say that I did like it. I read it in about two days. I can't wait to read the last two.
This book moves the slowest out of this series. Though I do incredibly enjoy all of the books. It is a book that gives you much needed information. It shifts the focus to a different area of Bella's life. It will not disappoint.
my final foray into the Twilight universe. This book sucked. Bella was a completely selfish, self-centered, suicidal, insecure, self-lying witch. If this is the type of character teen girls want to read about and emulate, then we are all doomed. But maybe we'll get lucky and all those types will just off themselves and do the world a favor. Maybe that is actually Meyer's sinister secret plan. A kind of Literary Eugenics Master Plan? LEMP for short ;-)
After watching the movie "Twilight", I decided I have to read these books! I can tell you you will NOT be disappointed! As soon as I got to the last 50 pages or so I literally ran to every store to find "Eclipse" (the third in the four series installment).
A great read. I picked this book up a few years after I had read the first installment. This was when all the hype started for the series. Didn't stop me from enjoying it any less though! Great great story.
It's hard enough just be a teenager but add a vampire (who Bella falls madly in love with) and a werewolf (that just happens to be Bella's best friend) and you fall in to a love triangle that is bound to be filled with thrills and excitement. I enjoyed this book very much but not as much as I enjoyed the first one.
The only reason it's 4 rather then 5 is because there were so MANY chapters void of Edward which made it a very looooong read. Still, it WAS a very good story and as with the others I couldn't put the book down.
The second book threw me a twist I'd only half expected. I was a little disappointed with how the other main character was absent except in memory for the majority of book. It would have been nice to at least glimpse what Edward was up to while he was gone.
All in all it was still good enough that I read the rest of the series.
Love the series, this is one of my favorite out of the 4. I am glad the movie did the book some justice. Wolves come in to play in this book. Bella is trying to function in the absence of Edward. Even though high school feels like forever ago, I can still remember my first heartache. Meyer does an excellent job in explaining those feelings. I think that's why this series was so popular with many age groups. Its not just about the paranormal. Bella finds comfort with Jacob. He gets her mind off Edward, but in the meantime feelings start to develop. But, even though the Cullens have left, some characters from the first book come back for some revenge, with some other twists. I have read this book twice. I liked it better the second time.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the 1st book. I wish it had more of Edward in it as he was only truly present in the beginning and the end. But I also enjoyed the parts with Bella and Jacob. Like the 1st book, I devoured this one in less than 2 days. A great beach read and I can't wait to read the 3rd book! I am definitely one 30-something who is now hooked on the Twilight series. I am also looking forward to the movie version of New Monn which is supposed to be released this fall!
I've read the whole series now and loved it, but this was the toughest of the four to get through. Although some pretty pivotal things happen at the end, most of the book is pages and pages of Bella's depression. I don't think I'd read it again like I have the others...just a heads up. The series rocks though!
My least favorite of the series but still a fun read. I'm totally in the Edward/Bella camp, rather than the Jacob/Bella camp, so I was most interested in the latter half of the book. Good all-around romantic teen angst fun.
Good follow up to Twilight but liked the first book in the series much better. I found myself wanting to finish it just because I wanted to get to the 3rd book in the series. Wasn't a big fan of the Jacob, Bella flirtation. My favorite part was the beginning and end when Edward showed up more.
Totally excellent couldn't put it down. Read in about 3-4 days. These books just grab you and you won't be able to wait for the next book which is Eclipse. I couldn't i went and got the next 2 books right away.
This book is great for all Twilight Saga lovers and is a great read. I strongly suggest it to anyone of any age as well as the rest of this series. There is a little wear in the binding and on the corner of the pages but still in good condition as the pages are still clear and covers are perfect.
This is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read. It caused me anxiety for the couple of weeks it took me to finish. That means it's an awesome book. The story is very well put together. Meyer's writing isn't the best, but she still proves she can hack it. I didn't want to read Eclipse yet, because I can't handle the anxiety this series causes.
This one did not keep my attention as well in the beginning. Again, I wish I had read the books before I saw the movies. However, you can't read the saga without reading this one. In my opinion, this book is a slower read than the first one, but picks up after a bit. I still liked it though.
I actually liked this one a lot better than the first one, Twilight. It seemed to move a lot faster and keep the plot going better. I do find the main character, Bella, a rather whiny, annoying, ungrateful person though. She just doesn't strike me as deserving of the love/admiration of all of these men/boys.
I understand the need to have a relationship develop between bella and jacob, however I did not enjoy this book as much as the first, I found Jacob to be too much of a whiner than I would have expected, I did not find it necessary to have Jacob "fall in love" with Bella, why is it often hard for authors to maintain a platonic yet loving relationship between a female and male lead character.
The second book in the Twilight saga (and in my opinion, the best) continues the story of Bella Swan. After a disastrous birthday party, Edward leaves Bella out of fear that he might hurt her, which leaves Bella in a stupor for months. Continuing her life without Edward seems like an impossible feat, but her childhood best friend Jacob Black comes into view and starts healing the cracks in her heart.
Soon though, Bella discovers Edward's family wasn't the only family with a secret. There's something strange happening with Jacob, and Bella is going to find out in this terrific story that you won't (I know I couldn't) be able to put down.
I was not really impressed with Twilight, but read New Moon anyway. It blew me away. Stephenie Meyer really pours her heart and soul into Bella's depression and it hurts reading it almost as much as she suffered writing it. I was completely immersed in Bella's character, and all her joys made me happy and her sorrows made me cry. Much, much better than the movie.
I love this series! This book was as good as Twilight, in my opinion. It was sad, though. I actually shed a few tears, but it was also humorous at times.
I cannot say enough about how I love this series!
Well once again I started reading and was not able to put it down. I cried while reading this one more than when I read Twilight. I love the way that the author describes the scenes of what is going on..it is so easy to visualize the scene. Now I can not wait to read New Moon!
This book was not as good as the first one. bella is drepressing and edwards an idiot but its good for die hard fans. the first one was def better i read it in 12 hours. didnt eat, sleep or shower! gross i know but its the power of mindless teenage(and old ass vampire) love.
I loved the entire Twilight Saga Series. It is not only a romance book, but it also takes you through the suspense (non-scary), drama and intrigue emotions. They are very easy books to read and very hard to put down. The writter, Stephenie Meyer, did a good job in writting these books, by getting your mind so involved in the story that you feel as if you were part of it...at least that's how I felt. One thing I see is that even though the books are intended for the pre-teen/teen audience, I personally would not allow a child younger that 15 (depending on their maturity level)to read them, specially the last book...Breaking Dawn. This one should not be read by someone younger than 18. I am not sure how they will make that one into a movie without giving it an "R" rating. But, all for all...they are great books for women...and men...to read. I loved them. They are definitely at the top of my "favorite books" list.
I was very surprised that this book was as good as the first one! I loved reading about the friendship between Bella and Jacob. It was also interesting to learn more about the legends of vampires and werewolves.
I basically agree with everyone else on here when they say that this was their least favorite book of the series so far due to the lack of the Cullens (especially Edward) but that it is neccessary for the story to move on. This book is filled with a lot of emotions though that will drag you in with them, so you will feel exactly as Bella does. And you'll soon understand the choices she makes and why. Granted sill a good read, but I wanted Edward to be around more in this story instead of Jacob. But hey, you gotta get through the slow parts to get to the good parts!
The second book in the Twilight series opens with Bella's senior year and her 18th birthday. She doesn't want to celebrate this birthday and is appalled that people are acknowledging it. She is extremely upset that Edward and his sister Alice are so excited and that they've decided to throw a party for her at their home.
She reluctantly agrees to go to the party and all hell breaks loose when she gets a paper cut while opening a gift. Remember that Bella is a klutz and while everyone else's paper cuts simply hurt immensely, Bella's produce blood. Enough to make Jasper, one of the Cullens, loose control and almost attack Bella. While the Cullen family holds Jasper back, Bella falls, breaks a mirror and cuts her arm on the broken mirror. Now, chaos ensues in the Cullen family and Edward, his father, Carlisle, and mother, Esme, are barely able to rescue Bella from the rest of the family. (Why they didn't get feed before the party is just beyond comprehension -- apparently they haven't read the dieter's guides to not overeating at a party -- eat first so you aren't hungry at the party.)
Within a few days of the party disaster, the Cullen family leaves Forks and Edward goes with them, telling Bella he doesn't want her. He takes all evidence that she has of him in her life -- photos from her scrapbook, the CD he made for her, etc. Bella is heartbroken, but the author takes pity on the reader and devotes 5 less pages to her moping by labeling them October, November, December, January and a brief paragraph about coming out of her misery without Edward.
Her father insists that she stop moping and missing Edward (wow -- it took her father over 4 months to kick her ass into living.) She has maintained her grades, worked a job a the local outdoors retailer and kept the house running, but she hasn't done anything to move on with her life and now she starts to interact more with her friends. Although, not surprisingly since she had no interest in them when Edward was around, they aren't as excited to spend time with her.
She soon realizes that thinking about doing dangerous things, makes her feel better and she hears Edwards voice anytime she thinks about them. This makes her decide to actually do something dangerous and when she sees two old beat up motorcycles being offered for free, she nabs them. She sneaks them over to Jacob Black's home -- the Black's are old family friends that live on the reservation in La Push -- and convinces Jacob to restore the bikes. He'll do the labor and give her riding lessons; she'll pay for the parts and let him have one of the bikes.
Bella and Jacob start to spend a lot of time together and her father is happy about this, but he is still worried because she is letting her circle of friends once again be her and a boyfriend. Charlie continues to push Bella to hang out with her other friends.
Plus, there is a new danger in the Forks area. Campers are reporting sightings of huge bears and people are being found mauled to death.
Then one day, Bella learns Jacob's secret and why Jacob and his family never liked the Cullen family. Jacob is a werewolf -- a recently acquired skill for him and his friends -- and werewolves are the enemies of vampires. They'd lived peacefully with the Cullen family because of a treaty that Jacob's great-grandfather had negotiated.
Bella is still intent on doing dangerous activities and one day she decides to try cliff jumping. Alice, Edward's sister, has the gift of premonition and has seen Bella jump and has told the Cullen family that she has seen Bella die. Alice returns to Forks to try to stop Bella -- but she's too late. Bella has jumped -- but she is pulled from the water by Jacob.
As they are leaving the beach, Bella sees something red in the water and realizes that it is Victoria, who she has learned is out to kill her to avenge the death of her mate James (from Twilight) and is trying to get to Bella. Jacob and his werewolf friends have been protecting Bella from Victoria. But Jacob can't protect Bella anymore when Alice arrives. A misinterpreted phone call from Edward causes Edward to take actions that will get him killed and Alice and Bella head to Italy to try to save Edward.
Will they get there on time? Will Charlie kill Bella when she gets back from Italy? Will Jacob ever be friends with Bella again? Oh, the tragedy and angst of a teen-agers life.
There are just so many things wrong with this story. A teenage girl is has no life without some boy -- who is now hard and cold. I don't remember Edward's body being described as hard as stone in the first book. And her desire to be turned into a vampire which is forever but her unwillingness to say she'll marry Edward -- which should be forever as well. Her main objection to the marriage -- her mother thinks she should wait until she's 30 so she doesn't make the same mistakes that she made by marrying Charlie young. Never mind what her mother might think of her decision to go for dead at age 18.
I'm looking forward to how much more ridiculous the storyline can get.
I am not a teen. However, I immensely enjoyed this series of extremely creative books. The plot line is original and the read was very quick and interesting, even for the enormous size of the book. A page turner - great read for summmer by the pool or airplane travel as you can put this down and pick it up again very easily.
I got sick of hearing about how Bella was moping around. I skimmed through those parts. After she quit being such a whiner the book really picked up. I didn't much like the dynamic between Bella and Jacob. If she's still in love with Edward, she should either get over him and move on to Jacob or don't start moving on.
Overall I liked it and I plan to read the rest of the series before I decide if I want to keep it or not.
This book got a little boring after a while. Bella just kept on thinking, and thinking, and thinking and thinking! New Moon was suppose to grow Bella and Jacob together. I got extremely bored with it but the ending was good.
I am going to be the odd one out, but I sincerely dislike the Twilight series. Twilight doesn't bring anything new to the vampire nor the young adult cannon. It is not very well written either. This has been called "abstinence porn" by critics. I found these books to showcase regressive roles for woman, to be hetreocentric, and to propagate "the one" myth (that there is only one person you will love for the rest of your life). I was especially unhappy that the main female character, Belle, is stripped of all sexual agency and autonomy. Some parts geniunely creeped me out and not for any supernatural reasons. These are my impressions only and while I understand many people enjoy these books (as is their right) I did not.
Well, I didn't think it was possible to like this book more than I liked Twilight. But, I was wrong. I really enjoyed this book & am so happy Edward is back. Can't wait to receive Eclipse. Highly recommend this series, although, it seems as though everyone I've talked to has already read it!!
Absolutely loved this book. I felt my heart breaking right along with Bella. Made me relive my own heart break. (You'll know what I mean once you read it.) Another great book. Can't wait to read the next two.
ok i have to harsh, kinda. This book was ok twilight was the best out of the entire serise
but i will never read any of those books again. im 18 but im still in high school and i swear i cant sit in a class for more then 5 min. before some fan girl wipes out a twilight pen then everyone is like oooohhh omg look at edward!!! its sooooooo anoying lol and this has nothing to do with the book
Well the second installment was not as good as the first to me.
The book starts out, Bella has a birthday party at the Cullen's house.
Not only is she ungrateful, she is whining about it.
She gets a papercut when she opens the gifts and has instinct kick in for the vampires.
They end up leaving town, for fear of starting a hunting fest.
Bella mopes and then remembers her friend Jacob in La push.
She gets some old motorcycles and with the pretence of fixing them, starts hanging out with Jacob.
Jacob has feelings for Bella that she won't return.
The bikes get built, Bella learns to ride, and Jacob gets used.,
All is going just like she plans until a movie night, Jacob feels sick.
He drops off the map for several weeks and come to find out, he has a heritage at the reservation.
He is a werewolf, protector against the Cold Ones.
Alice shows up at Bella's house one day and Bella is now drawn back into the Cullen spell.
Bella decides to do some risky behaviour and jumps off a cliff to swim, only she did not take into account the tides and undertow.
She is rescued by Jacob, and Alice thinks she is dead.
Edward, finds out and thinks Bella is dead and he is going to end it all too.
(He leaves her, but cannot live with out her.. )
He goes to Italy, to force the hand of the high council of vampires to destroy him. He is going to expose himself during a large festival.
Alice finds out and grabs Bella whom she finds soaked but sound.
They rush to italy and try to find Edward...
Bella gets some real eye opening experiances and Edward is back in her life... for good or bad.