Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Review for NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer


by Stephenie Meyer

August 21st 2006 by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover, 563 pages

Placement in Pile:

Middle of the Stack


"Shoot," I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table... I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms thrown out instinctively to catch my fall, into the jagged shards of glass. I felt the searing, stinging pain that ran from my wrist to the crease inside my elbow. Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm-into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires. 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.


Okay, so I'm sorry, but this was not my favorite book. Although, upon reading it again, I find myself liking Jacob more and feeling quite sorry for him. My biggest complaint is that Bella is absolutely and completely irritating beyond belief. In my opinion anyway. Even before Edward left her, she has no self esteem, hardly any redeeming qualities to be found (in her viewpoint anyway, I had an interesting experience reading Midnight Sun, which I will talk more about tomorrow). Then once Edward does leave... whoa. Can anyone say LOSER? I'm sorry if that is harsh, but seriously. The girl stops living (in all but the stictest sense of the word). I can understand a few days, maybe even weeks, but months? Seriously? Breakups are awful and hard and devastating - especially if you are still in love with the person. But I think Bella's reaction is so overboard. I actually liked Jacob a lot more this time, as I mentioned earlier. I had much more empathy for him and how he must feel. And of course the whole Italy escapade is awesome. I love the Volturi and all the "talents" and everything. So the end helped redeem the first 3/4 of the book.

So what were your thoughts on this one? I know many said it was their least favorite, and then there are those who like Jacob more than Edward. How about you?

I'm excited to see how this movie turns out - hopefully better than the first one! Although I agree with Aubrey... it looks like Kristen is still acting Bella the same, which is annoying. But we'll see... the special effects look a LOT better, so that's encouraging. Only a couple more days!

I bought this book years ago and reread it to review today.


Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

Thanks for the review Guinevere!

For me, Bella is annoying yes, but it wasn't in her reaction to Edward leaving. I was so shocked and angry at Edward for leaving too! Although I guess she never really got angry did she, just felt that it was her fault...annoying.

When I re-read this I liked Jacob more, but he still bothers me. I think it is more what happens in book 3 that really is the breaker for me and his character. Bella chooses Edward and he won't accept it. He is manipulative in his actions to try and win her back, or hold on to some semblance of the relationship he thought they had. When in fact spending time with Jacob in this book started out as a way to remain closer to Edward.

And yes the Volturi stuff is just awesome! I am really excited to see Dakota Fanning as Jane! Eeek! Tomorrow night people!

Carolyn V. said...

I haven't reread the book, but yes, I loved the Volturi stuff. It was intense and interesting. I liked Jacob and could see a difference in Edward and Jacob's personalities (which is good for a writer). I am interested on how the movie will play out. I hope it is good. =)

Larissa said...

Aubrey, I was pissed at Edward, too. Actually, part of the reason the third book is my favorite of the series is the amount he has to pay for doing that. LOL.

I like Jacob, too, but I never wanted her to hook up with him. I never understood the whole "Team Jacob" thing, because Bella loved Edward.

Anyway, great review, again! :)

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

I absolutely loathed Jacob the first time through. Now I think he's a good guy, just was beyond annoying with his obsession with Bella. I mean really, she chose someone else, let go.

I wanted him to end up with someone in the end, but kind of turned out a bit odd if you think about it...

mogispie said...

ok everyone's hating on Jacob. shame.

i think the reason why i like him is because he really truly is genuine in his feelings for her. he cares about her alot.

and we know edward is a good guy. but jacob didnt! its in his blood to hate vampires, so put yourself in his shoes.

your bestest freind in the whole world (who you start having feelings for) is dating someone who you really believe by nature is just BAD NEWS and he hurts your best freind.

she comes to you and spends everyday with you and your feelings grow. you see how much she hurts every day... how can you like the prick who did this to her?
how can you not tell her to forget the jerk?

he loved bella (idiot bella)and didnt know edward the way we knew him.
i dont blame him for persisting that she stay away from ed, cos she always (in his eyes)risks getting hurt, even killed.

its like you telling your best freind to stop dating who you believe is a dangerous, good for nothing....

ok by now you can tell. i'm TEAM JACOB cos he's so misunderstood. he's only 16 for crying out loud!


Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

mogs you make some good points, and as I said I could see some of his better traits after multiple read throughs, but he still bugged me because um...yeah he ACTED 16. Immature immature immature!