New Moon Paperback – May 31 2008
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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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If you have not read the first book in the series (Twilight). I suggest you do so before attempting to read New Moon. You will fall in love with the characters while reading Twilight. In New Moon first you get your heart broken and then fall in love all over again
Bella Swain finds herself at a loss when a small accident forces vampire boyfirend's (Edward Cullen) family to leave Forks. She befriends the son of a family friend and becomes reckless with her life in the attempt to keep the memory of her boyfirned alive. Her new best friend's secrets will protect Bella and her family, but will eventually make her choose between him and her true love. New and old character (both good and bad) appear throughout the book. Leaving you with fear, a throbing heart, and a thirsrt for the next in the series. (not comming out till next year...hopefully)
I fell in love with these charactes and kept the pages turning till the wee hours of the morning hoping for just one more Edward Fix.
I hope the third installment brings back some of the wonder and beauty that Meyer captured in Twilight.
This novel captured my attention from the very start, and nearly had me in tears through the first few chapters!
Bella's emotional anguish was my pain too...
I could understand the exactly how she felt because I'd been there.
Jacob became a complex character that could occasionally get on your nerves, but no one's perfect. (no, not even Edward.)
Interwoven through the chapters are references to and analogies using 'Romeo & Juliet'. An interesting theme on the author's part. Making things quite complex.
Edward's melodramatic personallity became his saving grace. And for once it was Bella to the rescue!
Some loose ends on this novel, (some intentional, and some that I'm sure would have made sense to tie up here) but I can only assume it's adressed in the next novel.
Sad and depressing?
Let's face it, it's not particularly well written, the plot is questionable and the characters overly dramatic. The true brilliance of this series is the creation of a character (Edward Cullen) that many of us women, no matter our age, secretly want for ourselves. He's beautiful, intense, extremely intelligent, principled, strong, and loves his 'mate' to an almost obsessive level (some of these characteristic of his vampy nature). His world revolves around her. She (Bella Swan) is decidedly normal and somewhat underwhelming - which most women identify with, even though most of us have plenty going for us ;).
2nd of 4, it's not my favourite of them all but is definitely enjoyable. A touch sad for much of the book it introduces new and important characters for future plot development. A much faster read than it looks. Fluffy fiction.
I wouldn't recommend this book at all if you're a literature elitist in any way. If you're just looking for something fun and pointless to divert you, this book is great no matter your age. You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy it. Beware, they're addictive!
In "New Moon," however, Bella's obsession with Edward after he breaks up with her degenerates into sheer stupidity. She appears to devolve from being human to adopting the modus operandi of a mindless zombie who refuses to feel anything except the excruciating pain of her loss. Not only that, but after she accidentally discovers that the way to "hear" Edward's voice in her mind is to actually put her life in danger, she goes out of her way to pull off stupid, dangerous stunts during which she can hear Edward's voice in her mind admonishing her as clearly as if he were there with her in the flesh.
I have one word for this type of neurotic behaviour: stupid. Bella's character doesn't grow AT ALL in this book - she goes from teenager in love to teenager in need of a psychotherapist. If I had been in Edward's shoes, not only would I have left her, I would've STAYED AWAY from her. The fact that he came back in the picture doesn't speak too highly about his own mental capacity.
Plus there is the rather contrived and unnecessary fact that Mike Newton is still in love with Bella and that Jacob is in love with Bella. Is it really necessary to have several males in love with the same female?Read more ›
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I see it very interesting and helpful with the dictionaryPublished 6 months ago by Carlos Rafael Lopez Cabrera
I read this book for the first time in 2008. I remember bawling my eyes out in the middle of the night as I got to the iconic scene which sets the stage for the rest of the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avid Reader
What can i say...i went from a non-reader to a daily reader because of this series.Published 14 months ago by Jd
Even though it is not as good as book 1, but obviously who wants to read more about edward and bella would want to read more. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by Author Samreen Ahsan
It was a good book. It was very detailed and emotional. You definitely know how the main character Bella felt.Published on April 10 2013 by Tlhonolofatso
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