New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie MeyerTitle: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer (Website)
Series: Twilight Saga #2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 608
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
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I knew we were both in mortal danger.

Still, in that instant I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin.

It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect--not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.

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

There are spoilers in this review. But, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m pretty sure these spoilers aren’t anything new.

I first read New Moon in June 2007, right after I finished reading Twilight for the first time. When I finished Twilight, I wanted more so I begged a friend to let me borrow her copy of New Moon, thinking I’d have the same experience I’d had with Twilight. Boy, was I wrong!

When Edward left in New Moon, I was almost just as devastated as Bella was. I couldn’t handle having him gone. The whole reason I loved Twilight so much was the tension, conflict, and angst in Bella and Edward’s relationship. And, without Edward there, there was really no relationship. Plus, I just loved the idea of vampires, especially Stephenie Meyer’s take on them.

While I read New Moon, I was glad that Bella found Jacob and that he helped her feel better. But, I couldn’t help thinking that this shouldn’t be Jacob. It should be Edward. I was more anxious about Jacob being with Bella than I was when she was with Edward, even knowing Edward was “dangerous” to her. Jacob was trouble, in my opinion. I knew he could cause problems when Edward came back. (I knew Edward had to come back.)

I liked learning about how Quileute legends affected the tribe. I figured out that Jacob was a werewolf before Bella did and it was infuriating that it took her so long to figure it out. It was also infuriating that she thought the wolves were behind the deaths around the area. I also didn’t like that she was so worried about them since the legends plainly state that they were made to destroy vampires. I understood why she felt that way, having seen what a vampire can do, but still.

My favorite part of New Moon was Volterra. I loved learning about the Volturi in more detail. I had been curious about them ever since Edward had mentioned them in Twilight. I also loved, of course, the reunion between Edward and Bella, my very favorite scene being when he flipped her toward the wall to protect her from the Volturi guard. I was so glad he was back. And, then I realized that Jacob would be a problem and that I just couldn’t like him. And, thus began my first experience with a love triangle and my first experience with hating a character so much that I wanted them to die. (Yeah, I know. I’m a little melodramatic.)

While I’ve read Twilight a total of five times now. I’ve only read New Moon three times. New Moon is my least favorite book of the series. Until I had read Eclipse, I couldn’t bring myself to read New Moon again. And, then when Eclipse didn’t have as satisfying of an ending as I wanted in terms of the love triangle, I still couldn’t bring myself to reread New Moon. I didn’t read it a second time until after I read Breaking Dawn and knew Bella ended up with Edward for good.

2014 Reread Thoughts

During this reread of New Moon, I knew what happened. I knew how the whole story ended. Yet, I still felt anxious once Edward left. I had to reread my favorite chapters at the end of New Moon concurrently with the rest of the story to help me through the heart-wrenching parts as well as those parts with Jacob getting a little too close for comfort.