Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: Megan Tingley Books, 2006
Cover Score: A
Overall Grade: A-
Summary: The love of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen can't be broken by anything...can it? When Edward's family leaves Forks after an unfortunate incident, Bella is left to fend for herself, even with the complications of a lethal rival vampire hunting her. Now everything and everyone that Bella loves is endangered. But when Bella rekindles her friendship with Jacob Black, she finds a safe haven where she can be herself without the intense pain she gets from Edward's absence..until Jacob reveals a secret that could change everything and that leaves drama and danger in its wake...
My thoughts: So much better than Twilight. My reason? The lack of Edward for most of the story made the book so much more interesting. Twilight was filled with page after unnecessary page of gushy Edward-Bella romantic dialogue that bored me to death. However, the loss of Edward causes major drama in the second book--Bella finds a new friend to lean on in Jacob, but a dark secret causes tension, as well as the fact that vicious vampire Victoria is hunting Bella.
The action kept me riveted to my seat, wildly flipping pages through all of the fast-paced action. Having only seen the movies, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the book. In the movies, the acting totally disappointed me--but I was pleased by how different the book is. There is some humor sprinkled between the action, romance, and drama, and the friendship between Bella and Jacob was realistic and funny. The Volturi adds new interest, and the action-packed ending left me wanting more. The book is pretty big, but even reluctant readers won't be able to put it down. After the slow, lagging plot of Twilight, New Moon was like a speeding bullet train--but Ms. Meyer didn't skimp on details. The emotions and actions of the characters were explained in full detail so that the reader felt submerged in the events. My interest in this series has definitely been renewed, and I'm ordering Eclipse ASAP from Amazon!
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