New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight, #2


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.

“Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.”

Surprisingly liked this one more than the first.

The writing style was still very simple but not as awkward and misleading as the first, so she either practiced or else got a better editor. Despite the large length, it's a pretty quick read.

Edward was gone most of the book but Bella still managed to be obsessive about her new friendship with Jacob. Geez, calling every half hour till 11 pm one day when Jacob's not answering the phone? Despite how irritating Bella can be, especially after the beginning where it was too melodramatic and unrealistic about her withdrawal, she was easier to deal with when she started having fun for once with Jacob. It was a relief that Jacob wasn't angst-filled until later, for once having a smiling and laughing character who doesn't take life seriously. I'm not team Jacob here (don't have "team" for the romance stuff), but he was a likeable character compared to some of the others.

Not a lot really happens for the book length, but the friendship was interesting, and Edward wasn't bad at the end when he finally shows up. The end angle with the vamp council was actually decently interesting.

Alice probably remains my favorite character (besides Jacob) because she has decent humor and lightness about her, but Edward drops some of the angst and back and forth while Bella doesn't get a chance to obsess as much about problems once she gets over her 'relationship coma'.

As biased as Charlie is, I'm sure if my kid were almost put in a coma due to a relationship, I'd be permanently set against them too. Or else put my kid in therapy. Both would be better.

   Book Quotes:

“The bond forged between us was not one that could be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.”


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