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Review: New Moon (Twilight Saga, Book Two) by Stephenie Meyer

(note - since this is the 2nd book in the twilight saga, there are spoilers for the first book in the series, twilight)

in a sentence: Edward's attempt to force upon Bella a 'normal life' goes horribly wrong...but the good news is that Jacob Black is there to try and keep her whole.

i had heard from some of my students that this book was not the best of the saga, and now i know why they might think that.. for a good 85% of the book, there is no Edward. without spoiling why there is no Edward, it was something that i was very skeptical of. i was so smitten by the Bella + Edward dynamic that i thought i wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much as "twilight". turns out, i did! this gave a totally different feel for Bella and the overall tone of the book. the way that Meyer goes about describing her lonliness without Edward is so powerful, painful, heavy, and overwhelming. her high school experience and her relationship with her dad and mom were written with such intensity and realistic appreciation of the hurt she is going through. my heart hurt with Bella as she struggled to live with the immense heartache. i am so impressed at the ability to present her hurt so palpably to the reader.

the novel isn't all fog and heartache, though it is an overarching theme. Bella's relationship with Jacob Black grows and changes in ways that she certainly wasn't ready for. i liked that Jacob served as more than a "friend", and how Bella dealt with that uncertainty. i guess mostly i am impressed with how meyer is able to write about teenage relationships with the backdrop of vampires, missing hikers, and really BIG wolves roaming around Forks.  Bella is a bit two-dimensional and most of the insight we get into who she is, is through relationships.

the characters are just as emotionally charged and easy to connect with as in "twilight", though i am apprehensive to make too many comparisons to the first novel. this one is very different in the tone and character focus, but still very much part of the overall series and extending plot with elements from the first book coming back into play and the setting up of what is sure to be some epic action.

i appreciated the suspense, mystery, heavy-toned nature of this book within the series. i also liked the fantastic new twists in the storyline, and found the lack of Edward surprisingly refreshing.  these are the first books in a long time that i am so deeply invested in, and as an avid bookworm, it's a really great feeling! ps - i read this book in a day. yep, one single day.

fave quote: "I was like a lost moon - my planet destroyed in some cataclysmic, disaster-movie scenario of desolation - that continued, nevertheless, to circle in a tight little orbit around the empty space left behind, ignoring the laws of gravity" (Bella, 201)

title: New Moon (Twilight Saga, Book 2)
author: Stephanie Meyer

genre: romance, mystery, vampire

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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