NEW MOON TWILIGHT SAGA BOOK 2
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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 9 Up–Recovered from the vampire New Moon (The Twilight Saga Book 2) by [Meyer, Stephenie]. New Moon is a fantasy novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second novel in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love . Second book in vampire series drips with action and romance. Read Common Sense Media's New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2 review, age rating, and.
But I digress Finally, they make it to the birthday party.
Bella gets a paper cut and Jasper almost single-handedly ends this series on page Unfortunately, to my dismay his attempt was foiled by Edward.
Eddie pushes Bella out the way and she crashes into the glass plates, slashing up her arm. Pause, let's think about that scene a bit: Who's bright idea was it to have glass plates? With a human. In a room full of vampires. That drink blood. Isn't Alice psychic?
Why didn't she see Bella cutting her finger on the wrapping paper? Wait, don't think about that because if you spend all your time contemplating the stupidity, we'll never get through this review. Obviously, Eddie is not happy with the events that went down at his place and Bella further irritates him by apologizing for Bella, you know you've been hanging out with mythical creatures too much when you start thinking your humanity isn't normal.
But anyway, Eddie does what any loving boyfriend would do after their girlfriend is attack by their brother: he ignores her. Instead, she waits for him to be ready. On the third day of ignoring her, he drags he into the words and chucks up the deuces. You're no good for me. Then Edward just pours salt all over her open wound and tells her: "Don't do anything reckless or stupid," he ordered, no longer detached.
I'm thinking of Charlie, of course. He needs you. Take care of yourself--for him. You're just going to let him order you around like that? Awesome Bells. Can I call you Bells? Not only do you have ZERO self-preservation skills, but also no self-confidence.
Just awesome. There's only about a million or so girls looking up to you as a role model. No pressure to be a strong female character. You could have walked away from this with grace, but no, instead all your dignity flies out the window when you pull a bitch move and run after Edward through the woods. Then, she defaults back to "Fuck my life" mode and slips into a depression for four fucking months. I find it kind of funny her depression was longer than their actual relationship.
But this wasn't just any depression, it was some serious shit. I always had nightmares now, every night. Not nightmares really, not in the plural, because it was always the same nightmare. You'd think I'd get bored after so many months, grow immune to it.
Or how about this: Even my outsides looked different--my face sallow, white except for the purple circles the nightmares had left under my eyes. My eyes were dark enough against my pallid skin that--if I were beautiful and seen from a distance--I might even pass for a vampire now. Once again I find myself asking the question: Where are her parents?! She should have been in counseling or something. But Meyer thinks she can just pacify readers by Renee sending a random e-mail here and there or Charlie just suggesting she seek help, only to be shot down by Bella.
So much fail. All that considered, that's not even the biggest problem I have with this book. Bella soon figures out she can conjure up hallucinations of Edward if she does something reckless or suicidal. This is where Jake comes into play.
Bella uses Jake like everyone else to get what she wants by asking him to fix up two motorcycles she found and giving her riding lessons. She figures it will be the perfect thing to help her see more of Edward. I suppose she simply forgot how big of a klutz she is and once the bikes are fixed the lessons commence.
The first time she gets on she falls off and Jake the only one with common sense thinks they should call it a day before she gets hurt. But Bella thinks this is BK and she can have it her way, and gets back on the bike.
I'm not even sure how Stephenie Meyer managed pages.
Truly, I'm amazed because I can sum up New Moon in one big picture: But let's get on with it, I'll go into some detail for ya. The book starts off on Bella's 18th birthday, a day she has been dreading for months only because in her mind she will be one year older than Edward. So, she makes a huge production about people not celebrating her birthday, but the Cullens ignore her and Alice plans a party.
Before Edward forces her to attend they watch Romeo and Juliet the book's supposed theme and they have merry little conversation about Edward's contingency plans once Bella dies. Now, let's not forget they've only been dating for a few months. Yet, here they are making out and talking about killing themselves in the event of the other's death. How romantic. Don't even ask me the logic behind how they can even kiss when his teeth are supposed to be "venom coated.
But I digress Finally, they make it to the birthday party. Bella gets a paper cut and Jasper almost single-handedly ends this series on page Unfortunately, to my dismay his attempt was foiled by Edward.
Eddie pushes Bella out the way and she crashes into the glass plates, slashing up her arm. Pause, let's think about that scene a bit: Who's bright idea was it to have glass plates? With a human. In a room full of vampires. That drink blood. Isn't Alice psychic? Why didn't she see Bella cutting her finger on the wrapping paper? Wait, don't think about that because if you spend all your time contemplating the stupidity, we'll never get through this review. Obviously, Eddie is not happy with the events that went down at his place and Bella further irritates him by apologizing for Bella, you know you've been hanging out with mythical creatures too much when you start thinking your humanity isn't normal.
But anyway, Eddie does what any loving boyfriend would do after their girlfriend is attack by their brother: Instead, she waits for him to be ready. On the third day of ignoring her, he drags he into the words and chucks up the deuces. The exchange goes a little like this: You're no good for me.
Then Edward just pours salt all over her open wound and tells her: I'm thinking of Charlie, of course. He needs you. Take care of yourself--for him. You're just going to let him order you around like that? Awesome Bells. Can I call you Bells? Not only do you have ZERO self-preservation skills, but also no self-confidence. Just awesome. There's only about a million or so girls looking up to you as a role model.
No pressure to be a strong female character. You could have walked away from this with grace, but no, instead all your dignity flies out the window when you pull a bitch move and run after Edward through the woods.
Then, she defaults back to "Fuck my life" mode and slips into a depression for four fucking months. I find it kind of funny her depression was longer than their actual relationship. But this wasn't just any depression, it was some serious shit.
I always had nightmares now, every night. Not nightmares really, not in the plural, because it was always the same nightmare. You'd think I'd get bored after so many months, grow immune to it. Or how about this: Even my outsides looked different--my face sallow, white except for the purple circles the nightmares had left under my eyes. My eyes were dark enough against my pallid skin that--if I were beautiful and seen from a distance--I might even pass for a vampire now. Once again I find myself asking the question: Where are her parents?!
She should have been in counseling or something. But Meyer thinks she can just pacify readers by Renee sending a random e-mail here and there or Charlie just suggesting she seek help, only to be shot down by Bella. So much fail.
All that considered, that's not even the biggest problem I have with this book.
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Bella soon figures out she can conjure up hallucinations of Edward if she does something reckless or suicidal. This is where Jake comes into play. Bella uses Jake like everyone else to get what she wants by asking him to fix up two motorcycles she found and giving her riding lessons.
She figures it will be the perfect thing to help her see more of Edward. I suppose she simply forgot how big of a klutz she is and once the bikes are fixed the lessons commence. The first time she gets on she falls off and Jake the only one with common sense thinks they should call it a day before she gets hurt.
But Bella thinks this is BK and she can have it her way, and gets back on the bike. Chick has gone batshit crazy and she promptly busts her ass.
But she doesn't care because her mission was a success! She got to see and hear Edward! Her next brilliant idea is to throw herself off a cliff during high tide. The first time I read this I was secretly hoping she would drown, but the other two books already were published, so it was a hopeless wish. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the actual plot. Funny how that happens when there isn't one, huh? The She-vamp, Victoria, is scoping out the area trying to get to Bella.
But her part is VERY small in this book like the plot , so we don't really need to talk about her. I suppose the wolf pack is worth mentioning: They're pretty much a bunch of wannabe werewolves that run around with their shirts off. That's all you really need to know about them. So, finally Alice shows up in chapter 18 because she thought Bella was trying to commit suicide close enough Alice. And through a nice little exchange of "he said, she said" BS, Edward is off to Italy to kill himself.
This causes Bella to go into "hero" mode and race to Italy and save Edward. I really don't care enough to give my thoughts on the race to Italy.
That entire part was rushed and anti-climatic. There isn't even a fight scene. Anyway, they get back to good old Forks and Bella composes a vote on everyone's thoughts of her joining team undead. Edward is at a steady "no" along with Rosalie. But everyone else says, "Hell yes! Funny thing is when Bella asks Jasper he goes: And she's all: Hmm, yeah, that's not weird at all. Not the least bit creepy. In the last few pages Edward and Jake have a little pissing contest and Edward proposes to Bella.
The End. Thank God it's over. Now where's my fuckin' chocolate? My Twilight Review can be found here. If I were to light Edward on fire what would he become?
View all comments. Feb 27, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: Really cringing at my younger self.. And yet I still loved it So, I guess I'm cringing at my older self too. Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason.
And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire When Bella gets a paper cut during her birthday, she in typical ridiculously unstable fashion slices her arm open and stuffs it with glass.
She becomes surrounded by seven thirsty vampires. W Really cringing at my younger self.. While she manages to make it out alive, Edward is horrified by what his family has the potential to do. How is this a surprise? They're bloody vampires.
Edward does the sensible thing and completely erases himself from her life. Bella does the sensible thing and completely erases her mind.
She throws herself into this weird fugue state for the first few chapters. I honestly have no idea how to live without you. Codependency for the win. Seriously, their relationship is so messed up when I think about it. I mean technically it isn't statuary but give Edward a few wrinkles and a stooped walk Looking back now, I don't understand how I was Team Edward for this book. Poor Jacob did all that work with healing Bella only to get thrown aside as soon as a little sparkle dances her way.
I remember my sixteen year old self absolutely crying when Bella goes into the fugue state after Edward leaves and bawling again when he came back. At least I don't feel the same now Picture a girl with the scratchy-cold voice. That's every guy in the book. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 51 comments. Miranda Reads Mark wrote: May 24, Miranda Reads Katie wrote: I just can't enjoy them now.
P May 24, Oct 21, Haleema rated it did not like it Shelves: This should suffice. View all 36 comments. Apr 11, Amanda rated it liked it. Keep in mind that though this review is about to wheel off into an angry rant, this book is good.
The series is addictive. And as I said previously about Stephanie Meyer, if you want to cease brain function for a few hours, she's your girl. The beginning is slow, the middle is gold, the end is lacking.
The blank pages to represent months passed in zombie-depression, great idea. Now, my problem. My problem is not so much with the story as it is perhaps with the idea behind the story and thus, the a Keep in mind that though this review is about to wheel off into an angry rant, this book is good.
My problem is not so much with the story as it is perhaps with the idea behind the story and thus, the author herself. It all starts with Romeo and Juliet. Stupid kids. Yes, yes, the great tragedy of love. Please note the word tragedy came before the word love. Because without the tragedy there would be no story. What would the story be otherwise? I'm not going to presume to rewrite Shakespeare at least not for the hypothetical purposes of illustrating a point in this review.
I will say, that I find it sad and unfortunate that Meyers insists on her characters not only admiring Romeo and Juliet not the play, but the hormone-addled teenagers who committed suicide rather than take a minute to think it through , but specifically referencing the star-crossed lovers in near direct comparison to her protagonist and the lover-vamp.
Her main character also can be caught reading Jane Austen, but more on that later. My point? Impossible love is a great story. No doubt. And Meyer's characters, the human girl and the vampire um, Buffy and Angel anyone? Great, perfect, wonderful. The difficulty?
No where to go. That's what makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. That's why Buffy and Angel never got back together. What choices has she left us? Either the human becomes a vampire or the vampire in what would be a HUGE cheat becomes human again. Make the human a vamp, right? Problem solved. Well, despite the flippancy with which so many of Meyer's characters approach this option, to do so would be a tragedy of sorts.
Because in effect, it would be suicide, a life ended to be with the man she loves so senselessly that it makes you wonder how she could admire Jane Austen at all.
Yes, Jane Austen writes about love, but take a look at "Sense and Sensibility". Jane Austen recognizes that love is more complex than the simple lust of it while Romeo and Juliet barely get a chance to blink before they marry, screw and die-much like the carrion flies Romeo references. Strength of character, not the sweaty passion, conquers all.
Clear conscience and unerring moral fortitude conquers class-differences, social stigmas and familial disapproval. And so, they all get to live happily ever after. This is your dilemma Stephanie Meyers. You've laid the groundwork, not for a Jane Austen like happy-ending despite the odds, but a Shakespearian tragedy that will not only leave the audience sobbing, but foaming mad. Frankly, the readers of today don't want a tragedy for the most part , they get that enough every day.
They want the happy ending. I want the happy ending and what would that be in this situation? As far as I can see there is no way to have a true happy ending.
Either you make a living girl a vampire. Or you pull out the deus ex machina and make the vampire a human. Neither option will be unsullied enough to be fully satisfactory. Personally, I would rather see the girl become a vampire, though I wish the character would take it a little more seriously than she has.
Because my sense of fairness would be violated if the vamp miraculously becomes a human. But no matter how it ends, I fear I will be disappointed, as the endings of both books have been so thoroughly let-downs I cannot imagine the author has it in her mind to tack a new course at this point. How do I have the audacity to be so critical?
Two, three? Not yet. View all 56 comments. Mar 13, Denys L. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You may have heard me rant about the previous novel Twilight. I decided to read the sequel, just to see if it will get better.
Boy, was I wrong. First off, we began with Bella Swan bitching about how old she's getting, because Edward stays 17 forever, and since her birthday is coming up, she'll be one year older than her perfect lover.
What really makes me annoyed with this couple was the fact they were comparing their relationship with Romeo and Juliet. It's nowhere even close to that because you two have no reason for loving each other!
On a side note, Romeo and Juliet have no reason for loving each other, but they had a lesson in the story. They die anyways Anyways, they have a party and things get a little out of control when Bella cuts herself unintentionally and Jasper can't control his vampire needs. Edward realizes he needs to protect Bella, and in order to do that, he must go away with his family. In order to pull an irritating fan girlfriend off your back is to hurt them really badly.
And that's what he does. Bella decides that without Edward, she has no reason to live anymore, even though she unexplainably can hear him inside her mind. What a baby. Luckily, Jacob saves her from attempted suicide as I'm guessing, and starts hanging out with her. At this point in the story, I'm starting to hate Jacob a little less and begun to eventually like him, because he's more of an original character than Edward. He makes mistakes, unlike Edward.
He has more of a potential and realistic relationship with Bella. To top it all off, he's a werewolf and vampires so happen to be his worst enemy. However, things start to get more complicated in the story. When Bella figured out Edward was going to Italy to ask this vampire family to kill him because he thought Bella is dead from some misinterpretation. Being the piss off as she is, she immediately pushes Jacob aside and her developing feelings and travels to Italy to stop Edward.
In the end, they're together. They don't need anyone else, only each other to survive. Fucking lunatics. I hate Edward now. He's just too unoriginal for me. Fan girls including Bella only love him because he's the hottest thing since ipods. They love an image of their boy dreams, but they hate the character that's actually more human than Edward, the sex god? What's the world coming to these days? I swear Jacob needs to get out of that retarded novel before Stephanie Meyer comes up with a way to make everyone have a reason to hate him.
Good job, babe, good job. Nov 13, Paul Bryant marked it as probably-never. When she was 12 me and my daughter Georgia went to see Twilight.
After the movie I asked her what she thought. And she went to see it three more times, with people other than me. So she bought the book and read it in about four hours. I asked her what she thought.
Then we got the dvd of the movie and she watched it again. I was surprised but she explained - "Bella is stupid, Edwa When she was 12 me and my daughter Georgia went to see Twilight. I was surprised but she explained - "Bella is stupid, Edward is stupid, nothing looks right, they miss out all the important stuff, it's so bad, it's so so so bad" Then she read all the other Twilight books in like four hours.
By now she was Now aged 13 she's going to see the new Robert Pattinson movie Remember Me. I assume that's because he's so hideous and such a bad actor View all 48 comments.
Aug 01, Nicole rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Idiots and pre-teen girls who have never been kissed.
Recommended to Nicole by: My inner child who has been thoroughly beaten and put to bed wit. I read Twilight and was sorely disappointed in it, but I had heard through a series of acquaintances that this one was better--that it introduced werewolves and slightly healthier relationships. I was deceived. It was awful--not as bad as its predecessor, but still pretty bad. Right off the bat Bella is crying about how she hates her birthday and dreads aging and wants little to do with her birthday.
This was a annoying to read through because I kept thinking to myself, "What teenage girl th Uhg. This was a annoying to read through because I kept thinking to myself, "What teenage girl thinks this way? Skip to the party.
She cuts herself and a unicorn cries, she is suddenly alone on the forest floor. Her life is over now that Edward gone. I found myself skimming though this sickeningly pitiful section like it was a high school biology book till I got to some substance.
Still devoid of any mannerisms, as are ALL the personnel of this series, but he's at least more dynamic. I liked him, but it was painful to see that Bella really only used him for her next "hallucination" fix. She rambles on and on for hundreds of pages talking so much about the "hole in her chest" and how it burned and itched and stung and pussed and--well, showed all the good symptoms of a bad STD--that the plot seemed to vanish beneath her pained musings and constant reminders of Edward.
The story continues along at the pace of a bike going uphill with square tires till--BAM--werewolves. This was nifty to me, having always liked werewolves with self-control and a purpose, but Meyer had no better way to describe them then "exploding. It was boring at best, and even though this is painted on the walls from the first book, and used as a tool to beat you with during the introduction of Sam and his "cult," Bella is still oblivious.
An interesting aside to this "section" of the book: They actually introduce a character that is NOT beautiful, godlike, stunning or otherwise perfect. Emily, the wife of Sam, has a horrific scar pattern stretching across her face and down her arm. Here is where I got angry at the book. I'm not sure I've ever felt angry at a book before I read this last part.
Bella is tired of waiting for her wolf-protector and decides to go cliff diving as previously mentioned in the beginning of the book. As you might have guessed, she yet again fails miserably and nearly drowns, only to be saved yet again, but not before seeing VICTORIA--the shadowy plot device that has been loosely keeping this story together. At this time I was thinking, "Ooooh! No more diary! We might actually have some conflict to gnaw on!
Like a stereotypical sad-teenage-boy-that-needs-to-cut-himself-for-attention, Edward runs off to Italy to kill himself. This is where I imagine Meyer had hit writers block, and decided to get her computer chair wet again by gushing over the painfully gross relationship that Bella and Edward share.
She kicks Jacob and her father aside like used rags, and jet-sets out to Italy to an airport where apparently there is no immigrations office to herd you along for a few hours getting injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected, selected and all kinds of crazy stuff , to save Edward.
One hundred pages of overdramatic swooning and crashing and hissing leads to Bella being exposed to the ugly side of vampire-lifestyle and the ultimatum that she has to become one or die.
This was boring at best, with four chapters of frustrating mushy googly eyes and epiphanies that the condescending git, Edward, loves the paper-thin floozy Bella and she settles in for a marriage and a blood stained picket fence in Meyer's dress-up-game of angles and demons. View all 34 comments. Jun 06, karen rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 03, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
Earlier this year, I foolishly lent my copy of Twilight to Cate across the road. She liked it. Then, when she got a place at college last month, we thought we'd give her something as a congratulations-and-going-away present. It was so logical to buy a copy of New Moon. Cate zipped through it quickly, and dropped off her copy before leaving so that I could read it too. How could I possibly say anything except thank you?
I've heard so muc As ye sow, so shall ye reap. I've heard so much about this book, and I suppose it is interesting to see what people are talking about. But, Jesus Christ, Bella is eighteen and she's already obsessing about getting old. She keeps hassling Edward to turn her into a vampire so that she can stay young and pretty for ever.
There is some chance that this will result in her losing her immortal soul, but hey, seems worth the risk. I suppose future ages may consider that this says something about early 21st century Western society. You don't exactly have to overexert your mind to come up with interpretations in that direction. Bella is a bright girl who gets mostly As and Bs at school, so why hasn't she stopped even for a second to consider the physics of vampires?
To start with, where do they get their energy from? They don't really eat, they don't really drink, and they don't even need to breathe. Yet they're incredibly strong and fast. OK, they claim they need blood every now and then. But not, apparently, very often, and how could they possibly get this amount of energy from the occasional liter of blood? Then they're hard, "like marble".
In fact, if they didn't claim to be vampires, would we even think of calling them that? They certainly seem to be a lot more like humanoid robots. And if you just follow up that hypothesis for a moment, several things fall into place. Their blood must surely be full of those little nanobots that are going to be the Next Big Thing. When a vampire bites a human, the nanobots get into the victim's bloodstream and start restructuring him from the inside out, replacing all the soft animal tissue with something far more durable.
That no doubt includes the brain too; they probably scan it and then map the structure onto software, a trick that's been standard in SF for several decades now. No wonder the "vampires" can think so uncannily fast. But if your brain has been scanned, destroyed, and turned into software, are you still the same person?
You can see why Edward is warning Bella that she might lose her soul. It's a bit like turning an LP into a CD, a process that several of my classical musician friends describe in exactly those words. And, going back to where we came in, where is their energy coming from? Those nanobots must have their own power source too. I must admit that I don't know what it is. The fact that "vampires" don't seem to need any kind of material inputs suggests it's not chemical; nuclear seems more likely.
Maybe they have some kind of catalyzed cold fusion, or it could be a post-quantum force that we haven't discovered yet. After all, we're way overdue for the coming revolution in physics.
Also, where did the nanobots come from, and why are "vampires" unhappy to be out in open sunlight? I can only see one sensible answer. They can't have been created by humans. They must be from elsewhere, which in practice means from another solar system. Probably they were originally created thousands of light-years from here, and have been drifting slowly on the cosmic currents for millennia.
Well, if their normal habitat is deep interstellar space, no wonder they're scared of sunlight. They wouldn't normally be this close to a star; they're not designed for it at all. And here's the thing that surprised me most.
In fact, the story isn't irrelevant or far-fetched. If people like Ray Kurzweil are right, it's tackling what could soon be a major issue. According to Kurzweil, the Singularity is supposed to arrive this century, and those nanobots will be a reality. Millions of people will have to make exactly the moral choice that Bella has to make in the book.
Are you going to stay human, or allow yourself to be transformed into a godlike and near-immortal being, which might however not actually be you any more?
New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2
It's interesting that the books are appearing when they are, and present such a compelling emotional case for allowing yourself to be infected by nanobots.
If you like conspiracy theories, feel free to speculate some more here. I mean, hating it would hardly be a challenge, would it? But every now and then, I get a passage like this one: I'd been broken beyond repair. But I needed Jacob now, needed him like a drug.
I'd used him as a crutch for too long, and I was in deeper than I'd planned to go with anyone again. Of course, there are some problems, starting with the fact that Stephenie Meyer can't write to save her life. But by making it a first-person narrative told by the shy, clumsy Bella, she has found an ingenious way to get around that.
Bella's endearing klutziness is just a metaphor for her even more serious problems as a writer. As she keeps telling us, every time she walks across a room she wonders if she'll trip over her feet and end up in hospital; similar remarks apply to her ability to string together an eight word declarative sentence.
But she's stylistically consistent, and after a while I found myself accepting her. This just happens to be her voice, even though it's not a very good one. I also thought that she was a seriously unreliable narrator. Not about factual events; to start off with, she doesn't seem to be imaginative enough to make anything up.
We hear over and over again that she loves Edward, and only thinks of Jacob as a friend. But we also hear that Edward feels hard and cold to the touch. I couldn't help thinking of the wonderful scene in Mean Girls where Rachel McAdams's Cool Mom insists on giving Lindsay Lohan a silicone-enhanced hug; I'm sure that Bella often winces in just the same way when Edward hugs her, though she doesn't allow herself to notice it. In contrast, Jacob is warm and alive, and she genuinely likes holding his hand and feeling him put his arm around her.
There are several scenes when she nearly kisses him, knowing full well what that will lead to. It's clear that she wants to, and the excuses she makes to herself about him just being an unsatisfactory substitute for Edward are laughably unconvincing. I found the opposition between Edward and Jacob the heart of the book, and after a while I decided that the author was presenting something interesting and essentially honest.
The tricky thing is that she's subverted the vampire symbol. Usually, vampires represent the young girl's simultaneous dread and fascination in the face of sex. But Edward isn't very sexy. We're always being told that he looks like an angel, and indeed there does seem to be an angelic purity about him. I find it much more plausible that he's representing religion, and when you think of him in those terms several other things come into focus. As Richard Dawkins keeps telling us, a religion is a kind of virus, which infected parties want to spread as quickly as possible; well, vampirism is rather like that too.
And Bella is very conflicted in her feelings about vampires. She loves the Cullens, "her family", but she is well aware that most vampires are monsters. If you're brought up in a cult-like religion, that's not a bad metaphor. All other religions are evil and wrong; your own religion is the one exception to the rule. As everyone knows, Stephenie Meyer is a committed Mormon. It doesn't seem far-fetched to claim that Bella's feelings about vampires mirror the author's feelings about her religion, which among other things is very down on premarital sex.
And that's where the werewolves come in; they represent the normal sexual feelings that most young Mormon girls are taught to deny.
The tension between these two conflicting attractions is what gives New Moon its undeniable force, and I found the story credible at an emotional level. I can readily believe that it's just like that to be a eighteen year old Mormon girl with a healthy sexual appetite, and I feel I understand their plight better after having read this book.
Well done, Stephenie! Aug 03, Scott rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I can't even Is anyone else completely aghast that this dreck saw a printing press not to mention became a wildly popular series? I thought I was being hard on Twilight when I criticized it for portraying a relationship so ill-advised and unhealthy and then romanticizing that relationship to young people as if people didn't already make enough bad decisions.
I thought maybe now that Book 1 was done the series would take a nice turn.
New Moon. Shred of decency. Were it simply a I can't even Were it simply a problem of the weakly-developed characters, confused and uneven plotline, hundreds of pages of cloying depression only to be replaced by cloying sentimentality later on , and an appalling and unsubtle parallel to Romeo and Juliet, this novel would simply be mediocre teen fare.
But then we must consider the problem of Bella: Bella is only complete--and she says this herself--when her man is by her side. And apparently, according to Meyer at least, this is ok. It's ok to create a character so bereft of purpose, self-assurance, and identity that she can't live without a relationship based on nothing substantial, just beauty, lust, and exoticism.
And it's ok for her to experience no emotional maturity whatsoever because in the end, her lover comes back spewing the same gushy nonsense as before while still lording it over her and flying into rages when he doesn't get his way. The only compelling character in this story was Jacob. That is The irrational hatred between vampires and werewolves gets played off as instinctual, but it has all the logic of bigotry, and that these characters do nothing to try overcoming it is yet another way in which they are immature and non-self-examining.
Due to the audience for which this intended, I have to say that New Moon and the Twilight Saga as a whole are not just poor, they're damaging. And don't even get me started on the "epiphany" of p. We were expected to believe Bella thought Edward had ceased to love her even though an autistic housefly could see it was nowhere near true?
This book failed. I'm sorry. View all 17 comments. Aug 17, Lucy rated it did not like it Shelves: Bella Swan's relationship with her hot vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen is heating up when her characteristic clumsiness messes everything up again at her vampire-thrown birthday party.
In typical Bella style, she gives herself a paper cut and Edward has to literally throw himself in front of her to keep her from being dinner for six hungry vampires.
That's the last straw for Edward, and he and his entire family pick up and leave to prevent any more harm from coming to Bella on their tab. Bella i Bella Swan's relationship with her hot vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen is heating up when her characteristic clumsiness messes everything up again at her vampire-thrown birthday party.
Bella is, of course, inconsolable, and walks through life like a lovesick zombie - until she renews her friendship with local boy Jacob Black. Jacob is a good friend - and more importantly, he helps Bella fix up two motorcycles and teaches her to ride them.
Bella's friendship with Jacob - and the adrenaline rush that the motorcycles bring - sustains her, until she discovers a dangerous truth about the identity of Jacob and his friends - they are a pack of young werewolves. And even worse, they have been working to protect her from a vicious vampire who has it in for Bella.
After the horrible drudge that was Twilight, New Moon was a pleasant surprise. At least, part of it was, if you can get past Bella's melodramatic, lovesick, woe-is-me-I-am-the-center-of-the-universe depression. I was actually starting to enjoy Bella's somewhat odd relationship with Jacob, and the book in general, which kind of surprised me - until Edward showed up again.
Then, the writing dissolved once again to "I love you more, shmoopy. That's the problem with this book.
I like Bella with Alice. I like Bella with Carlisle and Esme. I like Bella with Jacob. I can't stand Bella with Edward.
And let me rephrase that. There is nothing likeable about Bella as a character - she is a complete and total MarySue. Jacob is goodhearted and clever and interesting, and I have no trouble understanding why Bella is drawn to him. But why is Jacob drawn to Bella? There seems to be no reason I can understand. And most laughable of all is Bella's desperate urge to become a vampire herself. Especially at the end, when Edward asks her to marry him first, and she balks.
She's afraid of commitment, but not of being turned into a vampire so she can stay with him always? Give me a break. View all 27 comments. Apr 02, Kai rated it really liked it Shelves: I love every single book and it's kind of hard for me to pick a favourite. This one, however, is probably my least favourite. Not for obvious reasons, though. Most people complain about how nothing really happens, how Bella is mainly depressed and moping and boring. To be honest, this is my favourite part in this book.
It's the perfect rainy autumn day read. When you're feeling down and annoyed, this book wraps you in a blanket and comforts you. Bella's numbness and depression, Fork's atmosphere, Jacob's warmth, all of that soothes your - or well at least my - soul and lets you sulk a little and enjoy the silence. I could do without the action, though.
I don't need the big drama at the end of every Twilight book. I'm happy just reading about Bella's thoughts and inner conflicts, about her life in Forks, her friends and the Cullens. That's enough for me. Find more of my books on Instagram View all 15 comments. Sep 15, Nick rated it it was ok.
This is the worst. Spoil alert: Literally nothing happens. View 2 comments. Is this what we're supposed to be teaching our teenage daughters? Apparently Ms. Meyer believes that: Moping for 4 straight months over a goddamned boy is okay, and even though you'll make people worried and your friends may stop talking to you, hey!
Becoming another boy's friend solely to use him to make yourself feel better and to try and fill that "void" the other boy left, without any regard for his feelings and how your actions might affect him is definitely okay because hey! Even though he doesn't know. But that's okay. Cause you know. And you'll tell him.
Okay never. Hopping on a plane to another fucking continent is definitely the best decision you could make when your twoo wuv is in danger of killing himself, even though he's immortal.
With no regard to your father. Who literally just came back from his friend's funeral. Nah, don't think about Dad. He's probably not that worried. Cause Daddy, I love him! You're supposed to be selfish because you're in love!
I'm not even going to try to explain this one. It's literally the whole book. I'm just so utterly disgusted by what I just read, and I can't believe I managed to stomach it all. Bella is so incredibly weak as a protagonist, girl, woman, character, whatever. Just the way she treats everyone is extremely self-centered--from her father to her friends to Jacob--and it made me furious. But it's okay because "she's in pain.
A boy broke your heart? I'm sorry, honey, but you'll eventually get over it because you're a strong woman who doesn't need to rely on other people for your own happiness. Get out there and make your own.
Without a goddamned boy. Do you really have nothing else in your life worth living for? View all 12 comments. Fans of YA Paranormal Romance. Reviewed for THC Reviews Twilight was a grand romance which frequently left me smiling, but New Moon takes on a bittersweet, angst-filled and edgy tone in this continuing dramatic saga of teen love between a vampire and a human.
The book gets off to a rather explosive start, but rapidly turns to heavy sorrow when Edward make a fateful decision concerning Bella's safety.
Following his decision, Edward is off the canvas for about the next two-thirds of the book, as is the entire Cullen family.
Duri Reviewed for THC Reviews Twilight was a grand romance which frequently left me smiling, but New Moon takes on a bittersweet, angst-filled and edgy tone in this continuing dramatic saga of teen love between a vampire and a human. During this time, the story is very reminiscent of Twilight in that it moves at a languid but steady pace while extensive character and relationship development occurs.
The fall-out to Bella's psyche from Edward's choice is heart-wrenching to read. Stephenie Meyer is so good at writing Bella's agony, that I felt like my own heart had been ripped to shreds. Then a newfound depth in her friendship with Jacob Black, seems to be Bella's saving grace , bringing some sense of peace to her otherwise chaotic life.
Still, danger lurks everywhere, bringing a certain level of suspense to the story, which then escalates into a taut thriller when an unfortunate misunderstanding places Alice and Bella in a race against time to save Edward from certain death. With so much going on, New Moon was yet another installment in the Twilight series that was extremely difficult to put down. I can't help but continue to enjoy the characters in this series. I still like Bella very much, but I found myself wishing that she would have a little more confidence in Edward's love for her.
After the beauty of their romance in Twilight , it was hard for me to understand how she couldn't, but ultimately, it seemed that her feelings of inadequacy — of not measuring up to a spectacular creature like Edward — simply got the best of her.
Thankfully she did have an epiphany before the end, so hopefully will be beyond that stage by the next book. Bella also has a tendency to think of everyone else first except when she's being reckless , which can be a very good trait, but also left me thinking that it might be nice if she took care of herself once in a while too. While Bella is still an accident-prone magnet for danger, I missed her endearing awkward clumsiness.
Instead she is now living on the edge and seeking out the danger. It was also very difficult to read about her severe depression without being dragged down a bit myself. Edward is still the same thoughtful and loving hero I adored in Twilight though his absence for much of the story, left a huge hole, which was a major point of the story that I though the author conveyed magnificently. One of my favorite things about Edward is his wry, teasing sense of humor, but the tone of New Moon is so serious, it didn't allow for many of these moments to shine through.
In Edward's absence, Bella develops a deep friendship with Jacob Black, who ends up being much more than she at first thought he was. Jacob also essentially becomes a second hero and the third point in a love triangle.
While Bella never really feels more for Jacob than friendship or brotherly love, Jacob does fall for Bella. Jacob and Edward have very different personalities, but Jacob is such a wonderful character, I couldn't help but adore him too. While I don't think that his happily-ever-after does or should lie with Bella, I do hope he gets one eventually.
These three characters have completely engrossed my attention, and I can't wait to see what develops next for them. The secondary characters were wonderful as well. It was nice to see Charlie finally taking charge and acting more like a father. Most of the Cullens didn't play very big roles in this story, with the one exception being Alice. Because of her visions, she is an intriguing character who I hope will be front and center throughout the series, as I really like her breezy manner and no-nonsense attitude.
New Moon also fills in a couple of the missing pieces of her human past. Although Carlisle only appears in a couple of scenes, he also fills in some missing pieces about himself and Edward. Billy, Jacob's father, is also present, but doesn't take on a particularly strong role. Readers are also introduced to the Volturi, a group of vampires who live in Italy and are basically vampire royalty.
They are at once both fascinating and monstrous creatures, and unlike the Cullens are extremely dangerous, posing yet another threat to Bella's existence.
Overall, I thought the story had a varied and colorful character palette. As with Twilight , New Moon did not contain any explicit elements — no sex, only a dozen or so mild profanities, and minimal violence. There is a scene though, in which a group of humans become unwitting prey for a group of blood-thirsty vampires. It does takes place in the background and is not played out explicitly, so whether or not it is disturbing for readers, would depend more on the individual's imagination and sensitivity level.
I happen to have a very vivid imagination, so it did make me a tad squeamish.Based on reviews. Here is where I got angry at the book.
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
As Alice's visions about Edward change rapidly, Alice and Bella are unable to clearly understand whether Edward is or will be safe. Why didn't she see Bella cutting her finger on the wrapping paper? She finally wakes from her weird depressing state and hangs out with a few people from school and Jacob.
Pause, let's think about that scene a bit: Hate to break it to ya, darling, but Bella's thoughts are insipid, and that's me putting it kindly.
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