Title: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 563 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 6, 2006
Source: Personal collection
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.
I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAPPED IN ONE OF THOSE TERRIFYING NIGHTMARES, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can’t make your body move fast enough…. But this was no dream, and, unlike the nightmare, I wasn’t running for my life; I was racing to save something infinitely more precious. My own life meant little to me today.
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 could ever 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….
LEGIONS OF READERS ENTRANCED BY THE New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bell and Edward. In New Moon, Stephanie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.
This book was kind of a bummer, but not for the reasons I thought when I was a teenager. This is where the series loses its romance for me. New Moon shows how unhealthy and unbalanced Edward and Bella’s relationship is. Edward has all the power and manipulates Bella’s emotions by making decisions for both of them without consulting her.
Edward leaving broke Bella. Bella’s depression is hard to read, but realistic and relatable for anyone who has experienced heartbreak. However, reading as an adult who has dealt with heartbreak and depression before, I was frustrated that right when Bella was finally at a point of healing where she felt she could move on, Edward returns to her life and she instantly takes him back and forgives him for everything. I wanted her to make him work to earn back her trust. I understand Charlie’s reaction to their reunion so much more now.
I also must say that I love Jacob more and more each time I read this. He was such a good friend to Bella in this book and did his best to give her what she needed even though he wanted more. I’ve never been Team Jacob, but I always thought he deserved better.