Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer

Rating: 3/5 stars

I liked Twilight better than New Moon, but I guess that's because I liked Edward and he was hardly in New Moon, and he was kind of a jerk anyway. You could probably say I'm "Team Edward," although to be fair, so is Bella. So I don't even know why "Team Jacob" is a thing; she doesn't even like him like that. I like Jacob, but I like him as Bella's friend, not as her boyfriend. However, Jacob's personality got a little belligerent in this book, which is to be expected considering his transformation, but he just acted like two separate people at times. Likewise, Edward was pretty stupid to leave Bella all alone, thinking she would be safe (safer, at least) without him around, considering he already saved her life twice in less than a year. It just seemed like everyone got new personalities in this book, and they didn't always make the most sense. (I don't even want to discuss Jessica. . . .)

Despite my aforementioned qualms about New Moon, I did enjoy the book. I'm glad we got a detailed view of the werewolf life, and many of my questions were answered. I'm also pleased that we learned about the Volturi and the vampire laws, etc. Again, many lingering questions were answered. It is always very satisfying when an author answers my questions throughout a series instead of leaving them all for the last thirty pages of the last book.

One thing I loved about this book was the Romeo and Juliet motif throughout the book and the irony that Edward and Bella kept talking about Romeo and Juliet and then their own story ended up paralleling that in the play. I thought that was clever.

Another thing I enjoyed, which also applies to book one, was the presence and importance of parents in this book. Bella's parents, her dad especially, are vital characters to the story. We also have Jacob's dad, Billy, and the Cullen parents, Carlisle and Esme. I see far too often YA stories that don't include parents hardly at all in the plot, but the reality is that your mom and dad are huge parts of your life when you're still in high school. I loved that Bella got grounded and got in trouble. I also loved the awkwardness between her and Charlie. That's all so realistic and it really added depth to the story.

I am secretly really excited to read the rest of this saga. I can't remember if I've seen the Eclipse movie or not, so I actually don't know what will happen in the next book.

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