NEW MOON (TWILIGHT #2) – STEPHANIE MEYER

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. 

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...

Following a chain of ill-fated happenings, Edward and the rest of the Cullen family leave Forks to protect Bella from their vampire tendencies and other supernatural forces.  Bella is shattered, wandering around like a zombie and feeling as though a piece of her is missing with the Cullens gone.  It is not until Bella begins a friendship with local boy Jacob Black that she discovers just how dead she was inside.  As their friendship flourishes, however, it is clear that all is not as it seems in Forks: Jacob’s growing romantic feelings towards Bella, the odd behaviour of a number of Jacob’s friends and several mysterious murders all threaten Bella’s ’normal’ human existence.
Reading this second instalment of The Twilight Saga, I seriously could not sort out how I felt about everything that was happening.  My emotions were all over the place.  Much the same as in Twilight, I really liked this novel aside from a few language discrepancies and I feel like it will be the same for the rest of the series. 
This was a book that I did not want to put down.  The long chapters are kind of annoying because I don’t like putting down a book in the middle of a chapter but sometimes I just had to put it down and then I spent the rest of my day wondering what happens next.  And then, of course, there were the times when I’d say ’just one more chapter’ and suddenly I look to find that an hour has passed and I find myself in the middle of a new chapter.  
It has often been said that Stephanie Meyer isn’t the best writer but I think she covers it nicely with the first-person narration voiced by the shy, clumsy protagonist, Bella.  What I particularly love is the way the feelings of this book were brought to life; the power and complexity of emotions and relationships, the pain of loss, the anger of betrayal, all expressed so remarkably.
With this book you really just have to get through the first 200 pages or so and then enjoy the rest.  It is a light read, perfect if you want to get away from society for a while.  I found that it took me a really short amount of time to get through the series and that it provided me with a bit of a release from the stress and exhaustion that I was feeling at the time.
This is a series that I find I seriously can’t put down.  It has a way of dragging you in.  Personally, I’d recommend.  I’ve read a lot worse than the Twilight series in my lifetime...

Rating: 3/5


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