New Moon (The Twilight Saga) Reviews

September 30, 2010 by  
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New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

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The #1 New York Times bestseller is available for the first time in a mass market paperback edition, featuring a striking movie tie-in cover.

In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The “star-crossed” lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying thre

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5 Responses to “New Moon (The Twilight Saga) Reviews”
  1. Tracie Cooper says:

    Review by Tracie Cooper for New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
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    Maybe I’m being stuffy, maybe I’m out of touch now that I’m an old lady of 28. But I generally like quality young adult fantasies, and I liked the original book a lot.

    What got me about this one, like others have mentioned, was Bella’s inability to function without her boyfriend, and later without a man in general. Like Charlie told her, she’s not the first one to have gone through a break-up or have her heart broken. I wish she would have just sucked it up, gone on with her life, maybe gotten ANGRY with Edward for being such a drama queen. Instead it’s wah, wah, wah, I’ve lost everything. Even though I have a home, two parents who love me, friends who are willing to support me even though I dropped them to be with a guy…none of it means anything because my true wuv, my high school boyfriend of one year, is gone. Boo-friggin’ hoo, Bella. Her identity is so wrapped up in her boyfriend that her conscience speaks in his voice. Gag me.

    Then, naturally, the only person to pull her out of her depression is another boy, and naturally she can’t just tell him she ISN’T INTERESTED before things spin out of control. She thinks she’s ready to become a vampire, but she can’t break it off with a dude. It just bothered me.

    All that aside, I liked the parts where Bella wasn’t moping! 🙂

  2. The Literaturette says:

    Review by The Literaturette for New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
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    Anyone who enjoyed the first book but found the phrasing repetitive and the character of Bella to be mildly annoying, be warned.

    Pgs 1-70 are actually interesting, aside from Bella being a brat about turning 18

    Pgs 70-400 are basically the plot of the first book, recycled, with Jacob as the new love interest. As with Edward, she shuns the other kids at school, wants to spend all her time with him, and, when she finds out what he really is, she embraces it, meets the family…etc etc.

    pgs 400-the end are essentially the only novelty to the book. Even so, it’s ruined by the fact that Bella is so helpless and insecure. I don’t understand why Edward loves you either, Bella, but he does. And I don’t want to have to read 500 pages of him convincing you of that.

    This book is basically ACT II of the first book, but with a few less obnoxious descriptions of Edward’s bronze hair/marble body/topaz eyes, and a few more obnoxious descriptions of the aching hole/depression in Bella’s soul when Edward leaves her.

    Bella morphs from being slightly annoying and whiny, to being completely pathetic. Her world revolves around Edward, so when he leaves, she is left in a catatonic state…until eventually she decides to rebel and do crazy things, in the hopes that she might hear his voice (oh yes, that velvet voice of his is in this book too, and velvet must be on Meyer’s ‘favorite adjectives list”).

    But then Bella finds reason for living again, in the arms of another man, Jacob. Her basic attraction to him is based on…wait for it…”she’s less miserable with him”. Hmmm….the co-dependent latches on again. She completely leads him on, because the whole time she is with him, she is still thinking about Edward and how she can reunite her crazy messed up head with a precious delusion of him.

    In the end, Edward and Jacob are mortal enemies (oh no!) and Bella is left choosing between the man who is the world to her, and the man who is the world to her when the man who really is the world to her is unavailable. Gee, I wonder who she’ll choose in the end. Apparently Meyer wants us to think it’s a toss up and plans to make another book of it. Yeah right.

    I can only hope that the third book doesn’t contain the following phrases and/or words, because I HATE THEM BY NOW:

    grimaced

    smirked

    topaz

    velvet voice

    touseled bronze hair

    marble slab

    perfect face

    singing laughter

    aching hole

    russett skin

    angelic anything

    it felt like I was dreaming

    I wasn’t sure if it was a dream

    it had to be a dream

  3. Mara E. says:

    Review by Mara E. for New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
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    There’s a certain melodrama to New Moon that makes its previous installment, Twilight, pale in comparison. Bella Swan’s life is particularly complicated these days, what with the teenage angst and emotional turmoil. Not to belittle teenage angst, but Bella’s version of it could be called Shakespearean if not for the giant billboards plastered all through the narrative that insist This Is Like Romeo And Juliet FULL STOP We Are Just As Emotionally Complicated And Tragic FULL STOP.

    The comparisons to Shakespeare beat the readers over the head repeatedly. This is a tragic relationship, we got it. We don’t need a constant analysis of Romeo and Juliet, nor do we need a play by play concerning which character in New Moon most accurately compares to Paris.

    One point in New Moon that could be applauded would be that the story’s topaz-eyed, bronze-haired, god-like Edward Cullen is absent for the majority of the book. Quite a bold move by the author, although it’s wasted seeing as how the portions without Edward involve Bella acting like her life has literally ended. Instead of growing up and learning to exist without a perfect, beautiful boyfriend to guide her through life, Bella absolutely shuts down. Her only mild attempts to live occur only when she has Jacob to take on Edward’s role, which suggests Bella is only fully functional when she has a man to please and be pleased by. This is particularly damning. Bella herself is easy to insist everything wrong be her fault, that she is simply too imperfect to deserve the attention she receives from the men in her life (hilarious, considering how many boys have fallen for her since the start of Twilight) and that she is just so painfully plain and human that she is nothing — that her life is nothing — without Edward by her side. She is incapable of being alone, of growing to support herself when no one else can. She is so dependent on Edward (and, to an extent, on Jacob) that whatever dangerous situation she intentionally (as her life means nothing now, without Edward) puts herself in that her own subconscious will tell her her actions are stupid and she should save herself not in her own voice, but in Edward’s. This is shaky ground, as Bella lacks character anyway, striping her subconscious and replacing it with Edward’s voice makes her seem less of an independent woman, much less a person.

    There is no personal growth in New Moon for Bella or Edward. If anything, these two characters regress. The character that does make massive strides in terms of character development is Jacob Black, who will most likely be doomed to playing Edward’s second fiddle and arch enemy.

    Stephenie Meyer’s third book in the Twilight series, Eclipse, comes out August 7th. While Edward and Bella continue their angst-ridden obsession with immortality and death and each other, one wonders if Jacob isn’t the only thing worth reading about.

  4. Seraphs Valentine says:

    Review by Seraphs Valentine for New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
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    Do you remember when you were a teenager and your first real boyfriend left you? You know, when you went suicidal and started doing things that were very hazardous to your health? Well, that’s exactly how painful reading this book was.

  5. Bronwen Johnson says:

    Review by Bronwen Johnson for New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
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    Before the rabid fans of Stephanie Meyer come for me and trash my first review on this website I would like to add an adendum. I am a twenty-two year old Undergrade, and I enjoy a little “brain popcorn” every so often. Warning! Spoilers ahead.

    I labored over a decision to buy and read the Twilight series for weeks. After asking/begging for information over the series at my local B&N reading reviews here on Amazon, and my Library Patrons I decided to give it a try. I read Twilight and was hooked, I finished it in about 2 days and moved on to the next two in the series. Then, I labored over wether I should write a review of this book or not. Funny, the laborous process should have been my first hint.

    I want to ask Meyer, if she lost inspiration, had something traumatic happen, or just lose her drive to write these books? I was never interested in Edward as a character, or love intrest for Bella. By the time I finished New Moon I could care less about either of them and was just hoping Jacob would find a new, more interesting girl to suit him.

    Bella is uninteresting, incredibly Emo (and not in an artistic way), and so Co-Dependent that you just want to bash her head in so that you can be done with it. Watching her stumble, bumble and “live” without Edward is incredibly painful and embarassing just to read about, let alone be caught reading about in public. She is so disgustingly set on Edward and his disgusting, vapid, rather uninteresting and beautiful family that her own life gets put on hold.

    Perhaps if this book was written and released in the 80’s, or prior to “Girl Power” this wouldn’t be such an issue. But to market this kind of literature to a demographic is 13 to 20 year old Teens and Young Adults is just plain irresponsible! Sending the message that being incredibly selfish and leading someone on to deal with your own pain is both unforgiveable and sickening. The fact that Bella is so interesting in putting herself in harms way just to hear Edwards voice is just plain unbelievable at best and if you want me to believe that little miss “I don’t want other people to realize that I exist” wants to cliff dive, I’ve got a bridge in Wichita to sell you.

    Don’t get me started on the forced, horrible literary refrences to Romeo and Juliet. The analogies, allusions and personifications of people were enough to make me tear my hair out.

    So there you have it. If you’re upwards of twenty something, read classic literature and/are a fan of the Bard, have self esteem and don’t need a “man” to complete your life do not pick up these books and if you must, borrow from your local library.

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