Review: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Published by Little, Brown and Company on May 31, 2008
Genre(s): fiction, young adult, fantasy, romance
Format & Pages: paperback, 563
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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.

LEGIONS OF READERS ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE. GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION…

There were parts of this book that I liked and parts that I did not. Let me start at the beginning.

The dream sequence that opened the book was well done. It put you right into Bella’s head and made her feelings perfectly clear. What was unnecessary was the several times immediately following this scene within the first chapter where Bella mentions her fears. This was so overdone that I get the impression Meyer thinks her readers do not have the intelligence to read between the lines.

Also still in the first chapter, Bella still can’t comprehend why Edward might like her. But at this point, they’ve been together a year and a half and he has saved her life. You’d think she would understand by this point. But no. She doesn’t.

As I continued reading, the writing didn’t get much better, but it did start bothering me less as I got more into the story. There were a couple other nice touches, however, that I’d like to point out.

First, I appreciated the parallel between Bella’s initial start date at school and the date she feels like she’s starting to feel normal again.

Second, having not lived under a rock for the past decade, I realized there were certain plot points that must happen. Knowing that, there was some nice foreshadowing in the following section of Bella’s thoughts:

It was strange for me, being this close – emotionally rather than physically, though the physical was strange for me, too – to another human being. It wasn’t my usual style. I didn’t normally relate to people so easily, on such basic level.

Not human beings.

Despite the parts that I liked, at 563 pages and with a lot of repetition, this book could have been edited quite a bit and it would have helped move the story along. I didn’t enjoy New Moon as much as I did Twilight, but will continue the series.

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