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New Moon (Twilight Saga) – Book Review

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by Lisa Shen (subscribe)
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Published August 2nd 2013


The continuing story of the star crossed lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

In Bella Swan's mind and heart there is nothing more important in her life than her vampire boyfriend - Edward Cullen. After finding out that her potential boyfriend is a creature of the night, she lands herself into more trouble than she can fathom. And having a vampire boyfriend just seems to make her life even more dangerous than it already is.

I thought that the way that Stephanie Meyer went about with Bella's depressing state and how Bella continuously set out to push the boundaries of her mortality was a little risky for a young adults book.

Meyer tries to get her character Bella to identify herself with many of the Jane Austen novels that are clearly mentioned throughout the book but after reading it myself, I found that it came off as a Romeo and Juliet tragedy. Where mostly Bella didn't comprehend the severity of different situations and jumped in head on. I found Bella's desperate need to become a vampire laughable, especially, when she baulked at the idea of getting married to Edward.

I was actually starting to enjoy Jacob and Bella's strange relationship when I eventually got over Bella's melodramatic, lovesick depression stage when Edward left her. However, that didn't last very long when Edward showed up again. Then the writing dissolved once again into a sappy vicious circle of "I love you mores'".

I have failed to see what attracts both Edward and Jacob to Bella. As a character, I thought that she was sorely lacking in the personality department and as Meyer writes in first person I found that many of Bella's emotions were hard to believe. Throughout the book we'd hear how much she loves Edward over and over again through regurgitated romantic clichιs, which was an effective way to show just how much she doesn't understand herself. Aside from hearing how much she loves Edward we are also made aware that Edward feels cold and hard to the touch, which I'd imagine, she winces every time Edward hugs her. But she describes Jacob in a whole different light. Bella loves to hold his hand and genuinely likes his arm around her. There were a few times where she nearly kisses him but resists and makes excuses that he's just a substitute for Edward - which is terribly unconvincing.
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