Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: New Moon by 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…

back cover blurb of New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

The first book in the Twilight saga was okay, maybe even enjoyable, but the second one made me angry.

For the most part, her writing style is okay. It isn’t outstanding, but it is okay. There was one line that I think I must deem the worst line that I have ever read. “Aro laughed. ‘Ha, ha, ha,’ he giggled.” This just made me kind of chuckle. In seven words the same concept is repeated three times. If all of her writing was this poor, I would not bother reading past the first chapter or two, but thankfully, for the most part, it’s okay.

As for the characters, I am starting to see what everyone is talking about when they say that Bella is an annoying character. She whines all of the time about everything. She is constantly insecure about every little aspect of her life. Her whole entire life revolves around Edward. If Edward does not exist, she no longer wants to live. Edward is becoming even more controlling. It is often said that Bella “obeys”; this is not what a relationship is about. The side characters, however, remain fascinating. Carlisle remains one of my favorites, along with all of the Cullens…except for Edward.

The aspect of the book that makes it tolerable is that Jacob becomes a much more represented character. I loved learning about Jacob and his secrets. He’s one of the more relatable and likeable characters in the series.

The book is loosely based off of Romeo and Juliet, and this ended up driving me crazy because it seems to glorify suicide. It is looked at as a beautiful sacrifice for love unlike the horrible thing that it is. This bothered me deeply. The book also continues to show Edward’s abusive personality which I think this is a scary thing. Children read these books, and they might grow up thinking that suicide is beautiful and that abusive relationships are normal.

Still, something about the series has caught my attention, so I will give the author that. I think that it’s mostly the side characters and Jacob that make this series somewhat worth reading.

I give it three out of five stars.