"Twilight Saga--New Moon" By Stephenie Meyer

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is an honest and critical book review of "Twilight Saga"'s second installment "New Moon".

Before I go ahead with my review; those who read, of course do not have to share my opinions, but I do however expect you to respect my opinions as I respect yours. I am an individual who believes in free thinking and in the freedom of speech. Exercise your rights and expand your minds. You might think Twilight is the best, or the worst book ever written and as long as you can provide that logically and through literal measurements, your argument is valid. However, do not try to argue with me that MY OPINION is wrong. Hence it is my opinion, it cannot be wrong—its an opinion. You do not have to agree to it, but please no bashing. If you'd like to counter argue against my points, please do so intelligently, with literal information as your background guide rather than your emotions.

Literature is meant to be criticized. Those who publish books do so in preparedness that their work will be held under scope and each line will be analyzed. Those who cannot dare to be scrutinized do not publish books. It's rather simple. If you are a fan and think that you are doing Stephenie Meyer a favor by defending her book against those who criticize it, actually its quite the contrary. No body encourages, nor wants fans who are unable to handle negative feedback. Authors are meant to take negative feedback and use it as a way to improve their writing. You are actually damaging her as an author by your radical behavior. (Those who are, not all obviously.) Believe me, with all the money she made she doesn't need you doing her any favors.

Also just because a book is published does not always mean that it is of good quality. Half the time, getting published is sending the right e-mail to the right person. There are great talents out there that have never been published and they write one of the most authentic and original stories to be ever told.

Because I am able to criticize Meyer's work does not mean I am jealous of her writing, Nor does that insinuate that I wish to be her, or I secretly admire her. Those are false allegations. Especially comparing against the great writers of American and British Literature classics. I much rather be compared to writers such as Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Bronte, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kahlil Gibran and T.S. Elliot. Of course, I do not compare against them either, but if I was to admire an author, they would be my admirations—not Stephenie Meyer. She is rather pale and dull in comparison. I of course cannot speak regarding her personality as I have never meet her, or any of the classical writers as they are all dead by now. This is strictly literary. You cannot judge a book by the greatness of it's author's personality. That will be biased and unfair to culture and intellectual progress. There is nothing admirable about the way she writes, or the plots of her writing. Just because a book makes it into a best seller also does not qualify a book to be a “great book”. It just means that it sells a lot. Quality and quantity are different measurements.

“You read her book, because you actually liked” is also a false allegation. I read all kinds of books as it is one of my passions and a way to educate one's self. I read all kinds of genres, from different literary movements, styles, authors, to containing all sorts of literary themes, allusions, and messages. You need to read lots of bad books in order to realize the greatness of well written books.

Submitted: January 18, 2010

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“New Moon” is the second installment of Stephenie Meyer's famous work “The Twilight Saga”. The book like the first one, sets in Forks, Washington. Our main character and narrative continues to be Bella Swan. Not much has changed in that aspect.


“New Moon” picks up where “Twilight” has left off. Now that summer has gone by, and the senior year of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen begins. Despite what everyone hoped, they're still together and Mike and Jessica are not. Bella, kind of ignores her normal human friends to be with Edward and Alice as the rest of the Cullens pretend to be away in college. What's the point of traveling together as a covenant then is the first question that comes to my mind.


Another question that I have never been able to answer. Surely, they don't all have to live in the same house all the time? Even if they did, they can camouflage it much better. They're old vampires. Why are they in high school? Can't they get jobs and help the world out a bit? Especially considering that they have all of these super human powers, abilities and opportunities, why not do something grand with that? Especially considering that the Cullens are trying to be human and civil. Give back something to humanity than just buying grand houses and cars. Surely, they can do other things rather than being high school students with their endless times? I've been through high school and quite frankly, I never want to go to high school again. They are trying to blend in, you're going to tell me. But they stand out like a sore thumb, always being the freaky ones and always trying to stand out and never really having human friends and interacting with their classmates. They don't want to, to begin with. What's the point then? Stay home. Another thing that pisses me off. They never really use their powers. I will get to powers in a little bit, but they're flimsy and only make her writing less appealing the way Meyer uses it. It also creates a lot of her plot holes and illogical thinking!


Bella is about to turn eighteen in the beginning of the book, and in their English Literature class they're going through Shakespeare's probably the most famous play “Romeo and Juliet”. Meyer, I must admit, cleverly weaves that into her story line, thus giving us a foreshadow of the book's what abouts. Probably the only clever thing in this whole book.


As a plot device Meyer has made Bella into this accident prone, clumsy girl, who over night has become a domestic wife instead of her feisty and independent, feminist self as proclaimed. Bella's clumsiness, accident prone and well danger seeking self allows for all events to happen in New Moon. The plot heavily relies on people being in the right time in the right place. Other wise, the story would not progress at all. Too circumstantial, too forced. If she wasn't, nothing would ever happen. I am not sure what Meyer is trying to convey in that though. Edward makes sure he is with Bella in each one of her classes, and not only that, he comes to pick her up from home most of the time and they drive back home together after school. Bella works with Mike though, at his parents sports store. The only real change thus far is that. Over protectiveness should not sit well with teenagers. I was an easy kid, and even I rebelled against my parents some what. Especially as dramatic as Edward's actions are. I feel like he's going to tell her, “Bella, make sure you brush your teeth, make sure you go to bed early, don't go out side with wet hair, eat your veggies, don't look at the television so up close, stop reading Wuthering Heights so many times. Its making you depressed.” Honestly, come on. He sounds like a father figure almost.


Edward also sneaks into her room through the window each night. They're together twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Now, I am for couples spending quality time, and sharing different parts of their lives with one another, as that is the whole purpose of being together with someone. But there are times when people need to be alone. Doing things individually is crucial in order to grow and have an identity of our own. Edward in his promise to protect her, hovers over her like she is a piece of glass on display and he is there every step of her life, all the time. Private time is not only cherished, but is a necessity; allows couples to have a life and a strong relationship. When you keep apart from one another, you realize you like being with the person, you miss the other person, you think about the other person and have something to talk about. When you're together all the time, there is very little left to talk about. This is very unhealthy, even for a human and a vampire relationship. Edward, watches Bella sleep. Now this might be romantic on the nights you sleep together, you cuddle and snuggle with one another, telling stories and sharing past events and gradually fall asleep. Later on, one wakes up an hour or so before the other, and watches the other sleep, that is quite romantic and sweet. I do this, I know people who do this, and it has been portrayed in so many movies and books, its as common as air. But all night long, every night? Doesn't Edward have anything better to do? Perhaps read a book, save the world? Find the cure for cancer? People have no control over their involuntary systems during their sleep. Like burping, yawning, farting among other things. Bella talks in her sleep. Especially with Edward being a Vampire and Bella having this incredible potent blood for Edward, how about on the nights she menstruates? I wonder if Meyer ever thought about that? Now, I am going to be honest here, and if someone I've been with for a few months wanted to stay over the night I would more than most likely refuse. I wouldn't want them to see me in that way. I wouldn't want anybody to see me that way.


That said, Edward has taken away all of her independence and Bella is okay spending every waking second with him. Like wise, every sleeping second too. The human-vampire relationship does not creep me out as often we fall for bad boys/girls. Also because this has been portrayed so many times in so many different things throughout life. It is fantasy and take it as it comes. But this much togetherness suffocated me throughout the book, I wonder what a real human girl would act like? Not only that, this would isolate any individual, also not healthy. At some point, the human is suppose to rebel against that. That's just psychology and human nature.


Bella's characterization is poor. She is moody, whiny, clingy, always needing Edward or Alice to do things. Its like she's put in this bubble other wise life will overwhelm her. Tough deal. Get a helmet. She's never grateful and she is always and I do mean always complaining about something. She never thanks for anything. She has a pretty sweet life and I wonder what would happen if she actually had to overcome obstacles. If she actually had something to whine about. God, I can't imagine.


Another notion that does not add here is that Alice is meant to be Bella's best friend and vice versa. Honestly, I don't see a best friend relationship here. More like Alice who is extremely kind and nice to Bella, and in return Bella is always bitchy towards to. Bella always seems and feels like she is under pressure, tense and intensely intimidated by Alice. Alice is always trying to draw closer and dress Bella up. Sure, future-gazing might make people delusional, but that is self fulfilling prophecies, not truths. Bella and Alice are not best friends as it is suggested. It is one thing to imply and another to actually prove through writing, as case in our hands, my point made. How come everybody is always so accepting and welcoming Bella into everything and everywhere? She has zero challenges in the whole book. I mean, zero. No consequences either. Where is the climax, where is the plot? And there is never any action. Its like Meyers is against the idea of books having real plots and real action.


Anyhow, and lets get to Bella's eighteenth birthday party. Everyone bends backwards for Bella to enjoy her human years, in mean while Bella loathes everyone for being nice to her and aging. I can understand the anxiousness over age, who wouldn't? But, it's not like she is thirty. Sure, aging down the road might pose some problems. But, geez, take it slow. What would she do, how would she do it and the whole giving up your humanity to someone you barely know is … plain stupid. Not the intoxicant of love that makes us all foolish kind of stupid, but plain stupid. I felt like Bella was literally using Edward to become a vampire when I read through the book. I kept thinking that she had a secret agenda that we would find out at the end of the book. She has another twenty-two years before she starts panicking about aging.


Bella, at the party the Cullens holds for her, gets a paper cut on her finger through gift wrapping paper (plot device). She bleeds tiny amount and Jasper, who still is unable to control his urges and thirsts goes after Bella. Edward of course saves Bella but in doing so, Bella is hurt again and is in need of stitches. Bella bleeds even more while Edward tries to protect her and pushes her against the glass table. Then, not only Jasper but all vampires exception of Edward and Carlisle lust after her blood. Jasper runs away, Alice, Esme, Rosalie and Emmett, apologizes and they leave the room after her scent fills their vampire nostrils. Edward, pissed breaks something in the living room and goes out after his siblings. As unfortunate as that is, things like that happen. People need to just relax here. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I also thought it is amusing and rather stupid to have an empath that still lusts after blood the most. Just doesn't make sense to me. How come Jasper is the newest? Considering that Alice and Jasper came into the Cullen clan together, how is he the last? He has been with the Cullens just the same amount of time as Alice. If Alice can cope that means Jasper can too. This is another loophole in her book that drives me insane.


Carlisle and Bella have a chat about Edward's stubbornness when it comes to changing her, and they have quite a discussion regarding God, soul, heaven and hell. I found this part rather enjoyable to finally get into the minds of the character as there were no character evolution and depth in Meyer's first book Twilight. Carlisle cleans Bella's wound and stitches it up. Edward comes back to take her back home and the love of our favorite human and vampire couple unravels. This only shows their love was holding on by threads. It is not solid enough to make through the lurking threats. So what she cuts herself? It happens. Patch her up and continue. In healthy relationships individuals have arguments once in a while. In a human-vampire relationship, such events like these are likely to occur. Both parties have to be ready for that. You can't make a big fuss each time you get into an argument. Didn't Alice see this happening and prepared against it? She saw the birthday gift Bella bought her before she did. See what I mean?


Edward behaves differently in the upcoming few days and the rest of the Cullens are no where to be found. Edward finally takes Bella for a walk in where he explains they cannot be together and makes her promise to him she will not act reckless, for Charlie's sake. I don't know why, but to me this is rather apparent right after the accident on her birthday that it's a preemptive strike to keep Bella safe. It, also makes perfect sense to me that the two—especially Bella—to be apart from one another, somehow end their relationship in order to realize the reality, the truth, and the endurance of their love. This should of happened before they actually got together to sort out through their feelings. Honestly. It doesn't sound too smart on the account of Edward to not think about the horrible things that could happen after introducing a mere normal mortal into their world. Especially because they barely knew each other when they declared undying love to one another. Love has to be tested to really find if it is true or not, if it is ever lasting or not. This could have been a perfect time, the perfect escape, but a plot hole and device on behalf of Meyer as she made it really tactlessly. The whole speech Edward gave in the woods too was a foreshadowing too. What does this say about Edward's character? In every problem we encounter, I will runaway. God, grow some marbles. Sooner or later, with Jasper unable to control his thirst this was bound to happen. I still think it wasn't that big of a deal.


Bella, sinks into deep depression. I understand how heart broken someone can be, especially at those fragile times in our lives. So young, so inexperienced, and so fragile. We've all been there. I doubt there is a human being in the world that can't relate to her pain. What saddened me the most was that she was able to let go of her life, so easily. Depression is something to struggle, and love hurts us all. We don't get over true love, truth is we just don't, no matter how we may pacify ourselves. But we learn to cope with it and go along with our lives. Especially at high school ages. We're so resilient that it is incredible to me. We, humans are quite fascinating once we analyze ourselves.

Now, Jacob enters the picture. Sure, it was clear that Jacob always supported a crush towards Bella. Who wasn't crushing on Bella in Forks? Probably is the right question to ask. She is older than Jacob and she seems to be intermingled with the fantasy creatures. Jacob, after all turns out to be a werewolf along with other boys from the Quilette tribe. What I find creepy is that, all these creatures revolve around her for no reason. She does not have any powers herself, she does not belong to a family of mythical creatures herself. Not only that, swearing to protect her no matter what, as if she is this queen of the fifth dimension, is just too much to bear for me. There has to be a reason and there isn't. She is just another human girl. Why are they all in this single town? Things as you can gather does not add up upon second thought.


Stephenie Meyer is unsure how to create her own characters, unable to decide how or what she wants them to be, therefore we run into these problems throughout the book. She is after all a rookie, and just because you can write an extremely long story does not mean it is a novel. There is a big difference and it takes people years of experience, and hard work to be able to write an actual novel, let alone publish it. I write a lot of novel length stories too. But by no means are they novels. Much is lacking in their content and plot that you cannot call them a novel. The same rule applies to all of Meyer's works. They're really long, uncleaned, unedited short stories and through repetitious descriptions are made to be five hundred some odd pages long. The number sounds incredibly long to my ears, but when I sift through it, there is hardly anything above one hundred pages. The rest four hundred pages seem, well—empty. Nothing that really adds to the book, the story, or the characters in any way. Its like copying and pasting random journal entries into a document processor and calling it a story just because they sound cool and relevant to you when you read them.


Jacob and Bella grow close over the time of Edward's absence. Bella has a hard time letting go of Edward but she seems to be willing to do anything and everything for Jacob's love. Least to say, Jacob is pushing himself upon Bella. Jacob seems to have this hatred for the Cullens, Vampires and especially towards Edward. Jacob, more than willingly would do anything to erase their existence and memories in Bella's heart and mind. Bella is comfortable with the jokes Jacob makes, or the way he holds her hand and such. I am not a Puritan or a prude, however if I was getting over a break up, (I think this applies for most of us), I would hardly be okay with someone, especially several years younger than I, when he grabbed my hand and walked hand in hand with me. Is Bella that desperate for the affection and love of any man, regardless of who and what they were, as long as it was in the form of a man? This just makes Bella not only look horrible, two faced, over flirtatious, cruel and desperate for action. Her love, devotion, pain and attachment to Edward no longer feels special, important or real. Just a high school crush. Poor Jacob keeps getting mixed signals. She doesn't feel romantic emotions for Jacob, but just brotherly and yet so many mixed signals. I have another theory but I refuse to share it on this site.




Now, vampires weren't enough, Bella discovers Jacob's secret that he is a werewolf and she finds herself again in the world of mythical creatures. Which takes her so long to understand even after Jacob gives her all the clues. She continually struggles to fit in, and quite easily sells out the Cullens and their powers to the La Push werewolf gang. Someone tell me, they're upset with this as much as I am. Bella, with Edward gone, tries adrenaline, or endangering activities in which she hears Edward's voice. When she hears these voices, it does not hurt to remember, it does not remind her the love thats gone, but remembers without hurting.


As far as I know, werewolves just like vampires are beasts and creatures of the night, and are evil. So how come the werewolves of Meyer's world are the protectors and saviors? Honestly, someone explain this to me. This makes no sense.


Quite frankly speaking, I think Bella's attachment to the “love” of Jacob is rather normal. After being in a heart break, the last thing you want to be is the nice girl next door. You want to be loved, you want your worth to be proved, and you want to be valued. You just want to put the broken pieces of your heart back together. Holding onto someone who pays attention and tries very best to impress you is rather normal to hang on to. But, after Bella's declare of irrevocable and undeniable love, and her risking her humanity for Edward so shortly, after a while of her indulgence in Jacob's love, here is what I would of expected. A, she realizes she does not love Edward as she had thought. It was only due to his vampiric and handsome self. Or, B, she truly and irrevocably for eternity does love Edward. Not because he has vampiric qualities that makes her love him, or how hot he is that she is spell bound to him, but because of his personality and some other reason she is unable to explain. True love, really, with her whole being, in which she realizes she could not love any other, she is just incapable of loving someone else, and it does not feel the same with anybody else as it does with Edward. Which regarding his personality, and character we know nothing about. She could still loathe him, hate him, damn him, curse him, and refuse to be with him, but to acknowledge love for Jacob is delirious to me. It's not a matter of who comes first. If you claim to love someone irrevocably, that's what it means. Maybe I should show Meyer the dictionary as to what the words she has selected really mean. When she does create this bond, this relationship with Jacob, the magic, and the truth, the power of her love and relationship with Edward cease to exist and it only becomes something of ordinary, something out of high school drama. Nothing more. Probably, a lot less. The only catching point here is that, well they're are rich and hot vampires, and hot and poor werewolves. Granted Bella doesn't say it out loud, but the implied kissing scene and everything else Bella says regarding Jacob's description it is obvious. Bella doesn't have to say a word.


Oh, I should mention that while trying to find their famous meadow, Bella runs into Laurent. Laurent is now working with Victoria. He says Victoria is going to be mad that he is going to eat Bella. Then wolves appear. I will get back to this point later.


As the danger of Victoria draws near and Bella begins to fear for her and Charlie's life. Finally there is some sense working in Bella. Vampires are not meant to be pet toys. Bella, cliff dives and comes home drenched, thirsty and tired. Alice appears out of no where. With Alice's return Bella forgets everything regarding to Jacob and well, werewolves. The girl is indecisive and cannot decide which side she belongs in. With Alice, she feels as though a piece of her peace, her sanity has returned and feels like, somehow Edward has returned too. But soon, finally four hundred pages later some action happens. Not very good one at it. Charlie's good friend Harry Clearwater, from La Push passes away due to a heart attack. Charlie in arranging his funeral goes to La Push. At the same time Alice's vision: Bella committing suicide, which Rosalie rats out to Edward. Alice sees Bella Cliff diving, only she thinks Bella is committing suicide and is unable to see Jacob pulling her out. We finally find out why Alice really comes back to see Bella. Rosalie, calls and lets Edward know of Alice's vision. Edward calls Charlie's home and speaks to Jacob. When Jacob says Charlie is busy arranging a funeral he thinks it's Bella's funeral and he decides to commit suicide too, and decides to go to the Volturi to do so. Alice sees this and tells Bella. Bella of course in a heart beat decides to go to Italy to save Edward. This part which is rather understandable and the way with the introduction of “Romeo and Juliet” adds up. So quickly Bella forgets everything and switches sides.


But, lets back up. If anyone other than Jacob answered the phone, let's say Alice or Bella herself, this would not happen as this is entirely dependent on circumstance. Forced like I said. Secondly, if he is going to commit suicide, wouldn't he want to see Bella one last time? See her and say his farewells, perhaps die in the same town as she died? Thirdly tthe time it gets Edward to go to Italy from Brazil is probably just about the same amount of time for Bella and Alice to get to Italy. What's the deal? Fourthly, how the hell does Alice's powers work? I am really beginning to question. First of all, why does she not see Bella's depression and all the horrible things it does to her? Her bike riding, Laurent's visit and Victoria's stalking should all have been seen by Alice according to Meyer herself. Alice says, “I swear I wasn't tuning in your private life, I just became so tuned that I saw it” or something along those lines. Well good job Alice. You should of seen it before. This is plot device, plot hole, illogical and poor plotting. This is forced. Why are they going to Volturi now? Honestly? Edward could just come back to see Bella one last time and well if he still wants to die, I know a pack who wants to tear any vampire into shreds just fifteen minutes away from Forks. Meyers is trying to make her book seem full of action and elegant. In reality its just quite boring. There is never any real reason for the Volturi to be ever entangled and to be ever a threat in this book or the last two.


While Bella and Alice make up their mind to go to Italy although it is severely dangerous for Bella, Dream Edward does not appear. What?! He should! I mean Bella is going into the den of lions. Dream Edward should be screaming, no, you can't! Or something along those lines. But not only that, Bella totally pushes Jacob away to go see her true love. She remembers now. She must have either a really advanced case of schizophrenia or very selective memory. Worst then my own.


Oh by the way, Laurent is killed by the werewolves of La Push. Only, the danger of Victoria remains, in which they are unable to capture and kill her. Victoria is a smart woman. How come they can kill Laurent so easily, but not Victoria? She is a single vampire, and there are like what, ten werewolves? Can't Victoria just use another route into Forks rather than the one through La Push? Why doesn't she hold Renee hostage? It's not like she doesn't know where Renee lives. James manipulated Bella into thinking he had her mom. Another question. Why is Victoria after Bella? Bella did nothing to Victoria. Jasper and Emmet killed James. Why isn't she after Jasper, Emmet, Rosalie or Alice? Please, for the life of me someone explain this to me. I am very confused.


The remaining of the book focuses on Edward, Alice's visions and Bella's attempt to get there on time. They do, and they rush through many scenes together just to be able to find Edward. Edward and Bella share a sweet scene right when he exposes himself to the sun. He sparkles. Oh wow. Honestly, I really would of liked to know what Meyer was thinking about coming up with sparkling. If I was a vampire, and wanted to commit suicide, and I only sparkled in the sun light, that's one thing I would not do to piss off the symbolism of Catholics, the Volturi. Italy, red, royals of the vampires. Does it not ring a bell with anybody else? Why doesn't he kill someone? Why doesn't he demonstrate his amazing super Vampire abilities? He just sounds like a wuss and like he just wants attention rather than to die.


Edward, in a horrible shape (for a vampire), finds Bella alive and feels like he is in Heaven. Two guys from the Volturi show up. Edward protects Bella. All together they're brought into the Volturi hide out which awes Bella, as everything else regarding the mythical creatures does. After a talk with Aro, who decides to conduct experiments on Bella. We find out that not only Edward, but all mind attacks are nullified when used against Bella. Not physical, but mental abilities do not work on her. This is not really explained why, but I think now that other people can't read her mind, it makes more sense why Edward can't either. Aro gives the Cullens and Bella two options. Bella must die or she must become one of them, as keeping the secret of vampires is the only iron clad rule. Alice shakes hands with Aro, who has the ability to read all thoughts one ever had, by touching them. I am presuming that Aro saw something of Alice's visions regarding Bella's future. We have no idea what Aro saw as it is never explained. Nothing is ever explained in this damn book! The trio returns back to the states.


But honestly, they're suppose to be the mighty Catholics, I mean Volturi. It's like being awarded. Edward will sometime, presumably change Bella. He's not made into changing Bella then and there. How is that any kind of a punishment, an ultimatum? I never understood why they didn't take Jasper, who could manipulate the feelings of others, which would come so handy in this part of the book. Also, why doesn't Edward smell Bella's so amazing potent scent? Surely he can pick it up with his super vampire nostrils even if he can't see her? Poor logic! Then the Volturi slaughter a large number of humans. I don't expect Edward to do anything. It is in their nature, it is what they are. But Bella is just content smooching faces with Edward while in the next room the lives of many humans are being drained. Well, as long as Bella is safe, who cares about the rest of the humanity. To me, this is a fine example of Bella's selfishness and shallowness.


We never find out why some vampires have special powers and why some doesn't. Meyer says through Carlisle that “we bring traits from our other life”. Well, Carlisle's compassion and Esme's love is really not going to do a lick during fighting now are they? This just makes no sense. We never are explained why Edward can't read Bella's mind. “Her thoughts are very private” does not make any sense. Alice' powers are as whimsical as the northern wind. I have better precognitive abilities depending on traits, knowledge and intellect.


One more thing I wanted to talk about. Vampire versus Werewolves; more specifically Edward versus Jacob. Edward is blonde and white, Jacob is dark and well Native American. I like the idea that Meyer was trying to create differences in her writing and characters and physicality of course helps us to create the first distinctions. However, Edward and Jacob are really one in the same. They both love Bella, and they're both freaks of nature. They both are trying to insult one another, get rid of one another, and are both controlling Bella and telling her what to do, who to talk to and who not to. I guess Meyer's gesture was hallow. Also, in the beginning of the book Edward and Jasper come against one another, battle one another, and Edward in order to protect Bella from death beats the crap out of his brother. Then later on Jacob has to protect Bella from Paul, one of his kin so that Bella doesn't die. Oh God, too many similarities. Please, get creative!


Now, not only does Bella leave without a word to Charlie, she hardly gets any consequences for her actions. She gets grounded, that sounds minimal regarding the actions she took, you know getting on a plane by herself to sort out a misunderstanding and flying half way across the world to Italy. Her explanation is misunderstanding between Bella and Edward. If I was eighteen and I did that, my parents would not only call the FBI, and later on would wreak havoc in my life until I turned fifty!


She rather forgets about Jacob and his love quickly, which makes me even wonder about the way Bella is characterized. Things as you see does not add up. Then in order to get Bella grounded Jacob leaves the motorcycles they worked on in front of her drive way, which gets her even more grounded.


Bella much to Edward's dismay puts her mortality on the vote in front of the Cullens as now they are all intertwined in her destiny. The Volturi wants her to change into a vampire, Edward doesn't want to, but no matter, all of the Cullens are held responsible of Bella's humanity now. While, Alice, Emmet, Carlisle, Esme and Jasper quickly vote yes, Rosalie says no. We of course know Edward's thoughts regarding Bella's mortality. With that, it is voted that Bella should become a Vampire. Carlisle offers to turn her as Edward and Alice are too afraid of not being able to transform her but instead kill her. They decide to wait until her high school graduation as she is already in her spring break, mere weeks left before graduation. Later, as the couple talk, Edward gives her two choices to pick from. She can be turned by Carlisle at the end of her high school time, or she can wait a few more years and then Edward himself will turn Bella.


The book shortly ends there after.


Honestly, the writing is poor, editing is even poorer and the descriptions from the first book just repeat themselves. Words like murmur, glower, snarl repeat so many times I feel like I am reading the same sentences over and over. I don't really suggest this book to anyone unless they want to read anything regarding vampires. There is really nothing but a lot of trees chopped up to be the pages to this awful book. Plotting barely progresses, and the descriptions used does not make a character base, plotting, or voice, tone, or the world of her fiction. Her sentences are simple and with no vocabulary added, poor logic and the events happen do not add up. Her vampires sound cool to the ear from afar, at the first sound bite, and upon closer examination we are only greatly disappointed after each page.


With her first book, I was ready to forgive her as someone who has never even written a short story. But this is ridiculous. If she can manage to write that long, she might as well give something to the reader other than over used sentences. I am sure she was under great pressure to meet her datelines so it can be edited and revised. But I wish instead of just writing a very long book with nothing in it, she would of written a shorter story that was balanced and included content.


Her vampires are imbalanced. They have everything, money, powers, looks and none of the disadvantages. They drink animal blood. Gosh. I want to be a vampire too. Vampires are meant to be scary, they are meant to have dubious things and are meant to be eerie, abominations. Bella, without knowing anything just wants to be a vampire because they're beautiful. Fantasy is great but it has to be within logical premises. This is just delusional. Bella is just a flat character. She's created all these characters and they hardly interact. If you can't regularly write about them, and interact them within your chapters, don't introduce them. No point. The whole plotting is awful and the planning of a way to save Bella, is just ridiculous. Epic failure!


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