New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Saga 2)
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning…
Following on from Twilight, I still can’t see what makes Bella Swan so special that all the boys are falling over themselves to get to her! This time round, although Edward has absented himself from her life, Mike still waits in the wings and Jacob, although younger than her, still hopes that their friendship will become something more than it is.
There was something rather confusing to me, though – Jacob says Bella is smart and will work things out. To me she seemed painfully slow in getting to the point. How can someone who so readily accepted the existence of vampires (before having it confirmed by Edward) be SO slow on the uptake when it comes to the possibility of other supernatural beings? It was very obvious to me from extremely early on what was happening (yes, it’s very predictable), so it was agonising watching Bella draw things out at a snail’s pace!
That said, I still enjoyed this sequel. It’s easy and fun to read, and its many flaws somehow make it quirkily appealing. There’s enough happening to keep the reader going, even when the pace slows down slightly, and leaves a nice lead-in for the next sequel, Eclipse.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite