Why I Read It: I read Twilight last week and immediately became hooked by the series.
My Thoughts: This book continues from where Twilight left off. In New Moon, we’re reintroduced to Bella and her relationship with the Cullen family, vampires who are determined not to kill humans. Unfortunately, the Cullens did not appear in this sequel too much, due to an incident towards the beginning of the book that causes them to break ties with Bella.
This story is more of the growth of the friendship between Jacob and Bella ~ and of Bella having to learn to live her life without the Cullens around. This book does seem a lot darker to me ~ Bella’s depression is deep and she’s seemed to have lost her willingness to live. It’s almost as if she has an uncaring attitude whether she lives or dies. Maybe she doesn’t want to die, but she sure doesn’t want to get up in the morning, either.
I really enjoyed the friendship between Jacob and Bella. They have fun together, including quite a few mischievous adventures that are probably best left unknown to Bella’s father, Charlie. That being said, I still missed Edward and longed for him to reappear every time I turned the page. Unfortunately (or fortunately??), he reappeared towards the end of the book, along with the rest of the Cullen family.
I’d say this is a Very Good read. Usually follow-up books are disappointing to their predecessors, and this is no exception ~ but it’s still good. I think the character development is excellent and I cannot wait for this story to continue. I’m looking forward to reading Eclipse and seeing what happens next.