New Moon is a great read and an excellent sequel to Twilight, though not exactly what most readers expected exceeded those expectations with an amazingly unpredictable story line- complete with the familiar characters. Stephanie Meyer's characterization of Bella and her emotional struggle is unbelievably precise. The mood of this book is a lot different than Twilight, but because of that it was a more enjoyable read.
The book begins with seeing Bella become very comfortable with Edward and his family. On her 18th birthday, a simple paper cut leads to a tense moment when one of the family members cannot contain themselves and makes a leap for Bella. Edward is forced to protect her, but this makes it all too clear that keeping Bella close to the family puts her at risk. Edward begins to withdraw himself emotionally in order to leave her.
Bella becomes seriously withdrawn from the world after his departure, she spends months in mourning for her lost love, spiraling downward into depression further and further each day. Things are getting worse instead of better, and Bella's content for them to stay that way -- until Jacob Black comes along. Sixteen years old, impossibly tall and lanky, with unruly dark hair and even darker eyes, Jacob is just what Bella needs to pull her out of her funk. In Jacob, she finds a real friend, one who just may, over time, begin to fill the hole Edward left in her heart and in her life. And then she realizes that she can hear Edward's warning voice in her head whenever she's in danger.
But Bella's blossoming relationship with Jacob is tested when he begins hanging out with a strange, brooding group of boys on the reservation. As she and Jacob grow further apart, a run-in with a vampire acquaintance reveals that Bella's being hunted by an enemy that it's impossible to avoid. And then rumors begin to circulate about a pack of large, wolf-like creatures roaming the forest -- which may be Bella's only hope of survival. Throw in a terrifying scene involving a high dive from a cliff, a reunion with an old friend, and a frantic race to Italy...and you've got the recipe for a worthy second installment of Bella and Edward's love story. Read more...