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Book Review – New Moon – Twilight Saga Book 2

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New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is Meyer's second novel in the Twilight saga. It is advised to read Twilight first. This book, unlike the previous entry, is about losing true love. It was originally published in hardcover in 2006.

The book begins with Bella turning 18, older than Edward and still human. At her birthday party she gets a paper cut while opening her gifts and her one drop of blood triggers Jasper (Edward's brother) to attack her inspite of attempting to have a non-human diet. Edward tries to protect her; resulting in Bella crashing into glass and getting a bigger wound, gushing blood and finding herself in the midst of 6 hungry vampires. Edward is extremely sad and absolutely convinced that he and his family is not suitable for Bella. Edward convinces Bella he does not love her anymore, making her promise that she will not do anything stupid or rash and continue her life without Edward; he and his family leave Forks.

Bella is heartbroken, devastated and totally lost. She survives, tries to get on with her life and realizes in the event of things that if she does something rash she can hear Edwards's voice in her head; cautioning her or scolding her. The hunger to hear the voice which she so deeply loves she decides to do these rash things like riding bikes, diving cliffs eventually leading her to her childhood friend Jacob Black. She finds comfort and warmth with him. Jacob is head over heels in love with Bella but knowing about her loss of love provides a shoulder to Bella hoping that some day she will get over Edward and love him in return.

Things change when Jacob transforms into a werewolf and Bella is being hunted down by vampires. Alice (Edwards's sister) turns up at Forks when she sees Bella jump from a cliff in her vision. There are a series of misunderstandings and Edward tries to commit suicide but Bella saves him and they are reunited with Edward promising never to leave Bella again.

The book is well written with the loss of love very well expressed. With this book Jacob Black's character is further etched. Jacob loves Bella, inspite of knowing of her deep love for his most lethal enemy; vampire. His struggles with his new found identity, jealousy, love, friendship and loyalty.

Now Bella is torn between friendship and love and the eternal enmity of werewolf and vampire. Will she be able to find a right balance? Let's wait and find out in the next book – Eclipse [http://chanakyaspeaks.com/book-review/book-review-eclipse-twilight-saga-book-3/].

By Chanakya Garg

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