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[REVIEW] New Moon – Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown (AU: August 2009; UK: 25th September 2009; US & CA: 27th October 2009)
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Main plot points: The Cullens leave Forks, as Edward thinks this will be best for Bella Swan. Because she has no sense of independence, she falls apart without her man. After a few months, she catches up with Jacob Black, and they become BFFs. But Jacob becomes of age, and becomes a werewolf. Bella’s taken up extreme sports because they bring on auditory hallucinations of Edward. When word comes through that Bella jumps off a cliff, Edward assumes she committed suicide, and thus decides suicide is his solution, too. His method, however, is to piss off the vampire royalty (the Volturi) in Volterra, Italy. So Bella has to stop Edward – and herself, and the other Cullens – from being killed. Meanwhile, Victoria (the evil female vamp from Twilight) is on the loose in Seattle, killing as she may.

In short: This introduces new plot threads, but doesn’t tie any up; thus it’s a rather “between” book (whereas Twilight was easily read as a standalone). Once Bella gets over her emoness, and starts connecting with Jacob, New Moon is actually quite enjoyable. Okay, Jacob is a bit of a d-bag when he comes into his werewolfism, but that’s to be expected. And hello, Native American beefcake. But when we find out that Edward isn’t dead (yet), Bella treats Jacob horribly, and Edward’s a real bee-yatch. And already in the first chapter of Eclipse, he’s being even more of a feckwit, but we’ll save further comment when it comes to reviewing that tome…

And now to the nitty gritty random thoughts whilst reading:

-Klutzy Bella works at a sporting goods store? Damn it, where’s a competent employee when you need one?
-Real Quotes – Edward: “Don’t be melodramatic, please.” Bella: “Well then, don’t you be ridiculous.” I was thinking, Harden the eff up, and get over yourselves, but close enough. *applauds*
-If the Forks and Denali vamps are the goodies, and the Italian and possibly-Canadian ones aren’t, does that make US vamps good and foreigners evil? I don’t approve of that social commentary.
-Bella likes Jacob, so she can be the older one for a change. She’s robbing the cradle. He’s robbing the grave.
-Bella has a motorcycle. She’s a wild hog, y’all!
-So the bear sightings…Werebear? Or just a werewolf?
-Hallucination = adrenaline + stupidity. I only have stupidity, so this could explain my lack of hallucinations. Huh.
-Missing hiker? Feckdiddly, the wereCareBear’s eaten a person!
-Stalker Bella phones Jacob every thirty minutes. Jacob acts angry and emo like Edward, but calls Bella a hypocrite, so Team Jacob FTW! 🙂
-Bella should call a hit on Victoria. Forks Mafia, Vampire Hunters. Spinoff! Also, Paul has given us our first fursplosion! 🙂
-“I made the werewolf seem downright normal.” Idlewild has a term for this: “In Competition for the Worst Time”. Great song. But Bella sucks.
-“It was only when I saw clear drops sparkling in my hands that I realised I was crying.” Crikey, Bella cries sparkles!
-Bella thinks it’s totally okay that she wants to become a vampire, but it’s not cool that Gianna wants to. Double standards…
-Bella says thirty like it’s a bad thing. If I were thirty, I’d totally take offence to that. Bitch.

July 2008 Releases

In case you missed them, check June 2008 Releases. I accidentally forgot to list some titles, unless they were on the May page. Anyway, those extra books are below, as well as the July 2008 Releases. For titles even further in the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey, Maggie Shayne & Kathryn Smith
Weddings from Hell
HarperCollins (US: 1st June 2008)

Some marriages are made in heaven… Some are not. What happens when “the happiest day of your life” turns into a nightmare? Forget the drunken best man or the bridesmaid dresses from the ’80s…none of these wedding day disasters can compare to a cursed bride determined to make it down the aisle, or a vampire who is about to disrupt your wedding. Join New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Jeaniene Frost, USA Today bestseller Kathryn Smith, as well as Terri Garey in four unforgettable tales of unholy matrimony…where the grooms are dark, dangerous, and mostly dead, and to love and cherish till death takes on a whole new meaning.

Vicki Pettersson
The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac, Book 3)
HarperCollins (UK: 2nd June 2008)

Joanna Archer has won the trust of the Light Zodiac, and issued a challenge to the Shadows, but in doing so has made herself and those she loves a target. The shadows are stalking her human lover who believes Joanna to be dead. She is powerless to help him, for in doing so she will have to reveal her identity and put the entire city in peril.

Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
Hachette (UK: 4th June 2008)

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…

Lilith Saintcrow
Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Book 1)
Hachette (US: 24th June 2008; UK: 3rd July 2008)

Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it’s her job to patrol the nightside. In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing. Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else – something dangerous and tainted. But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind. Jill’s a Hunter, trained by the best, but she’s in over her head. Welcome to the night shift…

Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning (The Darkest Powers, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 1st July 2008); Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester (US: 1st July 2008)

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)

Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Walker (UK: 7th July 2008)

With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary is dragged deeper into New York’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning, now Clary must save the world from her own father the rogue Shadowhunter Valentine. With two of the Mortal Instruments at his command, Valentine is assembling an army of demons to wage war on the council of Shadowhunters and destroy them once and for all. As the battle begins, Clary must face her darkest fears and come to terms with her feelings for a boy she wishes wasn’t her brother.

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Running Press (US: 8th July 2008); Robinson (UK: 28th July 2008)

Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker-the vampire. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! In a quickly expanding genre, here are 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions.

Michelle Maddox
Dorchester (US: 29th July 2008)

THREE. Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die. TWO. The man she’s been partnered with – her only ally in this nightmare – is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him? ONE. No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the COUNTDOWN.