(PB - $18.99 – 512 pages)
(HB - $18.99 – 608 pages)
(Preview written by Ronny Grunwald)
Twilight, the first in a new series by Stephanie Meyers is nothing short of a wonderful story. The story revolves around Isabella (Bella) Short, a sun-loving teenager who reluctantly moves with her father to the rainy, dreary town of Forks, Washington.
Bella spends the first few days at her new high school trying to figure out her way around campus and meet new people. She observes a group of stunning teens so beautiful that she is left speechless and becomes particularly in one bronzed-hair boy named Edward Cullen.
After getting to know Edward better she realizes two crucial things: Edward and the other beautiful teens are a coven of vampires and she is completely in love with him.
When Edward explains that he and his “family” have given up human blood Bella decides she is safe with him and admits her true feelings. The feeling from Edward is mutual and the two start off together on a path of secrets, careful kisses and occasional hunting trips. Everything seems fine until a group of “outsider” vampires infiltrate Cullen territory and head right for Bella.
As a result, the book’s earlier feelings of two teenagers trying to cope with a relationship that is anything other than ordinary turns into a story of Bella’s struggle to survive and Edward’s struggle to keep his “family” secret safe.
New Moon is the second of three books in the series and does not disappoint.
After the ordeal with the “outsider” vampires (from Book One) is resolved Bella and Edward go back to living their normal lives – or at least as normal as you can have when one person in the relationship is thirsting for the blood of the other.
In this second book, Bella turns 18 and decides to celebrate with Edward and his “family.” The celebration is cut short when Bella accidentally cuts her arm on a piece of glass causing Edward and his family to retreat due to the scent of human blood and avoid any possibility of them harming her.
Edward realizes the he and his family have put Bella in a dangerous situation just by hanging around so the group leaves the small Washington town which causes Bella to fall into a deep depression that hangs over her for months.
The depression is lifted slightly when she befriends Jacob, a sophomore with a penchant for motorcycles. Their adventures together are wild, dare-devilish and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward persist in the back of Bella’s mind.
Jacob and Bella’s fun soon turns to danger when Bella discovers a secret about Jacob and his pack of friends which changes everything. Edward and his “family” don’t appear as much in this sequel until the end of the book, but when they do appear the reader will be far from disappointed.