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Exceeded my expectations after Book 1 at least + Annoying love triangle
am 15. Juli 2017
Unfortunately, Amazon combines my reviews of volume 2 + 3 into one review.
I read these books as an adult.
Review for Book 2: Exceeded my expectations after Book 1 at least (3/5 Stars)
Meyer’s “Twilight”-Series has many weaknesses. “New Moon” is not what you’d call “good”, but, after I had read “Twilight” (the 1st book), it exceeded my expectations at least. Edward leaves Bella in order to protect her from the dangers of his world, which leaves Bella heartbroken and devastated. As Meyer writes from her POV, the reader gets a detailed insight into her thoughts and emotional turmoil. And, actually, she does this quite well in comparison with Book 1. It is true that her writing style has only improved to a certain extent, which is why I had the reason I truly read the diary of a 15-/16-year-old girl. But, in fact, this also enhances the credibility of the story. Another positive factor is the depiction of Jacob and Bella’s relationship. In this book, Jacob really is an agreeable character (guess I’m “Team Jacob” now), and Meyer effectively depicts how much he supports Bella in this difficult time. All this actually positively surprised me, given that I don’t like the “Twilight”-Series in general.
The ending is based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” (honestly I wonder why Meyer constantly refers to literary classics when these great books easily eclipse her own mediocre writing) and the way Meyer introduces this story arc seems a little too forced for me (why would Jacob be the one who answers the phone?), but otherwise, it is a good climax for the story.
If you dislike Emo-diary accounts by a 16-year-old girl, don’t read this book, but in my opinion, “New Moon” is the least bad volume in the “Twilight”-Series.
Review for Book 3: Annoying love triangle (2/5 Stars)
Edward is back, and Jacob cannot accept that Bella prefers the vampire over him. What ensues is a fight of the two boys over the same girl – and it is sooo annoying! I never liked Edward anyway; it is clear that Meyer intended to create a “Byronic hero” out of him and failed. I liked Jacob in the 2nd volume of the series, and I see why Meyer depicts him so violently in love with Bella in the 3rd one (it all ties in with his wolfish nature of being “hot-blooded” etc.), but this love triangle is over the top and too much for my taste, and just not credible.
What I found interesting was the alliance of the vampires and the wolfs, although Meyer's depiction of the Native Americans' history is downright disrespectful (the "White Man" exploiting the Native Americans is supposed to be the vampire drinking their blood?!). I also have mixed feelings about the story arc with Victoria. I even prefer the film over the book because it shows the scenes with Riley and Victoria that happen “off-page” in the book (as the books are written from Bella’s POV, these events are not depicted in the book at all).
To sum up: Not the worst of the “Twilight”-volumes, but certainly not the best either.
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