This one took me by surprise. Considering I've read the first book and the last book, I wasn't really expecting much. I'm not sure what makes me give...moreThis one took me by surprise. Considering I've read the first book and the last book, I wasn't really expecting much. I'm not sure what makes me give it a three either. It really lacked any special qualities. Maybe I gave it a three because it was a bit better written than the others. Maybe it's because there was some semblance of a plot. Maybe it's because Bella and Edward were separated. Maybe it's because There is some character development (Jacob). Not really sure, but here we go with the good and bad. I'll actually start with what I liked.
As I noted I liked that there was some character development. In 'Twilight' and 'Breaking Dawn' the characters were fairly superficial for me. At least we see Jacob Black and actually understand him. That kept the story interesting for me.
I liked that the plot made a little more sense or at least was clearer from the beginning. Nothing was more annoying in the other books than nothing happening for 2/3 of it.
Furthermore, I like that she only used the word chagrin twice. What a freaking relief! Between 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Twilight,' and the draft to the fifth book, I really thought I would harm myself if I read the other two and saw that stupid word over and over again. I still cringed when I saw that horrifying word. But I guess that's a trademark of her writing. At least I managed to avoid gouging my eyes out, as I had previously promised that. SO, like the characters in the novel I don't keep my word either.
I found the story interesting enough to read. That's a positive right??? The last novel I hated it ssssooo much I really thought I wouldn't be able to finish. I'm not very good at quitting things, so I really struggled through it. Anyways, so I think all in all I liked this book just because I had such little expectation and it was a relief that it was average. Average for this series so far seems to equal really really good for Stephenie.
But when it came down to it, after this novel I lost all respect I had for Bella. The first novel, I admit she was a bit annoying and weak. I rejoiced when I read the unfinished draft and it wasn't from her perspective. But still, it didn't bother me too much. She's a teenage girl, whatev. Besides the damsel in distress thing really doesn't turn me off. In theory I think we would all like to be rescued (I know many feminists would argue, and I consider myself a feminist, but it is romantic to me to a point). but my goodness the second novel did it for me. I can't stand the little brat. She is selfish, self-centered, weak, annoying, did I mention selfish, immature, repulsively dependent on the opposite sex, I'm not sure if I mentioned selfish??? Anyways, the first book did remind me of myself as a teen to some extent, but not this new Bella. Bella never seemed in the first book the type that would use and abuse a guy knowing full well that she didn't truly love him. How cruel. And just stupid. Why couldn't she handle being alone? Ugh, anyways she really really bothered me this time around, even more so than in 'Breaking Dawn,' and she did get fairly irritating in that book too. I wish I could've read the novel from and omniscient view, not first person.
Now did I mention Edward? If he's so old why does he have the emotional competence of a 12 year old boy? And don't tell me it's his first love, his true love, soul mate. Whatever. After one year with my first love I learned how to behave myself, and respond to people better. I grew. And I was a teenager then. Goodness. Grow up. Seriously.
I also see more clearly how messed up this relationship is. I saw it before, but I was willing to overlook it a bit. But now, it's just stupid. Both of them thinking they're dead when clearly they're not. Blah. And did Bella truly believe he didn't love her? Honestly, anybody could've seen through that, even an 18 year old. This isn't a profound love, but rather the kind of relationship I never hope for anybody. unrequited love is really beautiful, but it doesn't mean it has to be desperate, immature, possessive, or jealous. And frankly, it isn't. If it is, than it's not love.
Sad, this time it was the characters that dearly irritated me. The thing of it is, I really wanted, and want, this story to be good. I think it has potential. It's extremely rushed, and it's like Steph never re-read her work. It's just sloppy. It still isn't incredibly well written, nor does it evoke anything too special in me. The author notes these books were inspired by classics, but I just don't get it. I love the classics. But the classics have this ability to make my heart beat out of my chest, they make me happy, silly, stupid happy. There is profound dialogue that makes me wish it would/could be said to me and that when it is I could feel as strongly about this love as both characters. I didn't feel any profoundness to the dialogue and emotion in 'New Moon.' There was such potential for that when they're reunited. But alas, to no avail. Anyways, easy read, and received a three only because I was expecting it to be beyond junk, and it was average, which makes it the best of the series so far. Unfortunately. Wish she would have thought the whole story/series and plot through more. They could have been so much better. Maybe even great. Too bad.(less)
I found this book rather enjoyable. Started off a little slow I suppose. Maybe because I was expecting it to be like "The Notebook" based on the prolo...moreI found this book rather enjoyable. Started off a little slow I suppose. Maybe because I was expecting it to be like "The Notebook" based on the prologue, but then it didn't turn out that way (thank goodness). Clever story and the circus thing was fun. Definitely became better as I dug further into it. (less)
Read after "Twilight" online at Stephanie Meyer's website. Definitely a draft, so I can't feel too critical. Knowing Stephanie Meyer can't edit though...moreRead after "Twilight" online at Stephanie Meyer's website. Definitely a draft, so I can't feel too critical. Knowing Stephanie Meyer can't edit though, I don't expect much to change. Story was SSSOOOO much better for me from Edward's point of view (still gave it a two, because it's essentially the same story). Still cliche and cheesy, but more enjoyable. Not much I can say differently from my other two reviews of her saga (See "Twilight", and "Breaking Dawn"), so I won't waste my time. Things I like, things I don't, enough said.
Oh and PS.... I HATE the word Chagrin after reading these novels!!!!!!!!! IF I HAVE TO SEE THE WORD CHAGRIN IN ANOTHER BOOK IN THE NEAR FUTURE I WILL PERSONALLY GOUGE MY OWN EYES OUT! How many times can somebody use the same word in one 264 page manuscript???!!!! Not to mention all the times she used it in "Twilight" and "Breaking Dawn!" AAGGHHHHH!(less)
**spoiler alert** This is what Edward would say to Bella as he asked her to read this novel, "Bella, love, we're going to ask you to do something mons...more**spoiler alert** This is what Edward would say to Bella as he asked her to read this novel, "Bella, love, we're going to ask you to do something monstrous... repulsive" (Meyer, 242).
In advance I apologize to those die hard "Twilight" fans out there, what I'm about to say won't be easy for you to understand and you may feel angry with me, but you must try to understand - or not. Either way, we are all entitled to our own opinions. With that said, as I read this book I felt like my own blood was being drained from my veins, and I was dying a slow painful death. I love books, and generally can find something positive to say, so bear with me while I try, very very hard, in this case. I am going to start with the negatives and hopefully be able to end on a positive note.
First and for most for me that happened, was the editing, or lack there of. If these books are so contagious, could she honestly not find anybody to read it, AND watch for grammatical and plot errors? i don't get it, but maybe I should, because "Twilight" was just as atrocious with editing, so I shouldn't be surprised. Also with editing, didn't it bother her editors, her constant use of the word chagrin?? I noticed it in the first novel, and was able to ignore it, I just figured she was into the word for the moment. But, then it increasingly appears throughout "Breaking Dawn," OMG it's called a thesaurus! (Anyways, as an aside, I haven't referenced the other texts in this series for a reason. You, the reader, should know that I jumped from "Twilight" to "Breaking Dawn" because the wait list at the library for the series was long and I just happened to get "Breaking Dawn first" [my name is on the hold list for the other two:]. I did look up the run down and book notes of the other two texts so that I could stay up to pace and understand what was going on.)
Anywho, secondly, Bella has grown from a girl of 17 to one nearly 19. I don't know about anybody else, but for me that was certainly a significant time of growth in maturity for me. So I'm amazed that the character Bella, is so purely infatuated with Edward's looks. Still! Over and over throughout the novel, just like in "Twilight," she obsesses over his looks. Seriously, four books into it we couldn't get past that??? That doesn't seem normal to me, generally you're a tidbit less superficial than that when you're in love. Look Stephanie, I got it, Bella thinks he's HOT!!!!!! Enough said, stop dwelling on it, I can't take anymore!!!!!
Okay, I won't dwell on that last point too much, I understand young adult girls tend to behave in that matter, and this book I suppose is still aimed at young girls, but I don't know, it was still dauntingly annoying to read. But, also, the character Bella seems rather selfish and weak. Why couldn't Bella be a bit stronger, yeah, yeah, she is physically strong as a vampire, but I mean as a character. Ugh, she drags everybody through the hot coals with her in every situation. She did that in "Twilight" and continues to do it in "Braking Dawn." Enough already. Seriously, for being a strange human she seems rather average to me. Sigh, I just anticipated her maturing, growing, and generally when in love, people react more selflessly. (I guess you could argue for her selflessness of her for her child if you wanted, but I would have arguments for that point too). She was selfish with no argument, towards Edward, and especially Jacob).
Now, for the controversial part. The imprinting. I feel there's something VERY disturbing in this!!!!!! The idea is just fine, finding your other half, making them a part of you, your soul mate. Romantic. sure, I get that. But seriously, Quil imprinting on a baby, Jacob imprinting on a newborn?????? There is something reminiscent to a pedophile in this to me. Someday these girls will grow up and sleep with these men (who were adolescent or adult at their birth). They will have no choice in their mate, but I suppose if you believe in the sadistic nature of this, "destiny," the characters are soul mates anyways. Soul mates with a baby? Just absolutely appalling to me. I cringed as I read it. Just repulsive, abhorrent, distasteful, nauseating, revolting, whatever words you want to use for it. I really couldn't get past that. I kept reading, but I always felt that it is wrong, and perverse that the author thought of this. (Of course we all want Jake to be happy, even if we don't like him, poor guy just couldn't catch a break, but so grotesque, a baby, really? YUCK!)
Alright, Next! I hate books that are obviously predictable. Without having truly reading the other texts, except "Twilight," I still saw precisely what was going to happen. And, I think even a young adult could see what was going on. Give the reader some credit, or be a little creative. Anyways, that was just irritating, it diminished the enjoyment, and didn't possess the ability to suck me in to the book (no pun intended).
Again not something to dwell on, but bothersome. Lastly, the plot. As in "Twilight," the book was consumed with dialogue and back story. I see that people are probably engrossed more with the love story of Bella and Edward, but i felt 2/3 of this novel was fluff. I suppose that's ok when all you're interested in is the sex and love, but for me she adds too much extraneous information, and makes the novel that much longer. It was unnecessarily long, 754 pages in hard cover, her book could have been adequate (and probably better) at a shorter length.
So with all that said, I realize it's just a fantasy. It feels like her own CREEPY fantasy, but a fantasy none the less, designed to take the reader to a place that makes them...... I don't know...... hope? Good over evil, the success of unrequited love, the whole David and Goliath element, we've heard it all before. I just felt it was mediocre at best for those messages. Maybe I'm a cynic, but usually I secretly love, well, love; not so much this time. I was just more overwhelmed and bothered by this book. For me it was repulsive and disgusting, most of the time (I don't just mean the gore [but I do include it, the baby in womb stuff and the birth was really bizarre:], but the mushy love, how the characters hurt each other, physically, emotionally, in every imaginable way, the story it was just as I say, bothersome for me).
BUT!!!!!!! The book at points made me laugh whether she was intentionally being funny or not. And, at times, when she didn't go overboard on the whole over engrossed love thing, it did have it's romantic moments. Still, wasn't my cup of tea. Too bad, I certainly thought it had potential. "Twilight" I originally gave a 3 star to for the story (I downgraded it after reading another Vampire story I liked better, but that story didn't deserve a four, and the more I thought about "Twilight," the more often it left a dull nasty aftertaste in my mouth, so I settled at a two, but really, it was a high 2 nearing on 3). And the story line of the first text certainly was appealing to my inner naive, innocent, young girl. But unfortunately, for the few things I enjoyed about this last novel, I must admit I just can't get passed the things I didn't like.
I don't want to deter people from reading it. Every book is worth reading once (ok, maybe not every book, but most, and certainly those that sweep across as a phenomena, just to try to see what the appeal is). I just personally didn't enjoy it. Sorry, guess my ending was not so positive. Told you, it would be very very hard for me to find positives. Not even sure if I'll be able to stomach the other two novels now (and after reading "Twilight" I was actually mildly excited to check out the other books), we'll see. But I'm sorry if this detracts from others love of the novel. But it was, what it was, for me. (less)
I read this book after I read "Twilight" because somebody on the message boards said this was a better alternative. After reading this book I have dow...moreI read this book after I read "Twilight" because somebody on the message boards said this was a better alternative. After reading this book I have downgraded Twilight from a three to a two, and gave this book a three. I agree, it is certainly a better alternative than Twilight, especially for adult readers of Twilight. I only read twilight because my coworkers were raving about it, and felt it was a good young adult novel, but not particularly mature on a relationship and character development level.
Likes about "Sunshine" This book has a developed plot or visible plot. Thank goodness for a story line that doesn't start half way through the book! I am so glad this story focused on a story rather than the first person constant proclamations of love and admiration. Also, I enjoyed that the vampire seemed more like a vampire than a man. Much more realistic (although I still don't know if realistic is the right word, considering I'm reading about vampires..... maybe plausible seems better). The girl was never attracted to him in a he's hot sort of way, which was a bit more refreshing. Also, I liked the using actual sunshine (not the character, not the book) as a power with regards to also being able to help vampires - clever. I like the internal struggle with Sunshine that the author makes relatively clear, this struggle that got her into trouble, and follows her, especially considering all humans face internal struggles, so I felt her attitudes (apathy towards her normal life in the beginning, yearning for her old life in the end, seeming disregard for her boyfriend, conflicts with her parents etc.), related better to the character for that.
Dislikes Of course with any book there will always be some things to criticize. I didn't like how the author felt it necessary to refresh the reader's memory with the flashback interjections/revelations. I realize it's first person, but it's almost insulting to your reader to think they can't remember what you wrote less than a hundred pages ago. Allow the reader to figure it out, and the reader probably did figure it out. Also, the asides about writers was silly to me because I'm reading a book written by a writer, but that's just a personal annoyance more than anything. I didn't like the random erotic scenes and not because I have anything against eroticism, actually I don't, if it fits. But I felt like she had this page of explicit description and then let it hang there for the rest of the story (no pun intended). If you're going to have it, at least elaborate on how it fits (oh jeez, again no pun intended). I don't like the loose ends the author leaves. It is sufficient for the book to be finished, but at the same time, it's not as if the whole conflict was solved, just one issue. Furthermore, you never really find out what is going on with the Goddess. So I just feel like there's suppose to be another book. Maybe there was suppose to be...... who knows. But still, somewhat bothersome.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Lately I've had fun with fantasy. It was a bit difficult to get into, but around page 20 I really dug in. Definitely a fun weekend read, or beach read for me. (less)
Story surprisingly sucked me in. Not the best novel if you're looking for real literature. I categorize this as a smutty novel. BUT.... I did enjoy re...moreStory surprisingly sucked me in. Not the best novel if you're looking for real literature. I categorize this as a smutty novel. BUT.... I did enjoy reading it (read it in a day, not a hard read, but fairly long and full of unessential info), and, found myself liking the story even though it's overly worked and whimsical. It reminds me of Harry Potter in that the story itself was fairly clever, but as I said for its literary merit (editing esp. as well as overall style), it needs a bit of work. Definitely full of teen angst, and relates well to most female's inner adolescent girl, until that adult woman realizes how creepy it all is (as another pointed out their struggle with their different personality struggles, which is so true).
Oh and, anybody who has been to La Push, Forks, and/or Rialto knows just how fantastic and gorgeous it is, not the depressing dung hole Stephenie makes it out to be. I realize she is emphasizing Bella's own thoughts from moving away from Arizona, but I found myself wondering if Ms. Meyer's has ever herself been to Forks, or Washington State for that matter. It's not just rainy, (although yes, the Olympic Peninsula is a rain forest) it most certainly has its glorious days.
Lastly, what was with his breath smelling good/sweet, but not in our normal ways, i.e. minty? Weird, in every respect...(less)
The book left a lot to be desired, but so did Sex and the City..... maybe she should just stick to making ideas for new shows.
(Yes, I loved the SHOW S...moreThe book left a lot to be desired, but so did Sex and the City..... maybe she should just stick to making ideas for new shows.
(Yes, I loved the SHOW Sex and the City (own every season), no matter how unrealistic it was, and I enjoyed the SHOW Lipstick Jungle even though it was also appallingly bad [still a guilty pleasure:])(less)
I really liked the movie even though it's not traditionally my style. When I saw that the movie was inspired by a book I decided to pick up the book....more I really liked the movie even though it's not traditionally my style. When I saw that the movie was inspired by a book I decided to pick up the book. Wow are they different!! The movie shouldn't even have the same title, so don't expect the same stories at all if you decide to see the movie based on the book, or read the book because you saw the movie. With that said, the book starts off for me rather weakly. the writing wasn't particularly mature, there was definitely some revisions or growth that needed to occur. Everybody seemed to have sparkling or gleaming eyes for one instance of just too much of the same. I felt like she was trying to be descriptive and also drop hints or be sly, but it never quite worked out. The more she wrote the better the book got, although she seemed to abandon the focus on the list. And some of the time, time doesn't add up, for instance she gets her job one week before a letter, but then waits three weeks to tell the reader what happened when in the beginning she was focused on these letters. I understand this may have been her trying to show her character slowly moving on with her life, but I never felt the character in her relationships was growing past the letters. I didn't hate the book I just felt it really needed some development for writing style and technique. The author shows serious writing potential, and the overall story was touching. I wish the movie could have had more family dynamic like the book. I really enjoyed the relationships between Holly and her family and friends in the book. Definitely an entertaining read, that for me became more engaging as I read it showing her growth as a writer. The book was neither the best book for me or the worst, I'm sure some will love it, some will hate it, and some like me will be in between, you'll just have to read it for yourself to decide.(less)
The first one I read some months ago. I don't recommend reading numerous books in between. Admittedly, I somewhat forgot some aspects from the first b...moreThe first one I read some months ago. I don't recommend reading numerous books in between. Admittedly, I somewhat forgot some aspects from the first book that took a little while to come back to me, and were mildly important. With that said, I thought the dialogue in the first book was fantastic, and was lacking in this second version. This sequel seemed more concerned with action, which is okay, considering most people get bored with too much dialogue. But still, what the first lacked, the second had, and what the second had, the first lacked. Maybe third time's the charm??
Either way, it's a wonderful story for children and I had a fun time reading it. Children's stories should not be overly literary. They should be fun. This is certainly fun, and I look forward to the next in the series. (less)
Given to me from my Grandma as a gift when I was a child it took me a couple reads to get through it (I didn't much care for fantasy novels as a child...moreGiven to me from my Grandma as a gift when I was a child it took me a couple reads to get through it (I didn't much care for fantasy novels as a child.... yeah weird for a kid I know). Read it when I was a teen and again this year after reading the Harry Potter series. I felt that if you like Harry Potter you would enjoy this novel. Although the people are not witches and wizards per se there are still many similarities in the ideas contained within. I think it's a wonderful children's novel that I will most certainly pass on as worth while reads to any kids or adults who want a fun read.(less)
This book is a wonderful social commentary. Although on the surface this book seems like a shallow childrens tale, it is filled with many symbols and...moreThis book is a wonderful social commentary. Although on the surface this book seems like a shallow childrens tale, it is filled with many symbols and metaphors. Every character, and even objects as simple as the conch and glasses, represent things that are much depper than what they seemingly represent. The story is an intricate puzzle that some may say lacks literary merit, but I think most people just don't take the time it deserves to decipher what it's trying to say (although, then again, I could be wrong and just making too much out of it, guess you'll have to read it to make your own judgment!).(less)
I don't think this book is for everyone. With that said, for some inexplicable reason this story struck a chord in me, I really felt something when I...moreI don't think this book is for everyone. With that said, for some inexplicable reason this story struck a chord in me, I really felt something when I read it. Sometimes I found Bronte's continual descriptions a bit tedious, but overall I liked the story. It is definitely the equivalent of a chick flick in the book world. I may just feel nostalgic because this was the first real classic I ever read as a child, but I still really enjoy it to this day (I read it last year again to see if I still like it).(less)
Seems simply written, but full of metaphors and subtlties that the author could not be open about considering who her audience was. Intriguing glimpse...moreSeems simply written, but full of metaphors and subtlties that the author could not be open about considering who her audience was. Intriguing glimpse into the life of a Native American struggling between two cultures.(less)