Not since TV's Buffy "the Vampire Slayer" Summers battled demons in the halls of Sunnydale High has a teenager faced the number of monsters that Bella Swan does in Meyer's melodramatic sequel to Twilight . Bella's vampire boyfriend Edward and his unusual clan are joined by an ancient pack of werewolves also with connections to Bella in a story that's got romance, adventure, thrills and even a quick detour to Italy. Thanks to Kadushin's (who also read Twilight ) consistently smooth delivery and her plausibility as a teen navigating heartbreak, hormones and confusion, listeners are likely to hang on for the many fever-pitch moments of suspense here, even if the lengthy tale could have used some pruning. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)[Page 73]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Fans of Meyer's debut novel, Twilight , may be disappointed in this second book in a planned trilogy. It begins with a bang, on Bella's 18th birthday, when Edward Cullen sweeps her off to his unorthodox family home (in the first book readers learn that the Cullens are vampires who hunt animals rather than humans) for a birthday celebration. But when Bella unwraps a gift and gets a paper cut, her drops of blood set off a chaos that culminates in the Cullens leaving town. Edward exits on page 73, and does not reappear for nearly 400 pages, except for his voice in Bella's head when she embarks on dangerous adventures, such as motorcycle riding and cliff diving. Instead, this book focuses on Jake, her friend from La Push, who has some unusual traits of his own. A Quileute legend that he confides in Bella in the first book comes to the fore here (and ties in with the title), and Bella is tracked down by the "bad" vampires from the first book, who seek revenge for Edward's murder of their friend James. Long stretches in the book may make readers feel as if they're treading water, but the pace quickens when Alice Cullen sees a vision of Bella cliff diving and mistakes it for suicide. Edward then heads to the all-powerful Volturi vampires in Italy, seeking his own death. Will Bella get to Italy in time to save Edward? Will she remain human? Meyer answers the first question but leaves the second for the third novel. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)[Page 159]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gr 8 Up-Spanish readers will devour Meyer's vampire love saga. When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. The language is fast paced, realistic, succinct, and easy to follow. The ndice de vampiros in Amanacer, the final book in the series, allows readers to follow the history of the various vampire clans. The effective use of Latin-American Spanish will introduce readers who are fluent in Spanish to a series that has captivated America.-Eric Gmez, Broward County African-American Research Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL[Page 94]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up-- The sequel (Megan Tingley Books, 2006) to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) gets off to a quick start when 17-year-old Bella's good vampire boyfriend, Edward, leaves her behind in order to keep her safe from bad vampires. Depressed, Bella drops out of her social life, can't concentrate at school, and is threatened to be sent away from home by her father unless she pulls herself together. When Bella discovers that she can summon the memory of Edward, cautioning her, whenever she undertakes a physically dangerous activity, she formulates a plan to continually place herself at risk--learning to ride a motorcycle, walking in woods where a mammoth bear has been sighted, and so on. She comes to respect and care deeply for Jacob Black, an old childhood friend who is willing and able to help her with these projects. And then Jake, a few years younger than Bella, grows into his manhood--which, in his case, is his werewolfhood. Ilyana Kadushin reads with flair and evocative voicing, slipping from Edward's suavity into Jake's adolescent scratchiness, from Bella's depressed weariness to her excitement and fear. Fans of Twilight won't be disappointed, and those new to the series can pick it up here and go back later to find out more about Edward's evil co-vampires. The end leaves a clear path for the next installment of Bella's complicated romantic life.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA[Page 80]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it's not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella's emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends. Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third.Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library[Page 125]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.