New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Jenna Hathaway

Before you read New Moon, you better be prepared for a rather gloomy mood. If you're having a bad day and looking for some comfort, whatever you do, don't pick up this book! It'll only make it worse. Yes, New Moon is a rather dark and depressing book. In this book, the unthinkable happens between our inseparable couple; Edward leaves Bella. Yes, I can hear some people gasping already at hearing that. Anyway, I'm trying not to reveal too much for those who haven't read it, though I do suspect some people have been promoting Twilight like crazy and that it's simply impossible some of you still haven't read all of the books yet! The general idea is that Edward finally realizes what kind of a threat he and his family are for Bella, and so he does what he thinks is the right thing to do; he leaves Forks and tells Bella to forget about him and that she should continue living her life as if he had never been in it. Of course it's impossible, and for about more than half of the book you will see how hard it is for Bella to deal with this.

So, what helps her get out of that trance-like, empty state at last? In New Moon we will get to know more about another character who has been mentioned in Twilight as well, but hasn't gotten enough spotlight. This character is none other than Jacob Black. He becomes Bella's new best friend and the person whom she can rely on. In these hard times when she's at the lowest point in her life, Jacob is the sun shining through the darkness that has enveloped her. The wound from the loss of her true love is slowly healing and that's due to the presence of Jacob. However, in Stephenie Meyer's world, rarely is anyone ... normal, to put it bluntly. We will soon learn the truth about Jacob Black as well, and what he really is. Let's just say that human isn't quite the correct answer.

There's still the climax where a much expected reunion will take place, lives will be saved, and a new kind of vampire clan will be introduced as well. It's a fast-paced and thrilling adventure, even more intense than the first book. For those who find the romance in Twilight simply too much for their liking, they will enjoy the nice change in New Moon, with the absence of Edward for most of it. Still, that isn't to say I'm not glad to see the Cullens again in the end. After all, they're all very interesting characters. And this book is definitely not to be missed by anyone, especially if you've read Twilight. Trust me, it only gets better.

Editor's Note: The editors of the Alte would like to sincerely thank Jenna for introducing them to the awesomeness that is Twilight because *omgahsqueeEdwardislikewoahawesome*, and their lives have been consumed by this ever since. *EG*