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New Moon

The second book for the Twilight saga begins with Bella's 18th birthday. She mopes about how her turning 18 will mean she is one year older than Edward when he was turned. She seems to forget the bit about how he has also been around for one hundred plus years since his 17th birthday. This angst paints the backdrop for the entire book unfortunately.

Edwards’s sister Alice plans a surprise party for Bella, despite her insisting she not. As usual disaster strikes for poor Bella. She gets... Wait for it... A paper cut from the wrapping paper on one of her gifts.

Being in a room full of vampires makes this a perilous time, with Jasper (Alice's partner) fighting (and loosing) his urges to eat Bella at the sight and smell of her blood. Edward oh so smoothly throws his beloved out of the way of Jasper only to have her crash through a glass side table, causing more bloodshed.
After this rather colourful birthday party, Edward and the Cullen's fail to show up at school. This has Bella worried until she finds Edward waiting for her at home that afternoon.

Here is where the source of the pity party starts. Edward breaks up with Bella using the excuse that his family must leave due to the towns folk being suspicious of Carlisle’s lack of aging.

Bella gracefully runs off into the forest in her despair and promptly gets herself lost. She almost dies but is found just in time yadda yadda.
Right now you’re remembering how I said I liked the books in my last post right. Well I do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think some of it is silly or painful. I can say that this book really was the low point of all four of the books. Hence why I’m feeling the need to retell the story, unlike the last review. It’s all padding people :)

In order to heal her hurt and pain Bella befriends Jacob. The poor sap falls for her. The best way to describe how I feel about the relationships with Bella and her boys in this book was best said on cracked.com

This novel thus teaches two important lessons to young girls everywhere:
1) If a guy dumps you and says he doesn't love you anymore, he doesn't mean it. All you have to do is beg and destroy your life to prove that you really love him, and he'll come right back and love you even more!
2) It is perfectly cool to string along innocent but decent guys who are crushing on you and then dump them immediately as soon as your ex-boyfriend reappears, and totally normal if said ex-boyfriend forbids you from seeing your old friend. After all, your love for your ex must be far stronger, because he makes you feel 'alive' and 'dangerous' since he's always on the verge of killing you. And stalking you. We can't really mention that enough.


This book really is all kinds of messed up. It is basically a module for setting up the next book. New Moon creates a deep and meaningful relationship between Bella and Jacob. More pain and thus more love between Bella and Edward. And last but not least a healthy hatred between the two guys in Bella’s life, therefore making her life more difficult.

Oh and it sets up the Italian vampire mafia part of the story The Volturi. They keep the vampires in check and make sure they don’t expose themselves to the human population.

Oh and did I mention that Jacob is a werewolf?

All in all this book was the lowlight of the series. I read it in 2 days just to get it over and done with.

Twilight... The first in a string of book reviews.

First thing is first... Yes I know I caved and I actually read the book. I tried to withstand the hype and finally 3 months after the first movie came out on DVD I did pick up the book and read it. Please note that was about 6 months after I purchased the book where it lived under my couch for that time.

I went into reading this book totally sceptical of the story and had basically decided I wouldn’t like it even before reading the first page. I had seen the DVD and thought "Ho hum, sappy teen romance" it really had no effect on me at all. This was despite our sous chef's total insistence that the movie was so romantic it would make me wet myself.

For the record I'm the kind of person who fights buying into popular culture. I have my own taste and I don’t like to be influenced by the general population. I don’t watch crap like Gossip girl just because my work mates talk about it in the smoko corner. In other words, the more other people like something, the less I tend to.

But... And this is the biggest of all big BUT's
I liked it
*cringe*
I can’t believe I actually just typed that, but there it is, set in stone for all to read.

This is the point where I could go on to give you a detailed reliving of the whole book through my eyes, but really you can Google it, I'm far too lazy to write what has already been written a thousand times over.

I will say, although I enjoyed the story (well except for the idea of Edward Cullen watching Bella sleep without her knowledge... CREEPY) I found that it was not as well written as I would have liked it to be.
I know it is aimed at the teens and 20-somethings but I like to think we are smarter and more literate than the author may (or may not have) thought we are.
The book is VERY repetitive. I swear there are small paragraphs that are just copied and pasted once in each chapter after they fall in love.
The author also seems to have favourite words. Chagrined for one, I never even knew that word existed till I read this book. You will find this word used through all four books, but it is less and less as the saga continues on.
To make my point very short... This is very obviously the writer’s first book. And you can tell she was not a practicing writer to begin with.
On the other hand, I guess it gives hope to aspiring writers that if Stephenie Meyer can get published and world famous then maybe there is a chance for all of us.

Maybe it's me...

Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.

So....

Now we can disregard the last post, as I did spend more time than I had planned trying to nut out how to make the templates I wanted to work (never mind that my house it still an irrefutable mess.)

So I have a spiffy new do here on the web.

Although I really must ask, what are widgets and why when I am asked if I want to delete them do I choose to hoard them instead?
Do they matter? Should I hoard them? And most importantly shouldn't I remember what they are since I'm sure my mother explained them to me once upon a time?

Just to clarify...

No I am not turning into one of the "Emo" crowd.

I wanted to change my blog template before attempting to actually start posting again. To my utter surprise this wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Everything I liked decided it would only have the base colour show up and not the cool graphics that I wanted.
So this one was the only one I liked that would work.

So there you have it, a thrilling tale of failure and conquest (kind of)

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4:19 pm | Author: Chel
The second book for the Twilight saga begins with Bella's 18th birthday. She mopes about how her turning 18 will mean she is one year older than Edward when he was turned. She seems to forget the bit about how he has also been around for one hundred plus years since his 17th birthday. This angst paints the backdrop for the entire book unfortunately.

Edwards’s sister Alice plans a surprise party for Bella, despite her insisting she not. As usual disaster strikes for poor Bella. She gets... Wait for it... A paper cut from the wrapping paper on one of her gifts.

Being in a room full of vampires makes this a perilous time, with Jasper (Alice's partner) fighting (and loosing) his urges to eat Bella at the sight and smell of her blood. Edward oh so smoothly throws his beloved out of the way of Jasper only to have her crash through a glass side table, causing more bloodshed.
After this rather colourful birthday party, Edward and the Cullen's fail to show up at school. This has Bella worried until she finds Edward waiting for her at home that afternoon.

Here is where the source of the pity party starts. Edward breaks up with Bella using the excuse that his family must leave due to the towns folk being suspicious of Carlisle’s lack of aging.

Bella gracefully runs off into the forest in her despair and promptly gets herself lost. She almost dies but is found just in time yadda yadda.
Right now you’re remembering how I said I liked the books in my last post right. Well I do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think some of it is silly or painful. I can say that this book really was the low point of all four of the books. Hence why I’m feeling the need to retell the story, unlike the last review. It’s all padding people :)

In order to heal her hurt and pain Bella befriends Jacob. The poor sap falls for her. The best way to describe how I feel about the relationships with Bella and her boys in this book was best said on cracked.com

This novel thus teaches two important lessons to young girls everywhere:
1) If a guy dumps you and says he doesn't love you anymore, he doesn't mean it. All you have to do is beg and destroy your life to prove that you really love him, and he'll come right back and love you even more!
2) It is perfectly cool to string along innocent but decent guys who are crushing on you and then dump them immediately as soon as your ex-boyfriend reappears, and totally normal if said ex-boyfriend forbids you from seeing your old friend. After all, your love for your ex must be far stronger, because he makes you feel 'alive' and 'dangerous' since he's always on the verge of killing you. And stalking you. We can't really mention that enough.


This book really is all kinds of messed up. It is basically a module for setting up the next book. New Moon creates a deep and meaningful relationship between Bella and Jacob. More pain and thus more love between Bella and Edward. And last but not least a healthy hatred between the two guys in Bella’s life, therefore making her life more difficult.

Oh and it sets up the Italian vampire mafia part of the story The Volturi. They keep the vampires in check and make sure they don’t expose themselves to the human population.

Oh and did I mention that Jacob is a werewolf?

All in all this book was the lowlight of the series. I read it in 2 days just to get it over and done with.

First thing is first... Yes I know I caved and I actually read the book. I tried to withstand the hype and finally 3 months after the first movie came out on DVD I did pick up the book and read it. Please note that was about 6 months after I purchased the book where it lived under my couch for that time.

I went into reading this book totally sceptical of the story and had basically decided I wouldn’t like it even before reading the first page. I had seen the DVD and thought "Ho hum, sappy teen romance" it really had no effect on me at all. This was despite our sous chef's total insistence that the movie was so romantic it would make me wet myself.

For the record I'm the kind of person who fights buying into popular culture. I have my own taste and I don’t like to be influenced by the general population. I don’t watch crap like Gossip girl just because my work mates talk about it in the smoko corner. In other words, the more other people like something, the less I tend to.

But... And this is the biggest of all big BUT's
I liked it
*cringe*
I can’t believe I actually just typed that, but there it is, set in stone for all to read.

This is the point where I could go on to give you a detailed reliving of the whole book through my eyes, but really you can Google it, I'm far too lazy to write what has already been written a thousand times over.

I will say, although I enjoyed the story (well except for the idea of Edward Cullen watching Bella sleep without her knowledge... CREEPY) I found that it was not as well written as I would have liked it to be.
I know it is aimed at the teens and 20-somethings but I like to think we are smarter and more literate than the author may (or may not have) thought we are.
The book is VERY repetitive. I swear there are small paragraphs that are just copied and pasted once in each chapter after they fall in love.
The author also seems to have favourite words. Chagrined for one, I never even knew that word existed till I read this book. You will find this word used through all four books, but it is less and less as the saga continues on.
To make my point very short... This is very obviously the writer’s first book. And you can tell she was not a practicing writer to begin with.
On the other hand, I guess it gives hope to aspiring writers that if Stephenie Meyer can get published and world famous then maybe there is a chance for all of us.

Maybe it's me...
8:20 pm | Author: Chel
Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.
So....
5:36 pm | Author: Chel
Now we can disregard the last post, as I did spend more time than I had planned trying to nut out how to make the templates I wanted to work (never mind that my house it still an irrefutable mess.)

So I have a spiffy new do here on the web.

Although I really must ask, what are widgets and why when I am asked if I want to delete them do I choose to hoard them instead?
Do they matter? Should I hoard them? And most importantly shouldn't I remember what they are since I'm sure my mother explained them to me once upon a time?
Just to clarify...
5:05 pm | Author: Chel
No I am not turning into one of the "Emo" crowd.

I wanted to change my blog template before attempting to actually start posting again. To my utter surprise this wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Everything I liked decided it would only have the base colour show up and not the cool graphics that I wanted.
So this one was the only one I liked that would work.

So there you have it, a thrilling tale of failure and conquest (kind of)

Funny

Comic Sans fights back

Bwahahahahahaha

When you compare Aussie wildlife to the rest of the world

New Moon

The second book for the Twilight saga begins with Bella's 18th birthday. She mopes about how her turning 18 will mean she is one year older than Edward when he was turned. She seems to forget the bit about how he has also been around for one hundred plus years since his 17th birthday. This angst paints the backdrop for the entire book unfortunately.

Edwards’s sister Alice plans a surprise party for Bella, despite her insisting she not. As usual disaster strikes for poor Bella. She gets... Wait for it... A paper cut from the wrapping paper on one of her gifts.

Being in a room full of vampires makes this a perilous time, with Jasper (Alice's partner) fighting (and loosing) his urges to eat Bella at the sight and smell of her blood. Edward oh so smoothly throws his beloved out of the way of Jasper only to have her crash through a glass side table, causing more bloodshed.
After this rather colourful birthday party, Edward and the Cullen's fail to show up at school. This has Bella worried until she finds Edward waiting for her at home that afternoon.

Here is where the source of the pity party starts. Edward breaks up with Bella using the excuse that his family must leave due to the towns folk being suspicious of Carlisle’s lack of aging.

Bella gracefully runs off into the forest in her despair and promptly gets herself lost. She almost dies but is found just in time yadda yadda.
Right now you’re remembering how I said I liked the books in my last post right. Well I do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think some of it is silly or painful. I can say that this book really was the low point of all four of the books. Hence why I’m feeling the need to retell the story, unlike the last review. It’s all padding people :)

In order to heal her hurt and pain Bella befriends Jacob. The poor sap falls for her. The best way to describe how I feel about the relationships with Bella and her boys in this book was best said on cracked.com

This novel thus teaches two important lessons to young girls everywhere:
1) If a guy dumps you and says he doesn't love you anymore, he doesn't mean it. All you have to do is beg and destroy your life to prove that you really love him, and he'll come right back and love you even more!
2) It is perfectly cool to string along innocent but decent guys who are crushing on you and then dump them immediately as soon as your ex-boyfriend reappears, and totally normal if said ex-boyfriend forbids you from seeing your old friend. After all, your love for your ex must be far stronger, because he makes you feel 'alive' and 'dangerous' since he's always on the verge of killing you. And stalking you. We can't really mention that enough.


This book really is all kinds of messed up. It is basically a module for setting up the next book. New Moon creates a deep and meaningful relationship between Bella and Jacob. More pain and thus more love between Bella and Edward. And last but not least a healthy hatred between the two guys in Bella’s life, therefore making her life more difficult.

Oh and it sets up the Italian vampire mafia part of the story The Volturi. They keep the vampires in check and make sure they don’t expose themselves to the human population.

Oh and did I mention that Jacob is a werewolf?

All in all this book was the lowlight of the series. I read it in 2 days just to get it over and done with.

Twilight... The first in a string of book reviews.

First thing is first... Yes I know I caved and I actually read the book. I tried to withstand the hype and finally 3 months after the first movie came out on DVD I did pick up the book and read it. Please note that was about 6 months after I purchased the book where it lived under my couch for that time.

I went into reading this book totally sceptical of the story and had basically decided I wouldn’t like it even before reading the first page. I had seen the DVD and thought "Ho hum, sappy teen romance" it really had no effect on me at all. This was despite our sous chef's total insistence that the movie was so romantic it would make me wet myself.

For the record I'm the kind of person who fights buying into popular culture. I have my own taste and I don’t like to be influenced by the general population. I don’t watch crap like Gossip girl just because my work mates talk about it in the smoko corner. In other words, the more other people like something, the less I tend to.

But... And this is the biggest of all big BUT's
I liked it
*cringe*
I can’t believe I actually just typed that, but there it is, set in stone for all to read.

This is the point where I could go on to give you a detailed reliving of the whole book through my eyes, but really you can Google it, I'm far too lazy to write what has already been written a thousand times over.

I will say, although I enjoyed the story (well except for the idea of Edward Cullen watching Bella sleep without her knowledge... CREEPY) I found that it was not as well written as I would have liked it to be.
I know it is aimed at the teens and 20-somethings but I like to think we are smarter and more literate than the author may (or may not have) thought we are.
The book is VERY repetitive. I swear there are small paragraphs that are just copied and pasted once in each chapter after they fall in love.
The author also seems to have favourite words. Chagrined for one, I never even knew that word existed till I read this book. You will find this word used through all four books, but it is less and less as the saga continues on.
To make my point very short... This is very obviously the writer’s first book. And you can tell she was not a practicing writer to begin with.
On the other hand, I guess it gives hope to aspiring writers that if Stephenie Meyer can get published and world famous then maybe there is a chance for all of us.

Maybe it's me...

Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.

So....

Now we can disregard the last post, as I did spend more time than I had planned trying to nut out how to make the templates I wanted to work (never mind that my house it still an irrefutable mess.)

So I have a spiffy new do here on the web.

Although I really must ask, what are widgets and why when I am asked if I want to delete them do I choose to hoard them instead?
Do they matter? Should I hoard them? And most importantly shouldn't I remember what they are since I'm sure my mother explained them to me once upon a time?

Just to clarify...

No I am not turning into one of the "Emo" crowd.

I wanted to change my blog template before attempting to actually start posting again. To my utter surprise this wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Everything I liked decided it would only have the base colour show up and not the cool graphics that I wanted.
So this one was the only one I liked that would work.

So there you have it, a thrilling tale of failure and conquest (kind of)