Synopsis: Trying to behave like a regular teenager, so her father won’t worry, Bella puts together a movie night with her high school friends, who she’s been ignoring due to her excessive wallowing. The night turns awkward when most of the invitees can’t go because everyone is sick. In the end, only the two boys with crushes on Bella, Mike and Jacob, can go. Oh Bella, you big tease! Mike gets sick at the theater and the next day Bella falls ill. Then, Jacob gets a mysterious virus and Bella is prevented from seeing him. But Jacob’s illness isn’t the flu. No, he’s turning into a werewolf. Just when Forks finally gets rid of the vampire problem, here come the werewolves.
It seems Jacob can no longer come out and play with poor Bella. So now she has two reasons to wallow – the loss of the love of her life and the loss of her boy toy Jacob. Poor, poor Bella.
Eventually Bella finds out Jacob is a werewolf and she discovers why he’s always shirtless (apparently wolf blood runs hot). She also discovers werewolves and vampires are mortal enemies. What a dilemma.
At this point, the real excitement begins. Bella is being stalked by James the tracker’s vampire girlfriend, Victoria. She wants revenge. For protection, Bella spends most of her time on the reservations, surrounded by werewolves.
Lions and tigers and werewolves, oh no!
Whine, whine, whine. That is all Bella does in this book. Shut up! So you’ve got problems, yes. Your vampire boyfriend has left you. You are being hunted by another vampire and must seek protection with werewolves who are actually pretty dangerous (you don’t want to see them when they are angry). Yet you are conflicted, because what you want most of all is to become a vampire. Oh, it’s all so dreadfully dreadful.
Honestly, I spent most of these chapters rooting for Victoria, and not just because I have a fondness for redheads.
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