(more commonly known as Bella) decides to move from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father Charlie, in order to allow her mother to travel with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Even though she never had many friends in Phoenix, Bella quickly discovers she is the new subject of curiosity and envy at her new school in Forks, where she is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her embarrassment, she discovers that several boys are vying for her attention.
Bella finds Forks a bit repetitive and lacking in joy. She never liked the ever-raining city as a child, and even referred to it in Twilight as her "own personal hell on earth". However, the one exception to her boring life in Forks is Edward Cullen, the gorgeous, mysterious boy she sits next to in her biology class. Through careful observation, Bella realizes that Edward is more than he seems to be, but despite having many theories she cannot bring herself to believe that there is a supernatural explanation for Edward's behavior.
From the first day she saw him, Bella believed Edward disliked her as he acted with mysterious tension and even danger when she first sat next to him. However, his attitude towards her soon begins to change. He displays supernatural abilities in saving Bella from being hit by an out-of-control van about to crush her in the student parking lot of the high school. She realizes that the van hit Edward, but that he seemed to be holding it away from her. Bella confronts him with the strangeness of the situation, but he refuses to talk to her about it. As time passes, Bella and Edward are time and time again drawn to each other, even though Edward is trying to keep away because, he thinks he is dangrous to her.
The Hall of Mosses, near Forks
The Hall of Mosses, near Forks
Bella eventually learns from her friend Jacob Black of the Quileute (pronounced Quil-yoot) tribe and her own observations that Edward and his family are reformed vampires who substitute animal blood for human blood in their diet. The Cullen family calls this their private joke; they are "vegetarian" vampires.
Despite the obstacles presented by the vampiric nature of the Cullen family, Edward and Bella fall deeply in love. Their foremost problem is Bella's alluring scent, which makes it difficult for Edward to restrain himself from drinking her blood. However, despite this and Bella's strange knack for constantly landing herself in dangerous situations, they manage to stay together safely for a time.
The seemingly blissful state of affairs is thrown into chaos when another vampire coven sweeps into Forks and James, a tracker, sets his sights on Bella. Thrilled as much by the idea of outwitting a clan of vampires as by Bella's scent, James begins an interstate game of cat and mouse. Under the assumption that James has kidnapped her mother, Bella is lured to her former ballet studio, where James attacks her. Edward, along with the rest of the Cullen family, rescues Bella before James kills her. In the chaos James bites Bella, which complicates matters further; the venom injected into a victim of a vampire attack starts the process of turning the victim into a vampire. Edward takes up the task of sucking the venom out of Bella, thus saving her from the transformation while also restraining his urge to drain her.
The book ends with the two going to Bella's prom. Beneath the surface, tension remains as Bella wishes for Edward to turn her into a vampire while Edward refuses to do so. The reason for Edward's adamant decision not to turn Bella into a vampire is not revealed.
Isabella "Bella" Marie Swan is given an eighteenth birthday party by Alice and Edward Cullen, the vampire whom she loves, and his entire vampire family consisting of Carlisle, Alice, Emmett, and Esme Cullen and Rosalie and Jasper Hale. Bella accidentally gets a paper cut there which leads to a violent and tense moment. Jasper, the newest member of the 'family' to try out the non-human diet, cannot contain himself at the sight and smell of her blood and makes a leap for Bella. Edward is forced to protect her, but this makes it all too clear that keeping Bella close to the family puts her at risk. In the midst of this, a pivotal moment occurs during a conversation with Carlisle while cleaning her wounds. Bella is told that Edward believes that vampires are soulless creatures and that there is no better place for them if they die. It is made clear that Edward's relationship with her is a constant tug of war in his heart because he doesn't want to risk turning Bella into a creature who he believes is damned. Edward begins to withdraw himself emotionally, and later he and his family depart from Forks in an attempt to keep Bella safe. He unknowingly hurts Bella further by taking photos and memories that would prove his existence, in an attempt to make a clean break of their relationship.
Bella becomes severely depressed and withdrawn from the world after his departure. She enters a state of mourning lasting four months where she is just going through the motions of everyday life without actually experiencing any of it. Eventually Charlie confronts her and she realizes how this is affecting her dad and attempts to pull herself together for his sake. On an outing with a friend, Bella finds herself in a potentially dangerous situation and finds that she can hear Edward's voice in her mind. She prolongs the situation and can hear Edward during the entire episode which makes her pain of losing him more bearable. Bella finds that she can always hear Edward if she is in potential danger and, because of this, becomes increasingly reckless.
Jacob Black, the young Native American from Twilight, makes a reappearance in New Moon. Bella finds two motorcycles on the side of the road that need work and she remembers that Jacob is a mechanic of sorts. She loads them onto her truck and offers Jacob one of them as payment if he can make them run. They become very close friends and Bella depends on him, filling up the hole in her heart as best as she can with their friendship. Jacob is attracted romantically to Bella and although Bella knows this and tells him they are just friends, there is nothing uncomfortable about their closeness.
Near Forks, where New Moon is set
Near Forks, where New Moon is set
In the midst of their growing closeness, Jacob confides in Bella that something is going on at La Push reservation. Jacob confesses that he is afraid of Sam Uley, the leader of a group of older guys on the reservation. A friend of his had expressed fear of the group, went missing for days, and then resurfaced as a member of the gang. He has been acting strangely and Jacob believes they are up to no good. He is also frightened that he could be next on the list.
During an outing with Jacob he becomes very ill and fevered. After this episode Bella finds it is almost impossible to get in contact with Jacob before finding that he has reappeared as a follower of Sam Uley. Bella confronts him at his house and Jacob harshly tells her that he must stay away from her and never see her again. However, after a fight ensues, Jacob clearly hurting and regretful, sneaks into her room late at night to tell her that she knows exactly what is happening to Jacob, she just doesn't realize it. The only clue he gives her is reminding her of the legends he told her when they first met.
Bella eventually recalls a story about werewolves and vampires and realizes that Jacob, and the rest of Sam Uley's gang, are indeed werewolves, and thus the enemies of her beloved Cullens. This presents a whole new set of problems for Jacob and Bella, because not only is there animosity between Jacob and Edward because of their mutual love for Bella, but they are also sworn enemies because of what they are. There is genuine potential for bloodshed and the possible death of either at the other's hands.
Things are further complicated by the return of Victoria. Victoria seeks to avenge her mate, the vicious tracker vampire James, whom Edward killed after James attempted to kill Bella. Rather than kill Edward, Victoria sees killing Edward's "mate" as a fair trade. It is up to Jacob and his pack to protect Bella from Victoria's revenge.
The climax of the story leads Bella on a rescue mission to save Edward after he is misinformed of Bella's supposed suicide when she was actually cliff-jumping. He makes a trip to Italy, home of the dangerous and ancient Volturi vampires, in the hopes that they will kill him. Alice accompanies Bella to Italy and during their trip she receives flashes of what is happening with Edward and the Volturi. Seeing how valuable an asset Edward would be, the Volturi refuse to destroy him and invite him to join their coven. He refuses and devises a plan to walk out into the middle of the city at noon with his skin exposed in order to force the Volturi's hand. A vampire's skin, when exposed to the sun, glitters like diamonds, which would expose him and potentially, the Volturi. Bella and Alice arrive in time to stop him from stepping into the sunlight, but are cornered and escorted to the underground home of the Volturi by vampires working for them. It is here that we find that even the eldest of the clan are not able to penetrate Bella's mind and that any powers that the vampires might possess will do them no good when it comes to her. The Volturi tell Edward that Bella cannot leave because she is a human who knows their secret and that is not allowed. Bella, Edward, and Alice make a deal with the Volturi; they agree that in the near future they will turn her into a vampire in order to prevent them from harming her. They agree, with the assertion that they will be paying a personal visit in order to ensure the deed is done. The group is allowed to leave, but upon returning to America, Edward refuses to turn her right away. He wants to wait until it is absolutely necessary, which could take years. Bella then brings the decision to Edward's family who have returned to Forks. They take a vote and all but Rosalie agree on the decision to turn Bella into one of their family. Edward eventually offers to turn Bella himself on the condition that she marry him first, but Bella is hesitant to marry Edward at such a young age, remembering her parents' marriage and how it fell apart due to them marrying young.
In the epilogue, Bella returns home one day to find Jacob waiting for her and there is a showdown between Jacob, Edward and Bella. Jacob tells Bella that they cannot be friends with Edward in the middle, while also reminding Edward that if he bites a human he will be breaking their treaty, which would leave their coven open to attack by Jacob and his pack. The story ends with Bella determined to find a place for Jacob in her life while also dealing with her desire to be a vampire.
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jake—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. Can Bella choose between her best friend and the love of her life?
The book begins with a note from Jake to Bella. It explains that he misses her as well, but that this changes nothing between them. Charlie then 'un-grounds' Bella, but on the condition that she spend more time with her friends, especially Jake, and not just Edward. Meanwhile, Alice has a vision that Victoria, the vampire that is hunting Bella, is back in town, so Edward, keeping this knowledge from Bella, talks Charlie into letting them take a weekend trip to Florida to see Bella's mother. When they return, Jake confronts Edward about keeping Victoria's return a secret from Bella. Jake and Bella reconcile, and she starts spending more time with him.
Eventually, Edward tells Bella what happened: Alice had a vision of Victoria coming back, so Edward, as a precaution, convinced Bella to take the trip to Florida. While they were there, Victoria came looking for Bella, and both the Cullens and the Werewolves hunt her. Bella insists that Jacob and the rest of the pack are safe and that Jacob would never harm her. Edward finally agrees with her and willingly takes her, on occasion, to the border (the area where the pact between the Quileutes and the Cullens was made), where Jacob picks her up and takes her to his house. During one of these visits, Jacob clarifies his emotions toward Bella; he reveals that he loves her and forcefully kisses her, much to her displeasure. She reacts by punching him, injuring her hand, and not him.
Edward threatens Jacob when Bella is brought back home. Afterwards they make a treaty and promise to work together. Edward proposes again, and Bella accepts under the condition Edward makes love to her before he turns her into a vampire. Bella expresses the worry of what other people will think if she gets married so early, and is reluctant to the marriage and engagement as a whole; she refuses to wear the engagement ring, which had belonged to Edward's mother.
Bella discovers that a vampire has taken things from her room for the purpose of using her scent to locate her. Meanwhile, the Cullens realize that there is a coven of newborn vampires committing the murders in Seattle. Bella soon makes the connection between both incidents, and realizes that the new vampires are being led by Victoria. Alice foresees a battle between Victoria's coven and the joined forces of the werewolves and the Cullens.
Edward and Bella camp up in the mountains, where they are joined by Jacob and Seth- a younger member of the pack- in wait of the war. Bella and Edward use Bella's scent to set a trap for the newborns to follow, which will lead them to face the Cullens and the werewolves. Bella succumbs to the chilly climate, and Jacob, with the intention of taunting Edwards, slips into Bella's sleeping bag in order to keep her warm. Beigning sleep, she witnesses a conversation between Edward and Jacob, in which Jacob openly confesses his feelings for Bella to Edward. And Edward admits that Jacob can give Bella some things that he, Edward, can't. The two of them come to an understanding.
In the morning, Edward and Bella begin talking about their engagement; they hear a howl of pain, and Bella realize that it is Jacob, who had been listening in to their conversation. He runs away before Bella can reach him, and so she asks Edward to go after him. When they come back, Edward gives them some space to talk. Jacob threatens to join the fight and get himself killed; when Bella begs him not to, he insists that she ask him to kiss her so he won't kill himself (later on, it is revealed that he had tricked her into believing he would). She does so, and she realizes that she is in love with Jacob after they kiss, but is not in love with him the same way she is with Edward.
When Edward returns, he admits that he overheard everything and that he's not angry at her for loving- and kissing- Jacob; this makes Bella feel guilty. As the two stay at the camp with Seth, Victoria attacks with her newborns. She soon arrives to confront Bella and Edward, along with one of her newborns, Riley. A fight breaks out, and in the end Seth, in his wolf form, kills Riley as Edward destroys Victoria.
The Cullens, as well as the pack, are unharmed during the fight; but it turns out that Jacob was injured. Carlisle assures Bella that he is healing and that no permanent damage was done. The Volturi arrive to clean up the war, but they are too late. They remind Edward of the agreement they had to change Bella into a vampire, to which Alice replies that the date has been set.
Bella goes to visit Jacob, who is on the mend, a while later; they admit that they love each other, but Bella insists that she cannot live without Edward. However, Jacob tells her that if she ever changes her mind, he will always be there for her.
Edward places the engagement ring back on Bella's finger, as she no longer fears what others think. Bella agrees to let Alice plan her wedding and asks her to be the maid of honor. She also tells Edward that it is time for them to tell Charlie about the engagement.
The epilogue is from Jacob's perspective. He receives an invitation to Bella and Edward's wedding, and feels angry now that it is clear Bella will go through with "killing herself." He also finds a letter from Edward within the invitation; Edward tells Jacob that he doesn't have to come to the wedding if he doesn't want to, and thanks him for all he's done for Bella. The letter only angers Jacob further. Ignoring the questions and pleas of the pack, he changes into his wolf form and takes off, wanting nothing more than to "leave Jacob Black behind." He decides that he is no longer hurt that Bella would choose Edward over him; however, he questions how things would be between them once Bella becomes a vampire.
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