I agree, Linda-Allen, I think this one was a lot better than the first movie, not as hokey. Although the papercut scene was sort of embarrassing to watch.
And I agree with you, too, Ask996, that the books are better than the movie. This is almost the case, although there are a few exceptions (The Notebook comes to mind).
Overall I still prefer the book to the movie, although I feel they did a pretty good adaptation. It was a different director this time, so I'm sure that influenced the outcome. I wondered though if fans of the book would protest the changes, because although it stayed fairly true to the book, there were parts that were altered or left out (as you have to do in order to have a movie fit in the time frame). For example, Jacob reveals himself as a werewolf in an entirely different way than in the book.