I left the cover ridiculously large for two reasons. 1) It’s clearer and sharper this way. 2) This book deserves it.
I LOVED this book. I know there are a ton of people out there who think Stephenie Meyer’s writing is bad and these book are stupid, but there are probably more people who agree with me and say her writing is captivating (I’d like to see her critics write something better) and her books are amazing. Ahhh, I loved this book.
If you haven’t read Breaking Dawn and you don’t want to know any details, stop reading right now. I usually try not to give anything away when I’m reviewing, but I’d like to open this book up for discussion and that’s pretty hard to do without discussing any details.
Did anyone else think it was weird (or bad) that there was no huge battle scene at the end? All that build-up and then . . . peaceful conclusion. Not what I was expecting, but what I wanted to happen. Then again, I’m used to Harry Potter where there’s always a huge battle scene and someone has to die. So let me go ahead and say that while the Twilight saga has been dubbed the next Harry Potter (complete with obsessive fan base), these two series are nothing alike. I’ll re-read Harry’s adventures when I want something thrilling, and I’ll re-read Twilight when I want love and romance (which, at the moment, I do, so I’m going to take my time and savor every moment of re-reading the entire series). In fact, I’m going to go ahead and classify Twilight as “teen romance fiction.” They’re not really romance novels, but only because they’re aimed at teenagers and many, many people would complain (more than they already have) if certain moral values were not upheld.
As for the book itself, I was skeptical when I heard that it would be broken up into three parts, one of which would be narrated by Jacob Black. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Jacob’s book wasn’t my favorite, although I’ve heard it is for many readers, but it was definitely interesting and nice to get another viewpoint when you know Bella’s side of the story would have been all about sleeping and feeling ill. Meyer really stepped it up a notch when she wrote Jacob’s story, and it was a cool way to understand what was going on from different angles.
Did anyone see any of the plot twists coming? I’ll be honest: I really didn’t even try to imagine what would happen in this book. I really wanted to be surprised. Of course I guessed that Bella would become a vampire (seriously, four books and she doesn’t get her wish? please.) but I didn’t know if that would include the whole marriage thing and if she was going to be in danger before or after the transformation. To my delighted surprise, she was in danger for both, and that made for a more exciting conclusion (ahem, middle of Deathly Hallows).
However, I was not expecting a baby, and I have a little bone to pick with Ms. Meyer about which bodily fluids stay with you when you become a vampire and which don’t. But I digress. The baby was definitely an interesting angle and I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I think I liked it, though. And there had to be some way to get Jacob to stop loving Bella (although I think her being a vampire still would have done the trick – maybe. Thoughts?).
I was truly sad when the book ended. I can’t believe the series is over. I know, I know, Midnight Sun will be out eventually, but that’s just another angle of Twilight, so it’s really not the same (not to say that I’m not extremely excited about its release). This has been a series that I fell in love with unexpectedly and continue to love through the twists and unpredictable turns it has taken. I really am planning on reading all four novels again just for the cozy, nostalgic feel of it, and I know I’m going to enjoy them just as much as, if not more than, the first time I picked each of them up. I still think Edward is perfect and it’s no wonder every girl (maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much) who reads these books falls in love with him just a little bit (or a lot, probably depending on your age – have you seen the ridiculous amount of Facebook flair dedicated to Edward?). I still relate to Bella, and think I would have made many of the same decisions she did throughout the books (maybe minus the whole Jacob fiasco in the second and third books). I love all of the characters, and I think Meyer has really brought them to life throughout the series. While I know writing another series as long as Harry Potter is not only ridiculous, but unneccessary as well, I still kind of wish she would. Just so I could hold on to their stories a little longer.
4 out of 5 stars because, without reading the other three books recently, I want to go ahead and say this is my second favorite in the series, after Twilight.
Please post your comments on this book and the whole series. I’d love to hear what you think!