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Breaking Dawn

The fourth book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

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and Romeo & Juliet thought they had it bad?

  • Jul 17, 2010

 The fourth and final installment of the Twilight saga. It is so different and in some ways better than the first three books. It starts off with what we have all been waiting for since New Moon, Bella and Edward finally get married. And after their marriage they do what every other couple does and go on their honeymoon, where yes ladys and gentlemen, they do consummate their marriage! I will say this about Mrs Meyer, she keeps the sex scenes at a perfect balance for all readers. It dosn't become to graphic that mothers of teenage daughters would oppose, because honestly they see way worse than that on cable TV. I felt like it was done very tastefully where as it had great potential to become rather raunchy. The happy couple hits a snag a few weeks into their honeymoon though when Bella discovers that she has become pregnant, and not just a little pregnant, a lot pregnant. So they rush home into the waiting arms of their family. Meyer tried something new in her writing style in this book that i thought was interesting and it worked out well from a readers point of view. Instead of having the whole story being told from Bella's sometimes whiny point of view she switches back and forth between Bella and Jacobs minds. It makes the story that much more interesting because we get to see inside Bellas head when she learns she is carrying Edwards child and then the remainder of the pregnancy is seen through Jacobs eyes. This is helpful to the reader to get the full extent of the pregnant condition since Bellas character seems to like to pretend that things arnt as bad as they are, it would have made for an inaccurate description. So through several chapters of Bellas condition going from bad to worse as her pregnancy is accelerated from nine months to just over one we can all see that Bella is going to die. Then after a very traumatic and rather graphic view of her emergency delivery of her half human-half vampire baby girl from Jacobs viewpoint Bellas spine is broken and she is all but dead when Eward injects her with vampire venom and her transformation begins. We get the full agony of the vampirazation from Bellas point of view and also the experience of waking up a member of the undead. I felt that Meyer did a good job of changing Bellas attitude a little bit once she became a vampire. She becomes a lot less self absorbed and whiny, possialby a result of becoming a mother not just a vampire. Then from the middle of the book on we get hit with two major twists in the plot. First Bella awakens to discover that her boy toy Jacob has imprinted upon her half-breed daughter. So now instead of being her eternal back-up plan hes going to be her son-in-law someday. And then as a result of a major mistake, the Volturi are informed that the Cullens have created an immortal child and the entire Volturi guard set out to destroy the family. I felt that then ending of this book was a little rushed and not very well developed. In a matter of maybe 6 chapters we discover that Bella has special vampire powers, Alice has abandoned her family, and we meet about 20 new vampires. The whole thing comes to a head in the last few chapters just like in New Moon. The Cullens live, the Volturi thwarted, and they all live happily ever after. It was a very clipped and underdeveloped ending that leaves many readers disappointed. It was almost as if and impending publishing deadline was influencing the writing quality.









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July 18, 2010
I love your review and headline.
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review by . June 08, 2010
I begrudgingly began reading the Twilight series when my sister did not come out of her room for an entire day because she couldn't put the book down. I am normally not a fan of fantasy, vampires, or even romance novels, and was surprised by how enjoyable this series ended up being. However, that being said, quality literature it is not. It also does not follow the traditional understanding of the vampires or werewolves and their traits and behaviors. If you are interested in an entertaining, …
review by . September 20, 2010
At last, Breaking Dawn is out in paperback. Eclipse convinced me that this series was getting more absorbing with each new book, so I was eager to get my copy of this but unwilling to pay hardback prices. It was worth the wait. Author Stephanie Meyer portrays the action through two pairs of eyes again, as in Eclipse, using Bella's for most of the tale, and Jacob's for that part when she's so clearly unable to think straight.      I loved the interactions between Jacob …
review by . July 14, 2010
   Stephanie Myer's tween vampire series seriously lacks real bite.  I just can't wrap my head around a vampire who doesn't follow the traditional "rules."  These vampires are not easily killed.   They are not melted in sunlight (though the sun does have a peculiar effect on them).  They, at least the Cullen family, doesn't have an unquenchable lust for human blood (they hunt wildlife instead).  And, probably one of my biggest complaints …
review by . July 13, 2010
Warning: this review contains spoilers.                    I read this book about a year ago because...well, to put it simply, I had read all the other books and felt like I deserved to know how it ended.  This book has three modes: disturbing, ridiculous, and downright boring.  The story begins with the preparations for Bella Swan's wedding to Edward Cullen.  Those who read the previous book …
review by . June 27, 2010
After reading the first book I was excited to continue reading this series, and book after book they let me down. This fourth book, I will admit, was much better than the second one, but it still lacked interest. These are long books and I find them to go on for quite a while without much interest in them. This fourth one was especially disappointing because of the end. For those of you who haven't read it then this is a spoiler, but most of the book is …
review by . June 25, 2010
The difference between Twilight and Breaking Dawn is staggering; in the years (and books) between the two, not only did the story of the Cullen clan and Bella Swan become more refined, but Stephenie Meyer’s writing style did as well.  It is clear that Stephenie learned from some of her unintentional writing faux pas of the earlier novels and emerged at the end of the series on top with a much more mature book that addresses many issues that, quite frankly, tweens should not be thinking …
review by . June 24, 2010
   I couldn't wait to read this book. When I had the third part of the series finished, I had to see where everything was going to lead, so without thinking, I rushed out and purchased this book.      This book is different from the other three due to the change of the writing.  We aren't in Bella's head the whole time anymore, we get to see inside Jacob's. It was interesting to see his side of how the whole unexpected surprises in the novel, develop.   …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
A nice conclusion to the series, and some very neat descriptions; surprisingly believable.
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
though i felt the ending was a little bit abrupt but it was an excellent book
review by . July 02, 2010
This book, and the series as a whole, is awful.  The writing is completely juvenile, and while I realize it is a pre-teen targeted book, I still think that the quality of writing is sub par.  I have read books designed for a younger audience, both fiction and non, and I think that JK Rowling and many others set a better example for quality writing.       While I realize that vampires are unrealistic, Stephanie Meier took fantasy and pushed it past the point of …
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BREAKING DAWN, the hotly anticipated fourth and final book(?) in the bestselling crossover teen vampire series Twilight, wraps up some very important questions in the gripping and wildly romantic story of Bella Swan. Split into three sections, one of which is narrated by werewolf Jacob Black, the story opens with Bella driving along, thinking about her impending wedding to Edward. Although it seems that she's about to get exactly what she wants, Bella has no idea what lays in store for her: a near-death transformation, an all-out vampire war, and many painfully divided loyalties. Though there has been some debate how well the final volume of the quartet stands up to the others, it's undoubtedly a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read. Shades of the Darla story line in the popular television series ANGEL are definitely in play here, as well as hints of dark gothic romances and even modern young adult fiction by the likes of Garth Nix, Holly Black, and Scott Westerfeld.
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ISBN-10: 031606792X
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-06792-8
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Vampires, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Date Published: August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-316-06792-8
Format: Novel
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