Review: Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in TWILIGHT, then scattered and torn in NEW MOON and ECLIPSE – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed. . .forever?

My Thoughts – Spoiler Alert:

This part of the story, the final installment of the Twilight saga, was split into three books.

Book 1 – Bella

This first part of the book, the shortest of the three, was about her last days of being human. And it was mostly all pretty and beautiful and happy; her wedding and the preparation thereof; the honeymoon and the subsequent falling pregnant. I enjoyed this part of the story; happy, carefree, human. Her last memory of her parents as she drove away on honeymoon; her reunion and Jacob (notwithstanding the fight); and the island holiday. Everything was so perfect and extravagant – Bella even matured enough for me to like her again. It got a bit dark towards the end with the rush to get back home and Bella contacting Rosalie of all people, but that was part of the hook.

Book 2 – Jacob

This part of the installment was written from Jacob’s perspective; first person as Jacob. It was a bit strange and took a bit of time getting used to. I always felt sorry for Jacob, like he was the better fit and that he deserved so much better; deserved to be happy.

I was glad that he took charge and took over his rightful duties as Alpha and in doing so created his own pack. It was his destiny to be the Alpha.

I was not, however, happy with the end result of this book though; it ruined it for me. Although it was almost inevitable; it did not sit right with me. Still doesn’t. Don’t think it ever will.

Part 3 – Bella

Back to being written from Bella’s perspective but overlapping a bit in arrears from where Jacob left off, and starting with the birth and the transformation and ending with the confrontation.

Bella was born for this life; she was destined to be a vampire; the life suited her and fitted her so well it was unbelievable. She was never really a new born; she basically skipped it altogether. Considering how she sucked at being a human, clumsy immature and selfish and worried about all the really irrelevant stupid things, her becoming the perfect vampire almost instantaneously and without much effort or practice it was a bit annoying.

Waiting for the fight, was drawn out. That made me antsy just like it did the characters. Once they had prepped, there was nothing to do but wait. The Volturi came exactly when Alice had predicted they would and it was a dramatic affair, but it ended without the fight to the death which everyone anticipated. Bella was able to protect everyone on their side of the divide by projecting her shield. The escape plan as prepared by Bella without anyone knowing (therefore not allowing the ancients to know either) was not required in the end. And they were able to find out about their daughter’s future through the last minute arrival of Alice and her witnesses. It was a happy ending. A forever ending.

In Summary:

I read this book pretty quickly – even though it was over 700 pages altogether. I was pretty much engrossed and there were two long weekend which I took advantage of to get though it. In some ways I just wanted to read this book and get it over and done with so I can get on with other things in my life besides reading and at the same time because I am totally engrossed in the story; having never watched the movies or anything. I found it a nice escapism that I just couldn’t get enough of. Maybe just what I needed.

I am glad am I now done with this vampire story and can move on with my life; I don’t regret reading this entire series; I like happy endings and all that – even ones I don’t necessarily agree with – but I think I m done now with this kind of fantasy and can go back to reading thrillers and crime stories  🙂

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