Stephenie Meyer - Breaking Dawn
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Will it be Happy Ever After? Some Sticky Moments Ensue.
Jan 9, 2010
Review by momofmichael
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Love scenes left to the reader's imagination
Cons:Difficult to read section in different voice
The Bottom Line: My second favorite in the series; if you've come this far in the series don't stop now, read all the way through.
Although I resisted for quite a while, I was quickly taken in by the Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). When I finally got to this fourth book in the series the 750 pages could not deter me. I was eager to see my beloved characters to a happy ending - but would it be? I had many moments of doubt and a few times where I thought I might rather give up and stop reading than be disappointed in the end.
Recommend this product?
Surprisingly there were quite a few mistakes in this edition. Nothing that made it unreadable, but something that my trained editor's eyes had not noticed in any of the three novels such as typos and other small faults such as Bella serving Charlie pancakes and then Charlie staring into his bowl. Who eats pancakes in a bowl?
Although the author does a good job of providing parenthetical insight in the event that someone randomly picks up this fourth book in the series withou having read the previous books, I'm going to assume that anyone reading this review is familiar with the characters, at least by reading other reviews if nothing else.
So you know Bella, whiny and often beyond reasonable. There is a bit of a love triangle between Bella, Jacob and Edward. Bella's behavior in this matter highly annoys me - but the situation was one that so endeared me to Edward (even more than I already was) in the previous book (Eclipse). At the end of Eclipse, Jacob runs off and stays away for quite a while. So as this book begins, Bella has already accepted a beautiful car as an engagement present from Edward, the wedding is just days away, but she insists on worrying about Jacob. Well, I must remember that Bella is only 18 and does not have the life experience that I have as a 40 year old reader who knows that some times, no matter the hurt, you just have to let a relationship go.
Unfortunately for Bella, Jacob can't seem to let it go either. After the vows are completed, he makes an appearance at her wedding, and she lends him an ear! It's just a momentary pit stop though, Bella and Edward are soon off to an incredibly romantic honeymoon on a small island off of Brazil. Finally, the consumation of their love! And done so tastefully! I must say, these are some of the most respectable teenage books I have ever read (and I read a lot of crappy ones when I worked for a book review website). Throughout the series Edward has insisted, despite much provocation by Bella, that they keep pure until marriage. So now they are married, although there is still the minor problem that Edward's strength might crush Bella if he were to lose his focus and let his natural desires take over. But, as we know by now, Edward has incredible restraint. And so does Stephenie Meyer! Kudos to her for writing one of the most wonderful love scenes without even writing it. If this book were on TV it would show Edward and Bella on a bed, commercial break, Edward and Bella eating breakfast and talking very high-levelly about their activities the preceeding night. I mean, for a bit, I wasn't even sure they had consummated. But how wonderful that Ms. Meyer leaves it to the reader's imagination. And how freeing for parents to know that their teenager's "virgin eyes" are safe while reading this book.
I do find these books a bit predictable though so it doesn't take much to figure out that Bella is going to want to expand her family. Is it possible though, especially in her human form? Not even Edward and Carlisle know. But, the process is incredibly draining on the still-human Bella. So much so that she is too weak to tell the story and we are subjected to a little more than 200 pages told through Jacob's eyes. I was highly annoyed at this change in voice. If it had to be someone's, why not Edward's voice? But I know he was too busy tending to Bella to tell a story. The shift in voice was just so radical though, especially after investing in almost 1000 pages so far that were entirely in Bella's voice. It was a struggle to make the shift mentally and many times I got confused about who was talking during dialogue.
Finally, we get Bella back but sadly it is a bit like when Kathy Lee Gifford used to be on the show with Regis Philbin. Everything was sickeningly sweet and we heard how wonderful her children were to the point of puking. I know every parent thinks their child is wonderful, and especially a child of such a wonderful couple as Edward and Bella would be undoubtedly fantastic, but it really was over the top and grew to annoyance. One of the benefits though is that we finally learn and have a solid explanation for why neither Bella nor Jacob could let the other go. I don't really like the outcome, but at least it is something that makes sense and I can forgive the two of them for being so stupid about their prior relationship.
Naturally, like any good vampire book, there has to be a big battle between good and evil. Sadly, this didn't occur until well within the last 100 pages of the book. So by now the reader has invested close to 2000 pages and, thanks to Alice's visions, we have serious doubts as to whether it will be a happy ending. But remember, Alice's visions are subject to change and she does have some blind spots...
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