Friday, June 19
Book Reviews: Breaking Dawn
Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Summary: 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, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates 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?
The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I finally finished the Twilight Saga! Wheh! I have to say, out of the entire series, this was my favourite, but I’m still not a fan, I’m still not that impressed with the writing or characterization, I do not see everyone’s obsession with Edward and finally, I don’t see why the Twilight series is so widely popular. I admit, there is something that pulls you in and makes you keep reading the series, even if you’re not a fan. Meyer has done a great job at creating a very different fantasy world of vampires then what readers are used to. And there’s potential there for a great story, but I find it just falls short of that.
One of my main reasons for not liking the books and the series is there is to much teen angst in it. I know it’s meant for teenagers, but this is a little overboard. In Breaking Dawn we here Jacob’s voice for part of the book. Which was torture for me, I really wanted to slap him. In fact for part of the book I wanted to slap everybody because their hatred for Bella’s baby and them trying to convince and force her to get rid of it. It sickened me when Edward was going hand Bella of like a piece of meat to Jacob, so she can be human and have human babies etc. HELLO! Women aren’t pieces of meat, they aren’t things men can discuss about and decide things about them, or that their when husband’s think life is too complicated and dangerous, so lets hand them off to someone else. And Edward claims he loves her? If Edward loved her as much as he supposedly does, he’d go to the end of the world and back, He’d support her in any decision she made, no matter how dangerous it was. Not talk to her best friend and work out a deal to give her up so she’d be “safe”. She’s your wife, not a toy.
Thankfully there were a few non-insane characters during this part. The book made me appreciate Rosalie a lot more as a character; she became less of a dumb blonde in the book and had a vital role. I was positive Esme would have been in this type of mothering, protective role, but it was good to see Rosalie and Bella finally build up a relationship. Meyer threw a bit of a curve ball there.
Once Bella became a vampire, I enjoyed the story a lot better, she became less whiny and annoying, and I enjoyed her character as a mother. What part excited me the most was the huge build-up of this epic battle, Bella’s magic ability progressing to something very fascinating. There were a good one hundred pages of a build up to preparing for a battle. A good fifty pages building up to this great battle, a confrontation between two groups of vampires and then …… nothing. What the hell? It went from vampires about to rip each other a new one, to “Oh well lets say peace, go eat a random human or animal for the vegetarians here, and call it a day!” Arg!
Edward, Bella and Jacob are probably my least favourite characters of the books. Yet they’re the main prominent characters. I really wish the book focused more on the Cullen family and their uniqueness as a whole, their origins, their lives etc, rather than a teenage romance. Meyer’s strength lies more with the characterizations and the fantasy sides, than she is at the teenage romance/angst parts. Alice is an interesting character, I really want to learn more about her background. Emmett is always good for comic relief and a good laugh. Actually most of the time Emmett talks or appears he had me chuckling. Carlise is also an interesting character, who I wish we could learn more about. I always want more out of theses characters and less of Bella and Edward. I would be very willing to snatch up a book on theses characters.
So overall it is an improvement over the others in the series, but it was still a let down, and it just doesn’t reach up to the hype the book or series received.
Would I recommend it to read: If you've read the entire series up to this point, then yes. Even if you're not a fan. If you invested that much time, finish it off. If your a fan of young adult fiction or vampires give it a try. But it's not the best vampire fantasy series or story out there. So if you really enjoy vampires, battles of vampires etc. It may not be for you.
What to read next: House of Night Series, Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, YA Challenge