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?
It ought to seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy-but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it's almost impossible to identify with her. But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily-in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times? Ages 12-up.
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In the End...
Sometimes it felt like I was grudgingly working my way through the first three books of the twilight series, I know it was not the same for most, but Bella annoyed me, and although I liked Jacob to begin with, I disliked him by the end of Eclipse. Edward was the only thing that kept me going back. That and the occasional highs that the stories had through the procession of books, and for me, they were only occasional. I did however, know that we were reaching a crescendo, and the last book was never a disappointment. It kept me up at night much longer than I should have been awake, hoping I may be able to absorb some of Edwards insomnia. Every turn the story made, thrilled me, and it continues to do so with every revisit. For this I forgive the author for the utterly annoying creation of the human Bella Swan, and the pushy, obnoxious pre alpha Jacob. I would like to advise anyone thinking of reading this saga to skip the first three novels, unfortunately it is necessary to have all the back story.
In the end, Breaking Dawn was fantastically entertaining, and grossly involving. The only reason for going back to the beginning ever again, is if Stephanie Meyer ever gets over the slight made against her artistic freedom, and finally finishes Midnight Sun, one can hope. I wonder what Alice would say on that subject...
Monster book - easy reading.
(This is a giant of a book, it is not handbag/man-bag friendly. It is therefore in my opinion worth the money on the iBook.)
A book review; from the start the book sucked me, in that famous can't put it down wonderful twilight way. I chomped though it. However, it felt like the writer dragged the end out giving a lot of smoke but no real fire. Having got all the way to the end of this monster book I was left deflated. I do however highly recommend it to all twilight followers as it's closure if nothing else.