Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4)

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Reader reviewed by Julie

I liked this book, it was good. It wasn't the best book in the Twilight Saga, but it was still very good. I couldn't out this book down. I got it as soon as it came out and finished it in a day. It was an exciting and addicting read. It was unpredictable and I had fun trying to guess what would happen next. I loved this book, and would recommend it to everyone.
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Great Conclusion
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

This is obviously going to be more positive than negative so lets get the negative, minor annoyances out of the way now:

" I did not like the nicknames Em and Jazz. Rose and Nessie didnt bother me. I felt Em and Jazz were poor nicknames for these two vampires. The nicknames strike me as juvenile and feminine. Both of which Emmett and Jasper are not.

" I still (since New Moon) found Bellas constant self-loathing to be annoying. Seriously, this girl has problems. I would expect such self-loathing and self-denying behavior to come from an anorexic or other masochistic type people who are bent on destroying themselves.

While Bella overcomes her self-loathing, its only once shes become a vampire. Maybe Meyer was trying to show self-consciousness has human traits, but it just seemed to me that Bella was only happy once she looked like a model. If only we could all become vampire models and rid ourselves of our self-conscious thoughts.

" The scenes in which Bella drinks human blood (while still human herself) made me literally sick to the stomach. She likes the smell and the taste of the blood. Its just a sickening scene imagining someone drinking blood and liking it. This isnt really a negative, though, just my own queasiness coming into play.

" Finally, the ending. It was pretty anti-climatic. There was a huge build up of tension and then POP! its gone. It was a bit of a let down after so much build up of tension. I suppose this is the sacrifice, though, for a happy ending.

Now for the positive/my response to the outrage over the novel:

I wasnt in as high anticipation of Breaking Dawn (nor have I really been for the others) until I read the spoilers. Thats when I knew I had to read it because I figured I wouldnt be one of the haters and had to put the random spoilers into context.

This is where I think the haters (for lack of a better term) are coming from, they are taking the events in the book and isolating them. The people who claim Meyer went against the world she created have decided to ignore the explanations given and rather isolate the event and critique it. So please, read it for yourself so its in context. Dont base your opinion on spoilers. If you read the spoilers and what the haters are saying, you too may assume the book must be trash. Seriously, put it in context.

That said, I think Meyer did a great job in ending the series. Granted the ending was anti-climatic, but I would rather it be that way than have to see any beloved characters die. It would just have been too heart breaking to end the novel with Edward and Bella dying, leaving Renesmee and Jacob to hide from the Volturi. If that had happened, I think the ending would have been more contrived than the way it did ended.

I loved the split narrative. I think I enjoyed the mid-section with Jacobs narrative the most. It really makes me look forward to reading from the other characters points of view if and when Meyer decides to write them (as far as I know Edwards is the only one definitely planned).
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A must read.
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Reader reviewed by Chantel

Though she's not the best writer in the world Meyer hit it with this one.
No doubt.
This book is the best in the Saga, with surprises I didn't even think posswible.
A hear stopping book, will Bella make it?
Is it truly a happy ending?
I won't give it away, but Meyer will leave you smiling, (hint hint )   =}
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unmet expectations but a great vampire story
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Reader reviewed by c-alexis

Aside from the classic "Dracula" novel by Bram Stoker, I don't believe that I was ever interested in reading stories about vampires or anything too supernatural. However, due to the persistent recommendations from a few friends, I got hooked on to the Twilight series a few weeks ago. In that short time, I read all Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse in a week's time. That was then quickly followed with reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Needless to say, I became a fan of her writing. As for Breaking Dawn, I have to say that I was a bit surprised by the reading material. Compared to the first three books in the series, parts of it seemed more targeted for an older teen audience. I don't like spoiling books for people, so I'm just going to say that although Meyer did a pretty good job at not writing the obvious scenes, I still do worry about the younger readers. So, I know that my "review" may be contradictive at some parts. But my trouble with this particular book is that I love Meyer's writing. I love the first three books. As for Breaking Dawn, even though I couldn't stop turning the pages, I see that she's failed to continue the spectacular writing from before. Some of the ideas of the book, though well-intentioned, were too hard to accept. I know I said that I won't include spoilers, so if you don't want to continue reading, don't go to to the LJ cut here:

Basically, I don't like how Jacob imprints with Nessie. In fact, I think naming the kid Renesme Carlie is kind of pushing the naming thing. I don't like the whole TomKat name for celebrities. It's just really weird how after all the debate of Team Edward and Team Jacob, Jacob would end up imprinting with Bella's daughter. After Jacob admits to wanting Bella in a sexual way, he falls for her daughter. I'm wondering if Meyer has perhaps felt the pressure of the fame and the need to provide a happy ever after, and faulted here.

But besides that, I think that Twilight fans would not be disappointed in the last book to the series. I haven't decided how I feel about the section of the novel which was through Jacob's point of view. After reading 3 novels of everything from Bella's perspective, it definitely was a change of pace. Meyer did a good job with the narrative writing, which makes me more eager to reading Twilight from Edward's eyes. I am definitely looking forward to reading Midnight Sun and hopefully she'll come out with a sequel to The Host.

Reprinted here with author's permission.
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A Bumbling Conclusions Leaves More Questions Than Answers
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

The paranormal love story that has taken the international literary stage by storm bumbles to an unsatisfying conclusion in the highly anticipated fourth book, BREAKING DAWN. Bellas wedding to her immortal vampire lover, Edward, marks the end of her first life and the beginning of the rest of her life. Bella has made her decision to become a vampire in order to live by Edwards side as his equal, but its not so easy as one two three. For starters, it means giving up the human family she loves and doesnt want to hurt. Then, theres also Jacob, her werewolf best friend, who cant bear to see his beloved Bella turned into one of those&bloodsuckers. And finally, Bella realizes theres a few things she still wants to do that involve her remaining a human a little while longer.

But a shockingly unexpected event turns all of their worlds upside down. Once again, Jacob must suppress his inborn dislike of the vampires and aid the Cullens in protecting Bella. Edward promises to himself over and over again that he will never hurt Bella, and yet his love for her puts her in mortal danger yet again. But when a new life binds all of them together in an unbreakable circle of love, they will do anything to save one another with the impending Volturi threat&even if it means they all end up dead.

Its hard to say much about the plot without giving too much away, but while BREAKING DAWN has a few intriguing twists, there are a few that seem a bit TOO farfetched, especially the letdown ending. I have mixed feelings about this being an adequate last book for this phenomenal series because it still leaves so much untold. Will Stephenie Meyer release more books explaining what happens to the characters? She should.
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a fitting end to a great series
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Reader reviewed by mearley

I'd really like to give Breaking Dawn 4 1/2 stars. I loved following up on these characters and seeing their lives. I smiled and laughed at so many lines. It's like having dinner with old friends. I also loved the middle section told in Jacob's voice. Even the chapter titles were so Jacob, I couldn't help but smile.

Breaking Dawn was a fitting end to a wonderful saga that I have enjoyed tremendously from beginning to end.
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A good ending to a good series
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Reader reviewed by Melissa Palmer

Breaking Dawn is the 4th and final volume in the series that began with Twilight.  I thought it was a good ending to a good series.  It brought closure to the series.  Bella finally finds strength in this book, even if it is in unexpected ways.  Edward is still wonderfully protective.  Jacob begins to make peace with Edward and Bella's relationship, mostly due to his focus being shifted in a direction that is not Bella for once.

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Great Novel! Couldn't put it down!
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Reader reviewed by Piper Moxie

Stephanie Meyer really outdid herself with this one, Breaking Dawn was adorable, it made me laugh, it made me cry (yes I am a total sap and I cry at books) and it made me read non stop for 2 days!  I didn't like how part of the book was in Jacobs point of view and the second time I actually skipped that whole section. I am not trying to say that I didn't enjoy getting into Jacob's head and I realize it was crucial to have it written that why, I just couldn't get into it as much when it isn't Bella telling the story.
  Other than that I adored the book, watching Bella transform and really come into her own was great, every character stayed true to themselves. Everyone should read the Twilight series, it appeals to the young and young at heart.
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Breaking Dawn
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I must have discovered some new found appreciation for Breaking Dawn during my reread, since I enjoyed it way more than I did the first time. I flew through it, despite it being the longest of the series, and I think it might be my second favorite of the series (behind Eclipse, of course). I’m not sure what it was that made me love it the second time, even though I nearly hated it the first time around. I still found a good chunk of it boring and repetitive, and the plot still got stranger as it moved along, but I guess I liked that. Maybe it was the fact that the book didn’t focus on the tiny bubble that is Bedward. Instead we get a whole new cast of characters along side the favorites, and more outside forces.

After the action-packed adventure that was Eclipse, Breaking Dawn is a completely different tone. There is no action, at all. Even the big fight with the Volturi that the Cullens are anxiously awaiting, never comes. They work it out by talking, but I think that works, since no one really wants it to come to violence.

There’s about 200 pages where we leave Bella’s head completely and enter Jacob’s (and the pack by the nature of their connection). It should have been refreshing, but it was really boring. Every chapter was essentially the same: Jacob is in his wolf form on patrol, he phases back to human to visit Bella, Bella is overly excited to see him, something happens to upset Jacob and he takes off. Lather, rinse, repeat. We do get some interesting insight into the mind of the pack, especially Leah. It all felt like filler though as we wait for Bella to finally give birth, which was when things get interesting.

Aside from my one-line scene in Eclipse, Breaking Dawn contains my favorite scene of the series: the birth. The first time I read Breaking Dawn, I had to read that part several times because I just couldn’t believe it! Edward bites the baby out! Literally, he chews his way through Bella’s womb since none of the medical tools are strong enough. It was awesome! It was the only thing that stood out to me the first time I read this, and was probably the only scene I actually remembered.

Oh, there was also Jacob’s imprinting which weirded me out, because it prompted me to come up with this whole crazy, disturbing theory. I explained this theory to my mom as if it was fact, because let’s face it, it probably is. She found it strange too. My theory is that Jacob must have imprinted on the egg within Bella’s ovaries that was destined to become Renesme. What Jacob thought was love for Bella was really a longing for part of her female anatomy. Creepy.

Anyway, Breaking Dawn was pretty awesome the second time around. It’s still quite bizarre in places, but I didn’t hate it this time, so that’s saying something. I’m glad there was a happy ending, but I wasn’t expecting anything but. I just wish it had been less anti-climatic.
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Reader reviewed by Meghan W.

It was pretty good but definately not one of my favorites. I didn't like how Stephenie Meyer added the Immortal Children. You hadn't heard anything about them in any of the other books, and then in this one, that's kind of what the plot was based on. I loved all the other books, and waited months for Breaking Dawn to come out, so I had really high expectations. I also thought that there should have been a little bit of a fight, and maybe even some more deaths, or at least some injuries. The whole book led up to that little confrontation, and then nothing really happened.
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