There are so many things I can say about this book, so many ways I can describe my feeling towards it. Confused. Shocked. Repulsed. Relieved. Angry. Excited. Detached. Satisfied.
As Mr. Krabs put it: Ive never felt such a strange combination of pity, and indigestion.
Just a very strange mix of all that.
Things werent so distressing when the book started out. The wedding was done very well. In fact, I think it was pretty perfect. Throw in a little Jake action to spice things up. Very well done. The honeymoon then hit. Even though Bella was a liiiittle too horny (as was to be expected), the honeymoon was handled well, too. They had to do it sometime. And Bella couldnt go unscathed now, could she?
Then Bella got pregnant. And thats when the mood started to change, for me anyway. Firstly, and Ive said this before: VAMPIRES CAN IMPREGNATE PEOPLE?!?! That was my main reaction. I didnt think they...erhm&had sperm&and Im guess its his venom that did it, but I truly did not think in a million years that vampires could produce any living thing. I always felt that nothing inside them was really alive (this is me talking about the sperm again).
After getting past that, we move on to Jacobs point of view. Initial reaction? Awwww sheit, I have to read this for another 250 pages?!?!?! Getting down to it though, I loved Jacobs point of view. Probably a hell of a lot better than Bellas at the time anyway. I loved the pack interaction. I love Seth. And Leah started to grow on me.
What really bothered me was that demonchild Bella was spawning. Sure sure, she turned out to be adorable, intelligent, and kind, but I still hated the fact that Bella kept holding onto that thing, and even worse, Rosalie backing her one hundred percent, possibly risking Bellas life and pissing everybody off in the process. Worse than the even worse, this was all putting Edward through so much pain; reading about it was unbearable. It was like Bella in New Moonit even hurt me just reading it.
The delivery of the demonchild was truly disgusting. Can you imagine that in the movie? It felt like torture&like the Saw movies or something. She was just getting more and more mutilated. Truly disturbing visual. But then Edward saves her.
Aaaaaandd Bellas a vampire! This is what Ive been waiting for. Finally we get to see a not-so-breakable Bellasomeone who could beat Emmett at arm-wrestling, potentially win a footrace against Edward, move as gracefully as Alice, and be as beautiful as Rosalie. The whole newborn vampire learning experience was probably my favorite part. (Just make me forget about Renesmee and Im good. 8-))
And I thought Hugo and Rose were bad. Sorry Stephenie, but Renesmee is definitely topping my list of all time worst fictional childrens names. :)
And contrary to what a lot of people have been saying, I actually did enjoy the climax. I mean, weve seen it end this way before, in New Moon and Eclipsea standoff between the good guys and the Volturi. With some dialogue thrown in. Except this time, it was a million times more exciting. The wait for their impending deaths; the defiance towards Jane and Alec followed by the satisfaction of displeasing them; the brilliant speech by Garrett (I wished I could reach into the book and pat him on the back for that); the collective WOOooOOooos that we all let out when Alice came back. I thought the ending really was greata real roller coaster.
Overall, this book was a bit of a half and half for me. I was really repulsed by a lot of what happened in the first half. By that point, with all the wtfs flowing freely out of my mouth, I really thought Id come out hating this book. But, by the end, I was strangely satisfied. By the end, it really did feel like I was reading the Twilight Saga again. On a scale of 1 to 10? Maaaybee&6.65. I still think Twilight was the best of them all, and I almost wished she had ended the series there. But Breaking Dawn provided a true conclusion to the life of Bella Swann (Cullen), and I felt myself let out a sigh of closure when I finally read the last sentence.