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.