Book Seventeen of 2012: BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer

 

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 a 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?
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.

I have heard conflicting opinions about this book and I’ll have to say that I was prejudice against the series very early on because of the conflicting opinions. Out of the four books that make up the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn is the best written by Stephenie Meyer. Bella finally doesn’t sound like the whiny teenager. By changing the character’s views and voice, Meyer was able to hold me for the almost full 800 pages.

As far as characters go, I love that she had expanded the world by adding in her other vampires. Theses new vampires all had their own personalities and it was great exploring them. I love that the book is broken down so that we hear Jacob’s voice. Truly, if I was a big Twihard, I would be Team Jacob all the way. He is funny, loyal, and endearing. Much like my own husband and dogs (I’m a dog person). There are a few things I would like to address that made me hesitant about reading this.

The “Sex” Scenes: From many reviewers of the book, I was under the impression that the sex scenes were graphical and had a dark undertone to the experience between Edward and Bella. Sadly, the movie’s rendition of the sex scene is better than the book. Honestly, you only get a before and after, never the during. It reminded me of when I would write a sex scene and just have the beginnings of a nice kiss, have a blackout, and then have my characters smile the morning after. Meyer decided to go this way, sparing the gritty details that the tamest adult romance writer lingers in.

The bruises and other evidence of the Cullen passion may direct readers into thinking that the relationship is this crazy, dark, sado-masochistic abuse, but they are clinging to little threads. Much like the vampire royal, Caius in the end of the book was trying to make a good excuse to kill the Cullen family. I’m sorry to tell people, but, I’ve read grittier sex scenes. This is truly an innocent scene and not once did I blush or freak out thinking Edward abused Bella. And believe me, I’m as vanilla as it comes about sex.

Reneesme: I am not a big vampire hybrid person. I don’t like it in movies and I don’t care for it in books. I have yet to find a suitable explanation on how a technically dead person is able to mate with a living person and manage procreation. That said, I find Reneesme a cop out as far as I’m concerned. It feels that Meyer wanted Jacob to be happy and therefore she made a convoluted story twist to make that happen. Though I am glad Jacob found his one, I can’t fathom the idea of a hybrid. The whole quick gestation period, aging, and somehow miraculous immortality deal really feels like a quick and easy way to fix things.

That said, it doesn’t mean the Meyer didn’t try to convince me that it wasn’t plausible. I was surprised about her explanation and even that was supposition in the characters eyes. Honestly, I took the whole child ordeal much like Bella… I merely went with the flow. Surprisingly, it helped.

Alice: Once again I am praising the world that is Alice Cullen. She truly is the most interesting of characters. She isn’t bonded by the Cullen family through blood, but she proves her worth in this book. Her love, Jasper, is just as interesting. Please, Stephenie Meyer, if you happen across this, think about writing a book featuring Alice and Jasper.

In All: The book wasn’t as bad as I was expecting and I actually enjoyed this one better than the other three. I liked Bella better and I did find some parts to be a wee bit too easily explained, but for a mindless read it wasn’t half bad. I wouldn’t mind reading the series again, to be honest. I guess I could hesitantly say that I am slowly becoming what I feared the most, a Meyer fan.

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