Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 756
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 2, 2008
Source: Personal collection

SYNOPSIS

“Don’t be afraid,” I murmured. “We belong together.”
I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words.
This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it.
His arms wrapped around me,
holding me against him….
It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.
“Forever,” he agreed.

WHEN YOU LOVED THE ONE WHO WAS KILLING YOU, IT LEFT YOU NO OPTIONS. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

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, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates 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.

MY THOUGHTS

Things get really weird in this book, and while I initially enjoyed my reread of the Twilight Saga, by the time I got to Breaking Dawn, I had grown pretty weary with the series and the main characters. Edward, while less possessive, is still overprotective. Bella continues to unnecessarily act as a martyr. I did enjoy the change of pace the section from Jacob’s POV offered.

While Bella’s pregnancy was weird and horrifying, her transition into vampirism was too easy. The build up to the end was way too slow and drawn out, and the final show down was disappointing. There were a lot of random new characters thrown in toward the end and not enough action.

I honestly didn’t hate this book now (I kind of thought I would), but I understand why I never reread this book back in the day and how the combination of Breaking Dawn’s publication and the movie’s release effectively cured my Twilight craze. I appreciate how much this series used to mean to me, and it will always hold a special place in my heart, but Bella and Edward’s love story is not the perfect fairy tale I once thought it was.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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