Well, everyone has had their say on this series, so I figure that I might as well have a pop at it as well 🙂

BREAKING DAWN – Stephenie Meyer

SYNOPSIS

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, 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?

REVIEW

Having read the previous three books in the series, I was really looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately… it left a bad taste in my mouth. This review contains many, many spoilers as it was impossible to share my thoughts without revealing the plot.

The series as a whole has had it’s ups and downs. Twilight had introduced the characters well, New Moon confirmed to me than I was going to read the whole series, but it was Eclipse that was by far my favourite of the series.

What I loved about Eclipse was exactly what was missing from Breaking Dawn. The other Cullens’ melted into the background (much of this was obviously caused by taking both Alice and Jasper out of the book for a huge portion), and considering they are what was interesting and enthralling about the previous three books – it seemed insane to me, to brush them aside.

The final battle – the battle which had bought all the vampires and wolves together, the battle which they had trained for and feared… was a huge anti-climax. It didn’t seem like the finale the series deserved. It needed to be epic, the battle needed to happen, and there needed to be loss on both sides. Instead. They talked and then each side when its own way. It just seemed senseless. When they had walked away from the Volturi in New Moon, it had made sense… it drove the story forward. This time however, their meeting with the Volturi turned into needless filler.

Clearly, I didn’t enjoy this book, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy aspects of it. I loved that Meyer wrote from Jacob’s POV, and I felt I was with Bella as she jumped across the river, and the traumatic birth of Nessie followed by Bella’s turning made for some intense reading. It was interesting to know more about Leah and I would have loved Meyer to have explore that thread of the story more. My issues with this book were all plot-based, the writing while maybe not the most literary, it did draw the reader in and Stephenie has created a world that has capitivated me since I read the first few pages of Twilight.

The series as a whole would have worked better if they had perhaps focused more on the relationship between the vampires and wolves, as in my mind, that’s what the books were about. I always imagined the final battle would be vampire vs. wolf with Bella stuck in the middle.

So, in conclusion, Breaking Dawn was a disappointing end to an enthralling series. It asked more new questions, rather than answering the existing ones, and the ending felt incredibly anti-climatic for such a series of books.

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