Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

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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 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?

I know you might be wondering why it has taken me almost a year to finish this book. Yes, you read that right. I started this one in October 2016, after reading the first 3 books in the series. But after precisely 532 pages, I just stopped reading. It wasn’t that I lost interest…but other things took over and I never finished. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it took until this week to finally pick this book up again.

Surprisingly, I actually found it pretty easy to get back into the story, and after reading a short summary to catch up, I was enjoying it once more!

“You could run from someone you feared, you could try to fight someone you hated. All my reactions were geared toward those kinds of killers – the monsters, the enemies.”

It’s been a while, but I loved the start of this novel. Unlike the other books in the series, Breaking Dawn is broken into 3 parts. Part 1 is from Bella’s point of view, then we switch to Jacob, then back to Bella.

Starting with part 1, I adored this part. Seriously, the romance is just spot on, sexy, funny and just lovely. It’s everything I could hope for in a romance. Without giving away too much, I love the way Bella reacts to the..ahem, new addition. It adds a new layer to the story that is just beautiful.

Part 2, however, I wasn’t as much of a fan of. As much as I like Jacob, I find focusing the story on him completely can sometimes be a little annoying. It added an extra something to the story, and I like seeing the family development from his side, but I definitely preferred Bella’s viewpoint.

“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?”

Part 3 is the one I’ve just rejoined – and I have to say really liked. We join Bella in a completely different time of her life, a scary, fast paced and interesting time. I loved speeding through those final pages.

Let’s talk about the length of this book before we wrap up. I would say one of the reasons – maybe the only reason – I didn’t finish reading this for so long, is the length. But should it be shorter? Actually, no. Especially reading the last 200 or so pages, I realised how much we needed so much writing to explain the complex world of Twilight.

“If your life was all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?”

Overall, I really liked this book and it reminded me of my love for the entire series. It’s an interesting and complex paranormal romance with many elements and layers. It also has a happy ending – and I loved that. My love for Twilight is back, and I’m happy about it.

★★★★

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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