Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – Review by Shirley


Bella is almost too good to be true in the first three books of the The Twilight Saga. Though she has some faults, Bella is a teenager I really admire. But in this tale’s conclusion, her behavior is too over-the-top for me. While it is not hard to believe that a mother would do anything for her child, what she endures here is where I think most would draw the line. Edward loses points with me as well for allowing it to happen. My sympathy has been with Jacob throughout this series. His portion of Breaking Dawn touches my heart and there are several scenes that bring me to tears. I am glad he is heading towards his happily-every-after, but I do not care for how it all happens.

This is definitely not my favorite of the series. Still, in spite of my feelings about the story, I must give Breaking Dawn a 4.0 for Ms. Meyer’s creativity and story telling abilities. She gets emotional reactions (whether good or bad) from her readers and writes so vividly that you feel as if you are watching the story unfold on a big screen. Even when events in the story were not to my liking, I could not put it down or abandon it. I just had to know how everything ends.

Book Stats:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (August 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031606792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067928

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Books in the The Twilight Saga in the order they should be read:
The Twilight Saga Boxed Set
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn

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Bella is almost too good to be true in the first three books of the The Twilight Saga. Though she has some faults, Bella is a teenager I really admire. But in this tale’s conclusion, her behavior is too over-the-top for me. While it is not hard to believe that a mother would do anything …

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  1. I do like Jacob, but would’ve liked him more if he wasn’t part of an incredibly forced love triangle. Getting to see part of the story through his eyes was fun.

  2. Personally I never cared for Jacob. He knew that Bella would never choose him over Edward, and yet there he was, making her life miserable trying to confuse her. He knew the first time he saw her after going through his transformation that they weren’t soul mates (because he wasn’t able to imprint on her) but yet he kept pushing her. I realize that he’s young and is bound to make mistakes in the romance department, but he could have saved himself a lot of grief if he would have accepted the truth early on. Oh well, maybe I’m just dazzled by Edward’s character too far to make any unbiased comparisons between them.

  3. I think my favorite character in the entire series was Jacob. Breaking Dawn wasn’t my favorite book in the series but like you I couldn’t put it down. I also agree with you about the books feeling like a movie while reading it but I feel that way about a lot of books that I read because I get so lost in them.

  4. I agree with the vivid writing. I felt that way the most with the Host. I really struggled with it, but I kept on reading. I almost quit at least 4 times. By the end, with how detailed she was, it was all I could think about.

    I really felt for Jacob as well, always liked him.

  5. THANK YOU!!! I was thoroughly disappointed in the final book of the series. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one.

    After having read the first three, I was excited to see notices about the movie coming out and couldn’t wait to get the fourth and final book in the series. Did someone switch authors in there somewhere??? The storyline goes completely off the charts into the realm of the ridiculous (yes, I realize that we’re among the fantasy genres here). The first three were likeable for many reasons, one of which was that the premise was plausible. Ms. Meyers blew that with the fourth.

    Twilight fans, I apologize… Please believe me, I didn’t want to say anything. I was forced!!!

  6. While the final book in the series did throw me for a loop, I did enjoy it. It was definitely different from her previous books. I have to disagree with the reviewer on one point, I haven’t been as sympathetic to Jacob. Although, I do like him, it was obvious from the beginning that Bella belonged with Edward. I really found the subject of Jacob’s imprinting to be a fun surprise! I think the author chose well.

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