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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Audio CD – Audiobook, August 2, 2008
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It takes some patience for readers who are not 14 to 15 year old girls to get to the last books. The first two books are clearly aimed towards those age groups. For older young adults they would be a lot of cussing and much more sensuality.. For the most part it is a very clean book series with a chaste love it doesn't go beyond kissing for the first three books. In the last book the sensuality is increased slightly to the point that you know what is going on but there's no graphic description outside of metaphors and feelings. The series is still aim toward the younger crowd and really is more of a introduction for young readers in to the genre.
The ending of the book series feels somewhat appropriate for what it is. The series as a whole is not full of action or real danger. Everything that occurs that puts a protagonist into danger seems to come about through happenstance, accident, or misunderstanding. There's no real consistent or engaging antagonist to the series. For the majority of the story those that would be considered the antagonist make brief appearances that for the most part last a chapter or less. The danger happens and then it is over. This last book will promise a real rough and tumble ending but deliver something much more poignant if a bit less satisfying for readers of other genres.
Stephenie Meyer still makes it complex and interesting while ending her series on a strong note that makes me wish that she continued to write in this world. I have yet to read The Chemist but I have read The Host, her gender swap version of twilight, and of course The Short Life of Bree Tanner. I found that she has improved in her skill and her stories are much more engaging. In her gender swap story she managed to make the character that took the place of Bella who is named Beau into a more rounded character an interesting personality. The character of Edyth who took the place of Edward also felt more dangerous and complex. While in The Host she still had a love triangle at least it had a twist that made it interesting. It felt real and both the protagonist in the story we're so sympathetic that punch you right in the feels.
Why the twilight series may not be my cup of tea necessarily it is well written and so long as I acknowledge it for what it is and who the target audience actually was the story is quite enjoyable. it is a good story and series to read for those who want to expand their palate or just to come away with their own opinion about the series rather than hearing others. Stephenie Meyer's wanted to write a love story in the first book that was about the obsession of first love with some paranormal traits within it. It was targeted towards younger girls and was written to their level. As a series progressed Stephanie Meyers wrote the story to an increasingly more mature audience as the characters grew and the audience expanded.
I will say for writers or aspiring writers Stephanie Meyers does have a style that is very clear and draws the reader in. In the first two stories she did leave Bella as a blank slate making it easier for the reader to slip into her shoes but also making the character more of an outline than an actual person. Depending upon the genre and the audience this can work and it's interesting to see even if it's not necessarily enjoyed.
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A brilliant read for those interested in the fight of good against evil.
The relationships continue to develop and the character's continue to grow which is a feat in itself by the time you get to the fourth book. The plot was strong with loose ends being tied up nicely. The style was particularly more to my taste. It is written in three parts: the first and third from Bella's point of view and the second from Jacob's. It is an easy book to read and enjoy and a quick read despite its 700 page length. Stephenie Meyer manages to keep your interest throughout. It is a long time since I read the previous books in the series but I had no trouble at all remembering what had gone on before, I didn't need to do any re-reading to remind me of plot lines.
A very good series if you enjoy books with character's that continue to grow, plot lines that are interesting but not overly complicated and a book to immerse yourself in and forget the real world for a while. A real snuggle on the couch series.
5/5 stars from me.
From the moment I start reading this book, I've been searching for clues etc on the reconciliation of the triangular relationship as the third book did left me heartbroken in a way for Jacob. You can see the gradual change in the mind of Jacob and how he finally finds peace.
The first part is all very fairy-tale like with all the wedding and stuff and the first sexual encounter of Bella and Edward. Bella seems like a mature girl apart from the fact that in Eclipse she kind of keeps changing her "deadline" and "terms of conditions" for becoming an immortal. However, in the first part of the book, she becomes this pretty desperate girl always asking for more physical contact from her newly wed husband, which is a bit over the top. Edward, having discovered their first sexual experience results in bruises all over her body, refuses for more until she becomes an immortal. And of course he has to "give in" in the end. Well, you can imagine the consequence of `non-safe" sex which leads to the second part of the book.
The second part is told from Jacob's point of view and whole tone or language is different. From Jacob's angle, you can see the love both Edward and Bella has towards each other which also makes him realize that he should move on. The account of the whole pregnancy is quite horrific, as the baby grows in the speed of light and Bella has to start `drinking blood' to feed the baby. The final chapter for this part is more or less like the script of ER with Edward delivering the baby and Jacob giving Bella CPR!!
And in the third part, you will find out that Bella, who nearly died during the childbirth, has survived as Edward gives her his venom in the last minute and turned into a vampire. The first few chapters account how Bella adjusts to this new life, which surprisingly is not as bad as it was expected. On the other hand, it shows how the triangular relationship develops and has indeed an interesting outcome. Having imprinted on her daughter, Bella can finally release herself from the guilt she felt for Jacob and Jacob can also "move on" with his life with Renesmee in mind. When I read to this, it does sound odd to me and it takes time to take it in. However, you may remember in New Moon, Quil imprinted on a 2 year old-so it's not so strange after all, and besides, we do live in a strange world nowadays. This kind of takes the Bella-Jacob relationship into a new stage as he becomes her true (probably only human) friend whom she can still be close to, ignoring the potential `son-in-law' issue!! It drags a bit for this part of the story but what comes next is quite exciting.
Again, remember back in New Moon, Laurent, who developed a close relationship with Irina from the Denali coven, was killed by the wolf pack. Irina, comes to try to make peace with the Cullen but she sees Renesmee and believes she is an immortal child, a human child turned into a vampire-this is forbidden within the community. She reports this to the Volturi who then decide to come and punish the Cullens. In order to convict the Volturi that Renesmee is not one, they gather all the friends they can find as witnesses as Renesmee has this special gift of transmitting memory and thoughts. Their friends are all taken by surprise and become warmed to her. On the other hand, there is a slight twist to the story, Alice and Jasper disappeared which is a mystery that is only revealed in the most crucial moment.
The Cullens, along with their alliance-the werewolves, not entirely sure that they will win this battle, are all prepared to die and so as their friends. As their friends gathering in their place, they slowly come to the conclusion that the Volturi are coming, not for the punishment, but to get all the gifted Cullens especially Alice to join them. The whole court of the Volturi finally arrive and at the crucial moment, Alice and Jasper appear with additional proof. They bring with them a 150 years old half-human/half-vampire Nahuel who explains that the half-breed poses no danger to them. The Volturi finally leave them in peace.
This is probably not so much as a page turner as the first three books but it ties up some of the loose ends from previous books and a good ending or happy ever after is probably what many of the fans want. I know it may just be too perfect but that is probably what we want in our imagination. And seriously I do like the last chapter very much especially on the part where Bella, having obtained this gift of putting on a shield, manages to push it off, so that Edward can read her thought and understand how much she loves him.
Last, but not the least, I think Stephanie is very clever in a way that she has put some clues in the end which will be useful if she decides to go back on them again. Will Renesmee choose Nahuel instead after 6 years when she grows up? Will Jacob be heartbroken yet again? Will Volturi recover after this encounter and come back again to revenge? I do sincerely hope that we will get answers to these in the near future!!
The books are from the perspective of their title holder. So the 1st and 3rd books are the same as the previous books but the second book is told from Jacobs perspective, similar to the end of Eclipse.
The story continues throughout the book and it is interesting to have Jacobs perspective and his opinions of the events that unfold.
Hearing stories from both sides makes it interesting and refreshing from the constant side of Bella, however it has taken me more time to read this one compared to the other three books
I did actually really enjoy this series of books and felt a little sad when they finished! The characters are a lot easier to love in the books than the films and there is huge amount more depth to both them and the story itself. I would very much recommend these books, even if you have been put off by the hype of the films.
I ended up watching the films after reading this series and really didn't enjoy them as much.
So in summery, I enjoyed Breaking Dawn and I enjoyed the conclusion of the story. For me personally, it's not my favourite book (it's actually my second to last behind with new moon being at the bottom) but it could of been worse. There were some places I didn't particularly like where Meyer took the characters, but at the end of the day, it's her story and the conclusion of Twilight is what I think every originally thought and wanted. Bella and Edward to get their "forever".
I probably would have enjoyed the book a bit more if I hadn't read those spoilers but it was thuroughly enjoying to read exactly how everything played out with all of the details and amazing pictures meyer has painted here.
Having read all of the main books of the Twilight Saga (the only one I haven't read is the Bree Tanner story) I truly don't understand why so many people hate the series as much as they do, I am a 26 year old straight man, I do have a fairly broad range of interests when it comes to my entertainment needs, but I rarely read many novels, I still absolutely love this entire series, I don't fit the assumed target audience, but still I find all of the books utterly amazing and I think Breaking Dawn is my favorite of all of the books, particularly the last book of Breaking Dawn.
I can not wait for this masterpiece to be released as a film, even though I imagine the same will happen to it as has happened to the other books in the series, things will IMO undoubtedly feel rushed, but to see how the movie's producers translate the last of the series into a film will I imagine be awesome, even if it's only a fraction as great as this amazing book.
Seriously you have to read it if you like the other books.
But all in all this is a great book and i recommend it to those who are in their teens and above. Though i feel that the book focuses too much on the fighting and training part of Bella's(one of the main characters) new life which in turn takes away some of the romance that was there in the previous books.
But it is a good buy!
p.s: I got my version (Hardback) in mint condition and would recommend you buy the hardback and not the paperback because the the cover on the hardback slips around alot but you can just take it off and put it asside as you read and as you read you don't get those horrible creases on the side, so if you keep it clean, it will always look as good as new.
But in paperback, it is much more likely to get damaged and you get those creases on the side which may sometimes disproportion or almost warp the posture of the book.
So go hardback!
When Bella learns to control her new gift and show Edward not just what she is thinking but every thought she has had since they met, it just made my day! You can really relate to Bella but also Edward, as Bella gives him the one thing he never thought he would get but always wanted. On top of that, Renesmee, or Nessie :) i can't wait for the 4th movie, to be honest number 3 will be the worst of the saga, but the 4th will be amazing! And i only wish that somehow there will be more!! More books Stephenie!!
To sum up, this is one incredible book that will really and truly warm your heart! There is some ghastly scenes (like the birth....eurgh!) and as a young mother, i have to say, i had it reaaaly lucky! lol but you really do begin to wish that you could switch places with Bella and live her life! Such an amazing read, i have to read it again right away!
I must say I did not buy into the hype around these books, knew no one who had read them and yet before I started book 4 I did have a strong feeling about the contents and I was right about 2 of the 3major events in the book. This only added to it though as the compelling story really couldnt have ended anywhere else.
I read this book in a day well within the school day, only stopped for 1 cup of tea which i had reading! I just didnt realize the time and before I knew it it was 3.20 and i had to put it down with only a 100 pages to go! but I devoured the finale asap
I fully intend to start from the ebegining and read all of them again.
hopefull midnight sun will be compleated soon