Monday, August 18, 2008

Book Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (No spoilers)

Book Review:

Breaking Dawn

Book Jacket Description: 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?

I had read all 3 prior books in The Twilight Series this summer. You can read my review of Eclipse here. I have decided not to post spoilers here as I did not read any before I read the book and I believe that makes it a better reading experience. I was able to read the book without any idea of what would happen and without any preconceived notions or opinions from others. That was my choice, others may choose differently and there are plenty of reviews out there with spoilers that you can find.

I have to say that I liked the book and where the author went with the story. I read it quickly as I couldn't put it down and felt pulled into the story. For me, I found this the best book of the series as this was the only time I felt that I couldn't put the book down. I found the story well written, easy to follow and gripping to the end. I liked where the author took Bella and Edward as well as the other characters and the way the story was told all the way to the end. I am a Jacob fan and was happy to see where she took his character and the balance in the book she gave to him and his story. Of course, there were questionable and unbelieveable ideas in the story...there were in the other books as well. Those things didn't deter me from enjoying the book. I had heard that there was controversy brewing and fans that didn't like the book. I am surprised that some people chose to not finish the book and I believe that for them, that is a can you judge a book without finishing it? For me, it is a fictional story about vampires and werewolves so why be surprised where that storyline takes you?

In other Twilight news....The Twilight Movie will be released in theaters November 21st! It was recently moved up 3 weeks as the release of the sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been moved from this Thanksgiving to next summer. Stephenie Meyer is also currently at work on Midnight Sun the Twilight story from Edward's perspective. You can read the first chapter here.


  1. Great review Bonnie! I read it because you said no spoilers-lol. I hope to get to it in the next week or so. I'd sure like to have it read before September rolls around.

  2. "it is a fictional story about vampires and werewolves so why be surprised where that storyline takes you? " Bonnie, I agree 100% I suspended all my expectations and let Meyer tell me the story she wanted to tell. What more should a reader do? I mean, a book is the creation of the author after all. I guess I enjoyed Twilight the most. Now I hope the movie lives up to the fans' expectations. Nice that it's being released earlier!

  3. I think your review was well written, but I was not as drawn into BD as I was some of SM's other books. There are some specific elements that I did not like: 1) I thought the change in POV was unnecessary, 2) I didn't like that she drew in such a large number of characters and 3) the climax was anti-climatic.


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