Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: August 2nd, 2008

Dates Read: January 31st – February 6th, 2019

Pages: 756

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, romance, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

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?

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R E V I E W

I know I’ve roasted all the Twilight books but I just can’t stop. Despite all my higher reviews my urge is to completely rip these books apart despite my high ratings. I read somewhere recently that Breaking Dawn wasn’t originally going to be written. I think that says a lot about what a mess this book is. It was as if Stephanie Meyer took a whole other level considering we go from Bella wanting to be a vampire and being a classic teenager to forming a bloody family. What a twist, honestly. This was truly not where I expected this series to go.

Oh! Fun fact. I have mentioned in almost every review that I first read these books when I was 12. Meaning this was my first book I read that actually featured sex – which is wild to think about. My mum had a friend who read these books and I literally remember her asking me about it. Talk about awkward as heck considering I didn’t even have my period yet. TMI? Maybe.

Breaking Dawn continues Bella and Edwards love story. The love triangle comes to a close as Bella and Edward come together in marriage. Which is a whole weird thing – honestly, both her mum and her father are there and she’s thinking about how useless her parents are without her but also doesn’t seem bothered at all by the idea of leaving them. If you think Bella is insecure, try again. That girl has a major ego problem.

Bella and Edward jet off on their honeymoon and finally consummate their relationship. Bella is straight up stoked because that girl has been horny since book one to the point it was overbearing. Turns out she gets fucking pregnant with the fastest growing baby in history. The demon baby is also killing her from the inside so there’s that. Just as this reveal comes about we have a sudden switch to Jacob’s perspective – which truly does set in stone that Stephanie Meyer had no clue what she was doing with this book. Jacob is still struggling with his feelings for Bella and ultimately ends up splitting from his pack in order to protect Bella.

As an absolute side note can we laugh over the fact that Bella was stressed about the idea of getting married before 20 because she didn’t want people to think she was pregnant, got married, went on her honeymoon and got pregnant within like a month. Like, woah, okay?

We switch back to Bella’s perspective just after the birth of her daughter and her transformation into a vampire. Also, side notes, can we talk about how ridiculous her baby names are? Honestly, Renesmee and EJ. That poor kid is a half vampire and torture with a dumbass name. Another side note is can you believe that the girl playing Renesmee is 19 this year? Wow, I feel old.

The Volturi are about to make their grand and final return once they learn about the birth of Renesmee. After Eclipse we know that the creation of newborn vampires who are children is illegal (how funny is it that vampires have laws?) due to how unpredictable they are. When someone reports Renesmee to the Volturi they instantly begin their really fucking slow trip to America to kill the Cullens. This ultimately has the Cullens splitting up to find possible vampires who will bear witness to the fact that Renesmee grows at a rapid rate but is a real child. Honestly, what a mess (how often do I say that?) but it did well to create tension and build up.

I truly did like the dynamic of the other vampires in this book. They were absolutely hilarious and it felt good to have some other personalities join into the book rather than the plain ones that we had had for three books. Not only that but the fact that Bella was a vampire finally felt like we could stop waiting. Every book was truly just anticipation for the inevitable and it finally happening was like a breath of fresh air.

However, despite the fucking build up this book had. The anticipation of the Volturi arriving and the idea of a possible war we get nothing. We shouldn’t be so shocked at this point because Stephanie Meyer loves to withhold – aka fade to black sex scenes – and the idea of war? Way too much out of her league. Instead, we get a weird mind battle that exhausted me listening to it.

I also would like to touch on how fucking creepy it is that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee. That is a baby. I don’t care if you don’t love her like that you are a grown ass man, or at least a teenager, stay away from children. The fact it was Bella and Edwards daughter – the woman he was in love with a day prior – is even grosser. Edward also said to Jacob ‘my brother, my son’ and if that doesn’t make you want to puke I don’t know what will.

In conclusion, my Twilight re-read is over and so are my spoiler-filled reviews. It truly is bittersweet honestly. I loved these books so much when I was younger and now I feel nothing but disdain. They truly are a fun series and transport me to a whole new word. However, that is thank you to nostalgia and not the quality of the book. Again, I would not recommend this series for anyone other than someone wanting a good laugh.

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Happy reading everyone!

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