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? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?
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.
This astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic.
“I don’t care about anything but keeping her alive. If it’s a child she wants, she can have it. She can have half a dozen babies. Anything she wants. She can have puppies, if that’s what it takes.”
Anyone who doesn’t love Breaking Dawn, the best in the series, is just plain weird. This book is absolutely crazy and I love that it exists. This is just a wild ride from start to finish, and so much fun. I’d read more like this. I totally would.
Breaking Dawn starts off with the marriage of Bella to Edward. Because Bella wants to have sex, the one “human experience” she wants to actually experience. And even though Edward was like “no way, not while you’re human” he eventually gave in and said he would try if they got married first.
Everything about that is hilariously crazy. And I just enjoy it. I don’t enjoy the hatred Bella has for actually getting married, though. It isn’t that fun and at this point it is just repetitive since she does this about everything where attention is on him. One of Bella’s “highlights” about the wedding is that her Jacob shows up as a wedding gift. Man, Edward is patient and understanding. I’m not sure I would be. Especially when Jacob throws an absolute shit fit and has to be ejected from the wedding because, I kid you not, he learns that Edward is going to have sex with Bella on their honeymoon.
This is enough crazy for an entire book, but we’re only getting started!
The honeymoon is probably the least interesting part of the entire book, and maybe the series, too. They have sex, he accidentally “hurts” her, which amounted to a few bruises she doesn’t even notice. And then he refuses to have sex again. Until he does.
And then Bella ends up pregnant. Which is just a great thing. A truly great thing. It’s just amazing. Edward’s horror and fear, Bella’s determination to let it kill her. Their utter wonder that this could happen in the first place. Also the result: a daughter named Renesmee, which may be the poster child for Bad Names. Which we all know I have a soft spot for.
The one thing that I don’t particularly care for is that the middle portion of the book is all told from Jacob’s perspective, right at the time I want to be in Bella’s mind the most. As soon as Bella finds out she is pregnant, that Edward wants to remove the fetus so Bella isn’t in danger from it, and Bella figures out a plan to make Edward not do that, it switches to Jacob’s perspective. Which UGH!
And it is just sooo boring. Jacob’s internal monologue is whining about this, whining about that. Complaining, lobbing insults, and more complaining. That is all Jacob does. And I was tired of it before Breaking Dawn, and it is almost intolerable during it. I nearly threw the book the first time I read this series and JACOB ended up being the perspective at the most interesting part.
Luckily, after Bella gives birth to the baby and gets turned into a vampire in the process because the process of both hosting a vampire baby and birthing it basically killed her, Bella takes up the reigns again.
Where she instantly becomes the best vampire to ever vampire in the history of vampires. Seriously. She is perfect at everything she does. Bella can literally do no wrong this book. You almost want her to fuck up once, on one thing. Anything. Just to make yourself feel better for reading this in your pajamas surrounded by popcorn.
And just when Bella is being perfect with her perfect little daughter who is growing at a scary fast pace, things change. Changing babies into vampires is forbidden more than perhaps anything in the vampire world, because they are savage and uncontrollable little monsters that draw in unsuspecting victims with their cuteness before death. And that is before they’re turned into vampires. Someone, I forget her name, has run to what passes as vampire justice with tales of the Cullens turning a child. Of course Renesmee was born, not made, but they didn’t stick around to find that out.
The rest of the book is gathering allies and preparing for battle while being confident that there will be no fighting, only showing what Renesmee really is.Which is interesting because we see more of vampires than just the Cullens, who happen to be really weird for being vampires. I wish there was more of this, actually. I find almost all of the new vampires incredibly interesting.
There are a few people that people complain about, in regards to Breaking Dawn.
The biggest one is that Jacob imprints on Renesmee when she was just born. Which means he is soulmated to, and loves, a literal baby. Which is a bit creepy and to many really wrong. I’ve never really felt the level of outrage and hatred others have had for this, personally. Meyer spent two books explaining the ins and outs of this, and explaining just how uncreepy it is. That doesn’t mean it isn’t at least a little creepy, and that Meyer definitely set this up early on to justify this weirdness. It just doesn’t hit my “omg he is a pedophile!” outrage meter since he never looks at her sexually. Which Meyer goes out of her way to say. Several times. A few of which were because Edward was reading his thoughts and it never went there.
My bigger problem with this is that Renesmee doesn’t deserve Jacob’s bullshit. He does nothing but whine and complain when he doesn’t get his way, and somehow manages to get handed everything he ever wanted? And I’m expected to believe he just changes into a good person someone wants to be with? No, no I do not believe a soulmate bond is that powerful. I feel sorry for her, and Bella and Edward for having to deal with him. Forever.
Also the end is a bit anticlimactic. There is a huge buildup. Like a third of this book is building up to a big battle, even though they don’t really want one and are trying to avoid it. Yet it just kind of peters out and ends and everything is happy and there is no chance at all for anything in the future to go wrong again. It isn’t like the Volturi aren’t still out there, this time humiliated and the vampire community as a whole thinking they are now week. No not at all.
Where is the rest of the series? I want more.
My personal issue is the lack of Alice. The best part of this series. When the Volturi are made aware of Renesmee, Alice sees them attacking the Cullens over it. And then she takes off to figure out how to save them all, and left me all alone with Bella and Edward with nothing to distract me from the fact I’m reading this for the hundredth time except Jacob and Renesmee. WHICH DOESN’T HELP!
Of course Alice saves the day, because she is the most overpowered character in the series. And everything is fine. I just want more of her. Always more Alice. Because she is awesome.
Book five when? It has been 12 years!