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Title: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Notable: Book #4 in the Twilight series
Edward and Bella are finally married and jet off to Rio de Janeiro to spend a lovely honeymoon together. Though they didn’t know it was even possible, Bella becomes pregnant. The entire Cullen family must figure out how to keep both Bella and the baby safe during the pregnancy and delivery, and how to protect the child from the meddling Volturi.
This is the final book in the Twilight series. While I raced through the three previous books, this one I took my time with. I didn’t really want to get to the end.
When compared to the three previous books, I believe that this book demonstrates a notable step up in the maturity factor. No longer are readers subject to long scenes in which Bella and Edward look for novel ways of stating that they can’t live without one another. Thank goodness for that!
I enjoyed the story line of this book and to me it felt like it jumped into the complexity of an intricate soap opera. You have all of these characters with complicated relationships, loyalties, and motivations. They are all thrown together to defend their families, friends and way of life, and it makes for some socially tangled interactions. That’s something which most ladies love to imagine! Many of the characters are challenged in the way they view other “monsters”, and it’s nice to see them overcome their prejudices.
One of the aspects which I most enjoyed was getting to meet all of the vampire allies and to get a feel for what their strengths were. It’s nice to see some new characters who are not antagonistic, and to witness their interactions with the Cullens.
Finally, I like how Meyer wrapped things up within the story. Bella becomes a vampire and does a great job adjusting. Charlie is brought into the secret only as much as is necessary to ensure he can still be a part of Bella’s life. Jacob gets his happy ending. And independent vampires and other paranormals score a win in their desire to be free of the repressive rule of the Volturi. What more could you ask for? It’s happily ever after for all of our favorite characters.
I recommend Breaking Dawn to all the ladies out there who enjoy a good romantic story with a bit of danger thrown in. I think it’s best suited to teens and up, as things get a bit violent, especially the farther you progress in the series.
- Violence & some gore
- One use of the d-word
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…
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