Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: Aug 2008
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: 2012 Twilight Series Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
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 a 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 pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate 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 have been putting off reading Breaking Dawn until the last moment of 2012. I really wanted to finish the entire series re-read in 2012 so I figured I better pick this up to keep with the challenge I started at the beginning of the year. I put it off for so many months because I just wasn’t sure I could enjoy this book. I really didn’t like it when I read it back in 2008 for the first time. Back then I thought it was horrible how Bella didn’t get changed by Edward in the way we had always been dreaming about for 3 whole books, I also didn’t like the baby Nessie or the imprinting or watching Jake suffer. Basically, I hated it back when I read it.
This time around I feel so different from back then that I’m in shock! I actually loved Breaking Dawn this time around. I guess I have come to terms with the fact that Bella gets pregnant and gets changed after her baby almost kills her. However, I really feel I did more than just come to terms with this book I actually can say I loved this re-read.
The characters just felt even more real to me than ever before. I know many people get angry with Bella, Edward and Jacob so often in this series but I can’t help but love them. I feel like the characters were given time in this final book to really bring together the pieces of their lives. More than half the book takes out time for Bella and Edward to get married and Bella to end up pregnant with Nessie. I was almost crying when Jacob had his section of the book because I could feel his pain more than ever before. I connected with Jacob so much more in New Moon and so I really could send my heart out to him in this book because he was still in love with Bella for the first half of the novel. I just loved to watch all of the emotions of Bella trying to save and keep her child inside of her and Edward’s misery that he “infected” her with a baby that could kill the one woman he loved the most. All the emotions were so strong and so much better than the movies.
The plot lines were almost a little lacking when I think about them because I was so wrapped up with the characters that I forgot that the big battle was going to happen in the end. I was so centered on all of the emotions, both good and bad, that the characters went through that I really didn’t care that the battle was going to happen I could have been happy just reading all 750 pages of emotions and the characters growing use to their new roles in life.
At the end of the day I’m extremely happy I read this whole series again this year. I was worried because I thought the books didn’t hold any appeal to me anymore that they suddenly changed into horrible books just because the movies were really lacking. I encourage everyone new and old to the series to read them again or for the first time because this series is well worth it. The series shows Bella’s awkward moments, her compassion, and her love of the supernatural. It shows how Edward could start out being a brooding man who didn’t want to open his heart to the world let alone for a girl who smelled so tasty to him and changed into a man who could smile, love his daughter, and worship his relationship with Bella. Finally, it shows how Jacob could fall in love for the first time with the girl who should have been his if a vampire wasn’t constantly standing in his way but how in the end that vampire relationship produced a little girl named Nessie who Jake couldn’t help but fall to his knees for. Overall, you have to read and remember the Twilight Saga because it deserves its spot in the light.