Favorite Lines: “There was a squeal against the window-someone deliberately scraping their steel nails across the glass to make a horrible, cover-your-ears, goose-bumps-down-your-spine noise. I shuddered.” (p. 29)
Bella Swan is about get married, be turned into a vampire and never ever be 19. With her fiance, Edward, and her families planning an elaborate wedding, all she has to do is focus on getting married. That’s what she’s planned, but what she gets is something she never expected.
Meanwhile, Bella’s best friend Jacob is having issues. As a werewolf, he has a natural aversion to vampires, therefore Edward. Jacob is afraid of losing Bella and left (in wolf form) to run in the wild. It seems like nothing will bring him back, not with him knowing that Bella will be transforming into a vampire.
I wondered how Stephenie Meyer was going to wrap up all the different strands of Bella and Edward’s relationship and she didn’t disapoint. I see where other stories can come into play, but all the issues that were brought up in different books are resolved satisfactorily.
For me, this is a hard review to give without spoilers, so I’ll stick to the basics. Bella, Edward and Jacob are true to the people we met in Twilight. The world building has not changed and seems stronger, because it revisits different aspects and solidifies the world. The feud between the werewolves and vampires is looked at, the vampire rulers are faced, and a very personal grown-up issue between Edward and Bella is finaly addressed.
Breaking Dawn is sometimes painful to read (physically), but there is nowhere near the emotional turmoil that was reached in book New Moon. Enemies become comfortable together, and the “your enemies enemy is your friend” becomes true.