Monday, August 16, 2010

Breaking Dawn

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. 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? The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

My Thoughts..

So who doesn't love a happy ending? I don't consider that to be a flaw in what is at its heart, a romance novel. The fact that the entire series had delighted us with fantasy, action and the supernatural shouldn't change the expectation that this story was always a love story. And I loved it. I think Eclipse is still my favorite, maybe Twilight because it's when I first fell in love with these characters, but I don't have to choose. What I loved about Breaking Dawn was finally being able to hear a maturity in Bella's voice that others alluded to, but we couldn't hear because we were inside Bella's head with all her doubts. I loved the change in her relationship with Edward, when they were finally on equal ground. In a very real sense, Edward was finally allowed to be more Edward, more himself and I loved him more for it. The humor of the previous books continued as well as a few tear jerking moments of emotion, proof that the characters are complex and well-developed. I hope Meyer's revisits Forks in the future with the voice of other characters. I'd like a happy ending for a few more and to see how a few others turn out, especially around the Quilleutes at La Push. I'm not sure I can be as blissfully happy for Jacob until I do.

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