Attention! I am going to discuss Breaking Dawn and there could be some SPOILERS!
If you have not read or finished the book and do not want to be upset, come back and read this LATER!
Ok, I am still digesting all of this right now, but I am having mixed emotions about this book. First of all, I can say that the writing was very gripping to me and I had a hard time putting the book down. I did however set the book down a few times because I was upset. I am struggling right now with the direction that the book was taken. So let me vent about the things I had a hard time with.
1. Bella being pregnant. Umm..I thought Edward's body was dead. How on earth did he have live soldiers to get her prego. The only way I could get my mind to wrap around that one was that his men were frozen and once released into the warm environment they defrosted and they were alive? Am I grasping? Is that the conclusion you came to, too?
2. Renesmee. For some reason, the name kind of bothers me. It fits now that I am done with the book, but it seemed like the child was the best of both Edward and Bella and she names her Renesmee? I could see the struggle that if it was Renee and Esme being 2 seperate names and which one would be the middle, but blending them created something I felt did not fit with the beauty and powers of the child. I would have cheered on Meadow from their favorite time together or Hope, but those must be too obvious. I think what would have been cool is Edward's mother's name, Elisabeth. I did however come to accept the name to the character and I am at peace with it. Like that really matters. I do have to say in defense of the name, that I bet Meyer's wanted a one of a kind name! Well my friend, you found it!
3. Jacob imprinting Renesmee! For the love, that is what upset me the most. OK, first of all, EEEWWW! That would be like my old boyfriend falling in love with Shaeler. NO! It is not an age issue, that didn't bother me at all. It was the intense emotions Jacob and Bella had and now he wants her child. Not sitting well with me at all, not one bit. I guess if I were to have any complaints about this book, this is my biggest. I would have been just fine with Jacob being known to Renesmee as "Uncle Jacob" or something like that to be part of the family. But as the future son-in-law, no part of that clicked with me as now they were the complete family. Still working through that one, please feel free to express your opionion if you felt otherwise.
4. One more and then I am done. Edward and Bella and their "relationships" after the marriage. Was it just me or did it pass over the corny line that everytime they were left alone that they would head in that direction. Every time in the book they would end up alone and Stephanie would take them in that direction my mind would start playing Marvin Gaye's "Lets Get it On," in my head. I know they are newlyweds and that they thought they had very little time left together, however, it took all the mystery and the "untouchableness" of the relationship that I fell in love with in the previous books. I guess it was a too quick movement for me to have we can't touch it other to we can't keep our hands off of each other even though an entire evil clan of italian vampires are coming to destroy our lives. I don't know about you, but when the stress hits our house, the drives are turned down.
Ok, with that off my chest, I would like to talk about the things I did LOVE about the book.
I loved the weddding scene!! I could see it in my mind and I loved every minute of it. I loved the first night of the honeymoon and her stress of what to do and trying to figure it out in the bathroom. Totally relatable to that. I loved ALL of the vampires that showed up to help! Showing that friends and neighbors could have such a strong bond that can be as strong as family bonds.
I cried my eyes out in the Farewell scene when Bella was putting Renesmee on the back of Jacob so when the fight would start they could run. The dialogue and the hugging between the 3 of them. I guess that hit home for me because I have an only daughter and Brian and I just said our good byes to her because we sent her to Vegas. I loved the locket and the words "more than my own life." Totally can relate to that one with having a child of my own. The way Edward held her and kissed her when he said goodbye, totally how my husband would say goodbye to my daughter.
I also loved Garret's agency speech! Well done! Honestly, I didn't expect a huge war with the Voltori. When they had met in Italy, there was no blood bath and I wasn't expecting it to happen now. They are old men, too tired to fight or shall I say to "above" it to fight.
I knew that Bella was going to be bit and that they would have to be married in the last book for that to happen. I have been reading other reactions to the book and claiming that this book does not mesh with the other 3. My thoughts are "duh" people. You wanted the bite, which means the marriage which then takes it out of the teeny bopper issues into adult issues. The first 3 books are a high school mentality and issues. Marriage and a child make you grow up and you are not the same person you were before, even if you turn into a vampire. I'm glad Meyer's made her perfect as a vampire and that she saved the day at the end. She overcame her clumsiness and inadequecies to Edward and was his match. And instead of depending on everyone else to protect her, she FINALLY did the protecting herself because she had the power to do so! YES!!!! It is called progression people and I loved it!
My recommendation: Hmmm.....I did like the book but I think that I would not recommend reading it straight through from Twilight to Breaking Dawn. I would recommend reading the first 3 books and then reading the fourth one a little down the road. Maybe when you are married and have children of your own and can relate to it a little better. Again, still digesting this one and interested to see how the youth react. Will keep you posted!