Well, I finally finished it! All 700 plus pages in a week (which, with no time during the day to read with two little ones running around, is not half bad if I do say so myself).
I felt that Stephenie Meyer took the storyline of Bella, Edward and Jacob and totally flipped it topsy-turvy to create a book in which I was surprised, excited and had fun while reading. If there’s one thing you can say about Meyer, it’s that this woman has some imagination!
SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!
I understand some of the criticism this book has received. It is by far the most darkest book in the series, with more than one comparison on the internet of the birth scene to Rosemary’s Baby, but I found that Meyer really stretched the storyline to accommodate all of the characters. I mean, how else would she ever give Jacob what he wants and also appease millions of “Team Jacob” people without him imprinting with Bella and Edward’s daughter? So OK, imprinting with a child is inherently kind of creepy to me, but I can understand how Meyer was trying to tie up the story lines. We know that Bella would always choose Edward over Jacob, why not make him part of the family too. I also enjoyed Bella’s transformation from human to vampire. The description of the first few days of being a newborn were well written and fun to read. I never really thought that in the end of the series she would become a vampire, so was surprised when not only she became one, but a pretty super one at that.
My only really disappointment with the book was the ending. It was just so anti-climatic! She set it up as if it was going to be the big, epic fight scene (think Harry Potter’s ending) and instead the Volturi just backed off. NO FUN! I suppose she had decided to finish the book off in this way, quite possibly leaving it open ended for a continuation of Jacob and Nessie’s story – hmmm, another book on the way?
In the end, I felt that Breaking Dawn was a nice wrap up to the series and look forward to what the author has up her sleeve in the future.