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02 August 2008 @ 09:23 pm
My Breaking Dawn review  
Beware: This review contains spoilers for Breaking Dawn! Read at your own risk!

Let me start by saying this: I really loved Breaking Dawn. Maybe I'm a sap but I got exactly what I wanted from it.

That said, BD was not the perfect book. I can admit that. There were bits that were...off. I think everyone knows what I mean. It read differently than the rest. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning...

I got my book shortly after midnight at my local Barnes and Noble. When I got in my car, I read the dust jacket and then drove home. I had started reading by 12:30. The beginning was what I expected. Bella and Edward's wedding. Finally. I never completely understood Bella's aversion to marriage, especially after her conversation with Edward at the end of Eclipse. Then hse'd decided to tie herself to Edward in every human way, but then she groused and complained the whole time leading up to it. At least that got better once she saw Edward waiting for her at the altar. It was nice that Jacob came back for the reception, but that got ruined by Bella's inability to keep her mouth shut about the honeymoon. I don't like Jacob (I never have, too immature and selfish for me) but he was hugely out of line. But more on Wolfboy later...

Ah, the honeymoon. It was about what I expected. Personally I'd have liked a little bit more detail but this is a teen book and Stephanie's a Mormon. So I'll deal. My imagination works just fine, thank you very much. Anyway, Edward's reaction to their first night together was typical Edward. Frustrating, but not really surprising. Glad that Bella got through to him in the end. Then came the plot twist out of left field. OK, not left field. Try out of the solar system. Stephanie, if you ever see this, some warning next time. Please? At least drop us a hint or something. I did not see pregnant Bella coming. At all. I was so horrified and confused that I caved and flipped to the end to make sure I wasn't going to hate the rest. I felt better but I was still monumentally confused. Why had the possibility not come up before, if only in passing? It even through Carlisle for a loop. Where the frak was Alice all this time? Shouldn't she have seen this coming?

Then the everything got turned on its head. Book 2: Jacob. WTF? Jacob?! I was prepared for it to suck. But to my surprise, it didn't. I enjoyed for the most part. Especially Jacob and Edward. Jacob finally got to understand and appreciate Edward's love for Bella. I also liked Jacob finally accepting his birthright as the Alpha. I was proud of him for that. Seth and Leah were great too. Seth is my favorite werewolf whose name is not Remus Lupin, so I was glad he followed Jacob to the Cullens. I thought the sparing between Rosalie (who admittedly  is my least favorite Cullen) and Jacob was hilarious. Then I got to the horrific birthing scene. I've got a strong stomach. I've got no problem with blood and gore. But that was icky. And heartbreaking. Watching Jacob perform CPR while Edward ruthlessly tore the baby out...wow. And then Edward's frantic attempts to get as much venom into Bella's system as possible. I thought it was very well done.

I'm not sure how I feel about the whole imprinting thing. On the one hand I'm glad Jacob is happy. But the fact that he imprinted on Edward and Bella's daughter seems a a tad weird. But then again Nessie (I refuse to use the poor child's right name. Seriously? That's the best SM could come up with?), isn't normal, so why should her love life be normal? Quil's earlier imprinting of Claire was clearly the precedent for Jacob and Nessie. Too bad we'll never find out who was right: Sam or Billy. Speaking of, can Jacob and Nessie have children? *shudders*

Book 3 was the best part for me. This is what I've been waiting for: Bella becoming a vampire! I always thought she'd be an awesome vamp and I was right! Yay! I thought the turning process was fascinating. Especially how Bells dealt with the searing pain. It was like her shield helped her deal with it. It seemed more muted and subdued than it would normally be. Then her reaction to waking up...very well done. Stephanie's descriptions are always great and these were no exception. I knew Bella's control would be above average, well above in fact. The book would have been twice as long otherwise. It was easier to just do away with the normal newborn issues. Again Bella's mental shield was essential.

Then came the blissfully happy part. Everyone's happy. Bella's in control, she's got Edward, her daughter, the rest of the Cullens and Jacob. Hell, she even got Charlie back. I think it's hilarious that Charlie's all gunshy about the supernatural stuff. Oh well, he's safer that way I guess.So, of course, once Bella got everything she wanted the Volturi gave to come and try to take it all way. Typical. I wasn't sure about the Alice and Jasper leaving thing. Seemed kind of convoluted to me. Alice works in mysterious ways. I really enjoyed the roll call of Carlisle's friends. It was nice to see other vamps besides our beloved Cullens. Vamps are individuals just like us humans. Neat. Although the Nessie worship got kind of old after a while. We get it, she's special, can we move on now?

The final confrontation went on longer than I thought it would. Bella's mastery of her shield was pretty impressive. She really came into her own. Hopefully she wouldn't need to be in a combat situation like that again. My favorite part was Garrett's speech.  Very appropriate.Then Edward and Bella said goodbye to Nessie and Jacob. Very touching, especially Edward. But before they can leave...Alice and Jasper came back! Woo hoo! And they brought guests! Turns out Nessie's wasn't so one of a kind after all. The Volturi's "case" (I never believed Aro for a second) was in shambes and the Cullens declared victory.

In the end, Bella and Edward's saga ended exactly the way I wanted. Bella and Edward were together. They were happy. Bella was a vampire. She had a cool power. Jacob wasn't pining after Bella anymore. And none of my beloved Cullens died. I really couldn't ask for anything more than that.
Current Location: visiting Bella and Edward
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: Come Home - OneRepublic
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michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Totally agree with you on the loose ends. It doesn't feel finished to me. Does that make sense? I really hate the name Renesmee. My middle name is Renee and I affronts me to see my name butchered in that way. I think I'd rather the kid was named after a fruit or something.
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quibblernews: susanquibblernews on August 3rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)

What's her real name?

Who's her dad?? (It can't be Edward... can it? And it can't be Jacob, because you said he imprinted on her and that's... I have no issue with fictional brother/sister incest, but fictional parent/child incest is just creepy.)


*is poor and can't afford to buy Breaking Dawn yet*
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Well if you're sure you want to know...

Her name is Renesmee Carlie Cullen. And her father is Edward. No, I'm not making this up. Apparently, it is possible for a male vampire to impregnate a human female. The human doesn't usually survive the birth, but Bella used the opportunity to become a vamp.
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phantom_phan06phantom_phan06 on August 3rd, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you. While it was a good book, it was completely different than the other ones. I kinda felt like the characters weren't the same as in the other ones. The whole Bella pregnant with a vampire thing was weird too, but i kinda predicted it when it said she was eating a lot. hmm. but the whole jacob imprinting on their daughter thing just plain BUGGED me. But i was very happy that Bella became a vampire and that they ended up together.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
The best part for me was Bella becoming a vamp. I've been looking forward to it since Twilight. THAT was everything I hoped it would be. From the astonishing self control that she had even as a newborn to her reveling in the strength and speed. I LOVED the arm wrestling with Emmett!
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:-)karie22 on August 3rd, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
I agree 100% with every single word written here. Seriously, it's like I wrote this myself.

And yeah, I NEVER expected Bella to get pregnant, nothing hinted at it in the earlier books. But, SM sure was dropping anvils in BD leading up to Bella discovering she was pregnant. Seriously, the first time they made mention of her eating a lot, I was thinking "uh-oh". And then she started getting tired all the time. Then the biting into the raw chicken (bleh!) and the sickness following it... I was actually thinking "God, Stephenie, why are you being so obvious?" But I guess maybe it's like you said, it was so far out of left field, she wanted to let us know, at least right as she was leading up to the revelation, that it was coming, so as not to totally shock us to death. But even when I first figured it out, I was still like "OMG I can't believe this!!!"

Oh, and one thing... you mentioned Alice not being able to see it. That was explained. Like she couldn't see the wolves, she also couldn't see Nessie (yes, Renesmee was the dumbest name EVER. I kid you not, every time I read it, I had to pause reading to say "Are you f**king kidding me???") She explained it in the book, saying that she could see humans, because she used to be one, and could see vampires even more clearly, but she had never been a wolf and couldn't understand them, so they were a mystery to her and blocked from her sight. Nessie was the same way, because Alice had never seen anything like her, knew nothing of her kind, and couldn't understand her existence.

Really excellent review! I just went off and wrote a novella in reply to some people who were griping about the problems with the book, so it's nice to see at least one other person understood the book in the same way that I did. Thanks for sharing.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm kind of upset about all the hate. It's like DH all over again. It's like if you don't get exactly what you wanted it sucked.

Thanks for reminding me about Alice. I forgot about that. I'm just glad she and Jasper came back. I missed them.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
it really upsets me how pretty much everyone hates breaking dawn. its horrible, because seriously? i thought it was very good. and i agree with your review 100%.

but seriously, how can everyone hate it? i'm gonna cry.
Jo: rachel bilsonunfurlingbeauty on August 3rd, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
I loved it too! :) I can't believe the series is over though.. (not counting MIdnight Sun).
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calif0rnia on August 3rd, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
I definitely agree completely with your review. I loved the book overall but I've definitely got a few problems with it.

Renesmee is definitely one of the worst names ever. It's up there with Albus Severus Potter and Hugo Weasley. The whole Jacob imprinting on Renesmee thing really bugged me as well.

But overall I'm just happy that B/E are together forever with no Jacob issues. :)
a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a bitchbubblyrory on August 3rd, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ohmygod. So agree with the name of Bella's daughter!
It's like Stephenie couldn't think of a good name so she totally thought of blending the two names in a total of two seconds. It just seems like a rushed thought or something.
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Deaanadeaana on August 3rd, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, the ending was just perfect. I thought it all worked out perfectly, although the whole Jacob imprinting thing threw me for a loop, literally. I had to put the book down and try to keep from laughing. Every time I think of it, I snicker. I mean, Bella's going to be Jacob's Mother in Law some day. I guess Jake got over his aversion to vampires, hehe.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yep, Jake must have gotten over his smell issues! It was just so weird of Jake to spend so much time at the Cullens. I was hoping he'd imprint; I just NEVER expected Bella's daughter!
shaykay0712 on August 3rd, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
i loved it.. & i liked renesmee! & im thinking that there is going to be a book from either nessies or jacobs point of view to carry it on! SM just said no more bella & she said she wasnt done with the characters!!
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I want more Edward dang it! But I could deal with Jacob and Nessie, I guess. :)
_shannow: twilight ; human minute_shannow on August 3rd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Great review. I agree with pretty much all of it. Especially Renesmee's name. Plus, I rather she be called "Ren" than "Nessie" just cause "Nessie" just sounds... well, like Bella said, it's the Loch ness monster.

Seth is my favorite werewolf whose name is not Remus Lupin
Glad I'm not the only one with a soft spot for werewolves in any books, haha. Of course, I happen to love Jacob as well (not with Bella, but by himself and with Renesmee).

The end was a bit anticlimatic, but sweet. I loved that Bella could bring her shield down and let Edward see her thoughts and memories. I'm just happy no one died, really. My friend kept saying, "Someone is going to die. it can't just be all happy happy! I don't want anyone to die!" (Deathly Hallows ruined "final books" for me, all my favorites died). I'm happy she was wrong.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Anti-climatic is a great word. I was sort of hoping for a fight like Hogwarts. But then I didn't want anyone to die. Not compatible thoughts really. So I'll just be happy no one died.

My problem with Jacob doesn't really have anything to due with the werewolf thing. It's his immaturity that bugged me. But he was much more tolerable after he imprinted. I'm glad he and Edward understood each other at the end.
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Nicole: [twilight] rosalie alice jasperexplainingsound on August 3rd, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
We get it, she's special, can we move on now?
hahahaha. so true.

Although, I actually expected more out of the fianl confrontation.. I really wanted a fight, damn it. *sigh*

but, ultimately, you're right:
In the end, Bella and Edward's saga ended exactly the way I wanted. Bella and Edward were together. They were happy. Bella was a vampire. She had a cool power. Jacob wasn't pining after Bella anymore. And none of my beloved Cullens died. I really couldn't ask for anything more than that.
That pretty much sums up my thoughts as well.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 3rd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I really wanted a fight too. After all the action in Eclipse, we got nada in BD. What's up with that?
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Jenni/Jen/Jennifer/Jen Jen...you pick!: you are worth itjenni_cn on August 4th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
The whole imprinting thing still puzzles me, too, as does the necessity of Nessie's character as being crucial to the plot.

First, how does that work if Nessie is fully matured at 7? Are you telling me Jacob and she will be in love, though she's forever trapped in the body of a seven year old? ICK!(I'd say that's a genetic dead-end if anything was! LOL)The fact that they made her stay young forever still puzzles me.

Plus, I just think it was a bit much to make Bella and Edward parents at all. I could have done without that part. There would have been better and more romantic ways to change Bella to a vampire, and Bella's love for Edward would have been enough to spur her shield in the end. It just distracted too much from what was the central theme all along - their love for each other!!! *cries*

I have to say I liked the book in the end, though. It wasn't what I expected and it was a total emotional rollercoaster, but it's growing on me.

Edited at 2008-08-04 01:29 am (UTC)
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 4th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I think that Nessie will be mature at 7. While she's only 7 in actual years, physically and emotionally she'll be an adult. At least that's how I saw it. Kind of like dog years. She'll just stay 18 forever.

I really didn't see the need for her either. I'd have done it some other way. I didn't want Bella's love for Edward to be overshadowed by a kid that shouldn't even exist. But I'm not the author. I can deal with it as is.
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xollinzolox on August 4th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I loved it too. It just seemed...right. I don't know. I need to read it again.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 4th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad some of us liked it. The haters are so overwhelming...
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jolililil0Ooo____sweetdreams on August 4th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I have to agree!
1) Rosalie is my least favorite Cullen.
2) I, too, thought book 2 was going to be a distaser because I'm not a huge Jacob fan. But, to my surprise I really did in enjoy it. Edward and Jacob finally got along.
3) Book 3 was what I was waiting for too. I was totally thrilled that Bella FINALLY became a vamp. Yay! I thought SM wrote that well. I was pleased.
4) Renesmee is definately a weird name... I prefer Nessie because it's easier for me to say ha.
5) I wasn't at all happy with Alice and Jasper leaving. I love them! I was getting mad because the closer I got towards to the end I kept thinking "what about Alice?" But thankfully, she came back.
6) Edward & Bella do get their life of eternity together. That's what I really wanted. I semi-expected a baby, but I didnt want a baby to be invovled. Oh well. It wasnt too bad.
So, great review! I'm glad to see that my thoughts and ideas on the book are not that far from most. Yay!
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 4th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Clearly you haven't found the haters yet. They're out in droves! I'm glad you liked my review!
trueporn_addicttrueporn_addict on August 6th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
I have to say, I hated Rosalie before this and now I hate her even more. I cannot stand her.
michellemtsu: Edward Cullenmichellemtsu on August 12th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Rosalie and Jacob are my two most hated characters. I really wish they would have gotten into a knockdown drag-out fight!
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