Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer

Series: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

Published: 2008

# of pages: 768

Series: Twilight Saga

I've been putting off discussing this book because I didn't review Twilight, New Moon, or Eclipse. However, these books are some of my all time favorites and since I read this one after starting my book blog, I'll go ahead and sort of review it. I don't want to give anything away for those of you who haven't read these books, so don't worry!

Anyway, I was just a little disappointed with Breaking Dawn. Part of it was because of where I am in my personal life, it definitely influenced my reaction to one of the biggest surprises in this book. So I can't say that it really wasn't as good as the others because my personal reaction was the main reason I didn't enjoy the book as much. However, there were many parts that I was pleased with and I overall think it was a good ending to Edward's and Bella's story. There wasn't as much intense "I can't put the book down" type of situations, but that actually fit with the mood of the book. Part of me was purposely dragging it out because I didn't want to finish it. I was sad when it was over and am just happy that now I'm looking forward to the movie (which is coming out on my birthday!).

My husband (who is also a big fan of these books...they aren't just for girls!) read that the cover is a symbol of Bella's transformation. Don't worry, I won't go into any more details, but Bella is a strong character. I've admired her throughout the series and love the way she handles all types of situations. My favorite part of these books is what great role models Bella and Edward are. They save themselves for the perfect person and even after they meet each other they keep their love pure. In a day and age when young teens are sleeping around and most people are confused about what love really is, these books can teach a lot of lessons about true love. Love is selfless and takes a lot of work. Sometimes it can hurt, but you have to be able to forgive each other. I feel that the Cullens are all great role models. They've lived for so long that they've had time to see all sides of humanity and choose to live the best way they can. They also have self control and set up boundaries for themselves, something that everyone can learn from.

I can't recommend these books enough to teens and adults, women and men alike. Even though the issue of sex comes up (it is not graphic at all), it is handled with great values. The language is very mild which makes these books appropriate for young adults as well as adults.

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Andrew Clarke said...

If you enjoy the fantasy genre, and strong female characters as well as male, can I suggest "Outcasts Of Skagaray" as one to try? There are sample chapters on if you want a preview. Happy reading, whatever happens. It's a great way to spend time.

Andrea said...

Thanks for letting me know about the book! It looks good, I'll have to check it out.

Susan said...

Wow, great review, and I HAVE to start reading this series, I haven't read one yet!!

Stacey said...

I LOVE the new look of your book blog! You've been busy! It's great!

I echo your sentiments about Breaking Dawn. It was my least favorite of the series, although it still kept me interested. I TOTALLY KNOW which part you're talking about... agreed. Could've done without that.
I did find the series and writing fantastic (for all ages)!

Andrea said...

Susan, I think you should put away all of your other books and start reading Twilight ASAP!!

Stacey, thanks! It took me forever to get this template to work so I'm glad you like it. Yep, unfortunately you know what part I'm talking about :-(

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