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Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer - Bogormen
So many books, so little time.
Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 833
Date read: August 2008, December 2009, July 2011, August 2014

As August 13th draws closer, Bella is more sure than ever that she has made the right choice - forsaking her human life to spend eternity with Edward. But a new enemy stalks closer, seeking to tear Bella and Edward apart forever, one with ties to both Vampire and Werewolf.

Can the treaty between the two hold? Or will the new threat force both sides to settle their blood feud once and for all?

Because when the dawn breaks an angel will fall.

Like I had hoped, I adored it. The series has been accused of being misogynistic and advocating paedophilia (laughable), and I'm sure this book will get more of the same, but I really don't see either. Instead I see an amazing book about love, family and friendship in a group of people who just happen to be vampires and werewolves. While the other books were great in their own right, it really felt as if they were just setting the scene for this one. Not that that makes Breaking Dawn better than any of the others, it just made it feel more complete. I loved that Bella became a vampire so early in this book, that we got to see how she reacted to that as well, and how she adjusted to her new life.

Even Jacob became lovable again in this one. I'm glad. I really liked him and hated that Meyer turned him into such a jerk.

Like with the other books in the series, I just couldn't put it down and wish I hadn't had work and sleep interfere so I could've finished sooner.

For my reread I chose to listen to it as an audiobook instead in order to force myself to take it slower, and was pleased to find it was very well recorded indeed.

Reread in 2011: I was in the mood for a book I could disappear completely into and decided to go with a reread to get something I was SURE I'd enjoy. I ended up finishing it in 48 hours, so I'd say I reached my goal.

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aurillia From: aurillia Date: August 8th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never even noticed that there might be an issue with paedophilia until you mentioned it on your other LJ, and it took me more than a moment to figure it out - but it wasn't a problem for me because it was handled so well. What annoys me most is that other books with more obvious kinds of issues like sexual abuse and incest - like A Game of Thrones - people defend and excuse it left right and centre. Really pisses me off! And mysogyny? I don't see it, I really don't - and I'm not one to let something like that go past me. Again, A Game of Thrones was more obviously mysogynistic, but you can't suggest it without people jumping down your throat like angry wasps!

I liked that we got to spend time with Bella as a vampire, and I liked Jacob in this book too. He was lovely in New Moon but annoying in Eclipse - he redeems himself here I think :)
bogormen From: bogormen Date: August 8th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd never thought of it either until it was mentioned in relation to Eclipse. It was never a problem to me either, because as you said, it was handed so well. I really, really don't see the misogyny either, and am getting quite annoyed with people continuously saying that everybody ought to hate it because of it. Well, no. Not if we don't see it.


Totally agree with your last paragraph.
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