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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

breaking_dawn_coverIt is always nice to hold a new book in my hand. Even if it is from the public library. It is with privilege that I read all the Twilight series in new books purchase by the library. So we are finally at the final installment of the Twilight Saga. The last book is 754 pages thick. This is the first time I read books of supernatural genre.

The book opens with Jacob goes missing in his wolf form following the news of impending wedding. Bella is busy preparing for her wedding and accepting gifts from the wealthy Cullens, with new addition such as Mercedes Guardian and a cell phone.

Edward and Bella got married. Went off to honeymoon. Surprise, surprise with Bella came back pregnant. Instead of overjoyed by the news, they were both shocked (that’s what you get with teenage pregnancy, even if you are married!).

I wondered why book 2 adopted the voice of Jacob Black to narrate the stories. Then I understand that Bella would be in too much pain and delirium to narrate the stories that happen to her next. What Meyer did very well here was to assume a character of a teenage boy and tell the stories through his eyes, adding some blonde jokes to irk Rosalie. It was a warm fuzzy feeling when Jacob sacrifice the brotherhood of the pack to warn the Cullens of the impending danger of the werewolves attack. Meyer also developed the heartache of not being there to see the one you love to be so in love with another person e.g. Leah on the Sam + Emily saga) As Bella struggled to keep her unborn daughter alive and it would be inevitable at the point when her daughter Reneesme (Renee + Esme) is born, she would be saved (with the help of Edward injecting the venom directly into her heart) by turning into a vampire. Of course that bit about Jacob finding his imprints was so predictable, that I am sure I am not the only one to see this coming.

Then the details of the smooth transition of Bella’s life as a vampire and her special powers as a self-restraint new born. Vampiredom goes international as Alice and Carlisle tried to solicit supports of International vampire covens to bear witness that Reneesme is not the “Immortal Child.” The ending of Vampire court room drama with the battle of wits for cease-fire was unexpected and a pleasant surprise, as Vampire political agenda protects the werewolves by calling them the “Shape-shifters.”

Perhaps I was too much a realist to even think that I would enjoy books of fantasy or supernatural genre. I started the series by scoffing at how the Cullens made their moneys. How do they get around the world without an ID card? How would it look in their ID cards if they never grew old and never die? Where did they chose to invest their moneys? and why do they have moneys all around the world? How do they sustain their livelihood and live such as lavish lifestyle except that they would be saving on the costs of food? and then Meyer decided to introduce the character J. Jenks who is a lawyer involving in illegal transactions – forgery – that I have to give it to Meyer for answering my endless naggy feelings I had.

So now Bella’s story finishes on a happy note. One caveat on this Twilight Saga journey is that I haven’t read the first book yet. But I suppose the other three followed-on books of the saga had more or less filled me in with the gaps. At 754 pages, this is in effect two books rather than one. As Jacob warming up to the Cullens and became part of the family, I began to warm up with all the characters in the Twilight saga. Here every characters finally get to shine. The demonstration of good values such as Cullens as family, the fight for righteousness, the message for peace instead of waging war by all means, marriage, pregnancies, parenthood, sacrifice. The Twilight series had come of age, and this final book is in a league of its own as compared to the Book 2 and 3 that I had read. I wished Meyer would have written the other books in such refinement or quality of the final book, then I would not have been quick to judge the shallowness of her other books. The final book is full of plots, colourful events, more development of characters. I enjoyed it immensely. I could even imagine how the final book would be adapted to the big screen and hit the box office in a big way.

Rating: 3/5

For the book sypnosis:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Dawn_(novel)

Introduction of the book characters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twilight_characters

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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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