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Breaking Dawn by Meyer, Stephenie [Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012] Mass Market Paperback [Mass Market Paperback] Mass Market Paperback
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It takes some patience for readers who are not 14 to 15 year old girls to get to the last books. The first two books are clearly aimed towards those age groups. For older young adults they would be a lot of cussing and much more sensuality.. For the most part it is a very clean book series with a chaste love it doesn't go beyond kissing for the first three books. In the last book the sensuality is increased slightly to the point that you know what is going on but there's no graphic description outside of metaphors and feelings. The series is still aim toward the younger crowd and really is more of a introduction for young readers in to the genre.
The ending of the book series feels somewhat appropriate for what it is. The series as a whole is not full of action or real danger. Everything that occurs that puts a protagonist into danger seems to come about through happenstance, accident, or misunderstanding. There's no real consistent or engaging antagonist to the series. For the majority of the story those that would be considered the antagonist make brief appearances that for the most part last a chapter or less. The danger happens and then it is over. This last book will promise a real rough and tumble ending but deliver something much more poignant if a bit less satisfying for readers of other genres.
Stephenie Meyer still makes it complex and interesting while ending her series on a strong note that makes me wish that she continued to write in this world. I have yet to read The Chemist but I have read The Host, her gender swap version of twilight, and of course The Short Life of Bree Tanner. I found that she has improved in her skill and her stories are much more engaging. In her gender swap story she managed to make the character that took the place of Bella who is named Beau into a more rounded character an interesting personality. The character of Edyth who took the place of Edward also felt more dangerous and complex. While in The Host she still had a love triangle at least it had a twist that made it interesting. It felt real and both the protagonist in the story we're so sympathetic that punch you right in the feels.
Why the twilight series may not be my cup of tea necessarily it is well written and so long as I acknowledge it for what it is and who the target audience actually was the story is quite enjoyable. it is a good story and series to read for those who want to expand their palate or just to come away with their own opinion about the series rather than hearing others. Stephenie Meyer's wanted to write a love story in the first book that was about the obsession of first love with some paranormal traits within it. It was targeted towards younger girls and was written to their level. As a series progressed Stephanie Meyers wrote the story to an increasingly more mature audience as the characters grew and the audience expanded.
I will say for writers or aspiring writers Stephanie Meyers does have a style that is very clear and draws the reader in. In the first two stories she did leave Bella as a blank slate making it easier for the reader to slip into her shoes but also making the character more of an outline than an actual person. Depending upon the genre and the audience this can work and it's interesting to see even if it's not necessarily enjoyed.
By howlie on October 12, 2019
Notes from March 2019:
Plot and Setting: 4.7 -- Packed with engrossing action, and a definite focus on the realities and challenges of the supernatural world, which I definitely enjoy more than the previous tangle of human drama and relational angst (there is some of that here, but it's completely and utterly resolved about halfway through the book). Excellent pacing as the story progresses from one conflict to the next and builds tension to the final climax.
Characters: 4.3 -- The wider human cast from the earlier books is pushed aside, and a new pile of supernatural characters are introduced. Lots of interesting variety in personalities and relationships. My favorite things, though, involve Bella coming into her own as a vampire (she experiences the most physical and mental changes of any of the main characters -- Edward and Jacob essentially maintain their established characters as they respond to new situations), and the way the tortured love triangle finally works itself out in a strange but basically perfect way.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.9 -- A very few word or punctuation errors. Well-written.
Redeeming Value: 3.7 -- A bit more nudity in this one, and Bella and Edward are clearly having sex now that they're married, but still nothing explicit on the pages. More violence, danger, and bloodlust here, too, but again, not terribly graphic. There's the odd morality of being friends with a number of 'traditional' vampires who hunt humans for food, though it's also clear that those who choose the 'vegetarian' lifestyle are more civilized and capable of relationships that are deeper and stronger. Much of the good in this book comes from the beauty of self-sacrificial love, and from Bella starting to see herself as someone worthy.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.8
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Oh, to be young again.............
A brilliant read for those interested in the fight of good against evil.