Review: Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Good afternoon,

Not to bore you with all the details but there are a lot of books on my list to review and so I’m going to be taking the books in chunks this time, grouping series that I’ve read entirely and reviewing them in one post.

Since I’ve covered the first two books in the Twilight series, this review will focus on the last two books, obviously.

The Blurb: Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devourEclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer’s riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob —- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

My Thoughts: This was the most tangible book for me in the entire Twilight Saga. There were real villains, a real love triangle, real conflict. Bella was contemplating so many things in this book, wanting to be a vampire, wanting to be with Edward or Jacob, it’s like everything is coming to a head. Also, Victoria is after her and there’s a swarm of new bloods on the loose. The Vampires and Weres have to work together to keep Bella safe, etc. etc. This was my favorite in the series. I loved Alice the most and her eccentric tastes, and I loved how we got to see the background to each of the Cullens, where they came from and how they ended up together. The dynamic of the Cullen family was what made this an interesting read for me. 

The Blurb: Twilight tempted the imagination. New Moon made readers thirsty for more. Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon. And now, the book that everyone has been waiting for… 

Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away.
My Thoughts: Well yeah, how do you sum up a book that bad? I had to give this book a one star rating because it was probably my least favorite book of all time. That’s harsh, but let me explain why. We begin with the fairytale wedding and honeymoon. Okay, I can accept this, they’ve held off from sex for three books so I’m happy they’re finally getting down to it. I don’t care that Edward breaks stuff, that’s not what makes it bad. The pregnancy, the rapid growth of the baby, the half human, half vampire hybrid. The drinking blood, the whole Jacob thing getting weirder than usual. And then Meyer steps outside of Bella’s perspective and decides to write from Jacob’s perspective. The only thing amusing about this part of the book were Jacob’s chapter titles. 
“Waiting for the damn fight to start already”
“Sure as hell didn’t see that one coming”
“Why didn’t I just walk away? Oh right, because I’m an idiot.” 
“The two things at the very top of my things-I-never-want-to-do list” 
“Some people just don’t grasp the concept of ‘unwelcome'”
“Good thing I’ve got a strong stomach”
“You know things are bad when you feel guilty for being rude to vampires” 
“Tick tock tick tock tick tock” 
“Too-much-information alert” 
“What do I look like? The wizard of oz? You need a brain? You need a heart? Go ahead. Take mind. Take everything I have.”
“There are no words for this” <— my personal fav of them all. 
Still, the entire pregnancy, labor, vampire/human hybrid thing the name Reneesme, all left a bitter taste in my mouth. I get Bella being turned into a vampire during that process, but I really didn’t get the baby thing. I also didn’t get the whole Jacob falling for the baby. There’s robbing the cradle and there’s, okay in this case he’s just robbing the cradle. Way to go Jacob! 

Lastly, the battle that never was. The Volturi are supposed to come, everyone is supposed to fight, but then Alice walks in with another vampire/human hybrid and says, “No look, it happens, Reneesme isn’t the only one.” And somehow the Volturi are okay with it, and so they just apologize and go home. No fight. Bella and Edward are given this little cottage in the woods to raise their child, Jacob and the pack stays as a friend to protect them and everyone lives happily ever after.

I’m sorry if I ruined the movie for you, but I’m going to go see it, just because I need to see how the movie makers manage to turn this into something suitable for the big screen. I also want to see the reactions of the people who haven’t read the book, including my husband’s reaction.

Like Jacob, I hope I have a strong stomach for this one. This Breaking Dawn book wins for best chapter titles ever, but it’s still my least favorite book of all time.

Also, I can safely say this book is original, there isn’t another book out there like it!

And on that happy note, have a great rest of your Saturday!


Comments ( 3 )

  • Sara says:

    You know you loved when he gave her a c-section with his teeth. That was so absurdly awesome. Then Jacob falls madly in love with the baby. . . . .

  • RhiannonPaille says:

    That was like my favorite part of the book! *sarcasm* But yeah . . . thanks for reminding me about that part. I had almost fully repressed it. 😉

  • Julia Rachel Barrett says:

    Couldn&#39;t have said it better. Quite possibly the worst book I&#39;ve ever forced myself to finish. Laughably bad. Meyer&#39;s broke the rules of her own world and created a Rosemary&#39;s Baby/Frankenstein/Bad Seed all rolled into one. And the climax? What climax?<br />I think Jacob is the only truly fleshed-out character through the entire series.

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