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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know, 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Breaking Dawn: Twilight, Book 4: 4/4 (Twilight Saga) (Paperback)
Like most twilight fans I read all four books quite some time ago now and since then I've read and watched almost every other interpretation of dark romance/vamp love out there. So after watching eclipse for the second time I decided to re-read the books for about the 4th time. I must admit they've been sat neglected in my book cupboard for a while now and it was nice to brush the dust off them and start reading. I'm an 18 year old girl and just like most other 18 year old girls I love these books. I love the concept and I love how they make me feel and although I've tried I have never really found anything to compare to how these books made me feel. A lot can happen in two or so years and imagine I've grown up slightly since reading the books and have a better understanding of what it is to care for someone.

Don't get me wrong I enjoyed breaking dawn just as much as anyone else, but there's something about the plot that I feel lets the book down. I love the start of the book, it's just how I would want the saga to follow on. The romance, the magic, the love and all the things that give you butterflys while your wrapped up in Edward and Bella, but it all changes as soon as the first part of the book finishes. This could just be my ignorance getting the better of me but, I can't help wishing that it turned out different and I feel the book looses the dark but innocent romantic feel of it. Bella is a character I've always found easy to relate to and see similarities between a naive teenage her and a naive teenage me. I feel like the magic of their relationship is taken away by the twist and I don't feel like I can relate to this girl in this situation. I also feel as though the book doesn't get back to the lovey dovey stuff for too long. I find myself asking why did Meyer go down that road when so many of her readers would never be able to understand it fully?

I enjoy reading about how the Cullens interact with each other just like in the other books and I love the characterisation of Rosalie and due to what we already know about her past I find it really easy to not dislike her and to sympathise with her.

The next part of the book is narrated by Jacob and when reading his thoughts and his sarcasm I found a new connection with this character and felt like I was really beginning to get to know him and then BOOM another twist at the end of his section. It annoys me just because in a way I am happy for Jacob but I find it odd. I understand it completely but I still see it as weird.

The third part of the book is narrated by Bella again and straight away she's Bella and you can understand her and relate to that same girl from the first chapter of Twilight. The most anticipated moment in the book is written extremely well and described in Bella and Jacbs sections of the book which gives you an inside and outside take on it. Things start to work them selves out, the two previous twists aren't as annoying and you begin to slightly understand most of what the characters are going through. I do respect the route Stephenie Meyer has taken with the books, especially with an ending that chokes me up every time. But I just feel as though during the book schizophrenia kicks in and the characters don't act or speak like themselves especially Edward and Bella. Surely I'm not the only one that feels this way?

Sorry, not much of a review, but I hope that maybe some other people can understand what I'm saying here.
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