Whether classified as Young Adult or not, I found this story highly entertaining. I would, however, debate calling this book suitable for middle schoo...moreWhether classified as Young Adult or not, I found this story highly entertaining. I would, however, debate calling this book suitable for middle school readers. It is much like The Book Thief, in that it deals with some emotional topics that tweeners and teenagers might not be ready for. The one problem I have with this story is that it doesn't end just because you run out of pages. It is similar to The Outlander series in that the end of the book has more questions than answers forcing the reader into the next book. It is not that I have a problem with sequels, it is when the ending is so open. (less)
I would compare this book to a value meal. Have you seen the commercial where the guy orders the burger value meal and the clerk behind the counter ta...moreI would compare this book to a value meal. Have you seen the commercial where the guy orders the burger value meal and the clerk behind the counter takes a regular burger and removes the lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, etc? It'll due in a pinch but lacks the extra something to make it filling. It was good, but could have been better(less)
**spoiler alert** Before you read too much into my 5 star rating, I must clarify. My stars do not indicate that I feel this book is a piece of literar...more**spoiler alert** Before you read too much into my 5 star rating, I must clarify. My stars do not indicate that I feel this book is a piece of literary genius; quite contrary. This book is awesome, but in a brilliantly horrible way, much the same as those brilliantly horrible movies we all love to hate. Like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, or Q; The Winged Serpent; or Xanadu.
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I began this series with quite a bit of trepidation. The first book was brimming over the top with angst. The second two had progressively better plots but were still just mediocre in my opinion. But it seemed to me that Ms Meyers decided to have fun with the final installment and see just how much she could get away with. As if she had a dart board up with various outlandish plot ideas posted and threw darts at it. There were so many parts of this book that made me want to just toss it against a wall. But eventually I decided I would just sit back and enjoy the sheer madness. There were just so many unbelievable and contrived story lines, all you can do is laugh at their absurdity. I mean, Edward proposing that Jacob impregnate Bella? Really Ms Meyers?
When I started this book in this series, I had no idea I was holding a ticking time bomb in my hands. One that one implode and destroy the credibility Ms Meyers held. As I read the novel, the story line got more and more ridiculous with every page turn.
Things started going bad for me with Bella's pregnancy. Nowhere in the previous three books, and I mean NOWHERE, did Bella mention a desire to be a mother. But as soon as Edward gets his vampire sperm inside her, she decides that motherhood is the most important thing on Earth. I was expecting Bella to freak out, get angry at Edward, and blame him for ruining her life when she thought she could never get pregnant! But instead, Bella is inexplicably calm and instantly bonds with her "little nudger."
And then this leads to another issue. According to Meyer, vampires don't have any liquid in their bodies except for their venom. Last time I checked, sperm isn't venomous. Getting Bella pregnant should have been impossible if Meyer followed her own rules! That entire plot device was an amateurish cop out that I would expect to find in fanfiction, not a novel written by an adult with a college degree.
Also, in the previous three books, we are constantly reminded that Bella is clumsy, so clumsy in fact she can not be trusted to keep herself safe. But in this book Bella is PERFECT. Everyone LOVES HER. Meyer's lame attempts to make Bella relatable by making her clumsy fall flat (pun intended), because the other characters think injury-prone Bella is adorable. Will Charlie object to Bella getting married at 18? Of course not! Will Bella become the most graceful vampire ever, even though she was the world's clumsiest person? You bet! Bella gets everything she wants in Breaking Dawn and sacrifices nothing.
Bella had no problem convincing Charlie that marrying Edward was the right decision. I was expecting more of an objection from the ol' sheriff. Jacob does make a small attempt to talk Bella out of turning into a vampire, but what could have been another interesting conversation is brushed aside by Bella. Why would she miss anybody she knew as a human? She'll be with her beloved Edward for all eternity; that's all she needs.
And what about Jacob? He is around for a purpose right? Yes, of course he is. He is reduced to being nothing more than a pet for the "little nudger" Speaking of being reduced, Edward became nothing more than an abstract object of affection by the end of the book. He seemed marginalized. After spending so much time describing him, worshiping him and building him up. He was useless in the end. Even the Vultari had no use for him.
Speaking of the fearsome Vultari, in this book they are back and they want to kill the Cullens. Finally, some action! The Cullens invite some vampire friends to gather at their house and fight the Volturi, which should be the epic conflict we've all been waiting for! Except it most definitely is not. It turns out that Bella has a Fantastic Four type shield she controls with her mind. All the does is put the sheild around everybody she loves and they're impervious to weapons. The Volturi stand around and talk for a while and then... leave. What the F!!!! (less)
Okay, I have said for a very long time I would never read this series of books. I thought it too cheesy and way over hyped. So here is what I have dec...moreOkay, I have said for a very long time I would never read this series of books. I thought it too cheesy and way over hyped. So here is what I have decided:
Is it well written? - Not even close. How many times does a reader need to know that a boy is good looking? According to Stephanie Meyer 348 times. How many ways can you describe a crooked smile? According to Stephanie Meyer, just one way should suffice.
Were the characters well developed? - Beyond knowing that Bella is clumsy and Edward is Adonis like in appearance, we learn little else about the people. Perhaps it can be said that will be developed in the next book, but that is cheating.
Did the book make me feel anything? - Yes. It made me feel like tossing it against the wall and yelling "NO! Not again! I already know Edward is good looking"
The teen angst was over done. The fact that up until the arrival of Bella from Phoenix, no one in the town of Forks (as in pitch) had a clue that Edward and his clan were anything more than eccentric is absurd.
So how do I really feel about this book? Well, the best way I can describe it is to say it is like pork rinds. Not terribly good, but addictive. So, with that being said. I'll be reading the next one.
And one more thing. I wish this application would allow us to give a 1/2 star. 3 stars is not really good enough, but 4 stars are too many. (less)
Since everyone is probably already familiar with the Harry Potter series and with this book in particular, I'm not going to write any sort of summary....moreSince everyone is probably already familiar with the Harry Potter series and with this book in particular, I'm not going to write any sort of summary. I am just going to say that of the three I have read so far, this is by far the best. I felt that this book had the best and well thought out story line of the series so far. But keep in mind, I have only gotten through book three. Rowling also left no stones unturned by revealing the secrets behind all of the wizardry items and people introduced in the book, unlike previous stories. I am thinking of The Marauder's Map and the Time Turner. She also tidily answered questions that were raised within the book as well such as the Shrieking Shack and the names Padfoot, Moony, Wormtail, and Prongs.
The story ending of course was left open so as to move on to the next installment, but that was expected. For me though, the ending of the story was great. Once I got to Chapter 19, I couldn't put the book down. My favorite part of the book was when Remus, Sirus, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape are all in that Shrieking Shack, and you finally get to learn a lot of key information about Harry's past.
I am usually judicious with my 5 star rating, but this book deserves more than just four stars. Since I can't give a 1/2 star I am going to give it the full 5. I thought the book suspenseful, mysterious and of course adventurous. (less)