Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

4.5 15449
by Stephenie Meyer

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When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a…  See more details below


When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

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Publishers Weekly
It ought to seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy-but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it's almost impossible to identify with her. But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily-in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times? Ages 12-up.
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VOYA - Angelica Delgado
Perpetually clumsy Bella is about to marry the very sexy and graceful vampire Edward Cullen. In exchange for Bella's hand in marriage, Edward agrees to turn her into a vampire shortly after the ceremony. Bella's shape-shifter, more-than-best friend, Jacob, is none too happy about her impending transformation, not only because she will become a nosferatu but also because it will violate the tenuous treaty between the vampires and werewolves of Forks. When her honeymoon takes a surprising turn, Bella decides to remain human a bit longer. Her decision threatens not only her life but also the lives of her new family and friends. Since Twilight's thrilling debut (Little, Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005), readers have been waiting to find out how this addicting supernatural love triangle will play out. The series finale offers closure but certainly not satisfaction. It contains the elements that made Meyer's first two novels intoxicating reads but wraps them in an overly long and noxiously sappy package. Meyer writes pervasive angst like few other authors can so fans may rejoice in that aspect. She sacrifices the opening novel's brisk pacing for tedious inner monologues. The single mildly comic, and thereby least cloying portion, portrays Jacob's point of view. Alas, it is also the shortest section of the book. By the time readers arrive at the ridiculous conclusion, they will likely have thrown the entire novel across the room several times. Team Edward and Team Jacob will have fun race-reading and then commiserating over the less-than-stellar conclusion. Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
Children's Literature - Jennifer Wood
In the fourth and purportedly final novel from the best-selling "Twilight" saga, main character Bella Swan must finally choose between her vampire love and her human life. As in the previous three novels, Bella's shyness and passivity, along with the remnant memories of Edward's Victorian human life, keep the love scenes fairly unobjectionable, though the results of such scenes are far from tame; some parents may even object to the earliest of these descriptions. Also, the novel's split perspective, in which readers oscillate from Bella's perspective to her werewolf best friend Jacob's and finally back to her own, may annoy both diehard fans—because Jacob's perspective and internalizations at times mirror exactly what fans have come to expect of Bella—and any newcomers to the saga who start with this book—because they are not likely to be as invested in the character dynamics. Overall, the plot seems perhaps too convenient and often lacks the emotional tension and suspense of its predecessors in the series, but the ends are neatly tied in a way that should leaves fans of both Edward and Jacob satisfied. Especially in light of the forthcoming cinematic adaptation and film release of the saga's first book, which will likely only expand Meyer's popularity (and the number of discussions contrasting Meyer with J.K. Rowling), this may be one book that cannot be avoided or ignored. Reviewer: Jennifer Wood
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Meyer closes her epic love story of a human, a vampire, and a werewolf in this, the final installment of the saga. The story opens with Bella and Edward's wedding, and relations between Jacob and Bella remain uneasy. On honeymoon and unshackled from any further concerns about premarital sex, Edward fulfills his promise to consummate their marriage before he changes Bella into a vampire. An unexpected conception throws their idyllic world back into chaos as factions (both wolf and vampire) battle over whether or not to destroy the potential monster that is killing Bella from within. The captivating angst, passions, and problems manage to satisfyingly fill pages where surprisingly little action takes place, even after the powerful child's birth brings the Cullen family under the scrutiny of the Volturi. The international cadre of vampires who come to the Cullens' aid are fascinating, but distract from the development of prime characters at a pivotal moment. The novel begins and ends with Bella's voice, while Jacob narrates the middle third of the tale, much like the final pages of Eclipse (Little, Brown 2007). While darker and more mature than the previous titles, Meyer's twists and turns are not out of character. Fans may distress as the happy ending for everyone, including a girl for Jacob, lessens the importance and pain of tough decisions and difficult self-sacrifices that caused great grief in previous books, but they will flock to it and enjoy it nonetheless.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, New York Public Library

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Twilight Saga Series , #4
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12 - 17 Years

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Breaking Dawn 4.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 15449 reviews.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
loved this book. loved the movie even more. would recommend to everyone
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours. Stephenie Meyer is an amazing writer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking Dawn is definitely my favorite book in the Twilight Series. It takes on a more mature tone, and leads the story in a completely unexpected and different direction than the first 3 books. I highly recommend reading the series, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking Dawn is my favorite book except for Twilight. A lot happens to Bella and Edward. Bella truly figures out who she is and ends up the ¿hero¿ of the story. This is a complicated time for Jacob he deals with Bella, who he loved, marrying someone else. I had many mixed emotions about this book. I really liked it but a few times I thought to my self, well that was stupid. The usually led to something Bella did. Or a lot of the times Leah and her brother didn¿t make very good decisions while with Jacob instead of being with Sam. Jacob had many troubles with fighting with Sam and imprinting on this new girl. It¿s a very good book and never gets old. There are plenty of new surprises with just the flip of a page. You can never predict what is happening which is why I kept reading it.
Kaylee20 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Dawn was essentially a great book to read. Just as I was with the other books, I couldn't possibly put it down until I was finished. However, everything about the book is so please the fans. Bella Swan (the main character) finally marries Edward Cullen, her vampire boyfriend, as the fans would have wanted. They have a romantic honeymoon and realize that Bella becomes pregnant. Throughout most of the book you read through the complications of a human hosting a half-vampire half-human baby. Of course, this problem doesn¿t fly with her best friend, werewolf, and former love interest from the previous books, Jacob Black. When Jacob sees Bella¿s condition he insists on staying with her wherever she goes. The problem with this is the relationship between Jacob and Edward and the ongoing tension between werewolves and vampires. The book also has a portion through Jacob¿s point of view which gives a very interesting aspect of the situation. Breaking Dawn mainly oversees the controversies that have happened in the last few books and intertwines them all into one plot. If you are a fan of the Twilight series, you will certainly enjoy this book. The entire book satisfies just about every fan fantasy. Unless you are a Jacob Black fan, then that¿s just too bad. But worry, it all works out in the end. If you haven¿t read any of the other books, I would not suggest starting with this one. One reason being that you shouldn¿t start with the last book in a series anyway, and another reason is although you will understand what is going on in the book, you may not understand the significance of everything that¿s going on. Most of that is explained in the previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the Twilight series. I absolutely adore it!! Everytime I reread the books, I find something new that I missed before, which I consider to be a tell-tale sign of good writing. Everytime I reread Breaking Dawn (which is about 5 times so far), I find more and more things- subtle, but still there- that I missed before. Though some of my friends complain about Jacob's part being too boring, I thought it was interesting to get someone else's point of view, instead of just Bella's. Even though I'm sad to see it go, I think this is a fitting end to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, prefer Fallen Angel way more over this. But this is a good read too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book, it became more and more far fetched as I progressed through it. It went off in many different directions, some of which did not seem necessary. The ending is also very predictable. You will see it coming a mile away.
_Nicki_ More than 1 year ago
ok This is was awful! 700+ pages for NOTHING TO HAPPEN!!! it was way 2 much for one book! Stephanie Meyer tired to put too much information into one book that she forgot about what she was accually writing, with that said, she left many many questions unaswered:
1.Can Leah imprint? If she can, who will it be?
2.What happens to the Voultri? When will they come back to check on Nessie?
3.What happens to Nessie? Does she grow up too fast and die or does she turn into a vampire?
4.What happens between Jacob and Nessie? Does she fall in love with him? Will he still be in love with her when/if she becomes a vampire?
5.What happens to Charlie? Wont he suspicious when Bella hasnt changed one bit?
6.How about Renee too? Edward said she thought differently than other people, will she guess that Bella is a vampire?
7.The Cullens cant stay in Forks forever! When will they leave? Where will they go?
8.If the Cullens leave Forks, what will happen to the pack? Does Jacob leave his pack to go with Nessie or will he stay and suffer?
9.Who are the new member of the pack?
10.Whats up with Bella's shield? What else will she be able to do with it?
11.What about the other half human half vampire dude? Does he go off again or does he come back to see Nessie when shes older?
12.How about Garret and Kate? Garret said he would go wherever she went? Was that true? Is he part of their coven now?
13.Since the Voultri is still at large, what else is Aro going to do to Edward, Bella, and Alice to make them come join him?

You get the picture...there are way too many questions left unanswered!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with other readers she put to much into her last book to tie up lose ends. I think she could have done another book to sepearate some of the story. She pushed main characters away and spent way to much time on some areas. It seemed like some parts were just a lot of talk. Really, what about Nessie and Jacob in the future? What about the Volturi? If she wanted a happy ending she should have gotten rid of the them. There are a ton of new stories that could be developed from this series but just to leave it as a happy ever ending story? You know that can't happen with the Volturi still at large and with half of the them mad that they were one upped? It just doesn't seem it ended when she made it end. Not impressed with the last book but her others are good.
Jaxter More than 1 year ago
I read the series and was waiting for it, the first half was okay and then it just got dumb. She wanted it to be long and it ended up to be a holpess junk. So don't read this, it's not worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong I really like the whole series.But Breaking Dawn was a little dissapointing most of the chracters lost what makes them great.It just seemed to drag on.I hated that Bella and Jacob had no feelings for each other thats what made the books exciting jacob and edward fighting for her. I didnt like the happily ever after i mean its great and all but couldnt the ending be just more exciting? Edward wasnt at all mysterious he was kinda mushy...blah! I gotta say the first 3 books were much better. -Team Jacob!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to get read the end of the Twilight saga because I was a big fan of the first 3 books (Eclipse was my favorite). However, the author really drove a stake into the series with Breaking Dawn. The plot was TERRIBLE. It completely lost the essence of the first three books. It's hard to imagine that a plot can become over the top when dealing with vampires and werewolves but somehow Stephanie Meyer found a way. Also, if you're into the romance aspect of the book you won't find it here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic, well written book. I loved it.
I suppose one must understand from the very beginning of the Twilight Saga that these vampire stories do not adhere to the conventional vampire lore. Infact, I had a hard time even starting this series because I was sold completely on the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles and their very definitive world; in other words, nothing could compare to them-ever. However, when I finally caved in and started reading the Twilight series, I found Meyer's world to be very refreshing indeed.
Of course, in Breaking Dawn the most distinctive variance in vampires occur. Let's just say, I never saw that coming! However, I feel Meyer made her case very clear, defined the "how did that happen," and I bought it completely. The entire saga is very compelling, and like I said from the beginning, a complete and finally refreshing take on vampires.
Upon hearing that Meyer's readers did not take to the change as easily as I did astonishes me. Again, from the beginning, most saw and accepted that Meyer's world was extremely different, so why should the ending be any different?
Needless to say, I LOVED IT, and am hoping for more from Meyer. I truly hope that if you enjoyed the first three novels, you are not swayed from other people's opinions, and that you simply read for yourself. Enjoy! While waiting for more SM, read K S Michaels; fantastic as well!!!
Stephenie-Meyer-fan1 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Dawn is the most thrilling and exciting book in the Twilight Saga. If you think think the other books weren't that exciting, you have to read this book. The writing is great. The story is great. It's filled with action. You really should read the whole saga. It is incredible!
MyBook_RL More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Twilight Series will find the last book very exciting. We have followed the story of Bella and her beautiful vampire, Edward. On this book, unfortunately, the story ends, and the author leaves us with expectation on what will the future be of both of them and the whole Cullen family. I'm a book addict, and I'm sure most of you, beloved readers that love fiction and a good exciting reading time, will appreciate this finale. Notice this book is the thickest of the four (Twilight Series), so be prepared for adventure, more romance, lots of vampires, an unexpected surprise and a great time of reading. Let your heart jump again with "Breaking Dawn", transport to Forks and let your imagination go wild on this lovely book. I promise you will reread it again and again!
Tigerlilli More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I enjoyed the first 3 books in the saga. But Breaking Dawn, in some aspects, was a huge disappointment to me. It seems as though Bella has this martrydom quality about her that makes everyone around her look like drooling idiots. Jacob has this unyielding, undying love for her and she has rejected him too many times for him to still have this cock-eyed devotion for her. Good for Leah for setting her straight! It was about time.(I only wish what Leah sadi was written!!) After the character was "turned" she made her human life seem so unfortunate and mundane. She has THE most understanding parents on the planet. Not only was the character perceived to be a fantastic human, she was an extraordinary vampire. PERFECT!!! But my biggest regrets about the book was the way Jacob was treated. For someone who loved him so much and absolutely could not be without him, she had no problem calling him dog, mutt and mongrel. For someone who was so in love with this guy, she sure forgot about him quickly after turning. My goodness, instead of giving Jacob a chance at happiness, for instance, allowing the character to full in love with Leah, he imprinted on Bella's BABY!! Is there no hope for this guy! After all that he's been put through, can he get some real happiness!? I was disappointed in this book. I'll admit, it keeps you interested but it is upsetting in some ways( poor Jacob). In the end, Edward had more compassion for Jacob, Bella ends up treating him as nothing more than her pet. Her lap dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing 4th book in the saga... however...I feel so connected to the characters I don't want this to be the end. I hope that Midnight Sun makes it to the shelves... I would love to read the entire series from Edward's perspective.
Kate-Carlial More than 1 year ago
I started this book and couldn't put it down, from beginning to end, I was overjoyed, amazed, thrilled, and taken away in a dream land of Vampires and Werewolves, that I never thought could happen. I'm a mother of two, and in my 30's I never thought a book written for teenagers could turn out to be something I would miss dearly after reading the last page. I have tried to pick up other books and have not found anything to capture my attention like this book did. It is truly amazing a page turner for sure...I recommend it HIGHLY...I can only pray the Stephenie will complete Midnight Sun, and I will be one of those it inline at the bookstore at Midnight waiting for the release, the series is just that good, L
AnimeNerd94 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was weak. I liked the series, and then, POW! This book was like a punch to the face. As if to say, "I have lots of money, I know you'll buy this book no matter what, and probably even fool yourself into liking it!" Think about the books, the overall plot, and I must say, it turns out to be so very shallow. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, NEVER does anything bad happen to them, perhaps a few small things, but love triumphs over everything... really? And Bella never kills anyone, she has this wonderful self control and never minds her thirst.... um... Jacob and the whole love triangle thing, ends in like 2 seconds when he imprints Renesme... a huge battle is supposed to happen, and then... oh wait, the godess whose life simply MUST be perfect can save them all with her freaking power. It's the happily ever after ending I'd been dreading since reading the back of Twilight, and hoping Stephaine would avoid it, but hey, she didn't! She made the series even more shallow then before

*What about the whole "do vampires go to heaven?" thing? Nobody knows
*CAN Leah imprint, will she find love? Not answered
*What heppens to Charlie? for all we know, he dies, and it doesn't matter
*Same goes for Renae, her husband, Mike, Angela, all of Bella's other friends
*what was the freaking point of this book? other than for the author and other people to make LOTS OF MONEY, I don't know
shinigaby More than 1 year ago
This book sucked. And I'm gona tell you the reasons why. The writing was never the best but Breaking Bawn was absolutely horrible, the Hanna Montana of literature you could say. The story seemed to be taken from fan fiction. I actually read a fan fiction story identical to the book and reviewed saying it was ridiculous. The book lacked character development and the mere fact that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee just made me sick. No Stphenie this is not like the Robert effect, you probably don't care seing as your filthy rich all because of fools like me who bought the book, but your book was just horrible. J.K showed us how a great series ends, Meyer showed us how NOT to end a series. Please buyers, don't get this book it is not worth reading. It did not answer all the problems building up since twilight just created a list of silly ones.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book was good and wrapped up Edward and Bella's romance appropriately. I read the first three books a few years back, and never picked up the third because I didn't like Bella very much. Well, I really liked her as a vampire! I highly recommend this book, however, everyone else has probably read it already!
Lildonbro More than 1 year ago
When I began to read the Twilight series I really enjoyed it. I thought the concept was original and while I couldn't stand the main character, Bella, the other characters in the book were likeable. They were quick reads and took me into another world. I found myself sucked into the emotional state of Bella and moped around the house for days as I finished each book (first three at least). I had no idea how Stephanie Meyer could have potentially ended the series, but I think that Breaking Dawn was possibly the worst way she could. Whatever bearable pieces of Bella were left before the beginning of this book, Meyer was sure to remove them. I felt as though the rules set up within the first three books were broken, leaving the storyline unbelievable. Bella is a bratty and weak heroine who gets everything she wants and suffers absolutely no consequences. Breaking Dawn left a bad taste in my mouth and tainted my view of the first three novels.
EffStar More than 1 year ago
This series was fine. As a beach read, an A. Unfortunatley unless you're 16 and not ,uch of a reader this series leaves much in the way of storytelling to be desired. I don't regret reading them, but it does make me less than happy for people who think that reading 4 book over 500 pages in their lifetime makes them well read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the previous book and, like others who've written their reviews, I must say this was the weakest book of the four. With the other three, I found it hard to stop reading. However, with the fourth novel, it wasn't difficult for me to put the novel down to do something else. I was very disappointed.