***Warning! This review contains spoilers!***
To say that I was conflicted about Stephenie Meyer's final installment in her vampire series (Breaking Dawn), is putting it mildly. Perhaps it is the fact that I feel I have been waiting for centuries to read the final chapter on Edward and Bella, and my expectations were a little high. Or maybe, I'm just willing to say what no one else who has read the novel is willing to say, that parts of this book were absolutely terrible.
If you need evidence, look no further than the first 350 pages (roughly). I felt that I was reading a cross between a bad episode of the Twilight Zone and Days of Our Lives. It was slow, trite, frustrating, and worse of all I felt that Ms. Meyer strayed too far from her original characters. This was not the Edward and Bella that I knew and loved! I cringed, I cried out, I even threw my book down several times in absolute horror. I honestly wondered what was going on in the author's head (ie: Edward loaning out Bella to Jacob on the weekends?). Ugh. But somewhere in the middle, something happened...The story picked up. The characters came back to life for me. Things got exciting again. It was like Stephenie Meyer came back from the dead, and reminded me of why I fell in love with this series in the first place. In fact the last 400 + pages seemed like a breeze, a Hawaiian vacation if you will, compared to the rest of the book. I was very pleased with the turn of events, and I felt that Ms. Meyer did a wonderful job tying together all the loose ends (ie: Jacob, Charlie, the Volturi, etc.). I loved Bella's transformation and early days as a vampire. I loved to see her relationship change with Jacob, and mature with Edward. I was thrilled to see the entire Cullen family come together to fight for what they believed in, and was happy that Bella finally felt that she belonged somewhere.
So, the bottom line? Taken as a whole, I would say this book is not my favorite. However, there were chapters and snippets that I absolutely loved, and will never forget. Breaking Dawn (the 2nd half) was a wonderful and satisfying end, to an already fantastic series. Happy reading!
P.S. I would love to hear all of your thoughts, opinions, likes, dislikes, rants, raves, and critiques. Feel free to disagree, agree and comment up a storm! -Miss Megan