Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
(The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

56%

25 Critic Reviews

I’m pretty sure I would have been better off stopping with Twilight as each book has successively gone down the hill for me. It’s entire purpose is to provide the most happy ending of all time for everyone. And I do mean everyone.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Stephenie Meyer

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Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Little, Brown And Company. 769 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking. Fiction
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All: 25 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 14

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by ThePinkElephant on Apr 22 2012

As a teenager I have had to live through High School Musical and Justin Bieber, but none has been worse than the Twilight craze. I have struggled to read these horrible novels, and funnily enough, was not able to finish this one.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by ThePinkElephant on Apr 22 2012

I have struggled to read these horrible novels, and funnily enough, was not able to finish this one...My mind could simply not contain any more useless plotlines or ridiculous dialogues.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Mandy Southgate on Apr 12 2011

The book is not without faults, including the Mary Sue characterisation and too-perfect ending but it is light, fun and addictive and certainly worth the read. I’d give Breaking Dawn 3.5 stars.

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Reviewed by Robin Kavanagh on Oct 04 2008

I have to say, Breaking Dawn took a most unexpected turn for me. I actually could not decide if I liked it or not until I was about three-quarters through the book. Even writing this now, I’m not sure I’m 100 percent behind the way the series ends. That said, I think that Meyer did do a nice job in tying up the myriad storylines...

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Good
Reviewed by Robin Kavanagh on Oct 04 2008

...I didn’t take the time to look further into the series until chatter about a movie was floating around. And much like the first time I picked up the first book in the Potter series, I was instantly hooked by Twilight.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Damian on Sep 19 2008

Though many Meyer fans who identified with Bella's original nature may disagree with me, I felt that Breaking Dawn was a satisfying conclusion to the Twilight series. Meyer managed to stay true to her strengths — the ability to create a suspenseful ride coupled with the yearning, joy, and pain of young love.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Damian on Sep 19 2008

Ultimately though, I was relieved to discover that my biggest criticism, Bella's feeble character, found in earlier books was in fact resolved in Breaking Dawn.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jane on Aug 05 2008

I’m pretty sure I would have been better off stopping with Twilight as each book has successively gone down the hill for me. It’s entire purpose is to provide the most happy ending of all time for everyone. And I do mean everyone.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on Aug 08 2008

''I felt like — like I don't know what. Like this wasn't real. Like I was in some Goth version of a bad sitcom,'' Jacob confides before he too is swept up in the narrative mayhem. So do we, Jacob. So do we.

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The Telegraph

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on Aug 24 2008

'He had the most beautiful soul, more beautiful than his brilliant mind or his incomparable face or his glorious body,' Bella gushes, not very helpfully.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Laura Buhl on May 08 2014

The book closes without sacrifice, loss, or the pain of difficult decisions. Bella and Edward’s concluding bliss is not without appeal for followers of the series, yet can one reach the peak of true happiness without experiencing the valleys of true loss?

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Cleveland.com

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Reviewed by John Kappes on Aug 03 2008

Even with a story line mired in the fantastic, these books accurately capture the adolescent experience, especially through Bella's perspective. Meyer succeeds in this aspect well enough for this novel to hold up under its bloated weight. Her most rabid fans will be satisfied, but "Breaking Dawn" leaves this reader craving a more substantial meal.

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BlogHer

Excellent
Reviewed by leahmsilverman on Dec 12 2012

I devoured it. I loved this book. Especially the end. A potentially violent situation ends in diplomacy because of the strength of a couple of women? Yes, please.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Chanakya Garg on May 14 2014

I felt contended to way the series ended, just like J.K Rowling's: Harry Potter Series...Overall the book...is very good read and could not have been better concluded.

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Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Stephen Messham on May 14 2014

...for fantasy readers who are less tolerant of the clichéd stories and fairytale-esque approach, nothing will particularly come as a surprise.

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The Book Smugglers

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Reviewed by Thea on Aug 04 2008

I finished it feeling like Ms. Meyer picked the worst, most ludicrous fanfic out there and then fashioned her book around it. So many plot points had me shaking my head in disbelief. Just…no.

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org

Above average
Reviewed by Carrie R. Wheadon on Oct 03 2009

The small percentage of readers who are in it for the blood and supernatural creatures will find both, but one of the creatures turns out to be pretty bizarre and ridiculous, and there aren't enough compelling plot twists and suspenseful moments to carry the book through the full 755 pages.

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Book Addiction

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Reviewed by Heather on Mar 05 2009

...besides the slower middle parts, the book moved along pretty fast. I was enthralled with the story and I cared about where it would end up.

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Rated Reads

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Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim on May 14 2014

...Stephenie Meyer is no doubt an incurable romantic who loves to see a happy ending. Seems most of her readers are, too, so most everyone is happy.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on May 14 2014

In my opinion, Breaking Dawn was a wonderful finale to an already great book series. I laughed out loud at the humor, I cried for Edward's and Jacob's pain, I felt joy and sadness, contentment and fear, as this book took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Excellent
Reviewed by Darlene on Apr 22 2011

It was bittersweet: I hated for the book to end, but I also couldn’t wait for it to end to find out what happens. This series has opened up two genres for me: vampires/paranormal and Young Adult.

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Jen Robinson's Book Page

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Reviewed by Jen Robinson on Aug 17 2008

If you've read the first three books, then I recommend that you get out there and read Breaking Dawn. Do it soon, before someone spoils the book for you. And try to remember that it's just a book, not some sort of huge social commentary that strives to address all of the world's ills.

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http://sf-fantasy-books.blogspot.com

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Reviewed by Dannie on Mar 06 2009

Now, if you’ll just excuse me, I’m going to go read my Batman comics and attempt to cleanse myself of this nonsense.

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Bibliomantics

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Reviewed by Cassie-la on Feb 25 2011

I know that to try to finish Breaking Dawn would be insanity. I must strive against the bibliophile tendencies inside me and let this one book go, as much as it pains me not to see it to its final conclusion. I need to take the high road on this one, and let non-sleeping vampires lie.

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Musings of ALMYBNENR

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Reviewed by Amber on Oct 28 2010

...I THINK Breaking Dawn may be my favorite, but it is really hard to say because each book is so good and has its own great qualities that make it special and stand apart from the others. But there is just SO much to Breaking Dawn.

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