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    I absolutely enjoyed the whole entire Twiligt series. Books 1 through 4 were wonderful. I will admit I do the first book the most because that's where it all started and things were the least complicated, believe it or not. I always love watching how love begins, I'm such a sucker for those kinds of things.

    Surprisingly, I was able to predict all the major points of Breaking Dawn before reading it (Maybe I have some of Alice's magical abilities?...or the fact that I have a sister named Alice helps...lol). I was incredibly happy because Stephenie Meyer went in the direction that I hoped she would. I couldn't ask for a better ending, and I'm pretending like it never ended. Their story will always continue in my mind.

    Besides the Chronicles of Narnia, I don't think I've ever loved a book series this much. I'm happy to say that I now have two wonderful sets of stories to represent the time I grew up in. Narnia for my childhood, and Twilight for my adulthood...lol. I'm not a teenager, but I'm still a young lady. I became enveloped in Bella's story and can relate to her in so many ways. Stephenie really understands the mind of an aveage girl...hehe.

    I get a nice euphoric feeling looking at that special section designated on my bookshelf for Stephenie Meyer's books. All 5 books are lined up in a row with their beautiful and exquisite covers. I know for years to come I will be reading each one of those books numerous times. I also hope that if I ever have a daughter, she'll enjoy reading about Bella and Edward as much as I did.

    I will be looking forward to the day when Stephenie is well-rested and decides to write a new story.

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    If you happen to visit here and read this, I just want to say thank you so much for being such a brilliant writer!!!
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    I'm going to give my thoughts here but I'm putting it in spoilers for those who haven't finished.

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    Overall, I'd say my feelings toward the book were mixed.
    Things I didn't like:
    - That Bella didn't actively choose to become a vampire. I know there was mention of her making plans to become one, but we never saw them (they were just mentioned after-the-fact). I felt the pregnancy angle was a bit of a cop-out. There was no way was she going to choose not to have the baby, and if she had to have the baby, then she had to become a vampire. I would have preferred her to actively choose her future.
    - I thought Jacob's imprinting on Renesmee was a bit of a cliche. Poor ever-rejected Jacob, no hopes of him ever getting Bella. So we'll give him a faux-Bella substitute who is half-Bella. Perfect. I would have preferred him to develop a relationship with Leah. Yes, he could never have imprinted on her, but do wolves have to imprint?
    - The fact that Bella didn't go through typical newborn behaviour. Over and over we've heard of how newborns are uncontrollable forces (for several years, though a year-period was also mentioned in the book). But Bella was given a "gift" of self-control and never experienced that. It was a way to make the pure and innocent Bella remain pure and innocent in vampire form, never tainted by her vampire actions. Not that I wanted her to go around slaughtering the West Coast, of course, but I would have preferred more struggle. And the idea that she could easily have Charlie in her life almost immediately, and he wouldn't be bothersome by asking pesky questions - that felt too easy.
    - I felt the book was overly long and could have used some editing.

    Things I liked:
    - The wedding and the time on the island
    - Jacob's narration of part of the book. It was good to hear things from his perspective.
    - Reneesme. I chafed at the idea of the pregancy at first, but Renesmee was a great character. Very interesting as well. Horrible name, however.
    - The last 200 pages picked up and were quite good.
    - I enjoyed meeting the other vampires and seeing their talents.
    - I liked Bella's shield - that was a good talent for her to have and I'm glad she was able to contribute to keeping her family safe.
    - The happy ending. I'm a sucker for a happy ending!

    Oh, and maybe I'm just missing it, but where did the first preface figure in the book? I kept waiting for it to turn up, wondering who it belonged to (was it Bella thinking about Edward? Jacob thinking about Bella? etc). But I don't recall it appearing in any chapter. Did I miss it?

    Overall, I'm still a big fan of the Twilight world (particularly the first two books). I'm looking forward to the movie, and I would love to read Midnight Sun. I just wish I'd liked the final book more.
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    Re: Bella and Edward series by Stephenie Meyer

    Okay, I am finally daring to venture into this thread as I have finished Breaking Dawn. Started it yesterday morning while waiting in the doctor's office for my mom and finished an hour ago. I figured that if I didn't finish it today, I wouldn't be able to get anything done around the house tomorrow either, lol.

    I LOVED it!
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    I couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out. It was also such a treat to hear a large chunk of the story from Jacob's perspective. I loved all the details regarding Bella's new experiences as a vampire. I thought it was very cohesive with everything she had learned about vampires throughout the series. I am glad that her transformation happened the way it did, out of necessity - so that neither she nor Edward could regret their choice. Maybe a little too neat-and-tidy for some, but I was relieved. I wanted the happy ending for everyone and am glad we got it. I'm especially glad that poor Jacob didn't have to die of a broken heart as I was always rooting for him.


    So well done, Spegs! Congrats, and thank you for the wonderful story. I am looking forward to the new stories yet to come.
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    I finally was able to pick up Breaking Dawn today. I need to finish Eclipse first though, I'm a bit behind. Still, I want to join in with everybody in saying Yay Spegs!

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    oneTVslave - I feel the same way. I know that not all the reviews have been positive, (especially one in the current issue of EW) which made me want to hiss; but I loved it! This is fantasy, so I suspend belief. To me, the author sets the perimeters of what is possible within the fantasy and I just accept it. The EW reviewer didn't even appear to read the entire book - I think she must have skimmed through a few parts and read all the mean teen reviews on Amazon. (I could be mistaken though) I can't help but feel SM brought the storyline and characters to completion; so I didn't feel the reviewers critisms were valid.

    I too am looking forward to her future books especially Midnight Sun!
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    What amazed me is that I googled the bestseller lists and all of Stephanie's books are in the top ten on the USA Today list. Yes that includes The Host. I think that is a very remarkable feat for such a new author and that her first book is already being made into a movie and to be shown this yr is the 'to die for' fantasy for all authors. Regardless of what some critics and reviewers feel that is an achievement. Congratulations Stephanie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCL

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    Oh, and maybe I'm just missing it, but where did the first preface figure in the book? I kept waiting for it to turn up, wondering who it belonged to (was it Bella thinking about Edward? Jacob thinking about Bella? etc). But I don't recall it appearing in any chapter. Did I miss it?

    Overall, I'm still a big fan of the Twilight world (particularly the first two books). I'm looking forward to the movie, and I would love to read Midnight Sun. I just wish I'd liked the final book more.
    You've made valid points in your comment and if the Book reviewers stuck with that I would be happy, because it is true.
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    Unfortunately, they are drudging up twisted elements and distorting them such as "imprinting" suggesting pedophilia which is crazy because she clearly explains in prior books the relationship between Quill & Claire and that he doesn't think of her in the romantic sense until Claire fully matures; and it will be the same between Jake and Nessie.
    Anyway, to answer your Q - I interpreted it as Bella having a premonition/dream of what happens in the last chapter. Bella thinking of her loving (extended) family - especially Edward (Nessie). But, I could be wrong. I do think it is Bella's thought, and since we left off in Jacob's head in Eclipse - there wasn't really a bridge which causes confusion.
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    I made the mistake of googling the EW review. I do not want to read any spoilers and I saw "words" I am trying to forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata;3162383;
    I made the mistake of googling the EW review. I do not want to read any spoilers and I saw "words" I am trying to forget.
    I am so sorry! I should have issued a warning when I mentioned it. My feeling though was that she only read a portion of the book, and then stopped instead of reading it to completion.

    Sorry Bearcata, no way to scrub that off now I guess...

    What was that critic thinking????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike'sgirl;3162411;
    I am so sorry! I should have issued a warning when I mentioned it. My feeling though was that she only read a portion of the book, and then stopped instead of reading it to completion.

    Sorry Bearcata, no way to scrub that off now I guess...

    What was that critic thinking????
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