WARNING... MAJOR SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW! PLEASE DON'T CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK YET!!
I admit, that I have gone online, and looked at MANY responses from people young and old, and the only reviews that I am surprised by, are the ones that say they "absolutely LOVED it!". Ok, so first off, I will say that I didn't HATE the book. There were parts that I enjoyed, and there were parts that I hated, and then there were parts that were somewhere in-between. I really enjoyed the first book. I was glad that Edward and Bella got married, and more than that, I was glad that she wasn't a total whiner the entire time. She was actually happy to be married, and it was so sweet, lovey and romantic. The honeymoon was great, and then... she turned into a total crazy person with her pregnancy. At first I was so excited that she was pregnant (even though it's even more impossible than many other things in this series), because I always wanted to see Edward as a dad, but then once I saw what it was doing to her, and that she was possibly putting others in danger because of it, and that she was drinking blood... through a straw!!!???!!!... I thought that she was a moron. But then of course, you see that she was inspired, or whatever. I still wasn't satisfied with Edward getting to be a dad, because they didn't even get to grow together as a couple, and experience all the challenges of having a new baby, and having to change it's diapers, and get spit up on, etc. Renesmee (the stupidest name in all of history, by the way. How do you even pronounce it?) was pretty self reliant, and then all of the sudden, Edward and Bella are like an old married couple, it was weird! I did like it from Jacob's perspective though, he is funny and made me laugh, which was good, because the information he was presenting was so far fetched, I think it would have only made the situation more annoying coming from Bella.
After the craziness of all the baby stuff...
I was excited that Jacob imprinted on Nessie, then that whole relationship and love triangle made sense and came together, and Jacob was happy. Of course, that also meant that Bella didn't really have to sacrifice ANYTHING for true love... NOTHING! She got to have a child, got to keep her father and Jacob around, didn't have to struggle being a newborn, and of course, just happens to have the most amazing super power??... PA-LEASE! I understand that these were all things that we wanted her to have. It made me sad to think that she wouldn't be able to have a family, made me sad to think of her not seeing her dad or Jacob, etc. I guess the problem I have, is that it all just came together a little too perfectly... it was too convenient, and basically sounded like she was just pulling stuff from her rear. (like, oh yeah, FYI, vampires can impregnate humans, and FYI, half human half vampire children totally exist, and don't worry, Alice knows exactly where to find them and of course makes it back in the exact right moment). I know that the whole series is fictional and impossible, but I think what most of us loved about the first 3 books, was that even though it was impossible, she almost made it seem like it could be possible, and you wanted it to be possible. But this whole book was just super crazy.
I actually like Bella as a vampire. I forgot how much I had wanted to see what she would be like as one, so was excited when we got to see that. I was a little disappointed in the change in hers and Edward's relationship... he was no longer her hot and sexy protector, but her equal. They just seemed so different to me, definitely not the "Edward and Bella" relationship that I loved. I mean, Edward tearing Bella's uterus open with his teeth, is not exactly romantic to me.
Then... the fight-that-wasn't, at the end... huge let down. I know no one wanted anyone to die, but the end was seriously boring. I wanted suspense and action. From the moment Bella discovered she could extend her shield, it was totally predictable. I wanted to see Edward in some serious vampire action. Oh well, the book is what it is, and I will have to take it for what it's worth. At least there was resolution, I can give it that much. I will say though, that after I finished it, the whole series felt so different to me, almost like I couldn't remember the characters that I had fallen in love with. So I am now re-reading Eclipse, so that I can get a little of that feeling back. Hopefully I will like Breaking Dawn better the second time around, but as Nate has forbidden me from reading it again until we move, I guess I will have to wait to find that out. I hope I didn't put a damper on the book for anyone, or ruin good feelings you had, I just had to share my opinion. Feel free to put me in my place... nicely!
So please, leave your comments and thoughts, as I am dying to know what all of you thought. If you loved it, please share and please tell me why. Like I said, it's not that I didn't like it, it just wasn't what I thought it would be, or as good as it could have been, and, it was seriously crazy. But I am still a devoted Twilight fan, so no worries there, just a little disappointed. Ok, now...