As I finished the book today (Bryanna took a 4 1/2 hour nap and Maddox took a 3 hour nap = lots of time to read!) I'm kind of sad it's over. I'm a hopeless romantic who beleives in happily ever after! It was a very good read..long but good, another 700 pages and I wouldn't have minded. I took my time reading...a few chapters here, a few there!
I loved how Jacob ended up playing a big role throughout the series, being a big help to Bella, the Cullens and then to Nessie. In the second book, I was really rooting for Bella to be with Jacob so she could have a normal human life, experience a family, etc...and I'm so thrilled with how Bella's fate turned out. Then Jacob played another role in helping ease Charlie into the supernatural world without really telling him what was going on. I thought that was a brilliant transition! I liked how they could all co-exist...intertwining four species into each other's lives; Charlie, the human, Bella & Edward, the vampires, Jacob, the werewolf, and then Renesmee, half human/half vampire...who's soul mate ends up being Jacob! I should have guessed that he would imprint on Nessie because the day she was born he changed his mindset and went to the city and tried to imprint on any girl he could find a connection with...duh!
I loved that Bella got the best of both worlds, that Jacob could still be apart of her life, even if it meant being Bella's son-in-law! One of my favorite parts throughout the book was Bella's fierce loyalty to her unborn child, then after Renesmee was born, the dedication grew stronger. The locket topped it for me with the inscription, "More than my own life," tender and describes the way the human instinct should be for every parent. I'm just glad that the baby wasn't a boy because I hated the name EJ worse than Renesmee...At first I thought EJ stood for Edward Junior...but then the author revealed what the initials meant...Edward Jacob, it was a bit much for me...thank goodness it was a girl!
And of course, her true love, Edward, and his consistency throughout the series, his connection to Bella and vice versa. I'm a total sap, but I love that they married and had a great honeymoon...couldn't help but laugh a little through it! I was wondering how Bella would transform to the other side, and Stephenie Meyer wove it in pretty good...kind of like a "do or die" situation...she HAD to get the venom into her system to save her life, clever instead of just doing it because Bella wanted to!
And with her gift, a shield, (so cliche) she was the mother of the "immortal child" (but not venomous) so she had to be the hero and save everyone she loved because she, in a way, brought it on herself. I was expecting a grusome (sp?) fight but hoping the Volturi would back down...
Happy endings are the best part of any good story; I'm not a fan of tragedies. Life is supposed to be good and we are supposed to enjoy life to the fullest, right?
Very good book...I'm looking forward to the movies made after each book. Although I think the books are always better than the movies, it will still be fun and exciting and help relive the greatness of this series! I think I need to re-read the series every couple of years just because it was such a great read.
So there you have it, I know, its not a very critical review, but I loved it!!