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Publisher's Note:

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 d…

Breaking Dawn

by Stephenie Meyer

Overall Book Review:

In the final novel of the bestselling Twilight series, almost everything you expect does happen: Bella and Edward get married; Bella becomes a vampire herself; and there’s a confrontation with the Volturi, the leaders of the vampires. Many things you might not expect also happen: Bella has a half-vampire child, she finds she has vampirish talents, and the love triangle with Jacob is resolved in an unexpected way.

One of the most unexpected elements in the book is the big increase in the steaminess of the story. Although Meyer stops short of describing Bella and Edward’s actual consummation of their marriage, what she does describe is passionate.

The beginning of the book was not as lively, but by page 118, the story takes off, quieting down a bit in the middle and then charging along again till the final chapter. 

Good for reluctant readers.

Of interest to boys and girls. 

Reading Level: 6.1 (range 4.3-7.7).

This review has been acquired and adapted from CleanTeenReads.com.


Content Analysis:

This review was acquired from CleanTeenReads.com on May 15, 2014 and was not completed using Compass Book Ratings’ standardized checklist.  Nevertheless, it contains useful content information which is included here.  The overall number ratings have been approximated based on this information.

h*ll and d*mn, cr*p, b*tt—reviewed before counted the number of times each word is used.

There’s more talk about violence and preparing for violence than actual violence; some of the vampires who gather to help the Cullens do hunt humans—not explicitly described. Detailed description of the pain of turning into a vampire, detailed description of Bella’s first hunt for animals as a vampire, including drinking blood of a mountain lion and a deer; vampire killed by fire, not graphic.

Lots of passionate kissing, some mentions of nudity, sexy lingerie mentioned, mention of bruising acquired during sex, some talk about how enjoyable sex is—both as a human and a vampire—stops short of explicit descriptions of petting or sex; Edward, Bella’s husband, suggests to Jacob that he father a child with Bella, so she’ll agree to abort her half-vampire baby. Talk of menstruation, tampons mentioned, morning sickness, pregnancy, the possibility of an abortion, childbirth—of a half-vampire child—including a detached placenta, an emergency C-section without anesthetic, with a vampire needing to break open the womb with his teeth, and the near death of the mother.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, Vampires

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
6
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
5
10

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On May 15, 2014 Compass Book Ratings acquired CleanTeenReads.com. Many reviews were acquired from CleanTeenReads.com and these reviews were not completed using Compass Book Ratings’ standardized checklist. Nevertheless, the reviews contain useful content information which is included.