My reviewrating: 3 of 5 stars
Since I had to wait a week for Amazon.com's free shipping to deliver the book this Saturday - I went on GR & A.com's website to look at the reviews for this book. And I ended up spoiling it for myself. So I knew everything that was going to happen and it sounded so contrived and stupid. And then I started reading. I was surprised how much I liked it -- I guess the key is to go in with really low expectations! :-) Based on most people's low reviews and the record # of returns bookstores are experiencing with this book . . . people had way to high expectations for a Stephenie Meyer book.
So I am on Team Jacob and liked the first part of the book--I'm ok with the whole EB stuff because Jake is too good for her anyway :-). I even didn't mind the whole pregnancy thing.
I hated the second part. It seemed like she had so much potential to use Jake in a great way -- to mature him as he grew into his Alpha position. And that was all wasted the second he imprinted on the stupid baby.
I also didn't like how everything was so freaking easy for Bella. Being a newborn isn't hard . . . can learn to use her shield in a few days . . . That is what you call character development? Give her everything she wants, make it really easy for her . . . make her noble and sacrificing . . . oh yeah and then make her the one that saves everyone. Oh and her obsession with SEX? Holy. Cow. Take a cold shower honey.
So there were a few parts that might deserve 4 stars. I liked the gathering of covens, etc. And a whole bunch that deserved 2 stars. But average it out and I didn't love it but I definitely didn't hate it. Surprising since I dislike Bella so much.
I must just add that all you moms out there who are letting your kids (10-17 age) read this book--shame on you! I have talked to LOTS of 11-12 year olds who are devouring and obsessing over these books. Wow! I am glad I wasn't exposed to this kind of stuff in my imagination at this age. I would even say recommend it for after marriage (post honeymoon) LOTS of sexual content--but also because it sets some pretty unrealistic expectations (not just in bed but how everything just works and and you're eternally happy with no hard work, etc.) ~ which are ruining enough marriages in the world today.
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