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Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer
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Little, Brown & Co., 2010 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Fans will be enthralled by Breaking Dawn which follows Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse in Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular vamp lit series starring delightfully innocent and klutzy Isabella Swan, along with her otherwordly friends and lover.

Bella loves ethical vampire Edward Cullen, whose adopted family only feed on animals. Edward also loves Bella but wants her to enjoy a human life, while she is determined to join him for eternity - as a vampire if that's what it takes. Quileute Indian Jacob Black, one of a pack of werewolves in his tribe, also loves Bella but she can only offer him friendship. Though dogs and leeches are traditional enemies, the Cullens and Quileute have a truce.

Now as Breaking Dawn opens, Bella weds the love of her life and embarks on a surprise fantasy honeymoon on a small tropical island. Though Edward is upset that, despite the care he takes, his lovemaking badly bruises his new wife, and despite her horrific nightmares, Bella is in paradise. Then something unexpected happens that endangers her life and changes it forever - something that forges an unusual alliance between Edward and Jake and resolves Bella's love triangle in a most surprising way.

It also forces Jacob to defy his pack's Alpha, and brings the Cullens to the renewed attention of the dangerous ancient vampire ruling clan, the Volturi. The latter exploit the situation to make a ruthless play for power, in order to add the Cullens' growing talents to those they have already taken under their control. Gathering allies from all over the globe - as well as the nearby reservation - the Cullens defy them, though their chances of survival are slim at best.

Filled with romance, action and humor, Breaking Dawn is the best of the series so far. It opens up new storyline possibilities for Jake, for new lead Nessie, and for girlie-wolf Leah. As it ends, series superstar Bella has found her 'true place in the world' and 'Forever and forever and forever' will never be klutzy again.

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