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“Don’t be afraid,” I murmured. “We be- long together”. I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words. This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it…
Review: This book starts with what was left behind by Eclipse and it’s divided into three parts. The first part, told from the point of view of Bella, accounts the wedding of Edward and Bella and their honeymoon in Isle Esme. The second part, told from Jacob’s perspective, details the period he spends with Bella and the Cullens during her pregnancy and the horrific birth of her child. The third part, back to Bella’s view, accounts her early days as a vampire and the danger that Renesmee(the daughter she has with Edward) put the family in and the conflict with the Volturi.
From the moment I started reading this book, I’ve been searching for clues etc on the reconciliation of the triangular relationship as the third book did left me heartbroken in a way for Jacob. You can see the gradual change in the mind of Jacob and how he finally finds peace.
The first part is all very fairy-tale like with all the wedding and stuff and the first sexual encounter of Bella and Edward. Bella seems like a mature girl apart from the fact that in Eclipse she kind of keeps changing her “deadline” and “terms of conditions” for becoming an immortal. However, in the first part of the book, she becomes this pretty desperate girl always asking for more physical contact from her newly wed husband, which is a bit over the top. Edward, having discovered their first sexual experience results in bruises all over her body, refuses for more until she becomes an immortal. And of course he has to “give in” in the end. Well, you can imagine the consequence of “non-safe” sex which leads to the second part of the book.
The second part is told from Jacob’s point of view and the whole tone or language is different. From Jacob’s angle, you can see the love both Edward and Bella have towards each other which also makes him realize that he should move on. The account of the whole pregnancy is quite horrific, as the baby grows at the speed of light and Bella has to start `drinking blood’ to feed the baby. The final chapter for this part is more or less like the script of ER with Edward delivering the baby and Jacob giving Bella CPR!!
And in the third part, you will find out that Bella, who nearly died during the childbirth, has survived as Edward gives her his venom at the last minute and turns into a vampire. The first few chapters account how Bella adjusts to this new life, which surprisingly is not as bad as it was expected. On the other hand, it shows how the triangular relationship develops and has indeed an interesting outcome. Having imprinted on her daughter, Bella can finally release herself from the guilt she felt for Jacob and Jacob can also “move on” with his life with Renesmee in mind. When I read this, it does sound odd to me and it takes time to take it in. However, you may remember in New Moon, Quil imprinted on a 2 year old-so it’s not so strange after all, and besides, we do live in a strange world nowadays. This kind of takes the Bella-Jacob relationship into a new stage as he becomes her true (probably only human) friend whom she can still be close to, ignoring the potential `son-in-law’ issue!! It drags a bit for this part of the story but what comes next is quite exciting.
Again, remember back in New Moon, Laurent, who developed a close relationship with Irina from the Denali coven, was killed by the wolf pack. Irina, comes to try to make peace with Cullen but she sees Renesmee and believes she is an immortal child, a human child turned into a vampire-this is forbidden within the community. She reports this to the Volturi who then decide to come and punish the Cullens. In order to convict the Volturi that Renesmee is not one, they gather all the friends they can find as witnesses as Renesmee has this special gift of transmitting memory and thoughts. Their friends are all taken by surprise and become warmed to her. On the other hand, there is a slight twist to the story, Alice and Jasper disappeared which is a mystery that is only revealed in the most crucial moment.
The Cullens, along with their alliance-the werewolves, not entirely sure that they will win this battle, are all prepared to die and so are their friends. As their friends gather in their place, they slowly come to the conclusion that the Volturi are coming, not for the punishment, but to get all the gifted Cullens, especially Alice to join them. The whole court of the Volturi finally arrive and at the crucial moment, Alice and Jasper appear with additional proof. They bring with them a 150 years old half-human/half-vampire Nahuel who explains that the half-breed poses no danger to them. The Volturi finally leave them in peace.
This is probably not so much as a page turner as the first three books but it ties up some of the loose ends from previous books and a good ending or happy ever after is probably what many of the fans want. I know it may just be too perfect but that is probably what we want in our imagination. And seriously I do like the last chapter very much especially on the part where Bella, having obtained this gift of putting on a shield, manages to push it off, so that Edward can read her thought and understand how much she loves him.
Last, but not the least, I think Stephanie is very clever in a way that she has put some clues in the end which will be useful if she decides to go back on them again. Will Renesmee choose Nahuel instead after 6 years when she grows up? Will Jacob be heartbroken yet again? Will Volturi recover after this encounter and come back again to revenge? I sincerely hope that we will get answers to these in the near future!!
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