Published by Little, Brown and Company on August 2, 2008
Series: Twilight, #4
Genre(s): fiction, young adult, fantasy, romance
Format & Length: hardcover, 756
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“Don’t be afraid,” I murmured. “We belong 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. His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him… It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.
“Forever,” he agreed.
This was the best book of the Twilight series by far, in both its writing and its storytelling. This piece of the story felt fully fleshed out, almost as if it was conceived before New Moon and Eclipse. At 756 pages, it is the longest book and yet it held my attention so fully I read it faster than any of the others.
Bella’s power after she became a vampire made complete and perfect sense. Looking back, you can see the hints Meyer laid down from the start of the series with the way she was always putting needs of others first (annoyingly so at times).
I appreciate the preparation for an alternate ending, but as I’m a sucker for a happy ending I liked the way it ended. As many others before have stated, the ending was anti-climactic, yet it reinforced the theme that love can conquer all. Part of me would have liked to see an epic brawl but I think the chosen plot line fit better with the theme Meyer intended.
Most likely I will never read these books again, but I am glad I finished the series. If I had to rate the series overall, I would give it a four for the storytelling and a two for the writing. If you don’t mind putting up with a fair share of writing issues and are looking to enjoy an intriguing story, the Twilight saga just might be for you.