Book Review: Breaking Dawn

by Melissa on December 18, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Fantasy, Horror & Suspense, Lexile 600-699, Part of a series or set, Romance

Title: Breaking Dawn
Series: The Twilight Saga, Book 4
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Lexile: [?] NC690L
AR Level: [?] 4.8
Pause For Ages: 14-17


Although eighteen-year-old Bella joins the dark but seductive world of the immortals by marrying Edward the vampire, her connection to the powerful werewolf Jacob remains unsevered.


Be sure to read the comments for books 1-3 of the Twilight Saga.  This book is darker with more mature content (sex and violence) then the rest of the series.  I don’t think it’s appropriate for a teen as young as 14.  The AR Level is definitely NOT an indicator of the age group the book is for.  The story gets a bit frantic as the plot lines come together, quit a bit of suspension of disbelief, even for a fantasy novel.


Level 1 [?]


Bella finally gets her wish to have sex with Edward.  Mostly inuendo, but there are multiple references to Edward bruising and hurting her as well as destroying clothing and furniture. 


Mention of someone getting tested for steriod use.


Descriptions of vampires killing people, children vampires being killed.


Use of the term ‘live in sin’. Edward wants Bella to abort his and Bella’s baby for her safety. A teen thinks (in jest), “would a bullet through my temple actually kill me or just leave a really big mess for me to clean up?”


A superstitious woman believes that Edward is a blood-drinking demon.

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