A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This book may appeal to fantasy- and romance-loving teens, even those who don't exactly consider themselves to be readers.
Sacrificing everything for those you love and embracing your gifts are two big themes.
Positive Role Models
Finally Bella gets to be a stronger character here, an equal to her new husband. How she's willing to get there, though, is a little frightening.
Violence & Scariness
One extremely gory supernatural childbirth scene with lots of blood, breaking bones, and a near death. Vampires hunt and feed on large game in the forest.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
After she's married at 18, Bella has sex with her vampire husband, but it's not described in detail. She also has feelings of desire. Werewolves are naked when they transform back into humans.
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Products & Purchases
The Cullens own a lot of high-end cars, which are mentioned by brand name. The vampire family buys many extravagant gifts and wears each of their designer outfits only once.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Morphine is given to a human in pain.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series is enormously popular with teen and older tween girls. The main characters -- Bella, 18, mortal, and Edward, vampire -- have sex after they're married. Little is described in detail except that broken furniture and bruises are found on the next day (thanks to vampire super-strength). The goriest part of the book is a supernatural birth scene with lots and lots of blood, cracking bones, and near death. Vampires spend half the book fearing for their lives and the lives of family and friends.
Is It Any Good?
Fans finally get what they want at the beginning of this fourth book in the bestselling Twilight Saga: a fairytale wedding, a honeymoon, and s-e-x. Once that's out of the way, teens who are just in it for the romance shouldn't go any further. The small percentage of readers who are in it for the blood and supernatural creatures will find both, but one of the creatures turns out to be pretty bizarre and ridiculous, and there aren't enough compelling plot twists and suspenseful moments to carry the book through the full 755 pages. There's plenty of talking, though. And fear that something really sinister is coming for all of them. But when the force they all fear does finally come for them, all the build-up goes nowhere.
All the books in the series always ran too long, but they made up for the length with fun fantasy characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a good final battle at the end. This time the characters get everything they want at the beginning of the book and leave fans hanging at the end.
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