Monday, August 18, 2008

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I recommend this book for: high school and up

The Twilight saga ends . . . sigh. It's definitely a more grown-up book than previous volumes, and not quite as satisfying. I really feel that I can't do much of a review without completely spoiling the plot - and if it's spoilers you want, they're all over the Internet elsewhere by now! Suffice it to say that the major loose ends are wrapped up neatly (although you never do figure out who Embry's father is!), the ending is happier than I could have guessed, and although I threw a minor temper tantrum when I first read about Jacob's fate, I was happier with it by the end of the book. I didn't love this volume like I did Twilight and New Moon, but I liked it well enough. I don't feel the need to buy it, but it was definitely worth reading.

A rather scathing, spoiler-ific review from PW, plus the copy from the flap: Don't say I didn't warn you!

Small print contains some spoilers!
This volume is different from the previous three, in that there is sex between married characters - not explicit, but there's no question of what's happening, and there is quite a bit of discussion about the love lives of several characters. The graphic description of a human giving birth to a half-vampire child was rather scary - bones breaking, etc. There also seemed to be more profanity in this one, possibly because Jacob narrates the middle third of the book!

Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann

I recommend this book for: high school/grownups

In the small Irish town of Glenkill, a flock of sheep investigates the grisly murder of their shepherd.

I picked this one up because I read a good review . . . and I stuck with it because I wanted to find out what happened, but I wasn't thrilled with this book. Trying to figure out the motivations of the humans as viewed through the eyes of the sheep was difficult, and I found many parts of the book confusing. This could have partly been because of the translation (or partly because this is the first adult book I've read for some time!), but it threw me off. It was an interesting read, but I doubt I'll be picking up the author's next title.