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Story and photo Story and photo by by Stephenie Meyers

True fans were overjoyed in August to get their hands on the newest book from the “Twilight” series.

“Breaking Dawn” should satiate fans like dessert after a fabulous meal. This fourth installment of the story of Edward, Bella and Jacob had me feeling pleased, confused and wound up. I read the whole thing in 24 hours because I couldn’t stand to put it down. 

I was pleased to find out that the series finished after “Breaking Dawn” because Stephenie Meyer is writing “Midnight Sun,” the prequel to “Twilight.”

“Breaking Dawn” is a surprise-filled episode in the “Twilight” saga.

Bella Swan is no longer an average teenage girl. I found her to be a determined, more confident young woman with her sights set firmly on what she wants in life – human or immortal.

It was a joy to see her like this. The writing style of “Breaking Dawn” is different than the other books; the first and last parts are written from Bella’s familiar voice, but the middle section is seen through Jacob Black’s eyes. I adored his perspective and the sarcastically-funny chapter titles.

 Meyer’s reoccurring themes of the strength of family bonds, true love and abstinence before marriage take their strongest stand in “Breaking Dawn.”

The values from her personal belief system come through like a clear light as she presents her popular characters with strong moral centers.

A facet of the “Twilight” series that is a fan favorite is the Cullen family and their personalities and abilities.

Their power as a family shines in this installment as several new and fascinating friends and enemies are introduced. Bella and Edward’s undying love grows by leaps and bounds in the most mature ways.

The lingering threat issued in “New Moon” of the Volturi visit is terrifyingly realized with immense consequences.

All in all, I found it to be a great finish to Meyer’s fantastical world filled with vampires, werewolves and the human girl who loves them.