"...once the euphoria about the novel's release dies off, I suspect many readers won't revisit "Breaking Dawn" the way they have repeatedly combed through the three earlier novels of the series.
The problem here is the story, or the lack of it. For the most part, rather than serving as a climatic fourth chapter to the best-selling series, this book is a long, dragged-out epilogue filled with an author's indulgences for her characters."
"Meyer's most rabid fans will be satisfied, but “Breaking Dawn” leaves this reader craving a more substantial meal....The series finale glosses over a great deal of emotional impact as plot points drop into place and big questions get handy answers."
Not only does Meyer turn up Bella's skills and confidence, she also turns up the action and the gore. Perhaps her taste for bodily fluids came from writing her last book, The Host, a grown-up novel that was marketed as science fiction. (Note to publishers: just because the monsters arrive in spaceships doesn't make it science fiction. Horror in the future is still horror.)
It might seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy—but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer’s first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture’s paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it’s almost impossible to identify with her. But that’s not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily—in other words, grandeur is out. This isn’t about happy endings; it’s about gratification. A sign of the times?
Just a bit of a side note - this really isn't the place to post your own review of BD, that would be better suited to the official discussion post the mods have posted. This post is purely for discussing the critics' POV on the book.