Do NOT read this if you don't want spoilers.
I won't be getting this one until next month because the store I special-order books at won't have it in until then. So, because I desperately wanted to know what happened, I began searching online and reading Amazon discussions and reviews. Keep in mind I haven't read the book yet, so I don't know the context of anything. Here's what I was able to gather:
- Bella's power is lame. Can't find what the power actually IS anywhere, so if anyone wants to leave it in the comments section, that'd be great.
ETA: Khyrinthia explains the power as, "Bella's power is that she's a shield. She can put a shield around people and then mind powers won't work on the people in the shield. Jane's power, for example, won't work if you're in the shield. And she learned that she can project her past thoughts into Edward's head."
- There's something about venom sperm. Well, at least it doesn't *sparkle*. No venom sperm, after all!
- There's something about an abortion. Allegedly the baby was killing Bella and Edward had the brilliant idea of wanting it out. Then Jacob realized Bella and the baby probably needed blood. Is Jacob the mature one in this novel?
- Bella and Edward have a kid. Yeah, Stephenie Meyer totally contradicted herself in this one.
- The kid is called Renesme (Renee + Esme), nicknamed Nessie. Like, Lochness Monster, anyone?
- Jacob imprints on the kid. Supposedly, Renesme will have reached adult form (twenty-one years of age, physically ... and mentally?) in only seven years of life. People have been saying this is pedophilia, but having not read the novel and seeing its context, I won't comment on that.
What concerns me, though, is why would Stephenie Meyer do this to Jacob, a character she supposedly cares a lot for? Why does he have to settle for a beta version of Bella? More importantly, why is he pushed for a future with a girl who is the child (that is, HALF) of Edward, the one who ended up with Jacob's original object of affection? If I were Jacob, I'd kill myself. No, seriously. Imagine imprinting on the child of the person you loved but couldn't have! How is this an acceptable ending???
- Sex does happens, but there are no scenes depicting it. This is just sad. I wasn't looking for smut, but hearing NOTHING is shown is disappointing. Here we are, having grown progressively racier with each successive book:
Twilight: Very tame, light kissing.
New Moon: Kissing gets more passionate.
Eclipse: Kissing reaches boiling point and characters almost have sex.
...and then it crashes and burns in Breaking Dawn.
ETA: There's "sex all night"? Something like that?
New Thing: THERE IS A BIRTH SCENE. No SEX but we get BIRTH. Is this supposed to compensate?! And details of the birth scene are allegedly as follows: Bella coughs up blood and breaks her spine. Rosalie wants to drink her blood. So she's not a vamp by the time Renesme is born?
I'll add more when I come across them. If anyone's read the book and can think of things to add to the list, feel free to comment and I'll add them in. Also, I WANNA KNOW BELLA'S POWER.)
I'll wait until I read the book to pass jodgment (and post a review), but from what people have been saying, it doesn't sound very good. Thank god Hatchette is making international export versions available for us outside the US - they're cheaper. I preordered one of those. :)