(sorry, I can't help it this time)
How can you have the last book in a vampire series end without a fight? Especially when all previous books concluded with some kind of violent, external conflict? I tolerated the first, very predictable half of the book because I figured the end would at least be the wonderful fight with the Volturi the whole series has been building up to. But in the end, the promised battle dissipates because of a Dickensian moment of great timing/coincidence (there's even a nowyouseetimmy statement about bullies being cowards), making whole book an anti-climactic disaster. I know I'm not the only reader who felt cheated.
And though these are things teenagers aren't likely to notice when they're swept up in the plot, I found them disappointing:
- There's really no character development. They all stay pretty much the same from beginning of series to the end.
- Again, Meyer relies heavily on dialogue to carry the plot and reveal information.
- The whole series could have been cut in half with some revision and heavy editing--and probably would have packed more of a punch if it had been.