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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga) Paperback – September 25, 2012
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316228524
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349001319
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : 680
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's really no spoiler to be had given that even the author lets the reader know a front about the story and the fact that it came out after the publication of book 3. It does give a more in depth view into the world of twilight. We see just how easily it is for these newborn vampires to be fooled and controlled by their instincts. I was surprised how well the author manage to make Bree sympathetic and engaging protagonist despite being a blood-sucking monster. She even was able to create a few relationships that seemed to have even more depth than the original twilight book LOL. I say that as a joke but also in truth that the characters felt for each other and grew to care for each other based upon actions and more than just simple I like you because you're hot or in Edwards case to Bella I like you because I can't read your mind and your blood makes me crazy.
A novela that is set in the middle of a series has the advantage of not having to world build. it is meant for readers with knowledge of the series and characters so you can get a short and sweet story that is rather impactful.
I would encourage everyone who has enjoyed the twilight series to buy this novella and more to the point I would say even if you never read the twilight books the short novella is well worth the read. It is an engaging tragedy that will pull you in and hit you in the feels. It also showcases the talent that is Stephenie Meyers in telling a story without showing her hand. It was surprising to see how much personality she managed to shove into Bree in such a short time..
Their romance is quick and fleeting and ultimately doomed but it is charming and cute while it lasts. Bree is a fascinating character with layer after layer, like an onion that is slowly peeled back. Diego is also interesting but before we can learn much about him he is gone. And then there is Fred, whose powers of repulsive magnetism served as a shield for both himself and Bree. Unfortunately for Bree, Fred decides to go off on his own, rebelling against Riley who wants to lead them into a fight against the Cullen coven. Fred doesn't trust Riley and asks Bree to accompany him. Sadly, she has been led astray by Riley who has promised to lead her to Diego, an offer she can't refuse. Fred invites both her and Diego to meet up with him the following day and Bree agrees, not realizing that her time on Earth is sadly coming to an end...
This book was wonderful. I am not a huge fan of the Twilight series, having read the series only because a friend of mine begged me to. However, with it's rich story and complex characters, not to mention a great plot, this book is irresistible. Bree Tanner is probably my favorite character in the entire series. Stephenie Meyer claims this was a writing exercise in her folder. I can only hope she decides to write more exercises and share them with the world.
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Meyer has been criticized a lot for her lack of writing skills and this has never been an issue for me until now. I couldn't relate to the characters, I didn't find them likeable and by the end of the story I didn't feel as though I knew any more about them than the beginning. However, I think if it had been longer these things would change, with more detail to character I could have been gripped by this.
It's an easy read, I read it in one sitting and if your a Twilight fan then it's definitely worth reading but I did find it disappointing.
But I was so wrong. A mere 10 pages in I was hooked, I loved the character Bree, and I loved how she was this oddity in this raging group of bloodthirsty vampires. Even though she was still a newborn she was still quite different from the rest. I liked the new characters Diego and Fred, and it was interesting seeing the inner workings of the army before their battle. Even though I knew Bree's fate I could help thinking 'Go with Fred! Don't go with Riley!' I desperately wanted her to survive even though I knew she wouldn't and I was extremely sad when she did. And even knowing that she dies in the end didn't spoil the story one bit. I think it was a brilliant idea for Meyer to give this tiny character in Eclipse her own voice and her point of view, I know when I read Eclipse again in will read it from a different angle.
Its defiantly worth reading, especially because it's so short and won't take up too much of your time.
Sad that Bree could not be saved by the Cullens she would of made a wonderful addition to the family.
Looking forward to the next chapter in the twilite saga.
Thank you for another great read.xx
Chicken or egg? I cannot make up my mind if, with the benefit of hindsight, I would have chosen to read this book before or after Eclipse. Does anyone have a view on this?