Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner : An Eclipse Novella - Stephenie Meyer

Summary: Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful sense, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth? (Summary from book - Image from stepheniemeyer.com)

Mindy's Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner provides Twilight fans with some interesting, though not essential background reading and offers a way back into a series they adore . The story centers around Bree, a newborn vampire, as she attempts to “survive” in a nest of other newborns, afraid of the sun and slave to an unquenchable thirst. At a young 3 months, Bree inadvertently learns the truth about her vampire superiors and is drawn into a confrontation for which she is utterly unprepared.

If you have never read the series, I wouldn’t recommend this book as a starting point. It’s the kind of book that wouldn’t make a great deal of sense without having the other books under your belt. For fans of the series, I’d recommend reading Eclipse first (or at least having read it recently). I haven’t read it since Breaking Dawn came out and had this nagging feeling throughout that I was missing the little connections between the two stories that are made when books collide. I might read it again if I decide to revisit the series but I don’t feel that it was essential to the story. The good news is that, true to its' title, this novella is short (only 178 pages) and can be read in less than an afternoon.

One of the things about the Twilight series that was a little irritating (and perhaps I didn’t realize this right away) was that, barring a few wolfish interludes, the books are entirely written from Bella’s perspective. If it didn’t happen in front of her, then it didn’t happen. In reading Bree’s story, as well as Meyer’s as-yet-unfinished Midnight Sun (a version of Twilight told from Edward’s POV), I enjoyed the opportunity to view the same story from different perspectives and learn a little something extra about Bree’s interaction with the Cullens.

If you would like to read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, you can read it here FOR FREE until midnight July 5th, 2010. However, one dollar from each book sold is donated to the American Red Cross, so I would recommend spending the money and buying your own copy. If you're a fan, it would look nice on your shelf with the rest of the series.

Her Rating: 3.75 Stars. It was nothing terribly special, just some light background reading. For the sensitive reader: When dealing with newborn vampires, expect carnage.

Sum it up: If I can’t have Midnight Sun, I suppose this will have to do...for now.

Kari's Review: This did not read like the Twilight series for me. I raced through those hardly able to put it down. This was insightful, but definitely not as engaging. I was curious about Bree, her perspective and how it all meshed with the Cullens, but it took until about page 100 before I really became entrenched in her story. I agree with Stephenie Meyer: by the time the book is ending and you already know how it goes down for Bree, you're sad to see her character die. I'd recommend this only to Twilight junkies. It is not for someone who hasn't read the series. (And, there is a lot more dark, blood-thirsty images. So, if you're sensitive to that, steer clear.)

Her Rating: 3.5 stars. Ok, but definitely not fantastic.

Sum it up: A deeper look into the world of Twilight, although not critical if missed.

Average Rating: 3.625 Stars


Melissa Paul said...

Why do I get the feeling that both "Bree Tanner" and "Midnight Sun" both were chapters in the Twilight Saga that were intended to be included in the actual storyline but didn't quite pan out or make the editor's final version?

I wish the author would do a spin-off on the Alaska Vampires or on Charlotte and her partner (forget their names) instead of keep coming back to the same characters and storyline and fiddling with it.

"Bree", while interesting from the standpoint of adding another pov to the storyline, was generally disappointing and lacking in substance for a stand alone novella, in my opinion.

Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds interesting, and an interesting idea to bring out background novellas. Thanks for the link too.

Unknown said...

Do I need to read The Short Second Life before Midnight Sun? Does it matter?

MindySue said...

No. Midnight Sun is supposed to be Twilight told from Edward's perspective. I believe The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner lands between Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.


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