The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga)

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 6 months ago

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By: Stephenie Meyer

Purchased At: $10.99

Newly turned vampire Bree Tanner lives in terror -- and must find her way out of untold danger -- in this pulse-pounding novella, a companion to Eclipse.

Bree Tanner, a self-described "vampire nerd" first introduced in Eclipse, lives in terror in a coven of newborn vampires. She is a member of Victoria's vampire army, and as that army closes in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, she finds her first friend and discovers a truth about daylight.

While fans may know how it ends, they don't yet have the full story: Bree's tale of danger, mystery, and romance is one for the books.

It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with the highly anticipated companion, Midnight Sun: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

"People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there." -- Time

"A literary phenomenon." -- The New York Times
The character of Bree was full of life and personality. It was amazing how much Stephenie Meyers brought her to life in this short novella. There is no doubt that this is a tragedy through and through but one with satisfying yet bitter end. I would love to see the other books in the series in the future should Stephenie Meyer's revisit this world. She already has Side characters such as Leah in the main story that she spoke of possibly revisiting in the future. I could see having Fred joining the Cullen's in the future and somehow being perfect match for Leah.

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..

- erin_miller

In my opinion, this was the best entry in the Twilight series. Set in the weeks before the big fight in Eclipse, it tells the story of newborn vampire Bree Tanner, a former runaway with no place to go. As a vampire she is disgusted by some of the behavior of her peers and does her best to quietly blend in and avoid trouble. For a while she does well at this, thanks to the repelling powers of Freaky Fred, another vampire, dubbed so by his vampire peers who are repulsed by him. However, while out hunting she eventually attracts the attention of Diego, another newborn vampire who has retained some of his human qualities. He likes Bree and the two of them spend a blissful day learning about each other and about their new existence as vampires. Together they learn that sunlight is not dangerous to vampires as they had believed and decide to share this information with their coven leader, Riley. Unfortunately, as they soon find out, this knowledge is dangerous.

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.

Five Stars.

- haley_nelson

Really enjoyed this book as an add-on to the Twilight Saga. My main gripes are that there are no chapter breaks or even pauses, so finding a natural place to stop was actually really difficult. Also grown a bit tired of Stephenie Meyer's habit of every heavily featured vampire finding a mate, and of them all being heterosexual. Not that I needed to see a homosexual love story, but one couple somewhere in the story or at the very least seeing the story of a featured vampire just being a vampire without a mate would have broken the repetitiveness a little. Made it feel like that is their sole purpose, and by this novella that was played out. Nonetheless a nice little story that I think could actually make a good film. Gives more of an insight into the world of the 'normal' vampires and particularly newborns, as well as padding out 'the bits you didn't see' in Twilight Eclipse.

- jaxxon_rivera

I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight Saga so I read this with high hopes. I didn't expect it to be as gripping as I found the other books but I certainly did expect it to fall into the saga. Although it's based around a character who appears in the saga I didn't really feel as if it had anything to do with it at all.

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.

- langston_howard

As a fan of the Twilight Saga when I heard about this book I knew I would eventually read it, so I purchased it off Amazon, and it was sat on my shelf for about two weeks before I decided to read it. Like many people I was sceptical, I didn't think this could be anywhere near as good as the Saga so it took me awhile to even pick it up.
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.

- kashton_green

This should be made in to a short film amazing story griping in all the right places.
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

- marjorie_rivera

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