Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse Novella
By: Stephenie Meyer

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

**This Review Contains Some Spoilers**

I really liked this book. I think as a TwilightMom it is kind of a requirement. Personally, I love all the excerpts that Meyer has given us on her website, so I really enjoyed getting to see part of the story from a point of view that is totally in contrast to what we are used to. I especially loved seeing exactly what was going on with the newborns as they prepared to attack the Cullens.

Part of what was great about this book was that what Meyer envisioned and what I envisioned were to totally different things. I disliked the newborns because Bella disliked them, I saw Bree as a blood thirsty, crazed, uncontrollable kid because that it how she looked through Bella's eyes. I fully expected the newborns to be throughly evil, bad before being bitten and worse after. For the most part they were. Victoria and Riley picked the dregs to turn into their army, but amid those newborns there were those who retained their common sense and some humanity. I was happy to see that Bree was not all bad. I appreciated seeing all that was going on in Seattle, from their hunting trips to how Riley tried to keep them all in line, to how Bree, along with Freaky Fred and Diego were looking to find the truth and maybe a way out.

Some things that really surprised me were the Volturi's level of awareness as to what was going on- they knew much more then I thought. I also was happy to see that in the end Bree tried to stand up to the Volturi and Victoria in the best way she could, by giving Edward as much information as possible before her inevitable death. I haven't had a chance yet, but I want to go back and re-read that scene in Eclipse and see if I see it all differently now that I have another perspective besides Bella's to work with.

In her introduction Meyer says: "The closer I got to the inevitable end, the more I wished I'd concluded Eclipse just slightly differently." Many people took that to mean that the Cullens would have been given permission by the Volturi to take Bree in. It could be that is what Meyer meant. I can't see anyway that it could have gone that way though, the Volturi were already worried about the size of the Cullen's family, and this is before they added Bella to their ranks. In my opinion, it would have been nice to see Bree survive, striking out to find Fred, who had promised to wait for her in Vancouver. It would have also been nice to see Fred and Bree make an appearance in Breaking Dawn, standing witness with the Cullen family against the Volturi. Of course that's just my take on it. Unless Meyer continues to give us the gift of more Novellas or books, which I for one hope she does, we can be content in loving the books we have, and imagining what might lay ahead for our favorite characters.


  1. Great review!! I loved it...but really, was I going to dislike it? lol It would have been awesome if Bree could have found Fred! I would love to hear more of Fred's story.

  2. I wish Bree found Fred too! It kind of seemed that he had a little crush on her....but it was a good "twist" with the Volutri already knowing about the whole thing....makes them more evil