Tuesday, June 29, 2010


In honor of the ECLIPSE MOVIE release tonight at midnight, I present you with my review of Stephenie Meyer's newest book, The Eclipse Novella.

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.
In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

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

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 imagines, 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?

From goodreads.com

That summary is the best I've found, and gives general direction of the book, so I don't think I need to give you any more. In case you want more, here's a bit more on the book. The story centers around, obviously Bree Tanner, and her life as a newborn vampire living with Riley's coven. None of the vampires know why they were created, and don't understand the laws that readers of the series know through the Cullens: such as don't leave a scene, blood is not free, and there are other vampires. As the story goes on Bree begins to learn about these things and quickly discovers she has few people she can trust.

Good enough for you? If not, you're just going to have to go pick up the book. You can either purchase a copy, from which one dollar is donated to the American Red Cross, or you can read it online for free until July 5th HERE.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. To be honest, I believe that the writing in this novella was better than the writing in the series. Perhaps it was because Bree had more emotions than Bella ever had, or perhaps it was the pressure knowing what will happen to her in the end. Regardless, I enjoyed the writing of this book, though did find it frustrating that there were no chapters and minimal page breaks, so it was hard to find a place to stop reading.

Another thing I enjoyed was getting to know the newborn army more. In Eclipse, they were minor characters that the Cullens would need to kill, and nothing more. In the novella, they come to life, and, while reading, I became attached to them, even though some of them, like Raoul, I wanted to punch in the face. They became true characters, and not background noise, which I loved.

Throughout the novels, there were slight undertones that were in Eclipse, things that you never really took note to, but that made a lot more sense after reading the novella. And those clips in the Eclipse trailer involving the Volturi and the newborns that aren't in the book? Yep, in the novella.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a book for fans of the series to read if they want a greater understanding of what happened during the battle at the end of Eclipse.

Rating: A-

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