The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie MeyerThe Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

byStephenie Meyer

Hardcover | June 5, 2010

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Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced inEclipse, 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.
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga andThe Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
Title:The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse NovellaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:June 5, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316127876

ISBN - 13:9780316127875

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a fan of Twilight, but enjoyed this I wasn’t a big fan of the Twilight series but I enjoyed this little novella about Bree Tanner. Her budding romance with Diego is very cute, and I was glad to see that the newborn vampires that made up Victoria’s army were not just mindless pawns in her army – they had their suspicions about why they were created and rightfully so. The ending is sad and abrupt even though you know it’s coming. A good read overall.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bree Tanner Entertaining enough and a little emotional, it gives you some background for the character’s brief appearance in the movie but it isn’t essential to the book series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still love it I have read and reread this series so many times! Definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Not very well written, but a great read nonetheless!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good As a fan of the Twilight series I really enjoyed this little book too. It was great to have another character's perspective. I really liked Bree's character and just wish there could have been more!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful This was a great novella to read with the Twilight series. Good story about Bree Tanner and a different look at the vampire world.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This book took us a little deeper into the twilight universe through the eyes of different vampires amazingly written and fantastic.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Amazing novella a brilliant look at the different side of the twilight story.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too short a story for this character Stephanie Meyer has a way of encapsulating you into her world and leave you wanting more. For such a short story you really start to truly care for the character even though you know the ending.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesing! This was a good tie-in to “Eclipse”. Clearly you can tell from the title, the story is writing about Bree’s life. It is writing in her point of view, about her time as a vampire. You learn that even being a vampire, it isn’t necessarily good to live among other new born vampires. Some are too temperamental and egotistical. They have no problem hurting their own kind. You’ll read about why Riley really wanted to make a coven of vampires. What lies he told to get these new born vampires to look up to him as their leader, and being willing to fight in a vampire war for him. The Volturi are even in it. I think you kinda see a whole other little evil side to the Volturi, probably more specifically Jane. I quite liked it. It was interesting, and it made me see things I didn't think about in Eclipse. Actually, I think I like reading about Bree more than I do Bella.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short but Sweet In the introduction to this novella, Meyer writes to her fans, hoping that they will end up caring for Bree Tanner as much as she does. We do and I don't think that it can be helped. In Eclipse, Bree is a mere mention at the end of an epic tale and yet, I wanted to know more about her. Now that I do, I find that she is intelligent, insightful, compassionate, and loyal and I wish that she had indeed been included into the Cullen coven. Meyer takes a flat character, of little consequence, and gives her an incredible (second) life, with an incredible story. Furthermore, by telling the story of Eclipse from Bree's perspective, she also provides further insight into characters that we already know, love and/or hate. More than that, she introduces new characters, like Diego and Fred, who are spectacular in their own right and deserve their own stories! Any fan of the Twilight series will enjoy this short read.
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner I honestly enjoyed this book as much if not more then Twilight itself. Bree Tanner is an amazing character who you really being to feel for. I wish the ending wasn't the way it is :(
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Her Writing I loved this short story. Stephenie Meyer could write a similar novella about nearly every character she has introduced. Wouldn't you love to hear more details about Dr Cullen, Rosalie and especially Jasper's background. The possibilities are endless! Some haters like to say that Meyer's writing is terrible, but any author who can make me disappear into another world is talented in my books.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An ok companion to Eclipse I have to say, I wasn't overly excited when I found out about this novella, and adding it to the library wasn't a priority, but I happened across it at a second hand store and since I have the rest in the series, I picked it up. Let me first say that it is not up to standard for me. Meyer for all her flaws, usually paints a vivid picture with her stories, but I felt that in trying to keep it short and sweet, most of these characters come off 2 dimensional, and the storyline felt rushed, I was really intrigued with the vampire Fred, and genuinely would like to know more of his story, but that's pointless, since she has made it perfectly clear, that she is finished with this series. All in all, it was kind of interesting to see what was going down in Seattle with the newborns, but what the fans of Twilight really want is Midnight Sun, not some second rate backstory about a mostly insignificant character.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good addition! I find this book to be a very good addition to the Twilight Saga. It helps understand why the Cullens are unable to associate the deaths in Seattle with Victoria in the beginning. It is also a good insight on how new borns live and act, especially in nests. It is a very well written book as all of Stephenie Meyer's books are. In hopes of reading her published version of Midnight Sun soon and more from this talented author.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have read twice; a great, easy read Have read the book twice and really enjoyed. Meyer was very smart making a book about Bree, a character from Eclipse the intrigued me and I am sure other readers. Was interesting seeing the story from a different perspective. Cant see it is a literary masterpiece (dont think that was her plan) but a good read. Was able to get through very quickly and wanted a bit more. Bree, in the short book, was able to capture my imagination and developed quite well. Found some of the other characters nothing special but overall really enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright This book was okay, it was a fast read and I'm glad I read it, but it's not twilight or anything.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's like devouring a cake Bree is a smart character to the Twilight series... As the author mentions, too bad she didn't stay longer; she would have made an amazing addition to the coven. I would have preferred if the book was divided in chapters rather than a continuous story. It didn't make me stop and think about the in between plots. It's kind of like devouring a cake and not realizing the details of the cake. Other than that, the story is well written and it's a good addition to the twilight series.
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Want More Bree! This book left me wanting more of Bree Tanner! The way she saw things, through thirsty, red eyes that didn't know any other way of vampire life, was unique and a nice change from the "good" vampires we are used to with the Twilight series. The great thing about this book is that you don't need to have read any of the other Twilight books to understand what is going on. I really enjoyed the personalities that Bree meets in her short, second life. This book makes you wonder; "What would've happened if the Volturi spared Bree's life?" A great read that Twilight fans will enjoy.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great This little book was a great read for me. It takes place in the Eclipse book of the Twilight saga written by the same author Stephenie Meyer. I found it to be a great read because; it takes you through the the eyes of a totally new character, and gives you a whole new perspective on the book Eclipse. This little book, as I read it made me want to cheer for Bree and her new life as a newbron vampire. I found this book one night at Wal-mart and read bit of it and decided to get it. I was hook. If you are a big fan of the Twilight saga like I am, I think you will love this book as I did. It was another great book by Stephenie.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I quite liked it. 3.75 stars Bree Tanner is a minor character, a “newbie” vampire, who is part of Victoria’s army in the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse. Bree was only 15 or 16 when she was turned and she had been a vampire for 3 months when the story starts. She is a little smarter than some of the other newbies, and along with Diego, another one of the army, they are trying to figure out what is going on. Their leader, Riley, seems to be keeping things from them. I quite liked it. Some of the reviews I’ve seen have said it’s all stuff we’ve read. I didn’t think so (although it has been quite a while since I read Eclipse), certainly not the first half of it, which focused more on Bree and Diego and their growing friendship. The last bit of the book – the fight – was a little more of what we have already read, but of course, it’s from Bree’s viewpoint, as she tries to figure out exactly what’s happening.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was FANTASTIC! This book was one of my FAVORITE books I have read yet . I really enjoyed it , so much that I couldnt put it down . I thought that Stephenie Meyer put alot of thought into the characters , i could even relate to all of them . I REALLY recomend that you should read this novel ! : )
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to the Twilight series! This novella is the short memoire-like story of newborn vampire Bree Tanner who was first introduced in Eclipse. Now a three-month-old vampire, this 15 year old former runaway (who was created solely for the army to fight the Cullens) lives a precarious existence trying not to draw attention to herself while attempting to survive among the irrational newborns in her coven. Bree’s humanity, fighting spirit and ability to think for herself in the face of madness really makes her character lovable and although the ending was inevitable, I couldn’t help but wish a different fate for her.
Date published: 2010-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! WOW! This book is really good. I am a big fan of Stephenie Meyer! She is such a great writer. I love how she wrote about Bree's life after she became a vampire. It was really cool to know what she went through.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer I’m a big fan of author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and devoured all four books in that series with distinct pleasure, raving about them to those who would listen. When I heard that Meyer had released an Eclipse novella called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, I knew I wanted to read it. While the Twilight Saga is definitely a literary phenomenon, this short story about the minor character of newborn vampire Bree Tanner, seems superfluous at best. I barely remembered Bree from Eclipse and probably would have forgotten her altogether if I hadn’t just seen the movie Eclipse a couple of weeks ago. I suspect that it’s no coincidence that Bree’s novella was released last month, just before the theatrical release of Eclipse, particularly since Meyer allowed director David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and a few of the actors to read a draft of the novella during the production of the movie. I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner in one sitting and while I enjoyed the story and thought it was fun to take a closer look at this character as well as the characters of Riley, Diego and Freaky Fred, I don’t feel that it’s a must read for Twilight fans. They won’t gain much insight into the series by reading this novella and this is not a romantic novel by any stretch of the imagination. In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner we are privy to Bree’s experience as a newborn and the suspense that builds amongst all of Victoria’s secret newborn army as they prepare to attack Bella Swan and the Cullens. Victoria, herself, is alluded to in this novella but only mentioned by name once and the Volturi have only a shadowy presence as well. We know 15-year-old Bree’s fate at the beginning of the book, so there are absolutely no surprises within it. “As part of the larger publishing release, one dollar from each physical book sold will be donated to the American Red Cross,” so that may be reason enough to buy it, and at a retail price of CDN$16.99, it’s affordable. However, if you’re a Twilight fan who is pinching her pennies, don’t bother with the Bree Tanner novella because you’re not missing out on much.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I love twilight and the whole world but i just couldnt get into this book. It did not seem as well written as her previous. It was nice to get a look from a different perspective but that was about all the enjoyment I got from this book.
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Stephanie Meyers has done it again! It's a great story with great characters. If you loved the Twilight series, then you'll love this one too.
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening! Enjoying reading the story from another point of view. Questions that I had from Eclipse were answered in Bree.
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Don't watch" the redheaded mind reader whispered. I closed my eyes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed TSSLOBT, I mean her character only has a tiny part in Stephanie Meyers Twilight world so she and the rest of the newborns can’t really have much of a story to tell can they? Well as it turns out the answer is Yes. At 178 pages this novella manages to also give up some new revelations regarding Jane and the dark cloaks (Volturi) -jeez, that Jane is evil! And I absolutely loved seeing Carlisle, Jasper, Bella and “the red headed mind reader” from an outsider’s perspective. There was more violence here then I would have expected from Meyer, as the newborns pillage Seattle and dispose of their drained food sources. I was also freaked out by a scene involving the armies seizure of a passenger ferry in the Puget Sound and the insuring carnage as the dine on their human buffet (I live on an island in the pacific northwest) We are also introduced to a couple of fantastic new characters; Diego as Bree’s love interest and in particular Freaky Fred, who I really hope to read about again someday. Because we all know the outcome there is a building level of suspense throughout the story. And as the inevitable Eclipse battle approached I found myself wishing for a different ending to Bree’s short second life as I had come to genuinely care about her which was Meyer’s point. Bree Tanner can barely remember a life before the relentless burning thirst took over. Now as a newborn Vampire this 15 year old runaway lives a precarious existence, trying not to draw attention to herself while her and her fellow newborns fight amongst themselves, killing each other as often as their prey. Her only other constants would be Riley, who as their leader the army follows submissively and without question and a horrifying creator known only as “her”. After 3 months Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego when the pair discover that they can in fact go out in the daylight without turning into a pile of ash (a stake through the heart is pretty useless too) They quickly begin to wonder what else Riley’s been lying about and question his agenda as a whole. However as their friendship blossoms Bree and Diego soon realize that they’re nothing but pawns in a war that has little to do with them. But when everything you know about yourself as a vampire is based on a lie how do you find out the truth, who do you trust and how do you get yourself free? With such an insignificant character like Bree getting her story told I realized that the novella possibilities here are endless. Now if we could only convince Stephanie Meyer to finally finish Midnight Sun. *sigh*
Date published: 2010-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Nice Bonus to an Excellent Series The first thing I noticed about the book was there weren't any chapter breaks. Which made it hard to put down when I HAD you put it down. I found that is was lacking the pent up teenage angst that the Twilight Saga has. I also didn't feel as stong as a connection to the characters as I didn't in the series. Although I am a diehard Twilight Saga fan at no point in Eclipse did I stop and think "I wonder what life for the newborn vampires was like prior to their attack on the Cullens". The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a nice bonus for any twilight merchandise collector but the story wasn't nessesary. I would have rather the publication of Midnight Sun that all fans are hoping for but expect will never come.
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A novella that’s a must for all fans A novella that’s a must for all fans I was really impressed by this book. It had the feel of twilight to it but we learn so much more about the other vampires that you feel bad for a few of them. In this one we meet Bree Tanner, a young kid who ran away from home and was changed into a vampire by Riley. We learn that this clan is very different from the Cullen’s. This clan is ruthless and unconcerned about what the humans think. They have been told by Riley lies to keep them there. Bree is the small one so she hides behind another vampire, Freaky Fred. We also learn that some vampires have other strengths, like Freaky Fred, who can repel people and vampires and keep them at bay. She learns quickly who to stay with and who she can’t trust. Bree makes a connection with another vampire there named Diego, who does nothing but try to help her. They makes their own little group and try to figure out what Riley is really up to and who “her” is. This is an interesting take of what the other side of the fight looked liked. You really do feel for Bree and everything she has been through. Not just her but the other vampires who were there and didn’t know what was really going on. Though we all know how her story ends, it was nice while it lasted and it leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth for Riley and the lies.
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Short Read I didn't know what to expect when I started reading "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner". I think Stephenie Meyer has a talent of creating characters readers identify with and relate to. In this little book I found myself growing to really like Bree. The writing was such, like the Twilight Saga, that when reading I could really get into the story as the character. I also wish the book was longer and more was written about Bree's life before the time-line of when book started (when Bree was three months old as a vampire), but oh well. It was still wonderfully done! Like another reviewer wrote, I really enjoyed reading the Eclipse battle scene from another point of view.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of my money I bought this book since Stephanie wrote it, yadda, yadda, yadda. I was disapointed. Greatly! I could have saved my 13 dollars and spent it on something more interesting. Overall disapointed. Why Stephanie? Why!?
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Quick Read! I thought this was a good book. It was kind of interesting to see the ending battle from "Eclipse" from another set of eyes. I liked the character, Bree, and I think it will be interesting to now watch the upcoming movie with a new set of ideas on how the rogues became how they were. It's sad knowing that Bree is killed; I think she would've made a great addition to the Cullen Family. It was nice to get some kind of new material from Stephenie with the Twilight Saga. I hope she is working on some more!
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so-so Not bad but would have preferred a story based on a more important character from the Twilight Saga. For example, a novel based on the life of Carlisle. Bree Tanner is an insignificant character in the grand scheme of things! Hopefully, will get to read more about central characters in the future.
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great!! Stephenie Meyer certainly knows how to create her characters, and you really end up liking and feeling sorry for Bree. The only thing I didn't like was that the book started when Bree was already three months old, instead of starting right when she became a vampire. It was great near the end when it comes to the part that's in Eclipse, because not only is it cool reading from a different perspective than Bella's, but it's kind of neat knowing who Bree is talking about before she even figures it out. There was also a little bit of inside information that you find out, because Edward reads Bree's mind, which you don't know about by just reading Eclipse!
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read! Truth be told I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as the others but it was great. You really do become attached to Bree's character and my only complaint is that the character met the end she did. It had to be, but I just wish there was more to read. Well done.
Date published: 2010-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasently Surprised 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.(From the Publisher) I was really unsure about getting this book, and wasn't really interested in reading it, But as I was strolling through the superstore I saw it for 40% off and I just couldn't resist, I thought for that price "why not give it a shot" Having said that, I was pleasently surprised with this book. It was a wonderful look at everything that happened behind that scenes. It filled in some blanks that some may have had while reading Eclipse. This is a bittersweet story, although we know the tragic end to Bree's Life, You can't help but fall in love with her, and root for her, I was hoping for a different ending even though I knew that wasn't going to happen. Stephenie Meyer has proved herself to be an author that writes about strong, powerful love, and she did that again with this Book. Bree and Diego had a strong connection that you notice almost instantly. I would recommend this book to fans of the Twilight Saga. It is a quick read, but a worthy one. Happy Reading!
Date published: 2010-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read for free until July 5th In the midst of reading it at the moment but thought id share with you all a very cheap way to read it :) good until July 5th 2010! Enjoy :)
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some might lose their head over this book The short second life of Bree Tanner is an Eclipse novella which takes us readers to the darker and more animalistic side of the Twilight Saga. Bree Tanner is a newborn vampire living with a coven of her own kind. Unlike the Cullen clan, this coven is brutal and animalistic, more like hyenas instead of vampires. Bree seems more naturally tame for a newborn compared to the others who are willing to rip out anyone’s throat without caution. She learns the beings around her aren’t all what they seem and she has to learn fast who to trust and who to flee from. It’s interesting to see the more common side of vampire kind in the twilight saga. Seeing things differently through Bree’s eyes almost makes you sympathize for her kind. Her vampire brutality seems milder than when we saw it through Bella’s eyes. Even in sad stories, Stephenie Meyer has such a talent for writing hopeful characters. Although we all know the ending if you’ve read Eclipse, you’re left with a sad and bittersweet feeling. Bree’s story was a nice edition to the Twilight world shedding light on something we haven’t gotten to experience firsthand and hope there’s more to come. Short fast read, and great if you’re already a Twilight fan.
Date published: 2010-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too short I absolutely love the twilight saga. I wish that there were more books like this to fill in the behind the scenes. It was a great read, from a different perspective, which was nice. I just found that it was unfortunately too small. It only took me 2.5 hours to finish this one!
Date published: 2010-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from medicore at best I did enjoy the Twilight series even though it was a YA series. This book was dull and poorly written. Bree's character seemed to take on Bella like qualities and it seemed worlds away from the Bree we read about in Eclipse. I found all the constant talk of ripping off limbs boaring and repetitive. I could not connect to the characters and lost interest very early in the book. Many people will feel differantly from me and thats fine, I feel that it has been so long since Stephenie Meyer has released any new writing material I had high expectations. The book is laughable, they must think we are dumb for trying to sell us this crap.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Shocking (In A Good Way) I was completely shocked when I read this. Not because Stephenie has outdone herself again, but because of how much darker it was compared to any other 'Twilight' book. I really loved this book. I think most Twilight fans won't be disappointed once this book is in their hands. Hearing of Bree's life and how everything fit as one puzzle really showed the readers that this is typical newborn vampire behaviour (according to Stephenie). What really shocked me was how much Bree relied on living. As I continued to read on, the more I found that Riley was the creep. Many fans of Twilight thought they knew what happened. In this book, I believe that no one would have guessed how everything fell into place. When Jane tortured Bree, it was explained. I don't hate Jane at all. Most people would say that the Volturi are the bad vampires. But really, they're just trying to keep their secret. They're trying to keep everything on low from the humans. If you happen to be a character from Stephenie's books, I'm sure you'd see my point. Though Bree didn't do anything, she was uncontrolled. She never wanted her life, but she got it. I don't want to say that Bree should have been killed, but I wouldn't and don't want to say she should have lived either. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book. If you have the chance to read it, read it. You will then see how Bree came to be. And what her life was like while everything else was happening in 'Eclipse'.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meyer's Best One Yet When I first picked up this book, I was already enjoying it the first time I read it. It goes to show you that there are two sides to every story and who knew it would be out in time for Eclipse the movie. Again, loved it and I recommend it to every Twilight fan.
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. This story adds depth and insight to the Twilight saga. I love the original series and have enjoyed the online draft of Midnight Sun for the perspective it adds. Bree Tanner's story broadens Meyer's vampire world and lets us see the Cullen family through newborn eyes. Even though the conclusion was foregone, Meyer's writing made me care about Bree and I felt sad at the end. All up, a great addition to the series; I read it in a day. I hope there is more to come... like a complete version of Midnight Sun!
Date published: 2010-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really enjoyed this short story. I love how Stephenie wrote a book from someone elses perspective other than Bella. Great book would recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2010-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from oh stephenie meyer, you never cease to amaze me. Twilight fans are going to hate me for this. I have to start this review by saying Stephenie Meyer has a remarkable ability to write a vampire story with no action and dull characters. Truly, truly amazing. Bree is a vampire. A newborn at that. Shouldn't she be a little less... normal than she was? I mean, I was expecting her to be a bit more crazy, being the bloodthirsty vampire apparently unable to control herself that she is. And instead we got Bella 2.0 (silly me, expecting anything more). AND THEN! The action? Bree always conveniently finds a way to sit out on it. Every. Single. Time. Training for the big battle? Oh no, Bree's just going to sit over here near this vampire with the ability to repel everyone. Oh! But you're saying, well what about that big pivotal battle with the Cullens that was the main point of Eclipse and where we're first introduced to Bree? And I say, wait, what battle? Oh, you mean that one that (spoiler?) Bree sat out of and lasted all of two pages at most in Short Second Life? (/spoiler) By the time I realized I was reading about the battle, it was over. Again, silly me for expecting anything more. After all, Stephenie Meyer is the author who made Bella conveniently unconscious or not present for all the actions scenes in Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse. (And then that anti-climactic non-battle at the end of Breaking Dawn). In a VAMPIRE book, ACTION is more important than LOOONG, REDUNDANT CONVERSATIONS. So what about the characters? As I've already mentioned, Bree is a total Bella 2.0. That no personality, perfect I-see-through-all-your-lies-Riley "Mary Sue". Because really, Stephenie Meyer doesn't know how to write anything else. SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO WRITE FROM A NEWBORN'S PERSPECTIVE. AND SHE CREATED THEM! Oh, and then there's the obligatory love interest. Wait, why does she love him? More importantly, why does HE love HER? We'll never know. It's a mystery, just like Edward and Bella. (Side note: why do authors feel it necessary to have a love interest in YA books? It doesn't always make it better). As for the other characters, totally one dimensional. I have nothing else to say about them because they're only names and nothing more. Oh, the Volturi show up for about half a second, but they're laughable at best. And last, THE WRITING. My favourite part to review. The writing is BAD. Bad, bad, bad. I had almost forgotten how badly written the Twilight series was until I read this. In fact, I'd probably say it's WORSE than the Twilight series. Lazy, lazy, lazy! (But it has been a few years since I've read the Twilight books so I can't be too sure if it's worse or if I've just blocked them from my memory). Other people have likened Meyer's writing to fanfiction and really, that's the best way to describe it. (Actually, I feel like that's sort of a blow to fanfic since I've read better written fanfic). The Short Second Life was like reading something I wrote when I was 12 or 13. Just, all around not good. And Meyer is a "professional" writer! She has editors! Publishers! First readers! Etc., etc. Surely someone should step up and point to the areas she could improve on? **(normally I would post examples of the lazy writing, but I read this book online so I don't feel like going through the virtual pages to find examples. Besides every single sentence is an example anyway.) The only good part of this book was the end. Okay, so now that I've trashed on Short Second Life, I should say that I actually enjoyed reading the Twilight series. Really, I did. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I saw all the faults everyone always goes on about, but somehow I was able to push past that and just enjoy the story for what it was. But Short Second Life is SUCH a disappointment, even knowing how poor the Twilight series is. It's like she wrote it over night, handed it in to her publisher and they said "ah yes, this'll be a good attempt to make some money" and published it without even reading it. I gave this novella 2 stars because for what it was (ie., a Twilight book) it wasn't bad. It was everything I expected it to be. (Unfortunately, my expectations were pretty low). It was a really quick, short read so I didn't waste much time. And I read it for free online, so I didn't waste any of my money on it. So good job, Stephenie Meyer. Let's see what else you can come up with. I enjoy reviewing your books.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every story has two least I really enjoyed this novella --in fact, I think it's Stephanie Meyer at her best. Much darker than the TWILIGHT novels, this story offers the view of one of Victoria's "newborn" vampires in ECLIPSE. While there are cameo appearances by familiar characters, the majority of the action takes place in new and frightening territory. Parf of the fun is that we as readers know more about the rules of her supernatural world than she does --but that's part of the tragedy too. I also have to say that I wasn't really a big Edward fan before, but after reading this book, I can see why people love him so much. There's more to Edward than we get from Bella's perspective, and we have a gilmpse of that here. We also meet a few new characters that have a lot of possibility and are as loveable as some of the regular TWILIGHT cast. Hopefully we'll see at least one of them again. I really recommend this book, but don't expect the fuzzy happy ending, love-conquers-all feeling of the previous books. This is a much more frightening, less happy take on the world in which Edward, Bella, Jacob and the Cullens live.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Calling all Twilight Saga Fans! After having read the Twilight Saga I realized there were a few questions still left unanswered. How did all the other vampires other than the main characters come to be? Who were they before they were turned? Were they all taught to believe the same things? I believe this short book put together by Stephenie Meyer has brought me the answers I searched for. I really enjoyed “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”, it provides yet another different view of how things really were through the eyes of other vampires. It is a very easy read and you won't want to put it down. All Twilight Saga fans, you won’t want to miss this!
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED,LOVED,LOVED it I have to start this review off by saying that I had high expectations for this novella, and once again Stephenie Meyer has surpassed them. I think alot of Twilight/Stephenie Meyer fans have been waiting for something new and I really think alot of people will be very pleased with this story. Overall I adored this book and I'm happy Meyer released it because we all get to see Bree in a new light. I found that while reading this story my opinion of Bree changed drastically,of course when we first meet her in Eclipse all we could think is a crazy newborn vampire and this story shows a completley differnt side of Bree.I wish Bree and Dieago would of had more time together because I liked the interaction between them and I also really liked Fred as well. By the time I got to the last page and the ending we all knew was coming I got chills because we got to see into Bree's mind and know what she thinking in that moment and we also got to see that she would have been amazing and great if she got the chance to live her vampire life.Stephenie Meyer is a great writer and I'm so happy we have got the chance to read this eclipse novella. :0)
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I really enjoyed this novella. It was a great weekend read! I found myself going back to "Eclipse" to find the scene with Bree in it. I would have liked Bree and Diego to have had more time together and more of a resolution. Thanks to Stephanie Meyer who never fails to entertain and hold my imagination.
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely an enjoyable insight While I've been seeing a lot of people who are, shall we say, less than impressed with this novella, I really enjoyed it. I found that it was a wonderful insight into a character who was really just a footnote in the original work. I think it was a daring undertaking on Stephenie Meyer's part to put something out there which was connected to the Twilight Saga, but not what people were expecting. Seeing the relationships between Bree and the characters around her was a wonderful glimpse into the world that we've never had access to because of the limited spectrum of Bella's prespective as well as the chosen lifestyle of the Cullens. Even such a brief opportunity to see what the world is like for newborns who follow the "traditional" vampire way was a wonderful departure.
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible and Childish I was very much looking forward to reading this book. The twilight saga was very well written, entertaining and relatable. This novella, on the other hand, was written for a 10 year old unlike the other books. It also sounds as if a 10 year old wrote it. The font is very large making the novel seem much longer then it actually is and it was very boring. I was able to finish it well within a day and was highly disapointed. It was as if Meyer just wanted to gain more off the already popular series. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10.
Date published: 2010-06-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Twilight Saga:

"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human.... People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there." -Time

"Piles on the suspense and romance." -USA Today

"A literary phenomenon." -The New York Times

"[Stephenie Meyer is] the world's most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice." -Entertainment Weekly