Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephanie Meyer
When I read Eclipse, I was under the impression that Victoria put her army of newborns together within a few months, making them all virtually brand new and blood crazed. I assumed that Bree was even younger at a month or less. She was wild and blood crazed and the epitome of what Bella was afraid of becoming. I looked forward to seeing that Bree. I attributed this belief on her behavior in the field at the end of Eclipse; that is what made sense to me.
What I found out was that Bree was actually three months old while her newborn army vamp friends were pushing a year old and she was actually a very calm, rational thinking vampire while the others were a little wilder.
So, first off - how did Victoria know in a year's advance that she would need to build the army? This seems awfully quick given the time circumstance. Two, why did Bree have to be calm just like Bella? I wanted something more from her, some insatiable desire to kill Bella; that's what I believed her to be in Eclipse. Instead, she fought against the urge just as bad as Bella does (but without the super power) and behaved as a Cullen almost. Only in the end, just she seem crazed. What this book lacked was the intensity of a fight scene. If you are looking for action, you won't find it here. Twilight books are love stories. It's my opinion, however, that a good fight scene would have stepped it up a notch.
Even with my confusion and slight disappointment, I did like this story. It was a nice short read, but started and ended as needed. Nothing was left hanging; closure was met. It made me laugh in a few places, sad in others, and put me in the same mindset as the other Twilight novels. And I definitely think you should read it if you read the others. It's a 4 for me.