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Friday, July 9, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

Tired of the Twilight hype? Not me! When I saw that the novella was out, I had to grab it & read it before seeing Eclipse. And it was absolutely worth the read! If you haven’t already seen Eclipse, I recommend reading this BEFORE you see the movie. This novella ties in beautifully and really does clarify a few things that would be vague otherwise.

Summary: Bree is a newborn vampire – part of a group under the guidance and protection of Riley. It is an existence punctuated by thirst – a burning thirst – and the struggle to stay unnoticed and, therefore, to continue existing.

Then she makes a friend – Diego is just as curious about the one who made them as Bree is. None of the newborns know who she is; only Riley has any contact with her. When the two discover the truth behind their creator and her plans, they must choose their path and figure out who they can trust.

Anyone who has read Eclipse knows how Bree’s story ends, but that isn’t the point. Finding out how Bree reached that ending is the focus of this novella, and Meyer weaves that tale in a way that makes you sympathize with Bree and, if possible, dislike Victoria even more.

Age Appropriateness:
Grades 7 and up

Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: none
Nudity/Adult Content: very mild
Violence: some descriptive passages

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