Stephenie Meyer has just released an Eclipse novella titled, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Should you add this short book to your Twilight Saga collection? I say yes, simply because the book provides valuable information that Meyer wasn’t able to reveal in Eclipse.
Initially I wasn’t planning on buying Meyer’s new book about Bree Tanner. I, like many other Twilight fans, didn’t feel that Bree Tanner was worthy of her own book because she was such a trivial character in Eclipse.
But the day The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was released, I found myself in a bookstore buying the book. I simply couldn’t resist getting an inside look into the lives of the newborn vampires created by Victoria.
I’m glad I bought The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner because there are many questions in Eclipse that get answered in this book. I’m not going to spoil the book by telling you what the answers are, I’ll just tell you which questions get answered.
Who is Bree Tanner?
In Eclipse, Bree is only mentioned on a few pages. Since the book is written from Bella’s perspective, we only learn that Bree is a newborn vampire around 15 years old, dark-haired and slight.
In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner we learn that Bree is a runaway teenager who is simply looking for her next meal when she is lured into the vampire world by Riley.
Who is behind the Seattle murders?
The book explains why there were so many missing and dead people being reported in Seattle.
Is Riley a victim?
In Eclipse it is hard not to feel sorry for Riley. Riley thought Victoria loved him, and that is why he was so willing to risk his life for her. In “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” we see his darker side. Riley is actually very manipulative and threatening to the newborn vampires.
Whatever happened to Bella’s red shirt?
The mysterious red shirt that was stolen from Bella’s house shows up in this book.
Did the newborns know they were working for Victoria?
Throughout The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Victoria is referred to simply as her. The newborns know that she changed them into vampires, and fear her because of it. But the newborns don’t know that they have been turned into vampires to create her own personal army.
Why were the newborns so unprepared for battle?
Victoria was still in the process of building and training her army of newborn vampires when the Volturi forced her to go into battle with the Cullens.
Why did Carlisle help Bree?
Since we don’t get to read what happens between Carlisle and Bree in Eclipse, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner fills in the missing details.
Did the Volturi try to stop the newborn army?
In Eclipse, the Volturi show up after the battle with the newborns is over. While Jane says they were sorry they missed the battle, we find out in this book that their arrival was timed perfectly.
What things did Bree tell Edward?
Bree realizes that Edward is a mind reader and informs him that the Volturi are lying about wanting to stop the newborn army.
Was Bree afraid to die?
I was preparing myself the whole book knowing that Bree would die at the end. Bree was surprisingly at peace knowing she was about to die because she knew the Cullens had taken care of her enemies.
Overall I enjoyed learning more about Bree and the other newborn vampires. If The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner had been a stand-alone book, I probably would have been disappointed with the lack of character development. But since Meyer’s purpose of the book was to provide information that couldn’t be shared in Eclipse, I feel it was well worth the short time it took to read the book.