The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

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By (author) Stephenie Meyer

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  • Publisher: ATOM
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907410368
  • ISBN 13: 9781907410369
  • Sales rank: 3,185

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Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character 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. 'I'm as surprised as anyone about this novella,' said Stephenie Meyer. 'When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide.

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Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. After the publication of her debut novel, Twilight, booksellers chose her as one of the 'most promising new authors of 2005' (Publishers Weekly). Her website is www.stepheniemeyer.com.

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By Sonia Carrao 19 Mar 2013 4

First I was outraged... who the hell Steph Meyer thinks she is to write a short story about a character that appears for 5/10 minutes in Twilight's Universe instead of working on the much wanted and left unfinished on the shelf "Midnight Sun"?

But then I thought why not? Is twilight related, and is online free - at least till 5th July

And I'm sooo glad I've read it. I like Bree a lot. She's no dull veggie vampire. She's the real thing - despite of the sparkling on the sun, but hey, don't forget is twilight. She didn't have the choice to become a vampire, but she manages the best she can, trying to survive one day at a time.

This book clearly benefits from being the fifth on the series, and a short one. The characters are strong and it has no time to be boring. Vampires lie. Vampires deceive. Vampires fight and kill humans just because they can. Vampires are cruel. They are immortal, and sometimes they love.

An Eclipse's spin-off better than the original.

By Kerry-Ann McDade 29 Jun 2012 3

So I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner a few months back and I read it in two days I really thoroughly enjoyed it. Stephenie gives us a real insight as too what newborn blood thirsty vampires are really like and shows us the emotions they go through since we have recondition of this in The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New moon, Eclipse and Breaking dawn) we do hear a tiny bit of what Jasper's life was like in Eclipse and what it was like for him but as all the books are in Bella's perspective we are not really able to know what it is like and this book reveals all.


Starting with Bree we all know she surrenders herself to Carlisle in Eclipse that was the first we read of her little did we know that she would have her own novella. When I started reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner I started to see a side of her that I thought wasn't even possible and I read on more I started to really like her character she isn't the evil new born we all thought she was but a young vulnerable girl that Riley kills for Victoria's army. Bree becomes good friends with another vampire Riley has created and by reading it you can see they are starting to fall for each other. When I read it I cried that Bree died because I really didn't want her too even though I knew she was going to die.


The vampire that Bree starts to have a close bond with is Diego. Though they only started to really bond in one day it shows you they are intense about each other. Diego was another character I started to really like in the book. When I read he was dead it felt like an important character was gone. I had started to really like reading about Bree and Diego and although both of them die it's kind of like a love story for them. I would have loved for them to both stay alive.


There is a vampire called Fred who has quite an unusual gift. He is interesting because his gift has never been known to us. Fred can make vampires stay away from him, he can make vampires feel like they are repulsed if they go near him. He is also very quiet that some vampire would not know he exists. Near the end of the book he pulls Bree to one corner when they are leaving to go to the clearing and asks her to away with him to not fight and to leave Riley but we know she doesn't because Riley has told her that Diego is waiting for her at the clearing and she wants to go see him so Fred leaves on his own and asks her to meet him the next day if she survives. We get to see a close friend-ship that could have been if Bree had been kept alive between Bree and Fred.


The character who I ended up hating and was glad that dies was Riley. In Eclipse all we find out about him is that he loves Victoria and thinks she does to. But we know she doesn't. We read that Riley in fact kills Diego and doesn't tell Bree. He lies to her the whole time. To me at the start before he changes her he kind of manipulates her. I am really glad he died.


In the book there is a surprise that everyone had no idea about! The Volturi pay a visit to Victoria. We know this as Bree and Diego are close to the house to where Victoria is staying when they arrive. The Volturi knew exactly what Victoria was up to and told her to make sure she succeeds in killing the Cullen's. We know Edward finds this out as Bree thinks it so she can tel him everything she knows.


To me The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner is a must-have for all Twilight Saga fans. It was an amazing story that I could read and read again. With surprises, knowledge and a great insight to blood thirsty new born vampires!

Reviewed by Kerry-Ann McDade on her book blog Reading A Little Bit Of Everything here: http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/review-of-short-second-life-of-bree.html

By Libby 04 Feb 2012 3

I'm not quite sure whether I loved this book or loathed it. In my opinion, it was better than some of the Twilight Saga books but worse than the others. Bree Tanner is quite an interesting character and that makes up for some of the strange things Bella says and does but all and all a 3/5 really is the best rating you can give it.

By Joy Chuah Xin Yee 30 Sep 2011 2

I was a crazy Twilight fan..i went to 3 bookstores in 3 diff malls in one day just to hunt down Eclipse because it was out-of-stock everywhere..i was that crazy..so, naturally i was very excited to hear of the release of this novella.
The story ho-hum. I got bored pretty quick actually but i did like Bree and by the end of the book, i was wishing for a different ending for her and her love interest.

By Larissa McGrath 05 Jul 2010 3

For Bree life began in a burning flame of agony, before that all her memories are dark and murky. With the life Bree led as a human it is hardly surprising she prefers life as a strong and powerful vampire. But life as an all but immortal 'God' is not all its cracked up to be.

As a newborn Bree spends most of her time thinking about feeding, with the constant thirst burning in her throat there is little chance for anything else. But a series of events will lead her to question all that she has been taught about her new life and she comes to realise that she is being kept in the dark in more ways then one.

The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner is a bitter-sweet Eclipse Novella highlighting a life of a girl smart enough to discover a truth no one is able to see, but not quite strong enough to walk away when she had the chance. If a vicious and violent newborn is able to find friendships and love where her human self could not then her second life as a vampire, as short as it was, was well worth the pain. A great insight into the events in Eclipse, this is one for the fans.