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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse novella by Stephanie Meyer ISBN 978-0316125581

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

cover art from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The life of a new vampire without a decent mentor is hard — extraordinarily hard.  Very few survive and when there is an angry older vampire who only cares about revenge and creating an army … there will be casualties.

Bree Tanner and her friend Diego are amongst those casualties.

Diego is a few months older than Bree and they started speaking when they were watching some of their colleagues hunting and being completely irresponsible.  There was a connection of thinking that there must be more than this life they were leading, they started questioning what they were told by their elders and above all they wondered what else was there.

Ultimately Riley, an elder, but not the creator — tells them their mission and tries to train them in some semblance of a fighting force … he travels with them half way to the battlefield and then abandons his “children” for a place he thinks is safer.  Ultimately the scene ends up in “Eclipse” when the Cullens defend their property and kill the army of new vampires before the Volturi arrive.  But Bree speaks clearly in her head what she knows so that Edward can tell the others what had happened before she was executed.

This was a great little glimpse into a person who gets maybe a page in the novel … yet has such a rich background.  This was a wonderful little look into some characters beyond Bella and the Cullens.

 

From Booklist

Bree Tanner, who first appeared briefly as a newborn vampire in Meyer’s Eclipse (2007), is the star of this slim partner to the megamillion-selling Twilight series. A self-described “vampire nerd,” Bree recounts her adventures as she roams Seattle fulfilling her thirst for blood (and Meyer fans’ thirst for more books). In a passionate introduction, Meyer reiterates what Eclipse readers already know: Bree has few nights left on Earth. As she joins her red-eyed coven in battle against yellow-eyed adversaries that, while foreign to Bree, will be instantly recognizable to millions of human readers, she finds her first (kissable) friend and discovers a truth about daylight. Formatted as one long, breathless chapter, this novella includes the same casual language and elements of suspense and romance found in the Twilight quartet, and interlocking characters and dialogue fit it easily into Bree and Bella’s scene in Eclipse. While Twilight fans will appreciate the story as an expansion of Bella’s world, this rapid read also stands satisfyingly alone. Grades 9-12. –Andrew Medlar

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“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer  ISBN 978-0-316-068048

The Host: A Novel

 

When I first bought this book for the library one of the first patrons to read it returned it saying, “Well, this was really science fiction and I don’t like science fiction”.  So it stayed and circulated a fair number of times but there was never a reserve list or people waiting eagerly for it to return.  I finally got to check it out — (I like science fiction usually) and even more miraculously it somehow got to the top of the pile of “Books to Read” at home. 

At first, I thought it was a little hard to get into … too many memories and people to be introduced.  However, after that first bit I was thankful that I stuck it out because I did enjoy the story.  It is part romance, part utopian occupation, and part adventure.  The Souls, an alien society that live within life forms of the planets they occupy, are a peaceful race that enter through a small incision made in the back of the host body.  The Souls have found the cure for disease, poverty, and war: yet they lack the passion for creative art and diverse culture.

Rebels fight against the take-over of the Souls and through the memories of the host Melaney (a specifcally resistant host) Wanderer, who has lived in 9 different worlds finds her way to the heart of a rebel stronghold.  At first she is threatened and treated poorly, but over time the rebels learn that she is not going to betray them and she truly wants to help them. 

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won’t surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body’s longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it’s unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story’s end leaves the door open for a sequel–or another series. –Mari Malcolm

From Publishers Weekly
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
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Twilight ISBN-13: 978-0316015844 

New Moon ISBN-13: 978-0316024969

Eclipse ISBN-13: 978-0316160209

Breaking Dawn ISBN-13: 978-0316067928

It isn’t often that I will speak about a whole series, but since this series has claimed great significance in the current culture I thought I could safely mention it with enough information to help determine whether you want to attempt it, however not giving too much away.

I avoided this book for a very long time — I thought to myself, “I am not a vampire person, I never read any of the Stoker or Ann Rice books — why should I read these?”  However, when I noticed that it was circulating not just with our youth but also with adults were reading the series, I thought I should know what people were talking about.  I finally succombed and with much hesitation I checked out “Twilight” and brought it home.

Ten days and 2560 pages later I returned “Breaking Dawn” to the library reserve shelf where I had borrowed it at closing on a Saturday promising that it would be returned before opening on Monday.  During this time I had worked full-time, taken an on-line course and still fed my children and did  laundry.  As you may be able to tell I stayed up until 2AM far too often!

Why was I so enthralled with the life of a teenager in Washington who complained rather bitterly at first about how miserable the weather was in Washington, as opposed to the bright sunshine of Arizona where she grew up?  Well the characters were quite attractive in a complex way.   The relationships between child and parents, girl friend and boy friend, how a new student slowly fits into a small community, how a childhood friend develops into an almost boyfriend — then add the stranger relationships between fantastical creatures of vampires, werewolves, and don’t forget mere mortals.  Yet despite the fantasy — it is a consistent and strong story.  From one book to the next (and the next and the next) the premise is strong and cohesive.  I have heard mention that between the “Twilight Series” and “Harry Potter” our youth have gotten back to reading … if that is truly the case then they deserve medals not only for great stories but connecting to the imagination of our youth.

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