**spoiler alert** This novella is a must read for any fan of the Twilight Saga. The theme of this book is definitely lies.
Bree Tanner, a three month o...more**spoiler alert** This novella is a must read for any fan of the Twilight Saga. The theme of this book is definitely lies.
Bree Tanner, a three month old vampire is constantly in need for blood, just like the rest of the newborns she is forced to hang out with. Although she is a blood crazed new born, Bree is different from others. She retained emotions, empathy, and thought that she had as a human. Bree although naive was smart enough to always protect herself just to live another day.
Bree makes a friend in the beginning of the book, Diego. A newborn vampire of almost a year Diego is the smartest of the newborns, and a prized possession of Riley (Victoria's right hand man). Riley knows he can count on Diego for anything as well as not having to worry about Diego constantly fighting with other newborns. Diego protects Bree in the beginning and the two quickly form a friendship with just a hint at the start of a budding romance. Bree and Diego get caught unawares at one point right before dawn and must find a place to hide from the sun. You can imagine what happens when they discover that they don't burn in the sunlight but sparkle. "So we are walking disco balls" Diego says to Bree. They quickly figure out that Riley has been lying to all the new vampires or he is as ignorant about the sunlight as they are. The two quickly decide to tell Riley this newly discovered information.
Riley keeps his newborn vampire army in the dark on what it means to really be a vampire. He constantly tells lies to them to be able to better control the group. Often the newborns kill each other because they are shacked up together until the sun sets. Frustrations, hunger, and evil thoughts are prevalent. Riley is constantly bringing new people to "her" as she is referred to, to make new ones. Riley never creates, only "her" (Victoria). This fear of "her" is quickly instilled in the newborns to be wary and obey even though one one has met her since they were changed. Riley easily is able to find new replacements for dead newborns by selecting runaway teens that no one would notice are missing.
Bree and Diego follow Riley into the woods to tell him about the sunlight not being hazardous, when they stop immediately and listen in on a conversation at an abandoned cottage. Riley and Victoria are talking about the army, when a group of black cloaks appear (yes, the Volutri). Without spoiling the conversation with Victoria, Riley, and the Volutri, I must say that the turn of events is extremely interesting. After the "vampire police" as Bree calls them, leaves Riley goes back to where the group is staying to train an army up. Diego and Bree split up for safety's sake.
For days Riley trains the newborn army, spins his lies and tries to unify the group. Before they were two gangs with Diego, Bree and another newborn that is gifted with the ability to repel others and make them nauseated so they do not actually see him on the fringe(Bree has a simbiotic relationship with the special vampire for survival). The group is denied blood, they are easy to control, when Riley lets them have blood the result is counter productive. They crave even more. Riley tells the group that they can have Seattle and all the blood in it if they destroy an old coven of yellow eyed vampires that is trying to take Seattle and all the blood it contains away from them. Destroy them and anyone can have a shot at "dessert." The sweetest smelling blood of their human pet. They are all given a turn to smell a red shirt to familiarize the scent (the same shirt that was stolen out of Bella's room that she was going to wear to graduation).
The next day they fight, and loose. Bree wants to find Diego who never came back after that night they saw the "vampire police" and heard them talking with Riley and "her." Bree is quickly captured by Carlile. Esme and Carlile agree not to kill her because Bree never wanted to fight. They want to give her a chance at their way of life. Jasper disagrees with them, but decides to keep watch over Bree. Bree is forced to the open field and told to close her eyes and her ears are covered. She can hear muffled conversations, smell the thick smoke of burning vampire bodies, and hears strange howling.
In the end the "vampire police" come, Bree figures out that this group is the same as the Volturi. The rest of the encounter goes the same as in Eclipse plus a few other things, because this story is from Bree's perspective. Bree eventually knows she must die, she's sad that Diego is gone but glad the others were defeated. She conveys the truth about the conversation she overheard in the woods by the cottage because she knows one of the Cullens is a mind reader. Bree's short life is then ended.
It was interesting to have Bree's perspective as a newborn. The events of this story parallels the events were are already aware of in Eclipse. That being said, this story is a solid three stars, not amazing but a must read for any Twilight fan. The last 1/4 of the book covers the fight, and although it is over quickly the enjoyment of the story is greater than the first 3/4 of the book. You can't help but identify and empathize with Bree and praise her when she protects herself and realizes more is going on that they are led to believe. You will have a glimpse at all the Cullens, Bella, and hear references to Jacob, Leah, and Sam. I early await until Stephenie Meyer releases a new full length novel!(less)
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle are the first two installments in L.J. Smith's Young Adult series. In The Awakening Elena Gilbert, the most popular and beautiful girl comes back home from a summer abroad in Paris right before the start of her senior year in high school. She lives with her aunt, soon to be step dad and little sister ever since Elena's parents died. The first day of school Elena and others discover the enrollment of a new student in Fell's Church, Stefan Salvatore. He is handsome, mysterious, and from Italy. Stefan is trying to start over his life from the heartbreak of loosing a love and creator, Katherine while keeping a dark secret that he is a vampire. Elena who looks exactly like his Katherine and is subsequently ignored by Stefan until the night of homecoming where Elena is in the process of gaining Stefan for herself, winds up leaving the dance with questionable students and goes to the grave yard. They go into the abandon and decrepit church left on the grounds to being scared almost to death. Elena leaves with the guy she hooks up with, Tyler, only to have him attack her. Stefan has been secretly mesmerized with Elena and follows her around, including that night in the cemetery. He comes to her rescue and decides not to stay away from her anymore. They end up professing how much they care for each other that night. Two months later, Stephan is still dating Elena and distant with her. He picks her up to escort her to the school's haunted house she is running. A teacher dies in the haunted house, fingers are pointed at Stefan because people keep dying ever since he came to town. Stefan is found at school in a daze and leaves before an angry mob gets to him. Elena later finds him at home in the corner of his room crouched over doves with blood on his mouth. The outcome is that he tells Elena how he came to be through his love for Katherine, but how painful that love was because she loved his brother too, Damon and turns both of them. Elena realizes that the strange mystery man she has seen a few different times, in the woods, at her friend's house, at the haunted house must be Damon. He uses his powers of taking over one's will to confuse her and make her almost forget Stefan.
In The Struggle Stefan sets out into the woods to find Damon, but becomes missing. Elena confronts Damon, and his pursual of her begins. Elena and her friends are able to find Stefan. Damon who is behind Stefan's disappearance, is still mad a Stefan because he his constantly getting in his way when he wants something so badly. Such as their love, Katherine had taken her own life because she couldn't decide which brother she wanted to spend eternity with. Elena during both stories keeps a diary and writes everything about Stefan, except his secret, is stolen. It turns out Caroline, a former friend of Elena's is vying for Elena's social position has stolen it and posted excerpts at various times around school. Caroline along with Tyler plan on humiliating Elena at their town's Founders Day celebration while causing a panic with the townspeople to chase Stefan out of town or worse because they believe he is the mass murder. Elena keeps this knowledge of Caroline and Tyler a secret, which she later tells Stefan. During this conversation he professes his love aloud to Elena. However, she did not tell him that Damon keeps finding her and wants to make her his, and promises to help her with the diary problem for a price. At the Founders Day Celebration Caroline is thwarted in her plans of ruining Elena and Stefan. Damon ends up switching the diaries before Caroline reads it aloud to the whole town. In a fit directed toward her aunt, Elena tells her that Stefan is not a bad influence in her life, he is misunderstood and that they are newly engaged. Damon happens to be present during this conversation notices Katherine's ring on Elena's finger and storms off. Elena leaves to go to the boarding house where Stefan is staying only to have the elements turn against her and take her life. Stefan finds Elena, but is too late, he goes after Damon and a fight ensues. Elena wakes up to hear fighting. If you liked Twilight, although author writing styles are different, then this is a great combined volume of YA paranormal romance to read. The only negative to state about this book was the fast paced almost unbelievable romance of Elena and Stefan. One minute they were ignoring each other, the next they were madly in love with no building of the relationship shown to the reader. (less)
I loved this book! I really resisted the "band wagon" that this series produced, but I am glad that I gave in. This book sucked me in... it was well w...moreI loved this book! I really resisted the "band wagon" that this series produced, but I am glad that I gave in. This book sucked me in... it was well written and I always like a good love story. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!(less)