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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

(The Twilight Saga #3.5)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  193,552 ratings  ·  11,076 reviews

BREE TANNER CAN BARELY REMEMBER LIFE before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood...
Hardcover, First Edition, 178 pages
Published June 5th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 1st 2009)
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Lotti The point of this is that it's a "bonus" story for fans. It takes place alongside Eclipse, so if you haven't read that (or the first two books as well…moreThe point of this is that it's a "bonus" story for fans. It takes place alongside Eclipse, so if you haven't read that (or the first two books as well tbh) it won't really make sense.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Ohhh yeah, I went there (check out the video to see all my unpopular opinions...if you dare.)
Anyway, onwards to the review!

For all those people hating on the novella - calm down already

Did it provide a unique and brilliant addition to the quadrilogy? Mmmm....questionable

Was Bree's story essential to the series? Definitely not.

Was it an enjoyable quick read? Absolutely.

This novella takes place during Eclipse (the third twilight novel). During Book 3, we follow Bumbling Bella and the Sparkle
Jun 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: die-hard Twilight fans
To be fair, I think if you are a fan of Stephenie Meyer and all her books (including The Host and Breaking Dawn), you will enjoy this novella too. Alas, I am not. Gone are the days when I used to be entranced by the Twilight Saga. I have to give credit to SM for introducing me to the genre of paranormal fiction, but as I read more and more of it, it is getting more obvious how subpar her writing is.

I didn't finish this novella. I abandoned it because it was boring, one-note, lacked excitement,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight Saga Fans
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Dee Marie

4 poignantly, tragically, thought provoking stars!!

I want to say, right up front, that I hadn’t planned to read this book because those of us who read the entire Twilight Saga already know that things don’t turn out well for Bree Tanner. She played a very, very minor role in the book, Eclipse - I don’t even think she appeared in more than 2 pages - so, why read something about a character I cared very little about and already knew the outcome of?

Well, one day I went to my mailbox and there
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own
And that's what you call a novella.

Don't watch, the redheaded mind reader whispered.

Poignantly written, Bree is a character that I warmed up to real fast.

This book is heartbreaking for the helplessness rendered by the Volturi.
Moved and seized me until I got to the end.

A worthy addition to the series.

5 stars!
Dana Salman
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Kat Kennedy
We went traveling through the upper end of North Queensland once as a family. We came to one of those strange, small-town, out-of-the-way places for a quick bird study tour with my scientist uncle. The place's claim to fame was that it also housed a giant mango. Yes. You heard me right. A giant, massive replica of a mango. Within the giant mango was an ice cream shop.

Nobody could explain to us why there was a giant mango or why the giant mango has somehow spawned an icecream parlor from its bowe
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recently read this novella and the rest of the series for the first time and forgot to update here on Goodreads. My full review of this book can be found at the end of my review for Eclipse: ...more
Meredith Holley
I know, I know. This book had police caution tape all around it warning me not to read. I wasn’t surprised that it was as bad as it is. Actually, I think that this book provides a good example of one of the central weaknesses of Stephenie Meyer’s books. I heard someone say the other day that the purpose of art is to make people feel. I know, doi, but I had never looked that one in the face before. Meyer spends most of her time, in all of her books, trying to cushion the reader from really feelin ...more
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Opening Line: "The newspaper headline glared at me from a little vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SEIGE--DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN."

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, I mean Bree's character only has a tiny part in Stephanie Meyers Twilight world so she and the rest of the newborns can’t really have much of a story to tell can they? Well as it turns out the answer is Yes. At 178 pages this novella manages to also give up some new revelations regarding Jane and the "dark cloaks" (Volturi) -j
4 stars – Vampire/Young Adult

This provided a nice Twilight Saga fix while waiting impatiently for the "Eclipse" movie to come out, and I enjoyed Bree's alternate viewpoint and insight into the army of newborn vampires that battle against the Cullens.

But I think I speak for a large majority of Twilight fans that what we really want is for Ms. Meyer to move past her hurt feelings and wounded pride and just finish Midnight Sun, darnit! Seriously, the Meyer the Martyr routine is getting a little old
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Okay, I'm no longer curious. I'm bored out of my mind. I can't force myself to finish this novella before the movie.
New SM promise: I will not watch either Breaking Dawn movie.
Um, in the movie theater.
Unless someone makes me.
And I promise to put up a fight.
At least in my head.
And by making, I mean asking.
So... who's going to ask me?
I mean, it's got to be so bad it's good, right?
I am so morbidly curious about that one.
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
RIP OFF! This was without doubt a cheap ploy to fleece money out of Twilight fans by throwing together some utter drivel about characters you don't give a rats ass about. The only interesting character was Fred, and the rest were a waste of space. Bree is nothing like the way newborns are talked about in the Twilight Saga(magically of course she is more restrained than they are...uh huh...). The so-called love story never even starts and the end scenes where Bree faces the Cullens is piss poor, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight #3.5), Stephenie Meyer
The story begins with Bree (The narrator of the story) and Diego (Bree's friend) hunting for human blood in Seattle, Washington. Bree has been a vampire for three months, and Diego has been one for eleven months. Together they kill and drink a pimp and two prostitutes. Bree and Diego discuss "her" (Victoria, who turned them into vampires). They hide in a cave and discuss their human lives, and how Riley came
Bree Tanner had a minor role in the Eclipse book from the Twilight Saga. In this novella, Bree’s story is told from her point-of-view during her short time as a newborn vampire. The story started off a bit on the slow side, but started picking up when it headed into familiar territory including the lead-up to, and subsequent showdown with the Cullens, and then the Volturi who decide Bree’s fate. I really enjoyed Bree’s fellow vampire friend, Fred. This book was an interesting curiosity in the Tw ...more
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This is a really fantastic novella! This was the first time I read the book and it definitely offered a really wonderful and interesting perspective that I absolutely loved. It was really well-crafted and absolutely sad (which was expected considering we know how the story must end). Fantastic addition to the series that I honestly think is better than both Twilight and Eclipse.
Mariah Roze
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the Twilight series back in High School, even before I knew the movies were coming out. I really liked the series but by the time this book came out I didn't want to go back and read another Twilight book, but for some reason now I wanted to. I am so glad I saved this book for many years later. I never re-read books unless I have to, so this was a great feeling of reading a Twilight book, but not re-reading anything I had previously read. I forgot how amazing Stephenie Meyer is at writing ...more
Kristen "Kirby"
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kiddies who loved Twilight and enjoy Evermore, Fallen, etc
Shelves: reviews

Short Second was like a so-so fanfiction that let allowed readers to jump back into a generic form of Twilight. You have barely constructed main characters, who in this case were Bree, newborn vampire of a couple months, and Diego, the obvious nomination for Bree’s love interest and companion. Is Diego Mexican? Does he speak Spanish? Did the author even pause to think that maybe, just maybe, readers would want to know a bit about the characters personalities, backgrounds, APPEARANCE? How do you
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was... okay. I wouldn't say I really enjoyed it but I wouldn't say I hated it either, I'll give it a 2.5 because its right on the edge of I liked it and I didn't. It took me a bit to get into it and even then I wasn't nearly as invested as I was with the rest of the Twilight series. The characters had no detail or dept to them whatsoever and that really bothered me. I feel like this book could have been way better if there was more to it, it had no chapters in it at all and it felt ver ...more
Gerasimos Reads
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I don't care what your thoughts about Twilight are. It will always have a special place in my heart because of all the memories connected to it. ...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4 Stars)

(This review assumes one has read Eclipse)

I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would! It certainly kept me engaged and was a quick read.

I am most definitely a fan of the Twilight series and the books will always be special to me. I have to say, though, that I wasn't super excited to read this novella by Stephenie Meyer on The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner, when I first heard about it. One, because I know how it ends…and well, it’s not a happy ending, which is what I’m al
Graham Bradley
Wasn't bad. Actually this was a good nod back to the days before this series picked up its awful stigma that it has now. I like to pretend the fourth book and the movies didn't happen--these books weren't so obnoxious back then.

The benefit of this book is you see how Riley and Victoria were controlling the newborn vampires--gets all the technical stuff out of the way and ties it all together nicely. 178 pages, it's a quick read. Not bad.
Elena Salvatore
Not really the novella we wanted but the novella we got.

This takes place during Eclipse when Victoria and Riley build a newborn Vampire army.
We read from the point of view of Bree Tanner, a girl who got transformed into a Vampire against her will and is forced to fight against the Cullens.

This definitely isn't a novella that you have to read, to understand the story. You don't miss anything skipping it. It's just a little extra insight on what happened on the other side while Bella and Edward tr
Mar 31, 2010 marked it as to-read
I'm being cynical, and I'm also a little angry, and I can't comment because I haven't read it... but I just want to say one thing to Stephenie Meyer. LET IT GO.

Twilight is over. You can't keep pushing it for all it's worth anymore. You have to accept that eventually all good things come to an end and it's best to end this before you completely ruin it (although you did a pretty good job of ruining the whole series with Breaking Dawn). There comes a time when it's quite sad that you have to start
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
god, this was completely unnecessary lol
Traci Haley
Say what you will about Stephenie Meyer, but she obviously has SOME sort of talent/method/magical fairy dust in order to write stories that get people hooked and make them react (whether positively/negatively doesn't really matter -- her stories garner very intense reactions). I fell in love with the Twilight books and harbored a cheesy adoration of the movies as well, though my fangirlishness came a little late to the game as I'd been turned off of vampire lore by all the Anne Rice books (happy ...more
If you are a fan of twilight then this book is enjoyable and an interesting way to get some more backstory on the events of eclipse. I love being in Bree's mind and seeing things from her POV as a sort of clueless vampire. ...more
Shreya Karnati
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Jenny Baker
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2018, fantasy
Well, this was boring. I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. I impulsively checked out the audiobook from Overdrive while browsing my wish list. It’s really short at 4 hours long and since I typically listen at 1.75x speed, I zipped through this in a little over 2 hours. I didn’t think this novella added much to the series, so I’m glad that I didn’t rush to read this when it released. At least now I can check it off my TBR.
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Well, I got this book today and devoured it in less than an hour and a half. I'm writing this review without having talked to anyone about it or reading any reviews online about it. I wanted to get my feelings out before being hearing or reading anyone else's opinion.

I was fully prepared not to like this book, because I can't help thinking that Stephenie Meyer is just fleecing us, her woefully addicted fans. She hasn't pubished anything in nearly two years besides that pitifully meager "bonus c
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