This short novella came about after the actress playing Bree Tanner in the movie Eclipse wanted a little background about the character she was playing. When Stephenie Meyer started Bree’s story she originally intended for it to be put into a book all about the Twilight saga. However, after the story began Stephenie realized that Bree’s story should stand alone and quickly this novella came to be.
The story is a sad one about Bree Tanner, a teen who got caught in the middle of the feud between the Cullen coven and Victoria. It begins when Bree is about 3 months old (in her vampire life). She is part of a renegade newborn group created by Victoria and maintained by Riley. Bree meets Diego, another newborn (although somewhat older than her at almost a year) who she immediately feels a sense of togetherness with. When Bree and Diego discover that they haven’t been told the whole truth about a vampire’s way of life or why they were created, they know something’s up and it isn’t good. In a few short days Bree’s short vampire life is turned upside down and she fights within herself to discover why exactly she was brought into the vampire world.
I have to say that like all the Twilight books I really enjoyed this one. Stephenie Meyer may not be the world’s best writer but she can spin a story and I always find her stories enjoyable. Bree Tanner is no different although I will say it was hard to read knowing the outcome. However, it was interesting to see what exactly had happened among the newborns. When I was reading Eclipse I remember thinking that it was kind of sad that these baby vampires were created to basically run into battle and it didn’t matter whether they “lived” or died. I found myself quickly becoming attached to Bree and I couldn’t help but think that I wish her outcome had been different, that the Cullens would have been able to save her in the end. Because I think Bree maybe could have made a good Cullen.
For anyone that has enjoyed the Twilight series, I’d definitely recommend this novella. It’s a really quick read with a different perspective. I definitely enjoyed it.