Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A review.

If you still want to get in on Writing the Next Line go here I will post the full story on Friday.

So, I know some of you don't like book reviews and some of you do. I like them so I thought I would review the new Stephanie Meyer novella. I'll try and make it short. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer.
Again, go to to see what is inside.
Synopsis: Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first 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.

My take: I didn't love it. Yes, you heard me. I love Twilight and all things vampire but I have to say I was a little disappointed. I think it is a great quick read but for me I wanted more. Is this because I'm honing my skills as a writer so I'm being picky? Maybe. I guess I shouldn't have looked at it so hard but I did. So if you are looking for some quick entertainment then I would say pick it up. Part of what you pay for the book goes to the American Red Cross. So a donation is nice. You can also read it for free on Stephanie Meyer's website --go here. Until July 5th.

I hold a high respect for Ms. Meyer as an author and absolutely love the Twilight series. She has a great knack for writing characters I want to read about and love. I just thought this was rushed and a possible marketing tactic to promote Eclipse (the movie). I want to read Midnight Sun--Edward's POV of Twilight. I read a little of it and to me it is almost better than Twilight. I have a feeling she is saving this until after the Breaking Dawn movies.

WARNING SOME SPOILERS--I think I wanted more characterization of Bree (who was she before this?). Maybe since I knew the ending that may have taken a little away from it. There were also some other things that bothered me but they are little details. Like the war--I wanted more from that (more ripping apart or something) and the way she addresses Edward (she does not know his name and she kept referring to him as the red head--this confused me. He's described in Twilight as having hair that's reddish brown. The only red head I kept thinking of is Victoria and I knew she was dead.) Like I said, I really took it apart and I feel bad that I did. I should have just read it and left it alone.

I did enjoy it but I felt like it needed more guts. I hope I'm not sounding harsh because I really liked the idea that it was an interesting take on a character we would have never really known. Sorry, if I offended anyone. Sometimes my opinion gets away from me. Stephanie Meyer just write Midnight Sun already!!!

Has anyone else read this book?

What are your thoughts?

Friday, I will post the recap of Writing the Next Line. Next week, I will be posting my first author interview--Michelle Gregory. So stay tuned.

Have a great day!


  1. I love reviews and I'm definitely interested in this one, but it seems so short that I was worried I too would be disappointed.

    Thanks for the thoughts!

  2. Don't feel bad for criticizing, that makes a real review! I don't think she's going to write Midnight Sun, something about the pages being sent to a friend and said friend leaked them and so she gave up on the project. She posted the part that she already wrote on her website. I could be wrong, I read all that ages ago.

    I feel like doing a review of the whole Twilight sensation. People either love or hate it. Thanks for the review, I'll read it and let you know what I think!

  3. I just read the update on her website and I guess she is writing it now. I don't really have any respect for that, but ok.

  4. I was not the biggest fan of this either, because I just wasn't drawn into the story. I liked the idea behind it, though: creating a world for a secondary character that you MC doesn't know about. Mainly, I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Stephenie Meyer's writing process.

  5. I've actually been waiting on a review. I love the Twilight series but this one just didn't strike me as a must have for whatever reason. I'm still on the fence, thanks for the honest review :)

  6. I don't think Midnight Sun is going to be released. (Unless Stephenie has changed her mind)
    The book made it's way on the internet two years ago.

    I still can't remember Bree, and I've read Eclispse twice. But I guess that was a few years ago. I have no plans of reading the book. I loved the Twilight series, but this one just doens't appeal to me.

    Great review!

  7. ...I woke up the other morning and spotted the novella on the kitchen table. It apparently followed my wife home from Sam's Club:) Haven't read it yet, but did finish the Twilight Series, and vaguely remembered Bree. For curiosity purposes alone, I'm sure it'll get read soon.

  8. Perhaps she was just fulfilling a contract obligation with this book?

  9. I haven't read it yet but seeing that it will be free until July 5th has certainly peaked my interest so I might check it out!

    Thanks for the link on the next writing line!! I need an email to be reminded for these things because I'm dying to participate! Thanks! Heading there now!

  10. i'm actually really interested in your review, christine. i've been wondering about this book myself -- and your take on it makes me wonder if i'd feel the same way. you address a lot of the concerns i had.

    thanks so much for the insight!

    i'll definitely have to think a little longer about this one.

  11. Thanks for the honest review. I've heard/read mixed reviews on this one. I'm interested to read it myself to see where I fall on the review spectrum. I have a feeling I'll agree with what you wrote.

    Your writing the next line post is such a fun idea, by the way! :)