May 12, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #7

This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.


So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  • The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason.
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read.
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading.
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same!
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs.
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)


We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 

7937462The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Release Date: June 5th, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 178
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirt for before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

My Review:
I have re-read the Twilight series a couple of times now, but this is the first time I have read this novella that goes along with the series. I wasn't sure what to expect with it really. I came into the book with no expectations other than I wanted more of the world and the vampires.

This being said, I was still disappointed with this book. To me it was just really long for the content it had in it. It was pretty boring most of the time with Bree in hiding and wondering where Diego was. It was kind of repetitive over it really.

Another big problem I had with the book was it was 178 pages. That isn't the bad part. The bad part on top of the pages is that all 178 pages were chapter free. You had to stop randomly in a spot no matter what unless you were able to sit and read the whole thing through on one sitting. I was not able to do that, so I just had to keep stopping on a page and try to re-find the spot that I left off on.

I did like that we learned about more special talents that vampires can have. It was nice to see Fred be able to have a talent that we didn't hear about in the main story. I would have liked for him to show up somewhere in Breaking Dawn though to see how he turned out. He is talked about a lot in this book, yet he kind of falls off the map in the series and then you don't get to know him much in this book either.

I liked how Bree was able to figure out on her own what was really going on with the Volturi as well as the army itself. It did clear up some spots in the 4th book that were a little fuzzy. It was nice to know that the knowledge Bree knew was able to be passed onto Edward through his mind reading. It doesn't come up much later in the other books, but I have a feeling it still had an impact in how Edward saw everything in the final book.

I am glad I read this book. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the greatest for me. I still like that I can say I was able to read more within the series. Maybe one day I can go back and re-read this between Eclipse and Breaking Dawn and get more out of it than I did this time around.

It Was Okay.


We will be back next week with our review or recap!

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