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.
Fans of Meyer's debut novel, Twilight, may be disappointed in this second book in a planned trilogy. It begins with a bang, on Bella's 18th birthday, when Edward Cullen sweeps her off to his unorthodox family home (in the first book readers learn that the Cullens are vampires who hunt animals rather than humans) for a birthday celebration. But when Bella unwraps a gift and gets a paper cut, her drops of blood set off a chaos that culminates in the Cullens leaving town. Edward exits on page 73, and does not reappear for nearly 400 pages, except for his voice in Bella's head when she embarks on dangerous adventures, such as motorcycle riding and cliff diving. Instead, this book focuses on Jake, her friend from La Push, who has some unusual traits of his own. A Quileute legend that he confides in Bella in the first book comes to the fore here (and ties in with the title), and Bella is tracked down by the "bad" vampires from the first book, who seek revenge for Edward's murder of their friend James. Long stretches in the book may make readers feel as if they're treading water, but the pace quickens when Alice Cullen sees a vision of Bella cliff diving and mistakes it for suicide. Edward then heads to the all-powerful Volturi vampires in Italy, seeking his own death. Will Bella get to Italy in time to save Edward? Will she remain human? Meyer answers the first question but leaves the second for the third novel. Ages 12-up.
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Changes what we know about the Volturi!
We all knew that the Volturi were bad news to the Cullens, but Bree gave us an inside look at what was not only relevant, but a huge story-changer. There is no more wondering about whether the Volturi were out to get the Cullens, and Bree gives us a bit of insight into what Edward never told anyone about what happened after the battle in the clearing.
I had to buy it!
If u are a true Stephenie Meyer fan, than u know u can get this book for free on her website, but I couldn't wait another day once it came out.
I downloaded it onto my Ipad and loved it!
I am an admitted Twilight addict and recommend for anyone who appreciates the series. But I would not recommend it as a stand alone book or for anyone who doesn't love the Twilight series. It's just not detailed enough to get the full story unless you have read the series or at least Eclipse.
I truly felt that Stephenie Meyer wrote this to give her true fans a bit more...why else would she have it for free?
I loved the new character introduced in this book and I hope she writes a book about him and his vampire experience! Go Fred!
As a huuuuge Twilight fan, I was super excited about this little bonus story- but really, it's just Stephenie Meyer's tangent on a d-list character. I didn't bother previewing it because as such a big fan I just felt like I could trust her enough to not sell us something irrelevant. So not worth it. If you're as big a fan as I am, you won't be able to pass this up, and that seems to be the mindset that Meyer and her publisher were counting on. My humble advice? Don't feel obligated to get this one. I'm definitely not recommending this to any of my Twilight loving friends either- just the opposite in fact. Bummer. :(