The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

When I found out there was going to be another installment in the Twilight Saga, I was beyond excited. I couldn’t believe it. What I didn’t understand was the excitement and the hype involved in the main character of this novella. Bree Tanner, a newborn that had all of five lines in the Eclipse novel, and less than that in the movie, had a book dedicated to just her.

However, when I heard of the book, I went right to amazon and pre-ordered it. Anything that would allow me another piece of the vampire saga was worth the purchase. The time came and the book came. As you can tell by the new layout of this and the Beauty Brat blog, I love the black, white, and red colors used in the covers. This novella was what came out of a writing session where Stephenie started writing out some of the background information of Bree. Instead of the usual points authors write out the background characters, she started writing dialogue. Before she knew it this novella was finished.

So I read this in a very short period of time, on the car ride to and from Richmond. It was neat to see what a newborn vampire had to go through – I appreciated Bella’s control in Breaking Dawn after she became a vampire. I loved finding out more about the Volturi and one line in particular that Edward speaks when talking to Jane clicked and made more sense after reading this novella and after hearing Jane say:

“Quite a pity how things turned out, isn’t it?”
   — Jane  

I agree with Stephenie Meyers when I read this story. I wish she had ended Eclipse differently and let Bree live. It was very interesting to see that Bree had already learned so much and wanted to escape from Riley and her. I enjoyed reading Bree discover that she didn’t have to let the thirst dominate her and that she could find happiness with Diego. The character Fred was interesting as well, considering he had a talent much of the caliber of Alice and Edward.

As far as I am concerned Stephenie needs to drop the Aliens, drop the Mermaids she’s been speaking of in interviews, and get back on the vampire ball. I’m still waiting for companion novels telling the situation from Edwards perspective. It’s time for her to pick the sparkling cold one’s back up and tell the rest of the story that needs to be told. I loved this novella – the only thing I didn’t like is that it was one long book – no chapters at all. For me that was weird.

All and all I loved it.
Have you read it yet? What were your thoughts on it?!

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Jacob Black” from the Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack composed by Howard Shore

The Time Traveler’s Wife

A new rule I am determined to follow…
…Always…
…I mean NEVER…
watch the movie before you read the book (if you plan on reading the book).
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This book is a first for Audrey Niffenegger, and a very good read. Right away you are thrown into two different characters perspectives and the way she distinguishes them for you is easy to follow. You are given dates and ages of Henry and Clare. You can also tell who is talking most of the time by the way Ms. Niffenegger writes.
 
The only thing I did not like about this novel is that when there was not a lot of conversation going on, I felt like the words were rushed and almost run-onish. This could have been me as well as most of the time I just wanted to turn the next page and find out more about the relationship that had defied the cosmos as seen with Clare and Henry. The novel discusses a lot of interesting topics such as love, fertility, as well as various trials and tribulations that accompany most romances. You see that through out all of the mess that Henry has to go through, he was put on Earth to exist for Clare.
 
I felt a plethora of emotions as I read this book. I am very happy to say that I cried. I got happy. I got depressed. When I finally read the last few chapters I was bawling. I had knots in my stomach. I knew what to expect from the beginning because I cheated and watched the movie, however, reading it made it worse. The feelings of overwhelming sadness were amplified as I completed each line on the page to read the end of the book.
 
Speaking of the movie, I loved it. It ripped a huge hole through my heart, but I still loved it. Enough to watch it again and again. When a movie and/or book evoke emotions as strong as this novel did for me, something magical has happened.
 
There are very minor changes from the book to the movie. The screenplay was very tightly adapted to the novel with a few minor cutbacks and details changed to make what the audience wants. I liked the ending of the novel better than the movie. It seemed to go more with Henry and who he was compared to how the movie ended and what happened to him. So much detail was missed – events that as an avid book reader – I wish they had included.
 
Overall both movie and book are amazing. If you don’t own it  – get it. Be prepared to be in tears by the end. If you are going through a lot of drama of your own with your love life, you could take a note from Clare and Henry and see their issues. Obviously this is just a book and not real life – if it were I would so time travel back to my youth and give myself an ear full – but I think all books teach us something.
This one taught me love knows no time.

Shiver

Every now and then I catch wind of a book that once I start I have to fight to put down. I took some time off from my own paranormal romance writing, to read a book recommended by an author I follow on twitter.

After battling through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this book was very refreshing and an amazing read.

Written by Maggie Stiefvator, a fellow Virginian much like myself, we are immediately thrown into a world similar yet fiercely different than our own.

Immediately you see how she sets up the book by giving you the chapter number and either the name Grace or Sam. Underneath that is the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. That may not seem important, but it is key as to what perspective we are hearing the story from. I was excited and surprised to see that the perspectives shifted from one character to another. Personally, I love to write in the first person narrative, but this story gave us the first person perspective of both main characters.

Many people are going to compare this story to The Twilight Saga. It deals with young love and wolves. I am a HUGE Stephenie Meyer fan – HUGE – but a part of me liked the writing style and the story much more than I liked Twilight. I liked the choice in her vocabulary and the structure of her sentences. I enjoyed how Mrs. Stiefvater seemed to pull her own experiences and probably her environment into her writing. I could picture what she was describing. I could see and smell and feel it.

I had a hard time putting the book down, and for the two or three nights I allotted thirty minutes (read longer though) or so to read and then I would plan on writing. Well, while I read this book I did not write. I was hooked and did not want to sleep. As an educator that has to wake up at 5am, a 12 am bedtime was not ok.

The way she ends the story is probably my favorite part. When all hope seems lost – we find there is the possibility for happiness. How concrete this happiness will be is yet to be determined. There is a sequel for this book – Linger – set to release July 1, 2010. I will be there to buy it!

This book is one I would HIGHLY recommend if you are at all into paranormal and books like Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse. I will warn you though – NO VAMPS – at least not in this one!

This book is a young adult book, but trust me when I say – this is a book for young adults and adults alike. I kept thinking as I read who would play these characters in a movie. I wonder who Mrs. Stiefvater would put in there.

Have you read it? Tell me in the comments below!

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

A Touch of Dead

Charlaine Harris did what few authors have done. She listened to the begs of her fans and she made a book that covers the missing times that are in between the books. After reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this book was a Touch of Relief!

Amazingly easy to follow, I read this in maybe a total of 90 minutes. Here and there for a few days, and this book was read from cover to cover. There are a total of five short stories that are more like chapters from her books. The language is simple to read and easy to follow along. The hardest part is remembering the synopsis of each book and figuring out where that particular short story falls in with the characters.

For instance when I read Fairy Dust, I am introduced to Claude, Claudine, and Claudette. I had to remind myself this story is from the past and is being told as if it were being plucked from Sookie’s diary (now THAT would be an interesting read!). Knowing the future outcome of the above mentioned fairies, I had to make sure I kept those facts straight.

What I will say is this: if you are a Sookie Stackhouse fan, then you will want this book. It was worth every penny. I just hope Charlaine Harris keeps it up and writes more. I loved the introduction she wrote letting everyone know how hard it was to write these little pieces of Sookies life. In my own writing, I have thought of events that I mention from the past that would make an excellent chapter in a book such as this or even a prequel. I would love for Charlaine Harris to do a prequel. Something from Sookie’s past – before Vamps and such.

What author or characters would you like to see a book such as this one of? I’d LOVE to see Stephanie Meyer visit the Twilight Saga – at least the characters – and write a novel about some of the stories they referred to – Edward when he first turned – Carlisle while he lived with the Volturi, etc.

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

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