The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Review (Twilight 3.5)

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life 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?

I was not expecting to like this book more than the normal Twilight series, but I did. I definitely did. Bree and Diego were “raised” by Riley. They weren’t taught how to be proper vampires. They were obsessed with bloodlust, thought that they couldn’t go out in the sun, and had their limbs ripped off as part of his sick games. The future looked bleak, but it was the only thing that they had ever known. They had barely any memory of their human lives, and those who remembered something didn’t remember anything good.

Bree and Diego found solace in each other in the midst of their living hell, and I truly loved both characters. They both had truly unique backstories, even if they were dulled by the venom haze, and they had to become strong in order to survive Riley’s “training.” I didn’t know whether or not this was going to be a story that focused on romance, but it didn’t focus on it. Instead, it used it as a way to show how close the two were growing together. But to me, they seemed to be more like friends than a couple. But their romance was definitely healthier than Bella and Edward’s in the main series.

The characters in this story were just full of life. In the Twilight trilogy they were painted to be the villains, but here, they seemed to be the victims. They never wanted to be changed, Riley just preyed on their situations to trick them into coming with him. They weren’t gifted with powers like many of the “special” Twilight characters, they were simply normal vampires who were “evil” because they decided to drink from humans.

By the end of the story, which wasn’t even that short, I wanted the two to succeed. I wanted them to live happy lives and get to be married and immortal. But of course, as we knew from Eclipse, this could never happen. The “heroes” had to win, and the “villains” had to lose.

Overall, this definitely opened my eyes to how the Twilight universe truly worked. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for these characters, not everyone in this universe had the chance to live “happily ever after” with their “true love.” There had to be some sadness for Bella and Edward to succeed, and this novella showed who paid the price for their happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has already read Eclipse in the Twilight series, or who has already read the entire series. To be honest, I might even recommend it to those who haven’t even touched the Twilight series. It is good enough that I would definitely read it on its own.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is “Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.” Let’s get started!

Click on the cover of each book to be taken to my review of it! Some were in the early days of my blog and haven’t been seen for a long time. Also, for the most part, these books have been all read in the last 2 years since I started this blog.

1) King’s Cage: 507 Pages

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

This book took me FOREVER to get through even though it was the shortest book on this list. I ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would, and after leaving it alone for a few months, I might have to go back and rewrite the review after rereading it.

2) The Red Pyramid: 514 pages

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

I love the Kane Chronicles, and I didn’t realize that it was this long! I hope to be able to finish the trilogy soon.

3) New Moon: 563 pages

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

This book was probably my least favorite book in the Twilight series, as it really just taught that “if your boyfriend breaks up with you, ignore all other guys that might be nice to you and wait for him to eventually take you back.” SOO problematic for teen girls. I might also have to revisit this book now that I have more experience reviewing books.

4) Beautiful Creatures: 563 pages

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

I liked this book a lot, but I never continued with the series. Maybe I will do that soon.

5) A Court of Mist and Fury: 626 pages

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

One of the best books I have ever read! I would definitely recommend that all my blog friends read the ACOTAR series.

6) Outlander: 627 pages

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

This book honestly outdid itself, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the rest of the series. They are just all so LONG.

7) Eclipse: 629 pages

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)

I don’t have much to say about this book honestly. I don’t even remember reading it. I know that there are important plot lines in this book, but I still didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series.

8) Everything Under The Sun: 656 pages

Everything Under the Sun

This book was far longer than I thought it would be, but it was AMAZING. Definitely my second favorite book on this list.

9) A Court of Wings and Ruin: 699 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin

I also can’t really remember reading this book much. I might have to revisit it and rewrite my review, now that I know that it was technically the “end” of the series.

10) Breaking Dawn: 754 pages

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

This, unfortunately, is the only book that I don’t have a review for. I wrote it, but I don’t know what happened to it. I think it was even posted, and maybe it was accidentally deleted. I don’t really feel like reading it again to try to review it. But it was the longest book I ever read I think!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Sorry I’m late with this, I’ve been sick, but I still wanted to participate!

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.” 

“Everything’s a story – You are a story -I am a story.” 

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

The Sorcerer’s Stone: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 

The Prisoner of Azkaban: “HELLO? HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? I-WANT-TO-TALK-TO-HARRY-POTTER!” 

The Goblet of Fire: “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” 

Divergent (Veronica Roth)

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.” 

A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)

“If you were going to die, I was going to die with you. I couldn’t stop thinking it over and over as you screamed, as I tried to kill her: you were my mate, my mate, my mate.” 

“I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.”

Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)

“I decided as long as I’m going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.”

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things (Bryn Greenwood)

“Your family is real, but mine isn’t? Real people with real feelings, but my family isn’t real to you. You think. I’m a character. A story. Those women you talk about. Not real people to you. Stupid women. I’m real. I’m as real as you are. My family is real like your family.” 

See you next week!

2017 Year In Book Review Tag

I was hunting around for an end of the year book tag, and I stumbled across this one at @Malanie Loves Fiction . Onto the tag!

1. First Ever Female Doctor Who: favorite female protagonist.

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)Hunt (Freya Snow Book 1) by [Mawson, L.C.]

I actually have 2 for this one. First, I love Freya Snow from the Freya Snow series. She is a strong female protagonist who fights Demons and discovers herself throughout the series. She also happens to be autistic, but this does not get in the way of her helping people with her powers.

Secondly, I loved Reign the Earth, specifically the character Shalia. She was so brave throughout all she went through in the book, and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series to read more about her.

2. GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar: an author you cut ties with.

Finders Keepers by [Colchamiro, Russ]

I rarely cut ties with an author simply because I don’t keep up with book drama to know what’s going on in most of their personal lives. However, the one book that I just simply hated this year was Finder’s Keepers. I could not even finish the book simply because of the bad stereotypes and cliches it portrayed. Therefore, I doubt I will read any more of Russ Colchamiro’s books anytime soon.

3. La La Land Oscar Mix-Up: a book that surprised you.

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I’ll have to be honest here. I did not think that I would like these books at all, I had heard so many jokes about the books and movies that I thought that it would only be for starstruck teenage girls, which I did not consider myself to be. However, I am more of a starstruck teenage girl than I originally thought and I became obsessed with this series and the corresponding movies for about a month or two at the beginning of the year. Now, I listen to the soundtrack almost every time I read or want to relax, and I plan to reread the books at some point next year. Here’s the soundtrack on Spotify btw:

4. Hurricanes and Earthquakes: a book that rocked your world.

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Three books that truly stunned me this year were A Court Of Mist and Fury, Heartless, and Defy The Stars. I sped through all three of these books and were done with them before I could even realize it. They were so engaging and the plots so unique that I could not help but love them.

5. Louvre Abu Dhabi: favorite book cover art.

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Even though my opinion on these four books varies greatly, I have to admit that they have some of the best cover art. My four favorite cover arts are A Cold Legacy, Deadly Cargo, The Selection, and Winter. Even if these books weren’t the best, I really started to read them because of their beautiful cover art.

6. Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450m: a take-my-money book.

No matter how many times I tried, I was unable to read this book as an ebook and stay focused on it. The same thing happened to me with King’s Cage, and then I checked it out when my school’s library bought it. For some reason my school’s library does not have this, nor do any public libraries in my entire city. While I have not taken the time to buy it on Amazon yet, the minute I find it either at the Strand Bookstore or on Bookoutlet for a cheaper price, I will snatch it up.

7. Total Eclipse: a sequel that overshadows the first book.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

ACOMAF totally overshadowed A Court of Thornes and Roses for me. When I first read ACOTAR, I enjoyed it. However, the series got immensely better to me in the second book, and I found myself rushing to read the third.

8. Muslim Ban: favorite diverse read.

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As an African American girl, The Hate U Give is not necessarily diverse for me. However, it does discuss many important issues and might be a diverse read for others, so I will still include it.

Any book by LC Mawson is so diverse that it is not even possible to name the groups of people included. There are people of different mental and physical abilities, who have a variety of labels such as transgender, bisexual, asexual, and who belong to all the races under the sun. Every time I think of someone who hasn’t yet been included in the series I am currently reading of hers, I read another series, and that person is will be included there. Here is a link to her Amazon page where some of her books are free!

9. Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup: most disappointing book.The Finisher (Vega Jane, #1)Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)

These two books were almost painful to finish and completely disappointed me. I had heard that the authors were good, but these books were not what I had hoped that they would be. The Finisher was so slow, and Eve & Adam was just boring completely.

10. Prince Harry Engaged: favorite ship.

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Alright so this is technically not book related, but this year I have absolutely fallen in love with Taekook. I have made friends in chats from Youtube channels that analyze moments from these two, I have spent time watching videos about them, and I must have at least 20 gifs of only these two members of BTS being cute on my phone.

11. Star Wars the Last Jedi: most anticipated book.

Defy the Worlds (Constellation, #2)Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

I didn’t really anticipate anything? But my most anticipated books for next year are Defy the Worlds, the second book in the Defy the Stars series, and Smoke in the Sun or the next book in the Flame in the Mist series.

As the end of the year fast approaches, I tag anyone who hasn’t yet done an end of the year book tag to do this one!

SuperGirl Season 3 Episode 1 Review (Spoilers!)

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This episode killed me.

Let me give you some backstory. When I was watching this episode, I had been having a rough-ish day. I wanted to be able to let go and see happy Kara with her friends just having fun. But then I remembered what had happened in the last season. Mon-El had been shipped away to Daxam due to his lead allergy, and this crushed Kara. So I went to the episode unsure as to what would happen. Sure enough, we had depressed Kara.

Kara is struggling to be both Supergirl and Kara Danvers ever since Mon-El has been gone. Her friends and sister have noticed, but nothing they say will change her mind. In fact, it seems as if the more they talk to her, the more she seems to bury herself in her work and ignore them. This is a very intense time for them, as they are preparing for Alex and Maggie’s wedding along with fighting a rich man who wants to take the poor waterfront of the city and turn it into a rich living area. On top of this, they came upon a ship that had a machine/gun/bomb thing that no one could sense until it was shooting at them. With Kara checking out, the team is worried about how they will get her back and solve this mystery.

Alright can I say that I almost died of laughter? Kara was about to die because apparently she can’t breathe underwater, and she had a Bella of New Moon moment where hallucination Mon El shouted at her to wake up. If this becomes a staple I won’t be able to stop laughing, I thought I was done with the crazy hallucinations once I finished that book.

To be honest, this entire episode is almost exactly like New Moon. Well to the people that want her to be with her friend of many years, James, even though they didn’t work out. So that’s how I am going to explain it! Edward/Mon-El, gone. Bella/Kara is sad and depressed and pushing all of her friends away while still dreaming about Edward/Mon-El. James/Jacob is trying to get his best friend back to normal. Charlie/Alex is really worried about Bella/Kara’s well being and doesn’t know what to do. And I am just here for the ride. Not a super disappointing first episode, especially with the addition of a possible second alien lady, but I hope that after this the show will go past the New Moon depression, even without Edward/Mon-El returning immediately.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Life and Death Review

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This book was twilight, if Bella was a boy and Edward was a girl. I was expecting it to not be as good, or at least be a blatant copy of the orignal Twilight series. I was pleasantly surprised.

Beau is moving from his mother Renee’s house to his father Charlie’s house. His mother lives in Phoenix, and his father lives all the way in rainy, dreary, Forks Washington. He doesn’t think that he will be able to enjoy living in Forks, but he knows that if he stays with his mother then he will be tying her down and making her stay away from her lover Phil.

When Beau arrives in Forks, he has to go to school. While at school, he meets a lot of nice guys and girls, and he starts to think that nothing is going to bother him at Forks. But then he meets the Cullens. A strange family of 2 boys and 3 girls that seem to isolate themselves from the rest of the student body, and all except one seem to be dating each other. He doesn’t pay attention to them, except when one acts extremely strangely in a class with him, like she hates him.

Later, this girl speaks to him, her name is Edythe. He starts to wonder why she acted so strangely on their first meeting, but she seems okay now. Then, a car goes out of control headed right for Beau, and Edythe appears from across the parking lot to save him. Now, Beau isn’t sure what she is.

Let me say, that I loved this version of the story. Beau kept his clumsiness and awkwardness, he didn’t turn into some sort of sports god just because he was male. And Edythe didn’t lose any of her strength, and didn’t become emotionally weaker either. Heck, I think I liked this version better in some sections, because they tackled the issues in the relationship more than running away from them. It took Edward and Bella many, many books to talk about some of the dangers of their relationship, but Edythe and Beau spoke about it in this book. Granted this was a standalone, so Meyer had to squeeze more in, but I liked it better this way. And again. not everything matches the original book, so I advise that you read this for yourself. It’s like its own story, and I liked this a bit more than the original first book. Bravo Meyer!

Overall Rating: 5/5