Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Series: Twilight Saga

Book #: Three and 1/2
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Source: Bought
Published: 2010

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.

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 know only 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 trus. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

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Amber's thoughts:
Okay, I might be a little biased on this one. I am a Twilight FANATIC. I'm just warning you. If you're looking for a review that's a little more... impartial... then you might want to keep searching. Not only am I a Twilighter but also a fan of Meyer's writing. Obviously, I was ecstatic to devour Meyer's newest addition to the Twilight Saga.

The biggest reason I loved the Twilight Saga was the characters. Without Bella, Edward, and all of the other familiar characters, this installment in the series couldn't quite measure up to the others. Nonetheless, it was still a gripping and enjoyable read. 

Bree turns out to be quite the relatable character. I ended up sympathizing with her and wishing that I didn't already know the ending to her story. It was fascinating to see the vampire world through her eyes. Instead of something beautiful and alien, it was something terrifying and cruel. It was also fun to see the Cullens through the eyes of their enemies. 

Overall, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was definitely a satisfying read. It couldn't quite reach Twilight-level of greatness, but it was still worth my time. It adds a new level of depth to Meyer's other book, Eclipse. I'll be recommending this one to every Twilighter out there. 


Darlyn said...

I have the book but not read it yet. I'm glad you like it.I'm a twilight fan too and I really hope this one a good read. Thanks for the review!

Enbrethiliel said...


I'm not a big Twilight fan at all (and I confess that I hate Bella), but I'm very curious about this book and really want to read it. Bree sounds as lovely as she is tragic. Poor thing . . .

Cindy said...

I might read this, great review :)