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July 2, 2010 posted by Christina

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephenie Meyer

“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.”

When this release was announced at the end of March this year, two questions were commonly asked – “Wha?? Which one was Bree?” and “Uh….what about Midnight Sun?” Originally written as a quick back story during the editing process of Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer got the urge to continue Bree’s story which developed into the 178 page novella we have today.

While it’s always great to read new Twilight content this book was a bit…meh. Though we’re meant to see the Twilight world through the eyes of a more savage newborn vampire, Bree’s character is still quite “tame”. The first half of the book seems to drag till you get closer to the end, where the purpose of the newborns starts to unfold and we meet up with the Cullens which is where the book really shines and adds a lot more depth to precursor, Eclipse.

The book focuses on three month old newborn vampire Bree, who is both coming to terms with her new life as well as trying to stay “alive” as part of Riley’s volatile coven.

The journey each newborn took before their change was filled with sadness with each being on the edge and out of options before Riley hands them a golden yet unknowingly, terrifying opportunity. Riley was an interesting character to hear more from and ideally more of his back story would’ve been great to read. He was the newborn leader, feeding lies and dolling out harsh punishment, all the while being used by Victoria.

The relationship formed between Bree and Diego seems very ‘too much too soon’, just a bit unrealistic (yeah yeah I know, it’s a book about sparkly vampires, that’s not realistic either) which isn’t helped by the fact that Bree’s voice/persona is similar to Bella’s, making the characters indistinguishable, especially in their style of falling in love.

So, all in all, we are still Midnight Sun-less, but we do have a great back story in the lead up to the Eclipse movie release on June 30 (July 1st for Australia). If you’re a fan of the series you’ll enjoy the book but I’d recommend reading it for free on www.breetanner.com while you still can (ends 5th of July).

Pages: 178
Year of Publication: 2010

Teaser Quote: Raoul snorted. “Does that ever work? I means besides in the movies. Why should I take you on alone? I don’t care about beating you. I just want to end you.”
I rolled into a crouch, tensed to spring.

Rating:: ★★★☆☆

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7 Comments

  • Awesome debut review Christina! Congrats.

    And I totally didn’t know about that free thing over at the bree tanner site. Heading there now. Thanks!

  • Wow.
    I must say, Christina, I really didn’t expect much. I know that sounds horrible, but ,I mean, you were so new…I didn’t really know what to think.

    However, that’s probably one of the best reviews I read on here. Way to go[=

  • What a fantastic review Christina!!!
    Congratulations and I can’t wait to read more of your upcoming reviews =)

  • Christina, I am impressed by your style of analysis, which is straight to the point, elaborating the good and the bad of the novella,without being too critical. Your review makes me want to read the novella as it sheds light on the background of certain characters..Bravo!

  • Wow, thanks a lot guys, that’s so nice of you :)

  • Nicely don, Christina :)

    And Ivy – Bree Tanner is in the boxes of books that I gave you this morning. Happy reading. I didn’t love it too much, and I totally agree with Christina’s assessment. Blargh. Actually, I expected a lot more from Stephenie Meyer.

  • Dang! Can’t wait to read this book! Who’s read this book? Is it good?

    <— HEy look at me im a monster! 😀

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