Saturday, April 13, 2013

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner


Release Date: June 5, 2010

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Dates Read: June 29 - July 1, 2010

How Acquired: Purchased

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.

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 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?
In another irresistile combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion. (Taken from

My Review: I must admit that before I began reading the Twilight Saga I was skeptical. I couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about and why everyone was so excited about the movie. I decided I'd take a stab at it before the movie hit theaters and I was hooked by the 2nd or 3rd page. 

Now, I'm not one of those crazy fanatical Twilight fans, but I've read them all and seen all the movies more than once. As was the case in the beginning, I was a little unsure about The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I was so addicted to the Jacob-Bella-Edward story, that I didn't think I would really care to read about the newborn army. But I was wrong...I finished it in three days (it would have been much less, but I guess I need to work and make money somehow.)

From the moment that Bree was introduced, you could tell she was different. She wasn't vicious and a cold-blooded killer like the others. Bree was simply a girl that got sucked into the wrong crowd and didn't know enough about her "condition" to leave. The relationship between Bree and Diego was written so well that, like with Bella and Edward, they were completely connected to each other within just a few pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Fred and his special talent and I loved that he took care of Bree and looked out for her. It was also interesting to see the hold that Riley had on the newborns and how he convinced them to do whatever he wanted.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Of course, there was very little Jacob-Bella-Edward, but the Stephenie Meyer magic was still there. I can only hope that maybe she'll write another one day.

My Rating: Liked It

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