2010 · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Fiction · Short-Story · YA

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer

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Published: 2010 by Little, Brown Company | Pages: 178

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she has 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 trust. But when everything you know about vampire is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

If you liked the Twilight Saga, you’re bound to love Meyer’s latest release. Now, I must admit that I couldn’t remember the character, Bree Tanner particularly well after having read Eclipse, but that was probably due to my slight fixation with Bella and Edward’s catalytic relationship and their fate.

I loved the fact that I, the reader, actually understood what Bree’s real purpose, more that she did. I think this helped to add a certain element of pity to way in which Bree’s character is viewed by us. I really enjoyed her attitude towards her coven, as this added a very much needed comedy value. The way Bree describes the various scuffles and burnings that take place between the group if newborn vampires, is at first a little startling partly because the Cullen family do not act like this. But, as the reader’s mind and attitude adjusts to this unstable group of vampires, I think the reader begins to see the comedic value.

Meyer brings in one of the pivotal characters from the third instalment of the saga, Eclipse – Riley. We discover through Bree’s ability to be able to think about other things instead of just blood, that Riley is Victoria’s right hand man. As the plot line unfolds, the reader becomes aware of the developing friendship between Bree and Diego, one of Riley’s older vampires. By adding this relationship, Meyer adds the romantic twist needed to make the novella feel like a Twilight saga novella. A hint of Bella and Edward in the future perhaps?

A clear theme throughout the novel is good vs. evil. This is taken to another level due to all the parties involved in the main plot supposedly being evil creatures, vampires. I enjoyed the way Meyer made a clear distinction between the cliques in Riley’s coven. With Bree, I feel Meyer has made it quite obvious that this vampire girl is somewhat similar to Bella Swan. If you’ve read the entire twilight saga, one will understand. Bree seems to be able to have the ability to think about things other than blood, which shows a level of self control in a newborn of three months. Bree seems more akin to Diego, rather than Raoul or Kevin, who act as a normal newborn vampire would be expected to act.

I really like having another perspective on the third novel, Eclipse. This is because if I were to go back to the novel, and re-read it, I would have another viewpoint in my mind when there are references to Victoria and her newborn army. This in turn, would help the reader to form a different opinion on characters such as Riley and Victoria.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book, I actually read it in one sitting! So a definite read for Twilight fans or Stephenie Meyer fans!

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