Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book Review of 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' by Stephanie Meyer


The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer was published in 2010 by Little, Brown & Company.
Bree Tanner was aware that she had a previous life but she could barely remember it. Her world now is of powerful senses, lightening-fast reflexes, unstoppable strength...and an almost overwhelming thirst for blood. Her life now is uncertain and dangerous as she lives among her fellow newborn vampires.
But then she finds a friend in Diego, an older newborn who has been around longer than she. Diego has learned a few things in his short time as a newborn and he lets Bree in on a few secrets. Secrets about their mysterious creator, secrets that their leader, Riley, is keeping from them. Bree must decide whether to follow Riley blindly or leave the coven and make her own way. But one incident leads to another and Bree is tossed into the middle of the Vampire War against the Cullen clan before she has a chance to decide.
Stephanie Meyer has written a short, but telling story from the perspective of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire, which gives us a chance to see the Eclipse story from a little different perspective, and she does it with her usual talent for storytelling. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is at first, hopeful with a quality of innocence, but later becomes a battle for life and self-preservation. Ms. Meyer's vampire characters are varied and fascinating and the storyline is fast-paced and intriguing. This small insight into Bree's short vampire life is entertaining and powerful. It closely reminds me of Ms. Meyer's, Midnight Sun in its intensity.
I am giving The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner a 4-spider rating and recommending it to any one who is a fan of Stephanie Meyer. This story is compelling and a must-read for any Twilight Series fan.
DJ Weaver

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