The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Page Count: 178

Rating: 2/5

(Description): 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 trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

(Review): I’m going to attempt a non-partial review of this, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to succeed entirely due to my dislike of the series in general.

I do like the idea of the author going back and creating a side story for one of the lesser known characters, it’s something that is becoming more popular in the world of paranormal fantasy novels.  I personally didn’t even remember who Bree Tanner was until I read how she died, but I did like the fact that she got her own story. The writing style is the same as the rest of the Twilight books. It flows smoothly and fluidly so it’s quite possible (and easy) to read the entire thing in a day or two. There is the lack of chapters, so the whole thing has no obvious “Stopping place”, that in itself kind of makes the story seem to go quicker as well. I would recommend this to anyone who a) loves the Twilight series and b) completists (like me)

Now on to how I feel about it personally…I gave it 2 stars because I couldn’t decide if I hated it enough for 1 or if I liked it enough for 2. So I just gave it a 2 to be fair.  While it did flow I can’t really say I enjoyed much of it because of how quick the story does go by. It’s one thing for a novel to be so gripping that I fly through it but it’s something else for a novel to be so easy and mindless that I’m done and feel completely indifferent by the time I reach the end. This gets the same reaction from me as the others in the series, “Okay that was interesting, now to find something to read.” I don’t have to take a moment when I’m done to pull the whole story together, to enjoy it all in perspective. I simply finish it, stare blankly at the back page, put it down, and grab another book. It left me with nothing.

Bree as a character is…okay. She’s nothing special and neither are the other vampires that she comes into contact with. It was kind nice to see what all went on with them during the main points of the story but it didn’t really make me go ‘Oh wow!’.  Overall this was just a ‘so-so’ kind of novel.

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