Wednesday 16 June 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer

Pages: 178
Publisher: Atom
Release Date: 5th June 2010

Other Titles by this Author: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Host

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 realise 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 is based on a lie, how do you find out the truth?

In another irresistible 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.

My review of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is going to be hugely biased as I LOVE Stephenie Meyer and The Twilight Saga.

I loved every page of this. It was so good to be back in the, if slightly different, world of Twilight and to once again be sucked in by Stephenie Meyer’s unbelievably addictive prose. Speaking of the writing, I really noticed a difference in it from the rest of the saga. It wasn’t as luscious or flowery (though neither is a bad thing!) and was a lot simpler which really set it apart as Bree’s narration and not Bella’s.

Seeing Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly vampires being evil and ruthless and hunting humans was very strange, but very cool. I really enjoyed seeing the nature of ‘real’ vampires. I do like good vamps generally, but you need a bit of evil to shake it up every now and then and who better to do it than the current queen of vampire fiction? No one. She does I perfectly (can you see the bias creeping in now? :))

But what I loved most, as expected, is the Cullen’s. Seeing them through Bree’s eyes was a very strange experience and really brought home what a rarity such good, veggie vampires are. (Have you noticed how I talk about them as if they actually exist? I just noticed and it made me giggle to myself.). And it made me love them even more. Especially a certain ‘redheaded mind-reader’ *sigh*. I really, really do love him, you know. Bree’s reaction to Bella also made it very difficult to imagine Edward and the rest of the Cullen’s (except Jasper) as newborns. Very odd indeed.

Even without chapters and text breaks, I loved every word of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and it made me want to re-read the entire saga. I will read everything that Stephenie Meyer ever writes without a millisecond of hesitation.

For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge



  1. I LOVED that book too !!
    I am *so* not biased :-D
    I'm glad you liked it too. I agree with the style of writing, there's a clear change !
    Have a good week!

  2. I'm a fan of the series, but I can't seem to find the strength to read this book.

  3. This is on my list, and I am so glad that you enjoyed it :] It is great that Meyer is able to shed Bella and create a new voice in Bree. It will be nice to read a new book by her. And I can't wait to see the Cullens through Bree's eyes. As a fellow Twilight junkie, I am definitely excited for this book. Thanks for the review! I will be reviewing it soon- check out my blog :]

  4. I am excited to read this once I am through with my soon due library books. Great to hear a positive review :D

  5. I can't make up my mind whether to read this or not. I kind of feel as though it would be disloyal to Bella? Crazy, I know. And that's such a glowing review. Sorely tempted... :)

  6. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm not too keen on the Twilight books but my sister loves them, so I'll have to give her the reccomendation :c)

    PS I love the new design by the way!

  7. You're right, and I agree - this was a great read. Stephenie Meyer has done it again! I finished reading it yesterday, and posted my review on my review blog (The Critiquing Critica).

  8. Just finished this and I also got the urge to reread the whole series again, especially Eclipse. It has been so long since I read the series, (I was one of those who had to wait patiently for each new release). Great review.

  9. Awesome review! You make this book sound so good and I can feel your enthusiasm sipping out from the screen :P

  10. Yay, I knew you'd love this! :D

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