Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – an eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer

Series: Twilight #3.5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal

Pages: 153

Format: ebook

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

 

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.

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I watched his body change. He crouched on the roof, one hand gripping the edge. All that strange friendliness disappeared, and he was a hunter. That was something I recognised, something I was comfortable with because I understood it.

I turned off my brain. It was time to hunt. I took a deep breath, drawing in the scent of the blood inside the humans below. They weren’t the only humans around, but they were the closest. Who you were going to hunt was the kind of decision you had to make before you scented your prey.

It was too late now to choose anything.

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 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?

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.

– Blurb from: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – an eclipse novella, Hardcover, Published June 5th 2010 by Atom

 

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I really, really liked this book! So much more action than all the other books until now! It was so interesting to finally see the thoughts of a real vampire in this world!

I loved to know Bree’s story and why she was turned into a vampire – there was a great sense of tragic irony in the fact that Bree ended up trading her humanity for a cheeseburger, of all things. She had such a tragic life – well, she had such tragic lives… – and yet she was an amazing person!

It was nice to know more about Riley, it’s funny that he came off as a sympathetic character in Eclipse, just another sad victim of Victoria’s evil. But seeing it from Bree’s perspective, there is nothing to pity. In the end he is as bad as Victoria. Reading the book it’s impossible not to compare him to Carlisle. They are the total opposite but they are anyway the bases of the covens.

I really liked Diego and it’s sad not to know more about him but the suspense about his life was very well done. It’s sad it was so little part of the story where he appeared but we can already feel his bound to Bree in those moments. I would have loved to see more about them!

Fred was a fascinating new character with an amazingly odd power. I wonder if the powers come from your human experiences, that would be a nice explanation! I liked to see the subtle relationship between him and Bree. I had a totally new perspective of him in the end!

A moment I really liked was after the battle, the way Carlisle and Esme think totally changes Bree’s point of view of the world and I am happy she got to see it! Also it was nice to see that not the all family thinks the same way! Especially in this matter – Bree’s fate!

And even tho she already knew what was going to happen, I loved how she handled it! And how good of a person she shows she is!
I really hoped this book had more! It would have been perfect!

Anyway, this book was an amazing addition and I would love to read some more vampires’ points of view in this world and about Fred’s fate…I hope he did meet the Cullens some day.

 

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What character do you like more in the Twilight saga? 

If you could see through someone’s eyes, who would it be?

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