Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer


Summary


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 trus. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth? (courtesy of Goodreads)


Review


The new Bree Tanner book is a great addition to Stephenie's vampire canon. If you're a fan of the Twilight books, you'll love Bree's novella. But I don't think this book will make Twi-haters fans of the series. And if you haven't read the books yet, you'll just be confused. 

The book starts out about a week before the big fight with the Cullens and wolves. Bree is 3 months old. She's living in an old house with 20 young vampires who generally would rather fight and hunt than think. Bree is both different and the same. She has constant thirst and feels no compassion for the stupid, ignorant humans she kills. She is a very typical newborn vampire. But she's not a fighter. Bree spent her human life hiding from her abusive father; as a vampire, she also learns useful ways to stay low. Unlike most of her "colleagues," she thinks and questions - Why are we here? Is Riley telling us the truth about anything? As she and her newfound friend/soulmate Diego question more about their lives, things start to happen very quickly and with great consequences. 

The cast of characters in the novella are great. Diego, Bree's soul-mate, is also quiet and thoughtful; he's older than the others, more independent, and trusted by Riley. I liked him as a character and thought he was wonderful with Bree, but he wasn't around long enough for me to develop any personal feelings toward him. Most of the other vampires - Raoul, Kristen, Kevin, and the blonde guy were just mindless idiots. Freaky Fred was fascinating. He has a unique vampire talent. I'd love to know more about him. We learn more about Riley in Eclipse. In the novella, I pity him a very tiny bit but hate him a lot more. He's cruel and arrogant toward the newborns, treating them more like animals than former humans. But he's also misled, used, and betrayed by Victoria. Victoria is another character explored in more depth.  She is much more evil than I ever thought. Even the Volturi make an interesting appearance. At least now I understand why the movie trailers feature them prominently. 

I particularly loved Bree's interaction with the Cullens, particularly Jasper and Carlisle. We get to see all the Cullens in their true vampire forms. But I learned more about Jasper and Carlisle's characters. There wasn't anything that changed my impression of them, but it's just helpful to see them from a different viewpoint. 

The Bree Tanner novella is a fascinating portrayal of "normal" vampires. It was easier to relate the way Stephenie's vampires see the world. Stephenie did say that Bella would have been much like Bree if she didn't go into being a vampire with as much knowledge. It gives me even greater admiration for the Cullens' lifestyle choice, since I understand more how difficult it is. 

Bree's second life was short and painful, but in an odd way more fulfilling and happy than her entire first life.



Rating: 5 / 5 (probably deserves a 5, but regardless, all Twilight books get a 5 from me)

7 comments :

  1. Yay, Bree! Also... just wanted to let you know that there's an Alison Can Read shout out over on Book Love!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm returning the follow!

    I must say you liked The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner a lot more than I did. For whatever reason, I couldn't connect with it.

    Have a great weekend, looking forward to your reviews!

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  3. Not a book I had intended to read - I'm sort of Twilighted out but I've heard so many good things about this book that I can feeling myself relenting.

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  4. Haven't read Twilight so wasn't planning on reading this either. Glad you enjoyed it though!

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  5. Okay, your review has settled my mind. I guess I'm gunna have to read this book at some point in my life! Thanks to yer review I really wanna read this book!
    P.S Thankies for hpppin by my blog and becoming a follower, I am now a proud follower of your blog!
    Have a fun weekend!

    -The Moody Teenager

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  6. Ah, another great in-depth review! I've been wondering about this novella, but it'd probably be too confusing for me since I haven't read the other Twilight books. Still, a 5/5 is pretty convincing :D

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  7. I'm sure I'm going to pick this up at some point. Shari
    Oh Yeah I left you an award over at my blog myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com

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