Monday, June 28, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

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?

Stephenie Meyer has a way of building empathy for her characters. Through Bree Tanner is a newbie vampire she doesn't have the same 'no brain' instincts. Bree has human instincts and qualities.
I found myself skimming many paragraphs that felt like a lot of info dumping and TONS of internal dialogue.
There was a lot of violence due to newbie vampires wanting to 'feed' all the time and they enjoyed tearing each other apart.
If I were to rate Stephenie's books, my favorites would be Twilight and The Host with Bree's story last.

Rating: PG 16
V: yes
L: yes
S: no

The 'page 69' test:
"I kept my movements as small as possible, hoping that the bending of the boughs under my weight would just look like wind. It was a breezy night, which would help It was cold for summer, not that the temperature bothered me.
Diego caught Riley's scent outside the house without trouble and then loped after it quickly while I trailed several yards back and about a hundred yards north, higher on the slope than he was. When the trees were really thick, he'd rustle a trunk now and again so I wouldn't lose him.
WE kept on, with him running and me impersonating a flying squirrel, for only fifteen minutes or so before I saw Diego slow down. We must have been getting close. I moved higher in the branches looking for a tree with a good view. I scaled one that towered over its neighbors, and scanned the scene."


  1. I read a few fantasy books. Not my favorite genre. But I did enjoy the first two Twilight books, and liked the movie of book two.

    Your review here is very good. It interests me enough to one day check it out of the library.

  2. Now I'm going to be turning to page 69 on every book I read. How did you come up with that?

  3. It's actually someone's blog but I can't remember who's...