THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER by Stephenie Meyer [Review]

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

When Stephenie Meyer announced the release of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner earlier this year, the fan reaction was “ZOMG, a new book in the Twilight series!!!!!!”

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I think fans need to dial it back and understand a few things about the novella before they buy it. Basically, it’s more like a bonus feature on a DVD than a new entry in the Twilight series. Meyer never intended to publish this as a stand-alone book—it’s something that developed out of editing process, a glimpse into the life of the newborn vampire that is killed by the Volturri at the end of Eclipse. It’s told from Bree’s perspective, and it’s her experiences as a member of the vampire army Riley and Victoria created in Seattle. The story grew so long that Meyer and her publisher decided to release it on its own, so fans could read it before seeing the Eclipse movie. And because Stephenie Meyer is such an awesome person, she also made it available for free from June 5 – July 7, 2010 at www.breetanner.com.

Keeping all that in mind, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a fun little treat for fans. It’s mostly about Bree’s life in Seattle, but at the end we get to see Bella, Edward, and the rest of the Cullens through her eyes. Since the previous books have been from Bella’s perspective (mostly), it was cool to see things through the eyes of someone new. It reminded me of back when I read the books for the first time, and I loved that feeling.

I must say though, for a vampire, Bree Tanner is pretty vanilla. Throughout the series we heard so much about out-of-control, blood-crazed newborns that I wanted to actually see one. I wasn’t expecting Bree to spend her free time reading and hiding from the more vicious members of her coven. Also, we all know how it ends for Bree, so it was hard for me to become invested in her story. Still, even though I knew what was going to happen, it was interesting to see a new twist on familiar events.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is Stephenie Meyer’s way of saying thank you to her loyal fans, and I think diehard Twilight nerds (myself included) will love spending a little more time in the world she has created. Personally, I would have preferred it if she had finished Midnight Sun, but hey, I’ll take a free story any day. I wish more authors were as awesome to their fans as Stephenie Meyer.

Quotes from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner:

I still didn’t see how Riley came into this. Riley and the cheeseburger of pain.

I’d never been a fan of fire. This might have been because of some buried childhood memory, or maybe it was more recent. Becoming a vampire was enough fire to last me.

Super-secret ninja club sounds way cooler than the whole BFF thing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Pages: 192 | Source: Free from breetanner.com | Buy on Amazon

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