Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life 
of Bree Tanner
(The Twilight Saga #3.5)
by Stephenie Meyer
Summary from Goodreads:

"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?"


I actually enjoyed this book. It was nice to get to see a new point-of-view rather than just Bella’s. Bree, despite having a petty role, is actually a strong character. I was surprised to see a love interest between Bree and Diego, a character that I also found to like. The plot was simple but it didn’t bore me. 

I like it when authors give minor characters somehow a say in what’s going on with the entirety of a story. Even if not knowing at all about what happened to them won’t affect whatever the ending would be, still it’s a good breather from all the tension going on in the actual story. And I really appreciate how this short tale entertained me. 

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