Thursday 1 July 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.

Okay, let me start this review by saying that I really enjoyed the Twilight Saga. I was one of those few people who read it late. Actually, I only read them a few years ago. But when I got started on Twilight, it only took me a few weeks to read the four books. I got caught up in Bella's world, and have to admit that I enjoyed every moment of it.

When I heard about this novella, I was excited. Even if I couldn't remember Bree. To be honest with you, I still can't. And even though I did know what was going to happen at the end, I was looking forward to reading a story told from the POV of one of the red-eyed vampires. Yet, when I picked it up and got started, I had to put it down. Several times.

A book that should've taken me a day to read (max) actually took me three weeks. I picked up other books in between because I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure what it was exactly, though I suspect there were a few things. The fact that there are no chapter breaks at all was a little annoying. I also couldn't connect with Bree. No matter how much I read, I just didn't care about her 'ordeal' or that she struck up a relationship with Diego after three months of violence with the other vampires. I didn't like Riley, or that Victoria was pulling the strings of this 'vampire army' created to defeat the Cullens and the 'human girl'. And to be honest, it wasn't all that exciting.

Although, I did enjoy reading when Bree and Diego overhear the conversation between Riley, Victoria and the Volturi. And I did like Fred--a character that we unfortunately didn't get to see much on the page.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella intended for hardcore fans of the Twilight series. It's well written and adds a little more perspective to the vampires who aren't like the Cullens. It also shows you how the Cullen family appear through someone else's eyes. The cover's lovely, too. But for me, it didn't personally add anything new. I think there's such a thing as Twilight overload, and I might have reached that quota.

Although, at the end of the day, this is just my opinion.

I'm looking forward to reading something set in a completely new world from Stephenie Meyer.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, June 2010, ISBN 978-190-741036-9, Atom Hardback (HB)

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