Friday, June 25, 2010

The Ninja Reviews... The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

If you wanted more Twilight Fun, then you've definitely got it! Stephenie Meyer released her first novella highlighting the life of a minor character in Eclipse.

Bree is a newborn with more sense in her head then most. She feeds on pimps, prostitutes, the homeless...anyone who won't be missed, which is what Riley has instructed her coven to do. She can barely remember the life she had three months ago when she was human. Living with her fellow newborns is a hellish experience with few rules and almost zero compassion. All she knows of life is feed at night, stay out of everyone's notice, and get home before dawn or die. This is what she has been told to believe.

Then she meets Diego, an 11-month-old vampire with a sense of curiosity, friendship, and some common sense. Together they investigate Her, their creator and the person who they know is behind their entire coven.  Their search leads them to discover a terrible danger, making them pawns in a scheme that could kill them all. 

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is written from the point of view of the title character. From her life, we learn how Victoria assembled her army of newborn vampires and a full account of the Volturi's knowledge of the army's presence.  Though the novel was an interesting glimpse at a different vampire's perspective, it doesn't feel as stand-out as the other novels in the Twilight Saga.  I felt somewhat interested by the story but, at the same time, felt like the entire story was drawn out the same way romance novels are.... a thin plot stretched to cover more pages. 

All in all The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is well worth a read if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga.  Though I enjoyed reading it and am glad that I did, I don't find myself eager to add it to my bookshelf, right next to Breaking Dawn.

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