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Thursday, June 10, 2010

82) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

This book is the story of Bree Tanner, a character introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. Anyone who has read the Twilight books may remember the vampire but I am sure for some she is a distant memory. However Stephenie Meyer, for reasons she explains in the book, picked this character to explore and share with us.

First things first. This is a novella. It is only about 170 pages long and has no chapters and therefore no breaks. It is a quick read and I would suggest borrowing it unless you really want to keep a copy. There isn't much about Edward. He has a part in the book but it is small and he is never mentioned by name. Jacob is also not in the book. Of course you know he is 'there' but he doesn't play any part in the story. Bella is mentioned and heard but her part is very small. This short story just ties up a few bits and bobs and also gives some insight into how the other vampires live.

The story itself is quite good. It was interesting to read something that wasn't from Bella's or Jacob's perspective. Following the story of Bree and the newborn army was like catching a behind the scenes look at the series. This mixture of mystery, romance and paranormal was more gritty than the Twilight books and I would have preferred a full length novel instead of this short tale.

By the end of the book I actually started to like Bree Tanner and tried to distance myself from her because I knew how the story was going to end. Well I guess anyone who has read the books knows what happens to Bree so the ending is really not that spectacular. However the story of Bree Tanner is definitely worth reading if you are a fan of the series and I wonder if there will be more Twilight novellas in the future. It is obvious from this book that the author still has more to share with us about her vampire world.

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