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Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
by Stephenie Meyer

178 pages
Published June 5, 2010

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?


Okay, so I know a lot of people are too cool for the Twilight books, but I'm not one of them. Yep, I'm a fan.

I have to say, the first time I read Eclipse, Bree jumped off the page at me. In some ways I was more interested in her than in what was happening in the story at that point. How could she be so much more restrained than the other newborns, that she could hold off long enough to surrender? Why would she choose to? Would she have been able to adjust to the Cullen's lifestyle if she'd been allowed the chance? I had a lot of questions, and really, no answers. So I loved that there was a book that would delve into her life. And, as much as I loved it, I hurt the whole time because I knew how her story ended. Bree is more real to me than Bella.

5/5 stars

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