Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Short Second life of Bree Tanner

Author: Stephanie Meyer
Released: June 5th, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
# pages: 178
Copy provided by: Library
Summary: 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

The story was interesting as it gave a glimpse into the life of a newborn. For me it helped to explain the 2nd storyline in the movie version of Eclipse. I'm sure there isn't a twilight fan out there who hasn't already read this one, but just in case ... it won't mean an awful lot to you if you don't already know the Twilight saga, but it might give you a taste for it.

To be honest I quite liked Bree. She was clever and questioning. Wasn't happy with just accepting things - in fact I liked her more than Bella. I found myself wishing that she hadn't been killed off at the end of Eclipse. I find Ms Meyer's style of writing fascinating. Bella is, for me, one of the most irritating and annoying heroines I've ever read about. I get angry and frustrated at her single-minded devotion to Edward and I'd like to slap her and tell her to get a back bone.

But - I never once considered not finishing the books. In fact I own all 4 of them. I guess that just shows what a clever writer Ms Meyer is. I had to finish the books to see what would happen. Same thing happened with Bree Tanner. I've read the books, seen the movies, know what happens to her - but I just had to keep on reading.

Well done, Ms. Meyer!

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this! I unfortunately just haven't had the time to get around to going to the store to get it though! I totally get you with the Bella thing. She irritated me so much! Nice review!