Book Review: The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

When it was announced that Stephenie Meyer would be publishing a short novella to accompany Eclipse titled ‘The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner’ a lot of peoples first reaction was ‘who’s Bree?’ Not mine though, I remembered her story straightaway, the reason being that the newborn vampires and Bree in particular, were amongst the very few sections of Eclipse I actually enjoyed. I make no bones about the fact there were huge issues with Eclipse as a book that I really struggled with. As this review isn’t for Eclipse, I won’t bore you with them now and I’ve already let rip elsewhere about my feelings. So it may come as a surprise that I was actually really excited about this novella. Why? Because despite the huge issues I have, I’m still only human and find Meyer’s Twilight saga as irresistible as the rest of you! I was instantly intrigued to read the other side, one that didn’t come from Bella (resists ranting again)

So, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner tells the story of the young, newborn vampire caught up in Victoria’s war with Bella and The Cullen’s. The novella came about when Meyer was editing Eclipse and began as nothing more than a writing exercise. It begins with Bree just 3 months after she was turned into a vampire and being prepared, along with the rest of Victoria’s newly created army, to go to battle (although this is unbeknown to them) We know how the story ends, or at least you will do if you have read Eclipse. This book takes us on Bree’s journey to that point, as an unwitting pawn in Victoria’s deadly game of revenge.

I loved this take on the story. Seeing things from Bree’s perspective gives a whole new slant to Eclipse, and I enjoyed this way more. Bree hasn’t chosen to be turned, she’s been kept in the dark about the truth of being a vampire (literally!) yet there is masses of spirit and curiosity there along with her vulnerability. Bizarrely hers is an incredibly human tale, 15 year old Bree is caught up in a gang of wicked vampires, but it could quite easily be a real life drug or criminal gang. She’s a victim and I ended up right on her side.

The newly created army of vampires are terrifying and it’s amazing to see what life was like for them, how driven their thirst actually is. They are dangerous, wild and uncontrollable- a complete contrast to the vampires we have met previously in the Twilight saga. I’m not going to give too much away, because the book is only 190 pages long and like I already said, we know how it ends, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone yet to read. I will say there is a touching love story (with a couple of brilliant scenesand much sparkliness!), plenty of action, excitement and intrigue and new insights into the days leading up to the battle. It’s not all perfect, Meyer’s tendency to over describe is still there and I did feel that some elements of certain characters were too sketchy and vague, making me want to know even more. However the scene at the end of the battle through Bree’s eyes is fantastically written and very emotional, the opportunity to read this almost makes up for the flaws. I was willing things to be different, even though I knew they couldn’t be.

Overall The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner is a success in my opinion, and is everything that I want from Meyer and was missing in Eclipse. I’m glad I read this, having this ‘behind the scene’ insight makes me all the more excited to see Eclipse at the cinema. A must read for anyone who has read the Twilight series.

You can read The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner for free until July 5Th 2010 at www.BreeTanner.com

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine to highlight the upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

This weeks choice:

The Bridesmaid Pact by Julia Williams
One for all and all for one! As children, Sarah, Dorrie, Beth and Caz were inseparable and vowed to one day be each others bridesmaids. But life got complicated. Now they have one last chance to fulfil their promise. Dorrie is planning her ultimate Disney wedding to the delicious Darren and is determined to have her friends back together for the Big Day. But Dorrie’s fairytale is not all that it seems! Beth is desperate for a baby and is starting to resent her more fertile friends. Is a mistake from her past about to destroy her future? Caz’s wild streak has tested her friendships over the years. One by one she has let her friends down, not least when she commits the ultimate betrayal to Susan. Can she change her ways and more to the point, does she really want to? Married to Steve, Sarah is plagued by doubts that she went down the wrong path. Does Sarah have the strength to make a change and will she ever be able to forgive Caz? As Dorrie’s big day dawns, all eyes are on whether the ultimate act of friendship will be honoured and obeyed!

I’ve read Strictly Love by Julia Williams and enjoyed that. I also have Last Christmas sitting on the shelf, but as I didn’t get a chance to read it over the festive period, and been one of those people who really do like to savour Christmassy stuff for December, I’ve been saving it. I do love the sound of this one though! (released 27th May 2010)

And of course my second book this week is one I’m sure a LOT of people are waiting for!

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character 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.

I wasn’t that big a fan of Eclipse, I had problems with some of it, but this sounds really interesting! It’s due for release on the 5th June, which is also my birthday (gift to myself?)