Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown
Hardcover, 178 pages
Date Published: June 5, 2010
Description (Taken from 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’s life was too short. At a mere 15 years of age, she died. Died and came back as a vampire. It’s too bad that her vampiric life didn’t last too long either. Her life may have been short, but so much happened to and around her during that time. As the sand in her hourglass drains, Bree comes closer and closer to the city of Forks and the characters we have all grown to love. The conclusion is one we all know, but there’s a lot more to the story than what meets the eye.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is an exciting installment in The Twilight Saga. It’s not necessarily all that exciting story-wise, but for those of us who adore the series, anything is something. Eclipse offers the briefest of glimpses at Bree, so I wasn’t positive I would even remotely enjoy this. I’m happy I did. Bree is a newborn, and as such, we get some insight into how newborn vampires act and feel. We never really had this much insight, so I was captivated with it. I’m not going to give any real spoilers away (even though this takes place during a time we have already read about, there is a lot of new stuff coming in), so I’m leaving a bunch of things out of the review.
Bree’s story is a heartbreakingly realistic (if vampires were real) look into the life of troubled teen. Her story could easily be likened to that of a teen joining a gang. A lot of similar turmoil arises. Still, there is quite a bit of humor and I really enjoyed that. Bree is easy to like and her young age made me hope for the best for her, while already knowing the outcome. Diego, another one of Riley’s newborn charges, quickly befriends Bree and their relationship blossoms. I adored Diego. His relationship with Bree is sweet, cute, adorable, and any other synonymous adjective. He also has some of the best lines in the story. Bree begins the story as quite the loner, but somehow, in 178 pages, she winds up on the front lines of battle that she really doesn’t understand. Make sure you pick this one up to find out just who Bree is and how she came to be sitting on the ground, thirsting for Bella’s blood.
It’s been so long since I’ve read anything by Stephenie Meyer and I hadn’t realized just how much I missed the Twilight world. Even without the characters we’ve all grown attached to, this novella fills a void that I hadn’t even realized was there to begin with. This just proves how vast and expansive the world of Twilight could really be. Now I just hope that Meyer finishes Midnight Sun and gives us some more stories in the Twilight universe.
Opening line: The newspaper headline glared at me from a little metal vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SIEGE–DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN. ~ pg. 1
Favorite line: “Super-secret ninja club sounds way cooler than the whole BFF thing.” ~ pg. 51
4.5*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.