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Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

June 6, 2010

To say that I was excited about The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner would be an understatement. Seeing as Stephenie Meyer is the author who inspired me to start writing stories, I could not wait to read The Short Second Life and add it to my lovely Twilight shrine. 🙂

Many fans felt like Bree’s story wasn’t worth telling and that they’d rather have Midnight Sun published. I want to own a copy of Midnight Sun as much as anyone else, but I have fallen in love with Bree and her story.

Prior to reading The Short Second Life, I had a feeling I would not only sympathize with Bree, but also with Riley. In my opinion, the story is just as much his as it is hers. With Bree, I didn’t see a crazy, non-vegetarian vampire with the need to kill. I saw a girl who was lonely and in desperate need for a new life. What I love most about Bree is how “human” she is. She loves to read, has feelings for another newborn, and is smart enough to figure her new life out and distinguish the lies from the truth.

In terms of Riley’s character, I felt the same sort of attachment. I truly believe if he had been guided by one of the Cullens and not psycho-Victoria he would’ve turned out to be a pretty decent guy. His interactions with Bree seem endearing and almost loving. He might’ve been lying to her, but I honestly think he has a soft-spot for her. Maybe he had a younger sister in his human life.

As is expected, Bella, the Cullens, and the Volturi all make appearances at the end and it was nice “seeing” them through a fresh pair of eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to view Bella as an outsider and not as a narrator. I have a feeling re-reading Eclipse and watching the movie will be difficult because I’ll know exactly what Bree is thinking and feeling and I’ll want to shout, “No! Don’t kill her!” 🙂

Stephenie Meyer’s writing continues to be simple, but descriptive and personal. Her descriptions allow readers to clearly envision settings and characters in their minds, bringing those elements to life. Her ability to create extremely well-rounded characters is amazing and I can’t believe she has a back-story for just about everyone in her books.

Overall, I loved reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and seeing the other side of the sparkly vampires I have grown to love. Not only did I learn more about newborn vampires, but I fell in love and sympathized with Bree and Riley. Fans of Stephenie Meyer will not be disappointed and I hope all the doubts and fears fade because this is truly a wonderful read!

One last thing…Can I be on Team Riley and Bree??

(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)

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4 Comments

  • Reply Swimmer June 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I need to get this book I was going to go out today but life got in the way!!!

  • Reply Lisa_Gibson June 6, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the great review. I’m looking forward to reading this too. 🙂

  • Reply Jamie June 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Just picked this up yesterday…can’t wait to get started tonight! Thanks for a great review!

  • Reply Ariel L June 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Finished this a little while ago, and what can I say?! Amazing. I love Bree but Riley i’m still not sure about. Also, what about Team Diego? I know he died but I kinda had a soft spot for him too!

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