Monday, 7 June 2010

Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer


Publisher: Atom
Format: Hardcover
Released: June 5th, 2010
Grade rating: A with a fangirly +


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

It is pretty much impossible for me to write this review objectively, so I'm just going to apologise now and get it over with. I'm such a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer and The Twilight Saga world that I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll always love anything and everything she writes (even though I do have major issues with about half of Breaking Dawn, but I won't go there today). I won't write another review like this until Midnight Sun is finally published, promise. *crosses fingers for its release*

Anyway. When I look at the Twilight Saga, I always think of Eclipse as the best written book, and Twilight as my favourite. Eclipse is like this amazing story with action and romance and some of the best dialogue in the saga, as well as a badass coven of mean newborn vampires. I'll admit, whenever I've read Eclipse in the past, I've never really thought about the newborns. I've never wanted to get inside their heads or figure out their real motives, but now I wish I had. Clearly Stephenie Meyer knew what we all wanted without us having to tell her. Maybe she's stolen some of Edward's super-cool mind reading abilities.

Being in Bree's head is an insight I'm glad I got to get. She's pretty awesome, even though she's probably a bit too nice for a vampire and definitely far too scared of what she is and what it means. Her journey is one of sadness when you think about it, because she's been plucked from a life on the streets, made into a vampire and then ripped apart by an enemy she had no idea existed until now. She's everything the Cullens aren't, though with a little training and guidance, she could have fitted into their lifestyle in a heartbeat.

Riley's another character I never cared about more than I should, though I'm now fascinated with his outlook and actions. He and his coven are in the dark about a lot of things, and it's especially interesting to realise that we as a reader know more than they do. Raoul and Co. are also pretty cool, and are true vampires with only the desire to feed and kill. Oh, and the Volturi! My, aren't they secretive little undead schemers. You'll know what I'm talking about if/when you read it, but suffice it to say *that* was a little snippet of information I didn't see coming.

In my fangirly conclusion, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a freakin' awesome addition to the Twilight Saga series (even though I do wish it had some chapter breaks. 180 pages is quite a lot to read all at once). I can't think of a more literary way to describe it, and I'm sorry about that. I loved the last fifty pages as much as I'd love Edward Cullen himself sauntering into my house for a cup of mountain lion blood, and if this is a sign of things to come when the official guide is released, then I'm going to explode with excitement. That is all.

// end proclamation of undyingloveforsmeyer.

30 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

"I loved the last fifty pages as much as I'd love Edward Cullen himself sauntering into my house for a cup of mountain lion blood..." Brilliant! That just says it all... :)

I loved reading this review! Thanks.

Elie said...

I had my hands on this today and put it back. I am going to get it tomorrow. thanks for the review.

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Nice review! I wasn't too sure about this one, but now I'm thinking I might have to pick this one up this week. :)

Caroline said...

Hey Jenny!
Great review !
I loved Bree Tanner, it is such an unexpected treat... And the best are the last fifty pages, definitely...
Cheers !

Marie said...

I really want to read this but Amazon is taking way too long to get it to me! Ahhhh! I can't wait to be sucked back into the Twilight world!

asamum said...

Great review. I know what you mean about the breaks, and ohhh the volturi :)

Kate Evangelista said...

I'm on the fence about this one.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Wow, you must have really enjoyed this is it compares with Edward himself.

Come on Mr Postman, deliver Bree Tanner right now! *fingers crossed*

Lori said...

Great review/fangirl devotion ;) I didn't see the Volturi thing coming either! This book just made me want more!!! My review will be up later today! (It's very fangirly too, of course...)

Susie Day said...

Aww, this put a ridonkulous smile on my face: I love a review when you can feel the writer's utter glee leaping off the screen. Glad it lived up to your expectations!

Steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Planning to download this today - it is supposed to be free at Noon EST at breetanner.com. I will put you into my follow list.

great blog - keep up the good work and I am sure you will find something book-wise soon.

please stop by fangs, wands, and fairy dust soon.

Robby said...

I'm quite undecided about whether or not I will read this book. Your fangirly review, though, was cute and sweet and I am possibly convinced. Possibly.

Dreaming in Books said...

I'm up there with the skeptics who may not read it...but your review was really cute. :) And I agree that Edward is obsession worthy...though outside of my literary mind...Jacob is better. I blame Pattinson and Lautner for skewing my vision. >.<

Anyway, thanks for the review! I may check it out on her website (where it's being offered free) and buy it if it looks good.

Carla said...

Dude! just dude!!! that is al

Rowena said...

I wasn't planning on reading this book but this review has definitely changed my mind. I'm a bit of a fangirl for this series (at least I used to be) and I can't not read this one now...can't wait!

The Book Obsession said...

Outstanding review Jenny!
I'm reading this one right now and am about half way through. I'm so excited to finish =]

thebookfairyhaven said...

I'm also one of those people who are not so sure whether or not to actually read this, but your review is such a fabulous one, I may just change my mind.

Ryan Woods said...

I really liked this as well. Good review. :)

Lauren said...

This sounds every bit as awesome as I'd hoped, and way better than I expected. I'll definitely be checking it out, and I'm *so* intrigued by whatever it was you didn't see coming!

The Cold One said...

Hiya Jenny love the book and I thought Fred was awesome so I decided to create something similar to bellasdiary.com (which i have no asociation with)calle freakyfredsdiary.blogspot.com - I really hope you enjoy my diary entries pretending to be fred, and i also advertised you on there. Sorry about the bree diary it's not entirely set up. :)

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I look forward to reading this one!

Nancy T. said...

I really enjoyed the story itself, even if it ended sadly. Love your review!

Nancy@girlsinthestacks.com

Anonymous said...

omg it perfect!the last 50 pgs were the best .it was sad romatic and intense .iloved ot

Anonymous said...

I loved your review, it was awesome! :D
...but tbh don't like the book. It's Twilight all over again, with Bree as Bella. Don't get me wrong, I love the Twilight Saga but more for the films than anything else. The writing kinda leaves a lot to be desired, and again with the silent, kind, vampire dude and the geeky, troubled girl (although vamp this time aswell..).
I dunno, just not my cup of tea.
But thanks for doing the review :) xx

Ladybug said...

I just read and reviewed this book earlier this week and I loved it. This is actually one of my favorite Twilight books. I loved the fact that we got to see the side of the "real" vampires as well.

I didn't really notice Bree in Eclipse either and even though I knew how it would end I never stopped hoping for it to end well for her.

I agree with you about the chapters, I kept waiting for a short break while I read.

Stevie said...

I liked this book but I don't think that I can totally agree with you that Bree is that "nice." She does kill numerous human beings without batting an eye throughout this short novel. Doesn't that disturb you at all? It sure did me.

prophecygirl said...

Stevie - she's definitely not nice (she's a killer), but I think she's a bit too nice for a vampire. At least when compared to most of the ones I'm overly familiar with.

Aman said...

I really enjoyed this one. Though I haven't read the NEW MOON and BREAKING DOWN, I know what happend is those parts too. It's kinda sad in the end, though.

Armand Sedai said...
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Armand Sedai said...

I appreciate your honesty Jenny. This review is a bit biased, yes, but I think it's good enough. Thanks to you, now I've made up my mind of buying this Book for a Gift this Christmas...
...I'm not a fan of TWILIGHT at all, but I love BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - I grew up watching it. Now, I never knew anybody who loves TWILIGHT & BUFFY at the same time. & for that reason alone, you'll justify my act of buying this Book for a friend who loves the TWILIGHT Saga.