Monday, 7 June 2010
Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Released: June 5th, 2010
Grade rating: A with a fangirly +
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.
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.