The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Review)

July 5, 2010

Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 192

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Source: Free online access by author

From the cover:

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.

(This is the fourth and final book of the Twilight series, after TwilightNew Moon, and Eclipse.)

I finally succumbed to reading the Twilight Saga back in December, right when I started this blog. I enjoyed reading them, even though the writing was bad and there were SO. MANY. THINGS. WRONG. WITH. THE. CHARACTERS. It was actually part of the fun, I think, to yell out random quotes to my roommate as I read the books in bed. For some reason, I also decided to expose myself to the torture that was the Twilight movie (and later the New Moon installment), to pretty much the same result: sheer hilarity while mocking it from every angle, staving off brain damage due to the inanity of it all. I even read the unfinished version of Midnight Sun at some point, and it actually wasn’t half bad.

I’ve been meaning to get to The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner for quite a while, especially since it was available for free online from my birthday (June 7th) through today. Yesterday, I finally did it.

Most of the reviews that I’ve seen around the blogosphere for this book are lukewarm. To be honest, I thought it was pretty good, at least insofar as the series as a whole can be called “good”. Meyer did a good job at getting into the psyche of Bree (and, to a lesser extent, the other newborns) and showing the reader what we “missed” on the other side of the story. I can completely see why this wouldn’t have fit well into Eclipse, given the change in point of view, but it works well as a stand-alone novella.

No, the writing isn’t good … but neither was the writing in any of the other books. It’s clunky but understandable. If you enjoyed the rest of the Twilight Saga, you’ll probably enjoy this one. But otherwise, don’t bother, since it won’t make any sense to you at all – and may result in a severe case of cell death.

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4 Comments

  • Iris July 6, 2010 at 4:49 am

    I enjoyed the Twilight series and not only for the mocking quality. I know I’m not supposed to say that out loud..

    Anyway, I didn’t feel the need to read Bree Tanner and so I didn’t. Maybe that will change someday? I think I liked Twilight for the love story more than the vampire-thing and I’m not all that interested in reading the thoughts of a newborn.

    • Carina July 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Nah, it’s okay. Twilight-enjoyers are safe over here, just not the crazy Twihards. 😉

      I really like vampire stories, so that’s perhaps part of why I wanted to read this one even though Meyer’s writing doesn’t impress me much.

  • zibilee July 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

    My daughter loves Twilight and I think she would also love this book as well. I am going to have to try and get it for her. So far I have stayed away from the series, but I think I am slowly getting hooked into reading it!!

    • Carina July 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      I stayed away for a long time, but finally got sucked in last December. There’s good and bad components to the series, but I don’t really think they’re as bad as I used to.

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