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


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
June 5, 2010



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Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for before she became vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator,  whom they know only as her. As they come to realize that newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

Review: I really did like the Twilight books and I can totally understand how a character can just nag at you to have their story told, too. Don't hate me here, people, but I wasn't as impressed by this book as I was by the entire Twilight Saga, in fact I wasn't impressed at all.

Bree Tanner is a little known, easily forgotten character that makes an appearance in Eclipse. The author didn't seem to do anything with Bree in this book other than to have her discover that Riley is lying to the 'gang' of vampires she now belongs to. There wasn't much in the story that made you really care about her and about what was going to happen to her. This story seemed like a "tide-me-over" until Midnight Sun makes it's appearance.

I wanted to know more about Bree - where she came from and how she ended up easy prey on the streets. It was hard to care about her. I was way more interested in one of the other newborn vampires - Fred. He was not even a secondary character, but I found him to be a lot more interesting.

There are also some continuity errors between what is written in this book and the Saga as a whole. I think for someone who knows her fans are very detail-oriented  when it comes to timelines and continuity would have made a better effort to stick to the "Twilight" mythos timeline.

Overall, if you have some spare time - read it online (until July 5th). One good thing is that $1 from every book sold goes to the Red Cross.


  1. Hmmm...I've been wondering about this book since I heard about it months ago. I can't decide if I want to read it, because I'm afraid I'll feel exactly the same way. However, because it's "in the series" I almost have to read it. Thanks for the helpful review!

  2. Aww I'm sorry to hear you didn't get into this one! Btw, just a heads up but I don't think that's Stephenie Meyer's real twitter account, since they spelled her name wrong - it's StephEnie, not StephAnie =)

  3. ^It should be fake, since Stephenie said she'd never get a twitter account.

    I think many people are just overwhelmed by the series. I was not particularly excited about this as well. I mean sure, I love Twilight, but personally I would have liked reading Leah's story more than Bree's. Shrug, I still have to finish reading this one though!


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