Monday, June 14, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
Written by: Stephenie Meyer
Publication date: June 5, 2010
Released in Hardcover

4 stars

Synopsis: 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 a 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 the 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?

How I Came to Read This: C'mon. As if there was a chance I wasn't going to read this!

My Review: I really enjoyed the concept that for Bree, the last three months are as long as she's lived. Her human life is a blur - when she does allow herself to think about it. Being surrounded by twenty-something unruly (to say the least) vampires, Bree constantly has her guard up. She doesn't fit in with the rest. The others fight with each other and rip their limbs off. Bree stays in the corner, always watching, always cautious.

In this group, she finds Diego who is a lot like her. He doesn't fall into that typical newborn-vampire behavior either. They discover truths about vampire life and in finding those truths, they discover the lies they've been told. The countdown to D-Day, so to speak, has begun, and Bree must figure out how to get out of this crazy situation. But Diego is missing and she won't leave without him. When the day arrives, she searches for him but the only thing she finds is chaos. She barely has enough time to notice a yellow-eyed blond-haired vampire has spotted her! Well, we all know what happens after that, don't we?

Who Should Read This: It was a little heart-wrenching to like Bree telling her own story when you know exactly where it's going. Still, it was a good read and everyone into the Twilight Saga should read it.

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