the short second life of bree tanner by Stephenie Meyer


So here’s the story…. in the midst of the Twilight series, Eclipse to be exact,  Bree is one of very few newborn vampires introduced by name.   Ten pages later she is killed off during the war between the evil vamps and the Cullen/Werewolf battle.  In this book, the short second life of bree tanner, Bree is already a newborn when the pages open and this is told from her point of view up until where she meets Bella and well… you know…. dies…. again.

I’m not giving anything away, seriously…. it’s in the title!


Honesty time.  I did not remember Bree Tanner from the  book.   I had to go back and find her.  Bree was a back ground character at most, and I never imagined I would see or hear from her again, obviously – because I forgot she ever existed.  ;D

When I heard about this book coming out I was really excited.  I thought it was brilliant of Stephenie Meyer to bring in another book that could add to the already phenomenon that is all things Twilight.  (I could only dream that J K Rowling would try such a book!) Once the book was out I snatched it up from the closest B & N and brought it home waiting for the right time to read it and this week with the opening of Eclipse, I knew the time to read was now.

Honestly time again.  I didn’t love it.  And… here is why:  I am not really a vampire reading fan.  Yes, I read the Twilight books and yes, I enjoyed them… but to me that was not a vampire read.  The Twilight series to me is  a YA love story.  It involves a High School, a new girl who is attractive, a hot guy, and a second hot guy – that are both interested in the new girl. The fact that ones a vampire and one is a werewolf, that is just a new twist on an old story.  One I really feel is an incredible idea.   They don’t really go into any detail of killing, in fact the Cullen’s hunt animals – not humans.  Yes – there are “baddies” but you don’t really see too much of what they are doing, as this is Bella’s story, told from Bella’s perspective.  If Bella doesn’t see it – it may as well have not have happened.

I personally have a tough time with the whole blood sucking thing and no offensive to Bree, after all that is the way that her and her kind roll.

I think this book is going to be loved by many that enjoy the true vampire reads.  Stephenie Meyer made a smart move by publishing the book and from what I have heard the book has done well, and I am very pleased to add that the book sales that donate $1 of the purchase price to the Red Cross (which is also such a brilliant idea), has raised over 1 Million dollars for the Red Cross International Response Fund.

Amazon Rating

I have updated my Book Journey map to include the short second life of bree tanner

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192 Pages

Cover Story:  If a cover can be perfect – this would be one that is.  Seriously, an hour-glass filled with red sand, representing how quickly time is passing and running out?  Once again – brilliant.

I bought by copy of this book from Barnes & Noble

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Posted on June 30, 2010, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. i thought this was kind of a rip off book…i’m glad the red cross made money but i really didn’t see the point of this!

    • I thought the idea was good diana, and it worked as far as Twilight lovers picking up the book. I read that it is one of the top selling books of 2010.

  2. It’s good to be honest. I wish Suzanne Collins would write a novella related to some of the characters in the Hunger Games. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • Hattie – the books I don’t really enjoy of course are always the hardest reviews to write… I want to be fair and honest, and at the same time knowing full well just because I didn’t like it – I know many who would. :)

  3. A co-worker really loved this one. I’ll probably read it at some time but right now my summer is dedicated to ARCs, my own books, and ones that I just feel like reading.

  4. I can’t decide if I want to read this one or not. I do like my vampires, but extra books in what is a complete series feels a bit strange to me. I’ll have to see if it crosses my path again or not – let fate decide. ; )

  5. Have not yet read it. I do remember the character. It was an upsetting scene in some ways amid all the killing,.

  6. Well, since I haven’t read the main series, I probably won’t be reading off-shoots of the series. :)

  7. Oh, and I meant to say: Sorry you didn’t love it, though, for your sake.

    • I gave it a try Hannah. :) If I would have really thought about it I should have known I wouldn’t like it from the “bad vamps” take. I guess I was thinking it would have been more of her story before she was a vampire.

      Then last night when I seen the young girl who played Bree, it wasn’t a fit for me – this cute little girl who looks about 14, being this blood thirsty character in the book…

      gah – guess I am just not cut out for that stuff…LOL

      • Oh, I hate it when the movie version of a story doesn’t jive with what I have in my head! [That's why I'm known to see the movie first sometimes ...]

  8. I saw this in Target and was tempted to pick it up, but wasn’t sure if I could deal with any more woe-is-me I’m a vampire stuff.

  9. Thanks for the honest review. I now have no desire to read it myself…I’m like you: I’m not into vampire reads but loved the Twilight series love story!
    Heather

  10. I am so with you on that point that the Twilight series are not horror in the least, but they are not all that bad to read either.This book is on my study-table waiting to be read but I’ve got more engaging books to finish first who are waiting their turn for quite some time.Most of them are indeed , ‘horror’ reads and I love them.

    • Fiza I will be interested in your thoughts on this book when you read it. You read more into this genre than me and I think you will enjoy it. :)

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