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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer‘s The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a short novella that takes a glimpse at the other side of vampirism . . . the darker side.  Written as a companion to the Eclipse novel and the release of the movie, readers will experience what it truly is to be a newborn vampire, to crave the blood, and to think of nothing else.

“She opened her mouth to scream, but my teeth crushed her windpipe before a sound could come out.  There was just the gurgle of air and blood in her lungs, and the low moans I could not control.”  (Page 10)

Bree Tanner is a young teen turned vampire thrust into a vicious world of vampire gangs, who hides behind Fred, a young vampire with the power to repel others.  She’s timid and fearful of the new world she’s in, but she cannot control her thirst any more than her other counterparts.  Bree meets an older vampire teen, Diego who takes her under his wing and allows her to find comfort with her new life.

Overall, the novella is a quick read and helps shed light on the vampire world not seen in the Twilight series, but it lacked the gruesome and detailed slashing that one would expect from newborn vampires.  Much of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner focuses on teen angst about fitting in and finding one’s way in the world, and naturally about a budding love.  Meyer is a gifted storyteller, but her timidity with regard to the vicious nature of vampires will leave many fans feeling flat.

***I borrowed my copy of Meyer’s novella from the local library.  I’d also like to thank Not Enough Books for the recommendation.***

This is my 4th book for the 2010 Vampire Series Challenge.

  • Sorry you didn’t seem to like it as much as I did. bummer! I guess I went into it not expecting it to be dark, so the fact that it wasn’t very dark didn’t bother me. Oh well..it was good for a quick read.
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    Great review. I dont think I’ll be reading this one though, i’m all vamped out.
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  • A friend of mine read this one and enjoyed it. I’ll probably borrow her copy sometime.

    • I would definitely consider this a borrow, bot buy book, though there is that donation of $1 to the Red Cross if you do purchase it. There’s some incentive.

  • I’ve thought about reading this one but I doubt I will. I still have Breaking Dawn to tackle.

    • Good luck with Breaking Dawn!

  • My daughter bought this book, but hasn’t read it yet. I’m sure she will love it no matter what. The only reason I’d read it is because it is in the house, and because it is short. I have very low expectations!
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    • I essentially picked it up at the library a couple days after reading a review and thought I’d give it a try. I’m bored with these emo vamps…

  • This is the first actual review I have seen of this book, though I have seen the book itself everywhere! My daughter is big into the twilight series, and has read the books several times, so I have been considering getting her this book as well. I am glad to have heard your opinions on it!
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    • I think your daughter would like it if she’s a fan. I liked the series, but I was expecting a darker element to this book that I just didn’t get.

  • I haven’t read any of the Twilight books, so I’ll probably skip this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though.

    • You could probably read this one alone. It’s not like much happens related to the Twilight series…except the ending of Bree.

  • Hmm….sounds like it’s more about being a teenager than a teenage newborn vampire. I hadn’t really planned on reading this book anyway, so I think I’ll pass on it for now.
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    • I saw it at the library and thought I’d give it a try since it was a small book. I seem to be on a short book kick…must be the summer weather!

  • I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to read this one or not. I read all the Twilight books shortly before the first movie came out but I’ve heard mixed things about this one.
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  • I have been wanting to read it…..but… well I think I am done with more in the series.. I mean..I am a fan..don’t get me wrong….but…. and then I think I almost just changed my mind…I need to read it. 🙂

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