Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella"

"The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" by Stephenie Meyer
First published in 2010
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Spending a couple hours reading "TSSLOBT" would be worth it for any Twilight Saga fan, even though it's not anywhere close to the four main novels in writing style, plot caliber or character development. But it's a good supplementary piece that gives a newborn vampire's perspective to "Eclipse."

Bree Tanner is one of the army of the newborn vampires created by Riley and Victoria for their attack against the Cullens. She's suspicious of Riley's motives, but there's really no mystery involved because the reader already knows what Riley's up to, the outcome of the battle is, and Bree's ultimate fate. It's nice to have a little backstory on Bree, whom we meet briefly in "Eclipse," but since it's just a novella there's not enough to make us really feel invested in her as a character.

The ideal time to read "TSSLOBT" would be during a re-read of the entire series, directly after reading "Eclipse." Reading it on its own was ok, but the novella would definitely have more of an impact on the reader if picked up at the right time. Happy reading!

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