Google+ Reading Teen: Review of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Sunday, June 6, 2010

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

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)
Product Description:Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

Well, I was pretty excited about this book because I, like most of the world, really loved Twilight and have loved reading each of the character sketches that Stephenie has on her web site.  However, I felt like this novella really fell short.  Following Bree around was just plain boring.  I was dragging through the entire thing until she got to the part where she actually meets the Cullens, and even then so much of it was not really done well.  It was also hard to be invested in Bree, because you know that she dies in the end.  Not to say that it was all bad, it was OK.  There was a lot more violence, blood, and gore in this one, so if you're into that, you might like it.  But there is very little romance, and what is in there isn't really believable.  

I was talking to a friend about it, and I think the problem is that the thing that made Twilight so unbelievably good was the relationships and the romance.  It wasn't the storyline so much, it wasn't the vampires (they hardly even acted like vampires), it wasn't the mystery.  All of that was OK in Twilight, but certainly not any better than the countless other books out there.  It was the romance!  It was ALL about the romance...the tension, the emotions, the desire.  There is none of that in Life of Bree, and so we're left with just another mediocre story.

I understand that it is a character sketch, but if you're going to release it to the world, I think it needed to be something with a little more substance, and a little more of what we fell in love with in the first place.

I would suggest that unless you're a DIE HARD Twilight fan that must have this on your shelf, you just go here and download it for free (starting tomorrow until July 5th), or you could just skip it all together.

OR I'll be adding this to my Second Hand Saturday bookshelf, so you can enter to win it there!!

3 out of 6

~Disappointed Andye

Parents need to know:  There is no sexual content in this book only three minor curse words, but there is quite a bit more blood and gore than the original Twilight books.


  1. I am going to download it tomorrow and read it, but it would seem that with all the shock and awe of the romance/tension/desire that we love so much in the saga, SM's writing ability might actually show through in this book. And don't take that personally. I'm a fan of hers, but she isn't the most skilled at her trade.

  2. I agree! However, she might be the most talented romance writer. She had the romantic tension down! :)

  3. Yeah, I'm not jazzed about it. Obviously, we know how it ends... And I wasn't invested in her as a character ever.

    I too will be downloading it.

    If you like her as aromance writer, I highly recommend The Host. I don't like alien stories yet I loved this book. Much stronger female lead then Bella too.

  4. Jenn - The Host was incredible! I think she did much better, writing-wise, in that book. Strong humanity theme, compelling characters and great story.

  5. Oh, YES, I loved the Host!! One of my favorites! I thought the idea was fantastic and the romance was awesome, too!!

  6. I decided to read this one for free online instead of buying it for the same reasons you outlined: Meyer's strength is in crafting an incredible romance; she's not that great of a wordsmith or plotter, so when she's away from that romance factor, her prose falls flat. I'm sad that she didn't live up to the hype, though.

  7. I used to be a die-hard Twilight fan and aren't any more, mostly because of the movies and the people involved with that.

    I probably won't buy this, or read it at all, as it kind of seems like a money-making exercise now. Stephenie should try something new - with romance.

    And on that romance point, totally agree how that was the drawcard for Twilight.

    Thanks for the review! Glad to know I'm not really missing out on much, bahahah :D

  8. I love Twilight ! But I haven't been able to get this book yet... I def should :D

  9. I've read all of the other Twilight books (including Midnight Sun, which I actually enjoyed more than the books from Bella's POV), but I'm not planning on downloading this one - I wasn't a fan of Bree in the original books, and I can't imagine an entire book from her perspective. =) Thanks for the honest review!

  10. I won this from a contest but have not receive it yet..Hope I'll read it myself and hope i'll have a good opinion on it LOL.


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