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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer Review

Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Author: Stephenie Meyer

First published June 1, 2009

178 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780316125581 (ISBN10: 031612558X)

Rating: 3.51


Fans of the Twilight Saga will not want to miss the gripping tale of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse. Bree is a newborn vampire, with heightened senses and an insatiable thirst for blood.

As she navigates the treacherous world of the newborns, she discovers that everything she thought she knew about vampires is based on a lie.

When Bree meets Diego, another curious newborn, they begin to unravel the mystery of their creator and the larger game in which they are pawns. But as they delve deeper, they must choose sides and decide who they can trust.

With danger and romance at every turn, Stephenie Meyer delivers another unforgettable story that leads up to the fateful encounter between Bella Swan and the Cullens. Don’t miss The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

About the Author

Meet Stephenie Meyer, the mastermind behind the wildly popular Twilight series, as well as The Host and The Chemist. In 2005, Twilight took the literary world by storm and quickly captured the hearts of readers everywhere, earning a spot on The New York Times bestseller list at #5.

The book received numerous accolades including being named an “ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults,” an Amazon.com “Best Book of the Decade So Far,” and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

Meyer is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she earned a degree in English Literature. She currently resides in Arizona with her husband and three sons.

Editoral Review

Stephenie Meyer’s The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a thrilling and heartbreaking addition to the Twilight universe. Set in the weeks leading up to the climactic battle of Eclipse, this novella tells the story of a newborn vampire named Bree Tanner, who is struggling to understand her new existence as part of Victoria’s army.

As the author of the bestselling Twilight series, Meyer is no stranger to the young adult paranormal romance genre. Her writing style is immersive and addictive, with a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting memorable characters.

In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, she takes us deeper into the world of vampires and werewolves, exploring the darker side of immortality and the toll it takes on those caught in the crossfire. The novella opens with Bree and her fellow newborns on the run from the Volturi, who have been dispatched to clean up Victoria’s mess.

As they evade their pursuers and struggle to control their bloodlust, Bree begins to question her loyalties and the true nature of the beings she has been taught to fear. Along the way, she forms a bond with Diego, a fellow vampire whose mixture of charm and vulnerability captures her heart.

The plot of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is fast-paced and full of twists, with plenty of action and suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats. But what really sets the novella apart is its emotional depth and its exploration of themes like love, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Bree is a sympathetic protagonist whose struggles and ultimate fate will leave readers reeling. As a standalone work, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a satisfying read for fans of the Twilight series and newcomers alike.

But what really makes it shine is its place within the larger mythology of Meyer’s universe. The novella sheds new light on the events of Eclipse and raises important questions about the morality of the vampires and their place in the world.

One potential weakness of the novella is its length. At just over 200 pages, it can feel like the story is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more.

Additionally, some fans may be disappointed by the lack of Edward, Bella, and Jacob, who are only mentioned in passing. However, these criticisms are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.

Stephenie Meyer has once again proven herself to be a masterful storyteller, weaving a tale that is both exhilarating and heart-wrenching. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a must-read for fans of the Twilight series and anyone looking for a gripping, emotionally resonant story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While not without its flaws, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a standout addition to the Twilight universe that is sure to captivate readers of all ages.