Original Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Year Published: 2011 (first published in 2009)
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Number of Pages: 178
First Sentence: “The newspaper headline glared at me from a little vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SEIGE–DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN.”
Goodreads Rating: 3
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?
I had an issue with the two final books in the Twilight saga and the issue continues with this book. It is nice. and much darker than the Twilight books, but there is something not good about it. One main thing, which I find annoying in any book, is that it wasn’t chaptered. It just goes on and on. It never gives you a natural break.
There is so much that is left untouched. I know that this is the events for the fledgling vampires from Bree’s point of view, but there could have been so much more than this. Why not write it from Riley’s p.o.v? Like, why did he pretend like they couldn’t go out in sunlight? Was it just to control them? Why is he so enarmoured with her? Why, why, why?
Also, I almost threw the book out the window when Bella appears. I was annoyed with her in the original books but here she s just portrayed as a stupid little girl (which isn’t completely wrong). She literally clings to Edward, and everything about her description just got on my nerves.
Apart from all this, it was quite enjoyable. It wasn’t horribly bad, but it wasn’t great either. Short read that is worth reading if you’ve read and liked the Twilight books.
Do I recommend it?
If you love the Twilight books then sure, go ahead.