30 June, 2010

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 178 (it is called short, after all)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 5 out of 5. I'm a sucker for Twilight Saga covers. This book is probably one of my favorite covers, too. The hourglass is excellent, the reflected light is thin and perfect, and the red sand and the lettering is gorgeous. I'll stop piling you with gunk now. :P

Inside flap:

Bree Tanner can barely remember like before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentles 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, 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 know only as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a great game larger than anything they could have imagines, Bree and Dieso 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?

The good: Most of us know what happens; Bree Tanner dies in Eclipse; torn apart by the Volturi for attacking Seattle and for existing. This book is short, so it wasn't long enough for something really bad plot-wise to happen. It was fairly so-so; violent at times, and the premise was completely Twilight-ish. The romance was toned down to a few kisses, and Diego didn't seem as sex-oriented as Edward, which I appreciated. He seemed pretty decent, and Bree herself, while a little uncertain at times, came across as being fairly smart and reasonable once the bloodlust was pushed aside.

The bad: Mmmm, other than knowing what happens in the end, I still say so-so.

Do I recommend this book? Depends. If you're a Twilight Saga fan, then go ahead! If not, or even if you like the Twilight Saga but aren't crazy about it, then not really. For those of you who haven't read the Twilight Saga, this might be a good beginning instead of hopping right into Twilight.

-----The Golden Eagle

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