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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

I decided to pick this one up after having lunch with a couple of my book club friends who decided we read this and meet up for lunch to discuss...a tangent book club, you could say. Despite being on the library waiting list at a fairly large number, I managed to get it quickly.

This novel covers the story of Bree Tanner, a young 15 year old "newborn" vampire that is introduced to Twilight fans in Eclipse.

If you haven't read the Twilight series, or this novella, and you don't want to know anything about it, then don't read on as I will spoil it for you.

In Eclipse, Bree Turner is the vampire that Bella looks at as herself in the future. Bella knows she wants to be turned (as a vampire) and she understands that newborns are unrestrained and for the most part, uncontrollable. So Bree appears this way to Bella and she is anxious.

But also, the Cullens want to help Bree because she is so young; they want to nurture her and "adopt" her to live with them. But the Volturi show up and show no sympathy for her and kill her.

So this novella is extremely interesting - and innovative, IMO - because we know what happens to Bree in the end. But instead, Meyer shows us Bree as a "person" and we know how she thinks, how she reacts to things, and how she is dealing with her newborn status. The really cool part is when we go back to the time we meet her in Eclipse, when Bella and the Cullens meet her. It's almost like being "behind the scenes", and seeing the whole story in a whole different light.

A very nice, enjoyable novella that still makes me think Meyer can give her fans books that are so "outside of the box". The very opposite of my last book, Little Earthquakes.

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