- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer
Have you heard about the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer? It’s this little vampire romance series that a few people like. Um, no. If you haven’t heard about this series by now, what rock have you been living under? Can I join you there? It must be nice and quiet.
Stephanie Meyer wrote a wildly popular vampire romance series that consists of four books.
These books appeal primarily to teens but have a lot of crossover appeal as well. Paranormal romance is very popular. The romance is intense and full of angst. The main characters of these books are Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a human. This series turns a lot of vampire lore on its head. Vampires are no longer soulless killing machines. In this series, vampires have a choice whether or not to be monsters. They do not burst into flames when the sun touches them, nor do they need to seek refuge in coffins during the day. There is other supernatural characters, but they do not really pertain to this particular novella, nor do I want to include too many spoilers.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
by Stephanie Meyer is a novella set around the end of the third book, Eclipse. It is an interesting gesture on behalf of the author. It is available for free download online for a limited time (www.breetanner.com
) as well as a hardbound book. A dollar from each physical book will be donated to the Red Cross. This is a worthy cause but it also has a funny implication for me because the series is about vampires and the Red Cross does a lot of blood drives! I think it’s cool that the Little & Brown publishers and Stephanie Meyer are offering this combo deal because its giving back to the fans that made the series wildly popular. The novella doesn’t give away any plot points nor does it create unresolved endings. It creates good will and helps a respected charity. Bravo for them!
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is pretty good. It is written from the point of view of one of the newborn vampires created by an enemy of Edward and Bella in the third book, Eclipse. She is a loner who doesn’t trust the other vampires that she’s running with. Thr group is controlled through fear and misinformation. Shortly after the novella begins, she is seperated from the group and spends the day with Diego, a vampire with whom she was hunting before they got cut off from their group. They spend the day together and become friends … or maybe something more. The romance is sweet and tentative. The danger they feel is effectively described. While there are some weak plot points (Bree can be a little too trusting), the novella successfully draws the reader in. Despite knowing how Bree’s story will end, due to reading Eclipse before this, Meyer makes you care about Bree and hope a plot twist will change our understanding of that ending.
Go out and read this book. Better yet, buy the book and donate some money to the Red Cross or you read it online and donate seperately. Links are provided to do so on the website.