Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)***Contains Some Spoilers***

Ok, so at the risk of annoying other fans of stephenie meyer (bare in mind i am one myself please) i have to admit i didn't like this as much as books one to four, and there are probably several good reasons for this.

The first of which is probably because when all is said and done the ending was inevitable. Bree was going to die. For those who have read Eclipse (and even those who haven't just by looking at the ittle) we all know she dies at the end.

This probably wasn't a problem with a lot of people, but for me i find it hard to grow attached to characters that i know are going to meet an untimely end, not to mention it takes away the surprise element of the story.

I've read a lot of books where a main character dies and i didn't dislike the book, simply because it was a shock and so made me feel for them, as opposed to Bree where i saw it coming and just felt kind of sad, like there was no point.

The second was probably my frustration at the lack of use of the character Diego. I think so much more could have been done with him and his relationship with Bree, and so i felt the story fell a little flat with regards to his character. It was hard to gauge the bond between him and Bree when it was started and over so quickly, which brings me to my third point...

It was short. Now i get it was supposed to be, but if more had been done about Bree and Diego it would have been a little bit longer, and i'd probably have found their relationship a lot more believable and relatable. On the other hand, there were several redeeming things that i loved:

- Hearing confirmation about the volturi and what they were up to was a brilliant idea. Although most fans will have realised that they hate the Cullens, i personally had no idea that they wanted Victoria to succeed. Wow, they really are a nasty bunch of vampires!

- I loved Freaky Fred, he was awesome, and i really would love a novel about what happens to him. At the same time, i do really feel sad that Bree will never meet up with him.

- The idea itself was pure genius. I found it interesting seeing things from a newborns perspective and i was amazed at the lies they were told to keep them in order, it was fascinating.
As a result i now feel sorry for the whole bunch of 'murderous' vampies from Eclipse. It really wasn't their fault. Anyways, there were some good ideas in this book and some interesting things were revealed, but overall it was not one of the my favourite reads.

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