The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella- Stephenie Meyer

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Those of you who know me will be surprised that it has taken me this long to read this book. I am such an avid fan of all things Twilight that you would think I would have devoured it within hours of its release. But, I didn’t. I think that perhaps that I was worried that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer wouldn’t live up to the high expectations of the series, and so ruin my overall love of the books. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Although not quite in the same league as the longer four books in the series, given that I did end up devouring this in a matter of hours is testament to the fact that I love how Meyer writes, and that its been too long since I last re-read the Twilight series.  However, I will say this, I doubt very much that anyone not already a fan of her work will read this and go “Ah! That’s what they’re all talking about”. In fact, the book does presuppose that the reader is familiar with at least the basic premise of the books.

Bree Tanner runs parallel with the last moments of Eclipse, the third book of the series. In characteristic Stephenie Meyer fashion, it is a first person perspective  of one the ‘newborn’ vampires that have been created by Victoria to kill Bella, thereby avenging her own mate James, who was killed by Edward in the first book.  However, Victoria (and subsequently her partner Riley) is not interested in the ‘newborns’ as anything other than pawns in her plan for revenge. The ‘newborns’ have been left ‘in the dark’ so to speak about the new life that they have been brought into, and so are unaware of exactly what the rules are, and what their abilities and limitations are. Through Bree’s eyes we see her, and her new-found paramour Diego (another vampire, a couple of months older than she) discover this world together.

As I said, I doubt that this will interest anyone not already into the Twlight phenomenon. But, if like me you have been hesitant because you were concerned it would be awful, I can tell you it is well worth getting hold of. Now, if we can just get her to finish Midnight Sun

Dead Reckoning- Charlaine Harris

  Dead Reckoning is book 11 in the popular Sookie Stakhouse series. (Upon which the HBO series True Blood series is based.) As with all the Sookie novels, Dead Reckoning follows the trials and tribulations of a telepathic waitress from Bon Temps,Louisiana. The central premiss of the series is that the advent of synthetic blood has enabled the vampires of the world to  come ‘out of the coffin’ so to speak. So, vampires and vampiric culture are out in the open and mingling with human society. Although by book 11 we have the Weres (werewolves, werefoxes, werepanthers etc) to contend with and the added complication of the fae who have remained following the Faery Wars in Dead in the Family (book 10).

As with all the Sookie Stakhouse books,  Dead Reckoning is funny, sexy and thrilling. It’s a damn good read, it’s also an easy read. (It took me less than a day.) I do recommend beginning with the first book Dead Before Dark though as it is necessary to have read all the preceding books to understand whats going on.

I HIGHLY recommend this series. I should warn you though that these books are HIGHLY addictive, and despite already being up to book 11, its clear that there is still plenty of life in Sookie left.