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Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga)

by Stephenie Meyer

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       You need to know my biases to understand this review—I don’t like stories about supernatural evil; I don’t like vampire stories; I don’t like stories with gruesome violence.
    So when I read the scene early in the book where Bree crushes a woman’s windpipe and drinks her blood, I was ready to call it quits and simply not recommend this book. However, I know many parents and teens may be wondering about this book, so I decided to review it.
    The bad news, for me at least, is that this story focuses on the army of newborn vampires created to defeat the Cullens, the "vegetarian" vampires of the Twilight series. (The battle is described in third book in the Twilight series, Eclipse
    Rather than focusing on the good Cullens, this novella focuses on the evil side. Bree Tanner, the main character, is not portrayed as actively evil, but she believes she’s "a god" as the vampire leader Riley has told her. At the end of the book, she’s amazed that Esmee Cullen sees it as murder to kill her.
    Bree and her friend and romantic interest, Diego, are kind and caring to each other—within the vampire lifestyle—Diego, for example, lets Bree drink the blood of a second victim because he remembers how hard it was to be a "newborn" vampire, completely ruled by a thirst for blood. Bree and Diego act as the innocents who come to understand some of the lies they’re told, and before she dies, Bree makes sure the Cullens know everything she has figured out about the battle and the parties involved.
    One final point—the book does not stand alone; you can’t read this novella and understand what was going on in Eclipse—in fact, you need to have read Eclipse in order to understand the action in this book. But then probably only those who’ve read Meyer’s other books will want to read this one!
    Like her other books, this one is hard to put down. It starts out with the some of the vampires out for a night of feeding and continues to pull the reader along. There’s lots of action, a bit of romance, and an inevitable death at the end.

Reading Level: 5.4, range 3.8-7.0.
Also good for reluctant readers
Of interest to boys and girls

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2 d*mn, 2 h*ll

Mention of Seattle being "under siege" and "death toll rising"; Mention of vampire ripping another vampire’s arm off; vampire grabs car, flips it over, smashes window, pulls out driver, and begins to "feed"; Bree hears "wet, tearing sound" as two vampires tear someone apart and sound of dripping blood; man slaps woman; mention of Riley breaking "video-game system"; mention of vampire ripping someone apart and burning them; Bree "crushed [victim’s] windpipe," only sound is "the gurgle of air and blood in her lungs," blood was warm and sweet," as Bree "sucked and gulped," hears same from Diego, "rattled her limp body" when victim "ran dry"; Bree "sank my teeth in . . . neck" of another victim; Bree and Diego kill two more humans, not graphic; cars, bodies of victims left on street, Diego and Bree put bodies back in cars, torch the scene, create an explosion—quite graphic; mention of fights, fires; vampires’ "safe house" destroyed, not graphic; mention of Bree getting her arm ripped off by another vampire—and then reattached, Diego had the same thing happen with his leg; Diego’s brother killed by gang leader; Diego killed gangster who killed his brother, was about to be killed when vampire came and protected him; Bree’s dad physically abusive; Diego tries to impale himself with a piece of wood to see if stories about vampires are true; vampire threatens to kill Diego and Bree; some vampires "temporarily lost limbs" in fights with each other; Bree remembers vampire breaking her arm the night she’s bitten, vampire complains she’s killed all the other potential vampires; Bree describes the bite that turned her into a vampire as "burning like a blade coated in acid"; other vampires imply they could kill Riley and his boss if they chose, then threaten more specifically that they will destroy Riley and his boss if they don’t attack the Cullens; Bree smells a burning vampire; Diego and Bree realize they and other new vampires are an army that’s going to attack an enemy; Riley screams at other vampires in rage, throws stereo speaker, smashes sound system, grabs another vampire, throws him through the wall, rips off another vampire’s hand, kicks him, pulls off rest of arm, throws them at vampire; throws another vampire, pulls off another’s ear and some hair; Riley says they’ll all die if they don’t behave better; one vampire shoves another out of the way; Riley threatens he’ll take anyone who doesn’t cooperate to their creator and "hold you while she tears off your legs and . . . burns off your fingers, ears, lips, tongue, and every other superfluous appendage one by one," Bree realizes one of the other vampires plans to kill his victims more slowly in the future; Riley trains his army for battle; mention of more arms getting torn off; one group pushes and shoves at others; Bree expects vampires to "start tearing each other up" if they don’t get "a whole lot of bodies"; vampires attack ferry boat, killing and drinking blood of all the passengers, Bree thinks she’s killed triple what she’s ever killed "on a hunting trip before," another sits on top of pile of bodies he’s killed and laughs, others have caught those that tried to swim away, vampires sink the ferry; vampires excited at prospect of "ripping and burning" other vampires; vampire tears off another’s head; Bree hears "snarling and screaming and screeching" of vampire battle, smells smoke of vampires burning, jumps over a rock that’s really "a headless torso," sees pieces of vampires all over field, sees vampires tearing each other apart, sees vampire tear off head of another; Bree grabbed from behind, thrown down, thrown into tree; vampire threatens to kill Bree if she does anything wrong; description repeated again later, verbatim, of Riley’s torture threat, Bree realizes Riley described how Diego was tortured and killed, realizes that even though Riley liked Diego, he helped kill him, imagines Diego "screaming in agony"; Bree hears screaming during battle, "strange, savage howling," then "one agonized, inhuman yowling," thinks it sounds like Diego screaming; Bree made to feel as if she were on fire, graphic, feels it again, wishes someone would tear her head off; Bree closes her eyes so she doesn’t see herself be killed.        

Bree realizes man is a pimp and women with him "his employees," later called prostitutes; suggestion that some of the other women vampires were "junkie hoes" before they became vampires; Bree implies she was close to selling her body for food before she became a vampire; Bree thinks, "I figured I knew what Riley would want in exchange for [a] meal, and I would have given it to him, too"; Diego kisses Bree, "just a peck," but "the shock of it zinged through my whole body," later kisses her again; Bree and Diego hear sounds of two vampires kissing, realize they’ve encounters "some kind of . . . love nest," hear more sounds of kissing.         

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Death, vampires.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Mention of people whose blood tastes of alcohol or drugs; implication that some of the other vampires were junkies in their human life; mention that vampires cheer their leader "like a bunch of happy drunks."

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