Warning! This review contains spoilers unless you have read Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
Fans of the Twilight Saga will remember Bree as the newborn who was crazy enough to surrender in Eclipse. What may be surprising, however, is that she is not the fiend she appears to be through Bella's human eyes. Stephenie Meyer has once again proven that she is a master of characterization. Bree is, at best, a minor character - one whose last name readers didn't know until The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was announced. In spite of all this, Meyer has taken Bree and turned her into someone readers will want to befriend, defend, and mourn when she's gone. Though Short Second Life is ostensibly a rewriting of Eclipse, the narrative is fresh and unique, thanks to the drastically different perspective from which it's told. Bree is scared and alone in a dark new world with no idea who to trust. Through Bree's eyes, readers see the vampire world and the army sent to destroy Bella and the Cullens in a whole new light and will be left to wonder just what else they miss by watching things unfold through Bella's eyes. It is a relief to return to the Twilight world, which has become like a second home to fans of the Saga, and the only problem with this highly entertaining novella is the inevitable tragic end - it hovers threateningly over the entire plot, a menacing Fury waiting to snip the final thread.
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