Ah, Kitty is back... I know because I was giggling like a moron while reading through my comments. ^^
I do warn you that I am barely awake right now, so perhaps this was not the best moment to choose to write a review of a book by her royal sparkliness Stephenie Meyer. But I'm worried I'm going to fall behind in my Vampire Reading Challenge, so deep breath, here goes:
Parajunkee's View Vampire Reading Challenge, Review #15 - The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
OK, OK, so since I brought up this entire subject, a brief disclaimer. Twilight is not a Gothic novel. Sparkling vampires are far from the epitome of spookiness. Werewolves should not wear cut-off denim shorts (or wax their chests). BUT as you may already know if you lurk here a lot, I don't hate Twilight, I actually quite like it and think of it as amusing fluff to read on days when flicking through a Mills & Boon would feel like an intellectual pursuit.
Bree Tanner, whom those of you who have read the Twilight Saga will know, is a newborn sparklyvamp who suffers a painful death during Eclipse for, um, behaving like a vampire. Y'know, like biting people and stuff. So the ending of this book is pretty obvious.
Bree's life story has its upsides and downsides. On the plus side, it shows that Stephenie Meyer is actually capable of writing about vampires behaving like vampires, which was quite refreshing, although don't pick up this book expecting 30 Days of Night. On the downside, I became quite annoyed quite early on with the naivety of her sparklyvamp characters, who considering their newfound bloodthirst and supernatural powers seem easily led, easily duped and not a little stupid in some cases. Frankly, if I ended up with raging bloodthirst and the power to juggle a taxicab, I'm pretty sure I'd be uncomfortable with people telling me what to do.
I also did not like the ending. Despite the fact she comes across as not being the brightest bulb in the box, Bree is a likeable character, and there's even a typically twee romantic subplot that managed to hold my attention. But as soon as our friends Bella and Edward enter the scene in the last chapter or so, our doomed heroine is reduced to practically a walk-on role as we watch the pale tragic lovebirds twitter.
Seriously. Bree is trying to have a gruesome death scene. Is this really the time to be admiring Edward's hair?
For a serious Twilight fan, it could be interesting to see Bree's death scene through her own eyes, and yes, all right, I did pull my copy of Eclipse down off the shelf to compare Bree's view with Bella's (the dialogue matches up properly, which is good).
Overall, a little childish and cutesy, but not bad.