Saturday, July 31, 2010

Review: Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris

Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.


Let me start off by saying that I love The Sookie Stackhouse series. The world that Charlaine Harris has created is amazing. I started to read the books before the show began, but I love the show, too.

I have not read any of the books in this series for well over a year now, but I easily fell right back into the story. I love the way Harris writes because it helps remind the reader what happened in the previous books without too much details, so they are up to speed. I am eternally grateful for the way she writes because it has been a while since I dived into Sookie Stackhouse's world. Her writing definitely refreshed my memory.

I love Eric. I am Team Eric all of the way. Any scene that involves Eric and Sookie are my favorites. In this book, we even get some more background on Eric! I never really liked Bill and Sookie together, and I hope that does not happen again (but it looks like it might). Like the rest of the books, there is a lot of action in this book with twists and turns around every corner. I love the humor in this book, which is obviously needed to level out the tragedies and deaths that occur.

This is an Adult book, and I thought that this was a great addition to the series. I was sucked into the story and did not come back up for air until the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Dead in the Family. I will probably wait until the paperback version is released in March, though, so all of my books match.

Rating: 4/5

Books in the Sookie Stackhouse series:
  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World
  5. Dead as a Doornail
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. All Together Dead
  8. From Dead to Worse
  9. Dead and Gone
  10. Dead in the Family

Swords are for fighting,

Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.


The Reckoning was definitely the best book in the Darkest Powers series. It picks up right where The Awakening left off. The book is full of action, adventure, and many surprises.

My favorite parts were the parts that involved Chloe and Derek especially after they admit their feelings for each other. I find Derek to be overbearing and controlling at times, but I think he finally grows out of that in this book. As for the other characters: Simon was sweet as usual, and I found Tori to be less annoying than she is in the other books.

The Reckoning is my favorite in the series. I loved that Chloe really accepted who she is and what she can do. Instead of shying away from her necromancer powers, she embraced them and consequently grew into herself. I enjoyed how the book and trilogy ended. I thought the ending was really sweet. There were a few questions left unanswered, but I think they will be answered in Kelley Armstrong's next trilogy called The Darkness Rising trilogy, which begins with The Gathering.

Rating: 4/5

Swords are for fighting,

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


Shiver is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. The more times I read it, the more I love it. It is absolutely amazing! Maggie Stiefvater is an extremely talented writer. The way she writes is just beautiful and almost poetic. I think her version of werewolves is original and interesting.

The main characters, Grace and Sam, are amazing characters. I enjoyed how each chapter was in either Grace's or Sam's point of view. Often times when a book has more than one character's point of view, I find myself liking one character's thoughts more than others. In Shiver, this was not the case at all. I enjoyed both point of views equally. I loved how independent and real Grace is and how sweet and good Sam is. Their love is so beautiful that I could not help but fall in love with Sam.

Shiver is definitely one of my favorite books. It had me smiling at the adorable parts between Grace and Sam, laughing at Grace's humor, and getting teary-eyed when it all seemed to come crashing down. If you have not read Shiver, I highly recommend that you do.

Rating: 5/5

Swords are for fighting,

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (19)...

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday pick is: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publication Date: October 19, 2010


Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Sounds pretty great! What is your W.o.W.?

Swords are for fighting,

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (19)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along, do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from page 221 of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

"For a moment, everything seems frozen in time. Then the apples spill to the ground and I'm blown backward into the air."

I absolutely love this book and series! I am looking forward to the release of the third book in the series, Mockingjay, next month!

What is your Teaser Tuesday?

Swords are for fighting,

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Huge by Sasha Paley


April's been saving all year to afford Wellness Canyon (aka Fat Camp) and she can't wait to start losing weight. Wil's wealthy health-nut parents are forcing her to go to the camp, but Wil is determined to get revenge by gaining weight.

They're supposed to work together to meet their weight-loss goals. But Wil's leading April on "hikes" to 7-Eleven, April's relentless pep is driving Wil to hit her secret stash of Godiva, and soon they're both crushing on the same guy. With April as committed to the cause as Wil is determined to undermine the system, this summer's going to be about more than just counting calories....

I started to read Huge for I Heart Monster's Read Along a few weeks ago. I was happy to discover that Huge was a fun and easy read. The characters were interesting, and I was surprised that I ended up actually liking both April and Wil even though April is a much more likable character most of the time. It was nice to see April and Wil grow as characters as the book progressed.

Even though he is a minor character, my favorite character was Dave. He seemed like such a sweet guy, but I thought he was way too nice to April especially after the way she treated him. She was too blind by her selfish wants to see that he liked her, so I do not think that she deserved his kindness.

The main reason for the drama in the book was Colin, the jock of fat camp. Both April and Wil ended up crushing on him. Obviously, they ended up fighting with each other over him, and he turned out to be a huge jerk and player. Big surprise. Oddly enough, the experience actually caused them to become good friends in the end.

Huge is a great summer/ beach read. There are plenty of funny moments to keep you entertained. I have watched a couple episodes of the show on ABC Family, and I have discovered that the show is loosely based on the book. I did not see many similarities at all.

Side note: The chapter headings were yummy! They made me want s'mores every time I started a new chapter.

Rating: 3/5

Swords are for fighting,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (19)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where I share what books I got in the past week.
Here is what I received:

  • Deception by Lee Nichols from I do not remember
  • Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann from Luxury Reading

What did you get this week?

Swords are for fighting,

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

What can I say about Hush, Hush. Well, I thought it was pretty great. The love story between the main character, Nora, and Patch was interesting to say the least. Patch pretty much gives off a creeper stalker status, so he is kind of hard to like at first. He is an ultimate bad boy with an evil twist. Although as the book progressed, I did end up liking Patch more and more. Nora was a bit too boring and uninteresting. I found the parts with just her to be dull.

I definitely liked Hush, Hush because it was a read that was hard to put down. It did remind me of Fallen by Lauren Kate a lot though. As I write this review and try to recall the story, I find myself confusing the two. I do remember that the ending was amazing. I thought it ended beautifully. It was an exciting and thrilling read with a great deal of suspense and angst. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Crescendo later this year.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swords are for fighting,

Friday, July 23, 2010

Review: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook

Popularity is the best revenge.

In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls--and now, at the start of her senior year, she's the cheerleading captain, the quarterback's girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she's ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend.

But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she's moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn't dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that's ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend.

Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood was a fun read about revenge.
When Helen Worthington has to move back to her old hometown where Lauren Wood, her former best friend, betrayed her, she changes her name to Claire Dantes and vows to destroy Lauren. Throughout the book, Helen obviously lets the revenge get to her head causing her to become more and more like Lauren.

My favorite characters were the minor characters, Christopher and Brenda. They are the only true friends that Helen meets when she is acting as Claire. I loved how Christopher has a vast knowledge of old movies and an all around good guy. Brenda is such a nice girl. I enjoyed how she grew into herself throughout the book. Honestly, I do not think that Helen deservese friends like this especially after how she acted.

I definitely liked how the book ended. I thought it tied up everything nicely. I would definitely recommend it as a summer/beach read since it is a fun and easy read.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swords are for fighting,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #10

For this activity, I had to create a book cover using a random word, name, and image, and then create a synopsis for our "book." Here is what I came up with:

Amber hates her everything about herself, especially her face. She will not listen no matter how many times her best friend, Chase, tells her she is beautiful the way she is. She wishes she could change the way she looks, so she can be part of the popular crowd, have a gorgeous boyfriend, and be liked by all. Ever since middle school, she has been saving up all of her money for plastic surgery, so she can finally change her face and fulfill her dreams. She thinks that a new look will make her feel better about herself, but she never anticipated that it could just make things worse.

I probably should not be writing a synopsis when I can barely keep my eyes open.

Swords are for fighting,

Confession of a Bookaholic's Summer Lovin' Giveaway!

Awesome giveaways are happening over at Confessions of a Bookaholic! There are going to be 10 prize packs total when all is said and done. From now until August 19th, you have the chance to enter! Different prize packs will be listed on certain days.

Head on over and enter!
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Review: Anna's Blizzard by Alison Hart

A dramatic story featuring a young Nebraska girl who discovers the courage to save others during a life-threatening snowstorm IT IS 1888. Twelve-year-old Anna loves life on the Nebraska prairie where she lives with her parents and four-year-old brother in a simple sod house. She doesn't mind helping out with chores on her family's farm, especially when she is herding sheep with her beloved pony, Top Hat. Here, on the open prairie, Anna feels at home in the world. But at school she feels hopelessly out of place. Arithmetic is too hard, her penmanship is abysmal, and stuck-up Eloise Baxter always laughs at her mistakes. When a fierce blizzard suddenly kicks up on a mild winter day, Anna, her schoolmates, and young teacher, Miss Simmons, become trapped in the one-room schoolhouse. The kerosene is gone and the wood for the stove is low. Then the wind tears away the roof and door. Anna knows they must escape before it is too late. Does she have the courage and strength to lead the others through the whiteout to safety? Author Alison Hart offers young readers a dramatic story of rescue and survival set in a nineteenth century homesteading community and featuring a plucky, determined protagonist. An author's note provides more information about prairie life in the late nineteenth century and about the great storm that hit Nebraska in 1888, now known as "The School Children's Blizzard."

This is going to be a quick review.

Anna's Blizzard is definitely a children's book. It reminded me of the American Girl books that I used to read when I was in elementary school. This book is pretty short at only 141 pages, but I had a hard time getting through it because it was just too young and simple for me. If I read this book at the age when I still enjoyed those American Girl books, then I am pretty sure I would have loved this book. It is the kind of book that sneaks a history lesson into the story since it is based on the winter storm of 1888 in Nebraska. If you have young children, I have no doubt that they will enjoy this book.

Rating: 3/5

Swords are for fighting,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (18)...

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday pick is: Jealousy by Lili St. Crow (Strange Angels #3)

Publication Date: July 29, 2010

Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha–half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people.

But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.

Or as if she’s in danger.

Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru.

The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…

I just finished reading Betrayals, the second book in the series, and I thought Jealousy was already released, but it looks like its date was pushed back. The last book sort of ended on a cliffhanger, so I cannot wait to see what happens in this book.

If you want to share your Waiting on Wednesday, please feel free to leave a comment, and I will check it out.

Swords are for fighting,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (18)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along, do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from page 88 of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:

"For once in my life,

I was here

and nowhere else.

And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me - nothing anywhere but Grace and me - she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me, holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands."

I am rereading Shiver before I read Linger. I forgot how much I loved this book!

What is your Teaser Tuesday?

Swords are for fighting,

I'm Back! :)

Hey everyone!

Sorry I have been pretty much MIA the past couple weeks. I was actually on a family vacation of sorts, so I did not have much access to a computer.

Anyways... I'm back! With all of the driving, I did manage to read 7 books while on my vacation, so I hope to get those reviews up. I would have to say The Host was by far my favorite book I read. I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. It was amazing!

As you can see by the Coming Soon section, I have 13 reviews that I need to write and get posted. Yikes! Hopefully I can get those written up soon. Thanks for sticking with me.

Swords are for fighting,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick


He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible.

I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us.

"I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him.

He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?"

The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden."

My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked.

His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking.

"Let me stay," I said. "Please."

"You're going to get me in trouble," he said.


A Season of Eden was a thrilling story, and I loved every page of it. The idea of forbidden romance is exciting to me, and the chemistry between Eden and Mr. Christian was intense. There was so much sexual tension between them! To me, their relationship seemed realistic. I actually could see it happening. I mean Eden is 18 and Mr. Christian is only 22. They are only 4 years apart. Sure, Eden was one of Mr. Christian's students, but I think that just added to the excitement of the book. I am not saying that teachers should date students because they should not, but for a book, I think it is okay.

Eden is a fairly selfish person. She lives in the richer part of the town, and she is used to getting everything she wants. She seemed more mature than her friends, but she does make many childish mistakes throughout the book, but I felt through making them she actually grew as a person.I was rooting for Eden and Mr. Christian's relationship to work out in the end. The ending did leave their future up to your imagination, but I liked how it ended. I kind of wish the story would continue, so I could find out what happens next.

Rating: 4/5

Swords are for fighting,

Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard


Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.

And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.


Flawless started off sort of slow for me, but it quickly picked up speed. I enjoyed each of the girls' point of views. There were definitely many twists and turns that I did not see coming. I really thought I knew who 'A' was, but it became clear in this book that I was completely wrong. I really want to know who 'A' is though! How can this person know so much about these girls? I need to know!

Aria and Spencer are still my favorite characters. I just find their lives more interesting than Hannah and Emily's.

Like Pretty Little Liars, Flawless was strangely addicting, but not as much as the first one. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Perfect. I have already ordered the third and fourth book in the series, so I hope to read them soon.

Rating: 3.5/5

Books in the Pretty Little Liars series:
  1. Pretty Little Liars
  2. Flawless
  3. Perfect
  4. Unbelievable
  5. Wicked
  6. Killer
  7. Heartless
  8. Wanted
Swords are for fighting,

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Burned (House of Night #7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

*Warning: Spoilers if you have not read the rest of the House of Night series*

Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…

Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world.

In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.

Three girls… playing with fire… if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.


Burned picks up right where Tempted ended. Zoey's soul has been shattered, and Stark, Aphrodite, and the rest of the gang are doing everything they can to restore her soul before it is too late.

Surprisingly, there is not a lot of Zoey in this book. In fact, I found it to focus mainly on Stevie Rae and her situation with the raven mocker, Rephaim. I really enjoyed Stevie Rae's story, and I am looking forward to seeing where it leads. Unlike in the last book where I found Rephaim to be repulsive, I actually started to like him. In this book, you get to know Rephaim on a more personal level. His relationship with Stevie Rae has grown, and I loved watching the two of them bond. Rephaim has definitely grown on me in a good way, and I hope to see more of him in future books.

Stark is still my favorite of all of Zoey's boys. I thought he has grown as a character in this book. Eric is pretty much MIA in this book, which I definitely enjoyed since he began annoying me in the last few books with all of his possessiveness. Heath's story in Burned is bittersweet. That is all I can say.

Aphrodite has to be my favorite character now. I liked her more than ever in Burned! She is such a strong character that is not afraid to speak her mind. I definitely did not like her in the beginning of the series, but she quickly grew on me.

I found the way that the characters speak to be funny sometimes, but other times it just got annoying. Their "cool" lingo seemed forced at times and completely unnatural. Other than that, I thought Burned was a fun read. I did not think it was the best book in the House of Night series, but it was still enjoyable.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swords are for fighting,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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


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.

In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood... life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as "her". As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagines, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?


I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of Fans of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner! Finally, something new by Stephenie Meyer.

I was kind of surprised that I ended up liking Bree as much as I did. I enjoyed seeing the newborns' side of everything that went down during Eclipse. I liked seeing how a "true" vampire that drink human blood thought. She was definitely smart but naive because Riley kept the newborns in the dark about some aspects of being a vampire. Her short-lived relationship with Diego was sweet. I really liked Diego and his crazy antics such as pretending to be a ninja. Another character that was interesting was Fred. Fred's power was so cool! I kind of wish that he made an appearance in Breaking Dawn.

I always wondered why the newborn vampires agreed to attack the Cullens, so I was happy to discover that they were actually being used. I loved seeing the end of the battle through Bree's eyes. Her interaction with Carlisle, Esme, Jasper, and Edward was amazing. I am really happy that she caught on that Edward was the one who could read minds. After finishing this story, I had to go back and read the part in Eclipse that Bree was in. I liked being able to see that scene in a new light.

Fans of the Twilight Saga will definitely enjoy The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. It is not Midnight Sun, but it will do....for now.

Rating: 5/5

Swords are for fighting,