A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This is the story of some young, unfortunate street kids who are turned and then exploited by evil vampires, as disposable in this supernatural world as a cheeseburger. While you can draw parallels to what it's like for street kids in the non-fantasy world, it's a bit of a stretch.
Positive Role Models
All characters are vampires, some more evil than others, with a brief appearance of the well-mannered Cullen family at the end. The new vampires can usually blame their bad behavior on instinct. Bree meets a boy vampire and he suddenly becomes her reason for living.
Violence & Scariness
These "new" vampires are still focused on feeding and have unvampirelike remorse. There are frequent murders and feeding on humans, but also violence among the coven. Their leader dismembers or burns the "newborn" vampires when they break his rules. There are many deaths in the ultimate battle of the vampire covens.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hand holding and kissing.
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Minor instances of "damn," "hell," and "pissed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A reference to drunk transients.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Twilight Saga spinoff is more horror than romance. There is darker, bloodier violence here than in the rest of the saga, rightfully so, as readers are experiencing life as a vampire. The completely sociopathic bloodlust of even the newest vampires sets up a dramatic counterpoint to the Cullen's coven, even though the family doesn't appear until the very end. Bree is a simple character, and in typical Twilight fashion, as soon as she meets a very handsome boy, he becomes her reason for living. Unfortunately we never learn what makes him so special.
Is It Any Good?
It's tragic, it's short, it seems like a good idea for a story, but Bree's life before she is turned is never explored. Her intense but innocent romantic interlude (gotten over with right at the beginning) mimics all the other romance in the saga, and the vampire violence is heavier and darker with none of the redeeming sympathy we came to feel for the Cullens. An interesting new vampire, Fred the freak, is introduced, but like Diego, we never learn where his supernatural power came from or who he is.
Fans looking for more Cullens will get a glimpse of them near the book's end. The rare fan who's in it for the horror and battle scenes will get a big build-up to the final battle.
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