Midnight Sun Book Review

August 23, 2020
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Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer Book Review

When the news broke back in May that Stephanie Meyer was finally releasing Midnight Sun after 12 years I’m not ashamed to say I screamed a little. It was the news we needed to hear to make 2020 just that little bit more bearable haha. I pre-ordered it from Amazon immediately and was so excited!

Like many, the Twilight Saga was a huge part of my teenage years! I was fully obsessed and hearing that news about Midnight Sun brought all of the memories and feelings back. I re-read the books, watched the movies for the millionth time and listened to the soundtrack over and over. It really gave me the serotonin boost I needed. ?

Pages – 768

Publisher – Little, Brown and Company

Date of Publication – 4th August 2020

Summary of Midnight Sun

From Goodreads:

“When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?”

Review of Midnight Sun

First of all, Midnight Sun was well worth the 12-year wait. When those 12 chapters were leaked all those years ago I did read them, but it’d been so long that I couldn’t remember anything so it was like reading it all for the first time. It was so interesting reading some of the most iconic scenes, like the baseball scene for example, from Edward’s point of view. And, it was also super interesting to find out where Edward goes and what he did when he wasn’t around Bella.

I was completely hooked right from the start. It’s been a while since I read a book this quickly. Of course, it’s important to point out that it’s not perfect. It is a Twilight book after all. But, Stephanie Meyer’s writing has greatly improved. Despite the story being ultimately the same, it was developed in a lot more detail and we got to really get to know some of the other characters. Emmett especially really stood out and was featured a lot more.

Bella is also a lot more likeable too, which makes sense as it’s in Edward’s point of view. But, the way he sees her is totally different to how she views herself in the original Twilight. He cherishes every single moment, so there’s more conversations between them that aren’t in the original book. This means we get to see more of her personality.

There were a few parts that I felt dragged on a bit. The meadow scene, in particular, went on for pages and pages with very little dialogue. Sometimes I felt that parts could’ve been cut and the book could’ve been shorter. But, saying that, I’ve also loved every minute and didn’t want it to end. I’m not ready to leave my Twilight bubble again haha.

Final Thoughts

I think if you were a fan of the Twilight Saga then you would definitely love this too, mainly because of how nostalgic it is. This book could not have come at a better time, with everything going on right now. Midnight Sun was just a little piece of happiness that reminded us of simpler times.

Personally I would love to see the rest of the series written from Edward’s point of view, but I know she’s already made it very clear that that’s not going to happen. Saying that there have been rumours and interviews with Stephanie Meyer where she’s said that she has planned other books within the Twilight world. I’ve heard everything from a sequel to Breaking Dawn set four years after, to stories of how the other couples like Emmett and Rosalie and Alice and Jasper met and fell in love. Either way, I know I’ll be buying any Twilight-related books that she writes.

I hope you all enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read Midnight Sun yet.

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  • Mimi

    August 24, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I have so many thoughts about this, is not even funny.
    I love the first Twilight book, I don’t care what people think is such a comforting reading for me, I’ve read it something like 18 times (no jokes) and I remember reading the leaked version of Midnight Sun too but I haven’t picked this one up yet because I’m a bit pissed off.

    Twilight came out 12 years ago and she’s still trying to make money from it. Like other than The Host, she hasn’t written anything else that wasn’t in the Twilight universe and it annoys me sooooo much. Ok, it makes her money but if you really are a writer you can’t be a one and done book, you know?

    So even if I’m a big fan of Twilight I still haven’t decided if I want to read this or not (I probably will who am I kidding?) but for now I’m still salty.
    I wish she’d wrote something else…

    1. Hollie

      August 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Oh I 100% agree, it’s my biggest guilty pleasure and brought me so much happiness during my teen years!

      Really? That’s an interesting view point! I hadn’t considered that at all but I see where you’re coming from. Personally I was really excited for it and couldn’t wait to get back into the Twilight world. Yes, of course, she makes a lot more money from it but it’s also what a lot of people want and I know it’s brought a lot of happiness for people during these super tough times. I know I’d buy any Twilight related book she writes simply because it takes me back to my teen years and is such a happy escapism for me ?

  • Jaclynistic Vibes

    August 24, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I was so glad to see this post. I was a huge Twilight fan back in the day, but I haven’t really given it any thought in over a decade!

    When I heard this was finally being released I was on the fence. I’m in my late 30’s now so it’s fair to say I’ve outgrown the franchise. But at the same time I can’t say I’m not intrigued. It’s like I need to read it to complete the cycle, lol.

    I’m glad to hear there are different scenes and conversations in this book. I was concerned that it would be the same book again, just with a different POV. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, I might just have to read it and have that trip down memory lane.

    1. Hollie

      August 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      I was also a massive Twilight fan in my teen years and still occasionally rewatch the movies and reread the books so I was super excited for this haha.

      Oh yeah you should definitely read it!! I’m a few years away from 30 but it was so good to escape back to Forks and feel like a teenager again for a few hours. It’s such a comforting, nostalgic read and it made me so happy.

      I had the same concerns but, for one thing, the book is a lot longer than the original Twilight. As Edward is totally consumed by Bella he recounts every single moment and conversation with her that she skipped over in the first book so there’s loads more detail ? Plus, I loved getting to know the whole Cullen family better as obviously Edward can read their minds so it was very interesting.

  • Kim

    September 8, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I was a massive Twilight fan in my late teens / early 20s, so I was so excited to hear she was finally releasing Midnight Sun after all these years. But I haven’t read it, yet, I didn’t want to in case it didn’t live up to my expectations. So I’m glad to hear you enjoyed and there’s a lot more detail about the Cullen family in this one.

    1. Hollie

      September 14, 2020 at 7:45 am

      Same, I was so obsessed with the whole saga in my teens haha. I say the book is definitely worth a read for the old Twilight fans, I was not disappointed ?

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