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Book Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer


Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer 
Series: Twilight, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 662 pages
Source: Library
Published on August 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 3rd 2020)
Stephenie Meyer: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
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?


Twilight was a big thing in my childhood and one of the things that got me hooked on vampires. I was obsessed with them as a teen. I think I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t start reading books that much but I did read books that had TV shows or movies made of them. I’m not 100% sure which I did first watch or read Twilight but I still very much enjoy them. no matter who calls them toxic. 

“Every word we spoke here—each one of them was another pomegranate seed.”

I knew I wanted to read Midnight Sun but not enough to actually buy it, so I waited for like six months it to be available in my library. It’s a miracle we even had one since English copies are very rare.

I was having a hard time get into this book. I have always been team Edward but his thoughts could be so annoying sometimes and it didn’t help that Midnight Sun is twice as big as Twilight. There were just so many times and different ways a vampire could call himself a monster.

There were characters I didn’t like as much in Edward’s POV, like Rosalie and Jessica but there were also characters that Edward’s ability made me like more, like Emmett and Jacob but I didn’t start disliking Jacob until second half of New Moon.

It kinda made me sad we didn’t see in the original Twilight books how important Emmett is for Edward.

“Perhaps romance always seemed a slightly foolish thing to everyone until one actually fell into it.”

One of the things that made me happy I read this book in Edward’s POV is that we got to see Edward’s thought as he fell for Bella. I didn’t only get to see how he went from wanting to secretly killing her to wanting to keep her safe but also what Edward saw in the “not like other girls” Bella. Edward saw her a good person, someone who is brave, kind and forgiving. She’s a responsible– always did the right thing and he also saw himself as opposite.

Their relationship could be confusing as hell, also. I don’t know how Bella dealed with his hot and cold attitude.

All in all I’m glad I decided to give this book a chance but I could’ve also lived without it. I usually prefer male POV but I think this one could’ve been a lot shorter and some of Edward’s thoughts made me want to hit him in the head.

Rating
3.5 stars

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