Disclaimer: I was obsessed with this series when I was younger. I’m a little biased when it comes to the Twilight series. I have reread the first book at least half a dozen times and enjoyed it every single time. When I heard that Midnight Sun was finally being published, I was ecstatic. I picked it up on August 4th, the release day, and delved into it. I have a bunch of opinions on it and I can’t wait to share my completley honest review of Midnight Sun!
First things first, this book is incredibly popular. I picked up a few copies for friends from Barnes and Noble, but there were some days when they were completely sold out. You can find Midnight Sun right here from Barnes and Noble, here from Amazon, and here from Target.
Summary: 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? In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
I loved many things about Midnight Sun. I loved the dynamic between Edward and Carlisle, I loved reading about Edward and his sibling relationship with Alice, and hearing more about the history of the Cullens. It was so interesting to read it from the other side, from Edward’s point of view. I liked knowing how he felt when he feel in love with Bella and it was such a treat to be able to know the thoughts of other characters, which developed the relationship of everyone else even further. I think this was the perfect book to compliment the overall Twilight series because it answered a bunch of questions that I’ve had since I first read Twilight. I also thought the book was incredibly romantic because it was so cute to see Edward falling in love. He loved Bella before she loved him, and it was wonderful to read about it.
There were some things I didn’t like in Midnight Sun. I understand that Edward is a vampire and has the urges that comes with a vampire such as thirst. I found myself getting annoyed when Edward would talk about his “inner monster” and how good Bella’s blood was to him. The repetitive phrase got annoying during the first half of the book, but thankfully as his relationship developed with Bella, that went away. That was definitely the biggest thing I didn’t like about Midnight Sun. Another thing that was odd to me was the conversations with Bella. They felt different from Twilight. Sometimes the words would be different and the conversation wouldn’t have the same context. It would make sense that since it was in a different character’s perspective for it to be slightly different, but it was so far from what I thought it would be that it was a bit jarring.
My overall opinion on Midnight Sun is that it was well worth the wait. It was such an unexpected treasure of nostalgia to reread the entire Twilight series in preparation for the release of Midnight Sun. I haven’t reread the series in a while, and it was great to be immersed in the world again. Midnight Sun met all of my expectations and more. I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoyed the Twilight series! It’s insanely popular right now so this is the perfect time to read it and chat about it with friends! Thank you so much for reading!