Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
#1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire’s point of view.
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.
About: Midnight Sun is a young adult fantasy written by Stephenie Meyer. It was published on 8/4/2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, 658 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, romance, paranormal, vampires, and fiction. Midnight Sun is book 5 to The Twilight Saga where book 1 was Twilight, book 2 was New Moon, book 3 was Eclipse, and book 4 was Breaking Dawn. There’s a novella 3.5 called The Short Life of Bree Tanner. I have read the series at least once and saw the movies many times. This book was intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Little, Brown Books for Young Readers began publishing books for children in 1926. We currently publish a distinguished and diverse list of about 135 books a year. Today the group is divided into three imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers features our core list of picture books and hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult readers; LB Kids produces novelty and brand/licensed tie-ins; and Poppy publishes paperback original series for teen girls.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Midnight Sun on 5/10/2021 and finished it on 7/14/2021. A good read but not excellent due to a lot of repetition. I loved how detailed it was written about how Edward was feeling toward Bella, mostly at the beginning of the book. I just loved following his thoughts and struggles. His struggles to not look her way and his jealousy against other guys making their moves on her were fun to read. I had no idea Edward was so insecure. With all of his abilities and strengths, I would think of him as a superhero. I liked how the title and the photo on the cover of this book was explained in the story. I liked most from this book only when Edward’s siblings were on the scenes as well as Jacob. Jacob’s humor intentionally and unintentionally just makes me smile. Unfortunately, majority of the story were about Edward and Bella and it got boring with his indecision to be with her.
This book followed Edward’s thoughts. He can read everyone’s thoughts: human, vampires, werewolves, etc. Right now he’s bored listening to other students’ excitement about a new student that’s due to arrive soon. He normally tried to tune out his family’s thoughts but sometimes he couldn’t help it. When the new girl, Isabella (Bella) Swan came, almost everyone stared at her like she’s a shiny new toy, including Edward. Except that Edward stared at her because he’s surprised that he couldn’t read her minds like he did with the others. In addition, the smell of her blood was like a drug to him and it made him want to drink her blood desperately. Despite the forbidden love, they couldn’t separate themselves from each other and entered into a dangerous relationship.
Midnight Sun was good at first and then the pace slowed. I couldn’t read for weeks when the story reached the meadows because by that time, Edward repeat about his concerns of being a monster so much that I started to get annoyed. He wanted her to not love him, he afraid himself looking like a monster in the sun will terrify her, and he afraid to show her but she had to know his true self. All of his concerns were expressed the whole first half of the book already but it touched base on it again and again. I do like Alice’s gift and how Edward utilized it to decide the course of action. I liked Edward’s family a lot especially Carlise, Esme, Alice, and Emmet. I loved Twilight series and I guess it can be complete without this book. I have watched the movies a few times. I have collected the whole series and planning on a reread one day, but I don’t think I will read this book again.
I rate it 3.5 stars!
Tag Lines: vampires, Edward’s view
About the Author:
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, The Host, and The Chemist. Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The series has sold 160 million copies worldwide and was made into five blockbuster feature films. Stephenie lives in Arizona with her husband. Her website is stepheniemeyer.com. (Photo and info obtained from Hachette’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy of the book from my local library. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.