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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance Fiction.
Page Count: 756
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Hachette Australia –
It’s here! Number one 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.
Well, it’s taken me almost two months to finish, but I finally did it! Midnight Sun was always going to be a read I was conflicted about, honestly I wasn’t even sure if I’d ever read it but given like so many others back in the day, I was definitely a huge fan of the series do I suppose one could say I was compelled to do so for my former teenage self! So it was (rather spontaneously!) after a couple of drinks of a night back in September when I decided on a whim, that I was going to start Midnight Sun.
I should add as well though, that it took me longer than anticipated for a couple reasons: 1) it was exceptionally slow burn and completely slow paced, when I read it I found myself reading it in small batches of say 50 pages at a time and 2) I’m a multi book reader, so I found as well that I’d often have set Midnight Sun aside and read other books alongside.
Slow burn aside, I must admit it was a lot of fun being back with The Cullens (I can firmly admit that Alice remains my favourite!) and truthfully I really enjoyed reading about Edward and his family again, how they interacted, what they thought of one another, how they interacted and just Edward’s thoughts on his adoptive Parents and Siblings were just honestly my favourite part of this book! Nostalgia wise, I just really enjoyed being back with The Cullen family and reading Edward’s loving perception and fondness for Carlisle, Esme and his slight bitterness towards Rose, as she’s immediately anti Bella, given she’s jealous that Bella gets to live a human life and also wearisome that Bella herself will somehow put The Cullens peaceful existence in jeopardy!
I must admit, from quite early on with Midnight Sun, I was honestly enjoying Edward’s narration much more than I enjoyed Bella’s all those years ago, honestly I can admit I was never really a fan of her character and found Edward’s world weariness and borderline dramatic personality to be completely befitting the ancient vampire that he was! Stephenie Meyer really gave Edward such a tired, weary, tortured soul type voice, honestly it really carried throughout the novel. However, I did find a couple things really put Midnight Sun into overkill for me, truthfully:
It didn’t need to be 756 pages, honestly when I heard/saw its size I honestly thought it was going to be a bind up of Edward’s POV across all four Twilight novels, but no, this is literally just the first told in his point of view. Which is all well and good and nostalgia aside, it’s literally just 756 pages of Edward being all tormented and broody. Honestly, it’s like calm down there! It was just a bit much reading about his constant moods where he feels he can’t be near her, but yet he gets so jealous hearing other schoolmates even thinking about her and threatened when others show an interest in her and of course Bella is just completely obsessed with Edward and eventually learns that that he could easily kill her but she is just as in love with him right away, it’s all a bit cringey. Midnight Sun honestly reminded me how insta-lovey the Twilight series is!
At so many points throughout this novel he was torturing himself about how he can’t get close to Bella, how he won’t act on his urges, but we who read the series of course know that one can’t fight fate and given that Alice sees various futures with Bella being happy with Edward, maybe this causes our sparkly immortal vampire to yearn for that idyllic future that he could just maybe have with the fate he is enexplicably drawn to! I honestly feel like as well that there were a few scenes where Edward totally belittled her, which I definitely didn’t think was cool!
Oh, I feel like even if Midnight Sun was half the length it was, everything that needed to happen easily could’ve been addressed! Honestly, I wish there was more of The Cullen family interacting together, even just their banter would’ve been a lot more fun to read more of, rather than Edward’s constant self torment and moody broodiness! Even the general plot was completely slow burn, with characters such as Jacob and James not even being introduced until well past the halfway mark!
Honestly though, if you’re looking for a completely guilty pleasure of a read that’ll take you back to your teenage years when we’d eagerly be awaiting the new installment of the Twilight Saga, then you’ll definitely get a kick out of Midnight Sun!