Book Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

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midnight sun by Stephenie Meyer book coverOver ten years ago, just days after Breaking Dawn was released, the draft of Midnight Sun leaked online. This was both a blessing and a curse for fans – they got to read the first twelve chapters well ahead of schedule, but Meyer also declared she would never finish the book. However, in March 2020, she announced she would finally be releasing the entire book. Guess that Twilight money finally ran out. Naturally, as a teen of the 2000s, I wanted a nostalgia trip to distract from current events – fully knowing that this would likely not be a good book.

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?

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Ok – I know that by 2020 you likely already have a pretty set opinion on the Twilight series. Trust me, I read them when they first came out over ten years ago and have a pretty strong opinion on them, but I recently saw them in the library and decided to give them a go again. Why? Because I read them at the height of their popularity, when it was also cool to hate them. So – was Twilight any better than I remember it being? Unfortunately, not.

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

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