Midnight Sun ( The Twilight Saga #1.5 ) by Stephenie Meyer
📚 📚 📚 📚 / 5
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?
I read this book for my own enjoyment, and I received no compensation for this review.
Let me just start with a disclaimer. As a tween, I loved twilight. I made fan-edits, I made fanfiction, I made graphics and quote images and fan trailers. As a teenager, I grew to resent Twilight. It might have been the hype, or the fear of loving something so controversial, or even that I outgrew it. And now, as a young adult ( or slightly older teenager ) I am beginning to come to terms and accept the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed ( and still do, to a degree ) The Twilight Saga.
What was I expecting when I came into this new version of a book I’ve ( admittedly already read two versions of ) been waiting for for nearly half my life? Was I expecting more romance? Inner monologue, definitely. Backstory to the Cullens, yes please. The dark and stressful and complex inner thoughts of a character I had to convince myself to love all those years ago? Definitely not. And that’s what I got. Edward is such a far complexer character than I ever thought. The dark and intense thoughts he has are just so compelling and I easily remembered how I found love in the writing of Stephenie Meyer, whether it be Twilight, The Host, or The Chemist. What I especially wasn’t expecting was just how . . . terrified Edward seems to be? Of everything? He seems just so upset at the thought of this girl that can get hurt by anything . . . even a snail, or lightning and that he can’t do anything about. He is also worried about his family, and blood lust, and how to be intimate with Bella, and what I want to know is how he isn’t worried about his Spanish class attendance, because he kept leaving!
I haven’t made it a secret to you all that I find the WebToon comic Lore Olympus absolutely enrapturing. So when I started first reading Edwards comparisons of Bella as Persephone ( but really Edward, sometimes mushroom ravioli is just mushroom ravioli. Find your chill, dude ) and himself as Hades, I was super encaptured. I think the cover could have maybe gone a different way. I would have loved to see something that personified Edward, not Edward’s relationship because I feel like it slightly undermined him as a character in his own book. Other than that, I was so impressed with the way the metaphor was carried through, even though this edgy-edge lord coulda toned it down maybe a touch.
Alice’s visions were given so much more clarity! I used to think that they were purely as they were represented in the movie; an instant flash of clarity. I was kinda confused, because this representation couldn’t have held up with the way the future changes, but finding out the real way Alice’s visions worked was so fun! For those of you who need an explanation, they’re more like a tangled ball of wool with multiple strings leading off into more tangled balls of wool. Each path is available, but some are more definite than others. For example, no matter which string Alice follows she is able to see Bella Swan as a powerful vampire, not just a fragile human.
Lastly, I have to admit. There were so many freaking fanfic vibes here! As an ex-avid fanfiction reader ( I AM STILL WAITING FOR YOU GUYS TO UPDATE! ) and an ex-semi-successful-fanfiction author ( who has admittedly not updated on a few occasions ), it was easy to recognise. However, I have a theory. I think that because I wanted this book for just so long, and now it is finally here and I have finished it, I can’t help but feel like I am missing something. I’m still waiting for the release, in a very emotionally tied way. And admittedly, I have rated this book down, even though this review seems to be glowing, and while I would love to have a completely unbiased reason, I do have to say that it is because of Meyer herself. Knowing what I know of her and her beliefs and her actions, I have formed a bias against her I can’t seem to shake, so here I am with my couple of grains of salt to sprinkle on these pages.