Being the massive Twilight fan that I am, when Midnight Sun was announced, I knew I had to read it right away!
(This post was originally published in October 2020) I preordered the book the day Stephenie Meyer broadcasted the news. If you know my reading habits at all, you know I’m not one to buy a book before reading it first (your local library is your wallet’s best friend). However, I’m what they call a “Twihard” – otherwise known as a massive Twilight fan – and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.
This book is chunky. I was surprised at the fact that it was taller than the rest of the saga. However, it read very quickly! I’ll be totally honest: I didn’t pay any attention to the plot. I was thinking it was a prequel of sorts when I heard it was “Edward’s story.” That’s not the case. Let me tell you what I thought as I read it!
*Side note: this book should be read AFTER the original saga. If you have not read any Twilight books yet, I strongly advise waiting until you’ve finished the others before picking this up.
Why You Should Read Midnight Sun
Click here to read the Goodreads synopsis. Below you can find my full and honest review.
I saw Persephone, pomegranate in hand. Dooming herself to the underworld.Midnight Sun
I don’t say this lightly: this was the Twilight we deserved. I wasn’t even halfway through this book when I found myself wishing that the original saga had been told entirely from Edward’s perspective. However, now that I think about it, if that had been the case, this may not have felt quite as special.
If you’ve read the original Twilight Saga, you know that Edward is perceptive, with the ability to hear the thoughts of others. However, the way he perceives not only Bella, but the entire Cullen clan – and even the students at the high school (who are minor characters in the first books) – made me appreciate the characters even more. I began to respect Carlisle and Esme, I was overcome with emotions when Alice would see the future, and I cheered like crazy as Jasper’s skills really came through!
There was far more detail in this book than I even imagined there could be. I thought I knew Forks. I thought I understood Edward and Bella’s unbelievable relationship. I really thought Edward was a tool (haha?) but now I love him. It would still take a lot for me to switch from #TeamJacob, but that’s a whole other story. I can say that I definitely admire and appreciate Edward more than I ever did before.
Going back to this world of vampires and werewolves made me really nostalgic, happy, and peaceful. It was like meeting up with an old friend after years apart, and realizing that while a lot had changed, you still loved each other fiercely. I sincerely can’t wait for Stephenie Meyer to release more books! I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll have a New Moon told from Jacob’s perspective.
[TW: fantastical death and tragedy, anxiety, gaslighting]