Synopsis from Goodreads
It's actually mind-blowing to me that Twilight first came out 15 years ago in 2005! Say what you will about the series (and people do love to find its flaws), I honestly believe it completely revolutionized the YA genre. Not only did it bring focus to YA readers as an audience that will and does buy books, it also helped to actually define the genre as one separate from Children's Literature and Adult Lit. Meyer's (now classic) story of a human falling in love with a vampire changed the way people wrote YA. And now we have Edward's perspective....I'm here for it!
Love the Insight in the Cullen Family
I was probably most excited to read this book to find out more about the Cullen family as individuals. While we learn them through Bella's perspective over the series, I was really excited to get to see them through Edward's eyes, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved seeing his relationship with each of them and their relationships with each other. Getting to take part in an Edward/Alice conversation, learning how each of the couples met and fell in love, reading their minds (something only Edward would have insight into) was wonderful. I do wish we had gotten even more of this instead of the many, many chapters of Edward just staring at Bella...
Middle of the Book was Super Boring
I sadly have to admit that a large chunk of this book was incredibly BORING. Basically, once Edward decides that he loves Bella and won't kill her, the next hundred pages is him watching her sleep, spending his day wondering what she's thinking, and reminding himself non-stop that she is everything pure and he doesn't deserve her. It was way too much time waiting for something to happen. I know that this was meant to be a retelling of the first book, but I definitely would have been ok with Meyer's cutting some of these chapters out. Or at least give us the chance to spend more time with other characters!
Overall, Midnight Sun is not a revolutionary book but it does gives some interesting insight into the minds of Edward and the Cullens when they first meet Bella. However, I’d really only recommend this book to people who read and enjoyed Twilight. In the end, I’m happy it was finally published for fans of the original series, even if it’s a bit lackluster.
FINAL RATING: 3/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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