Thursday, August 20, 2020

Book review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer


Book Summary
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?

Flo's Review
If you're a Twihard, you're going to love this, of course.

Myyyy Edward is angsty! But it was still so cool to see events that I knew so well from the book and movie through his eyes. Two particular things I loved about it:

First, I loved learning more about the family and the dynamics between them. It was so sweet how much Edward loves Esme and respects Carlisle. I never thought of Emmett as a big teddy bear, but that's how he read and it was great. It was also interesting too see the strained relationship between Edward and Rosalie, which I kind of picked up on from Twilight, I guess, but not as much. 

This ties right into the second thing I loved about it, which was the end. It must have been so crazy for Stephenie to have to write that! I bet she never thought she'd need to show exactly how Alice plans and executes things. It was so crazy seeing her process for everything at the end. This was all new material because, of course, we only saw Bella's end in Twilight, so I really had fun reading about the Cullens' journey to the dance studio in Phoenix. Alice is simply amazing. You go, girl!

One thing that didn't quite line up was how Emmett and especially Jasper were able to stand being in the car with bloody Bella for so long. I know they were holding their breath and all, but still. Just because to go from that to the beginning of New Moon where Jasper looses it when Bella cuts her finger? But, like I said, I don't think Stephenie was planning to have to deal with all that, so it made sense the best it could.

Oh! Also, it was so interesting to see what Edward thought of Jacob and to hear Jacob's thoughts. Like, that's totally going to change come Eclipse. Lol. And I'd never even considered what kind of minds it would take to make Bella's. I was so intrigued to hear Edward try to figure out both Charlie's and Renee's thoughts. 

Midnight Sun was such fun, and I'm so so glad Stephenie finally published it for us! I am hearing different things about what she's working on next, but whatever it is, I already can't wait for it.

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