Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Synopsis for Midnight Sun

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?

It pains me to write a negative review for Midnight Sun. I have fond memories of the Twilight saga. I read them as they were released. When Midnight Sun came out, of course I had to read it! It’s Twilight from Edward’s point of view. I thought to myself: “What a joy!” In reality I was bored to tears.

Midnight Sun did not need to be 600 pages long. Twilight was less than 500. There was so much info dumping that my eyes glazed over from boredom, repeatedly. It was information I couldn’t care less about. There were three pages of Edward asking Bella generic questions such as, “What’s your favorite color?” “What’s your favorite food?” etc. I don’t care!

There was next to no dialogue. Where there was dialogue, it felt choppy and too simple. Pretty sure there was one whole sentence for the word “um.” If you could see me facepalm right now, you would. I wish there was more depth to the dialogue between the characters than all the unnecessary info dumping. 

Meyer also did a huge disservice to Edward in Midnight Sun. He had his creeper tendencies in Twilight, but wow it’s so much worse in Midnight Sun. I didn’t realize just how much of a stalker he really was until she wrote about his every move. I was extremely turned off by it. 

I will say that reading Midnight Sun did bring back a sense of nostalgia so it wasn’t all bad. And I loved getting to know more about the Cullens. They always were my favorite characters in the Twilight saga. And my age must be showing because I much preferred Carlisle to Edward. 

Sadly though, I wouldn’t recommend Midnight Sun even to the biggest fan. I can only think of one word for this book and that’s awful!

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Samantha Andrews
Obsessive book lover and compulsive book merchandise buyer.

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