Review: Midnight Sun (Stephenie Meyer)

Midnight Sun
Series: Twilight Saga, #5
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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 truly enjoyed being back in the Twilight Saga world. It was like hanging out with an old friend. No, scratch that. It was like hanging out with an old friend’s significant other and hearing about how they fell in love from his/her perspective. Pretty much what you knew, but with new insight. It wasn’t a completely fresh take, but it makes you love Bella and Edward’s love story that much more.

Edward isn’t my favorite Twilight Saga character. I would probably be in the “Team Jacob” camp. Midnight Sun had me appreciating Edward in a new way. I was surprised by how much I ended up liking him. He wasn’t the most pleasant at times, and that was kind of refreshing. His opinions of Bella throughout the book delighted me. I also loved the deeper look it gave me into the rest of the Cullens as well.

Had I read Midnight Sun around the same time as I read the rest of the Twilight Saga, I probably would have rated this book even higher. What kept me from doing so was that so much of the content felt recycled. Yes, I loved seeing things through Edward’s eyes. I just wish more of it would have not be a rehash of events that took place. It was like Meyer combined his new thoughts with everything that went down in the original. That made for a LONG book. 662 pages was too many in my opinion. Maybe I just feel that way because I read the hardback, and it was freaking HEAVY.

I read somewhere that Meyer may or may not keep writing the series from Edward’s POV. I’m down for that. I would read them. I had fun being back in this world again. I would actually love if Meyer wrote New Moon from Jacob’s POV. I also wouldn’t mind a book about Alice. Twilight Saga fans don’t ask for much, do they? 😉

30 thoughts on “Review: Midnight Sun (Stephenie Meyer)”

  1. This is another one that I’m waiting for my hold to come through on. I’m so impatient for it, but I was all the way Team Edward. LOL! I saw someone else insist the Meyer said she wouldn’t continue writing the whole series from his perspective, but I just thought about how she swore she’d never write this book either. So, I’m hopeful!! Great review!!

  2. Great review! I read it right away as well. It took me back to college days, I think I was either junior or senior 🙂 For me it was too long and since I was crazy about the series. I read the books and watch the movies more than once so this one got too repetitive for me but it was a delight from the past 😀 Just like you I would love to read Alice’s story that would be interesting and new. I would also love to read Edwards POV when he finally was able to read Bella’s thoughts…

  3. I’m glad to hear you liked the book. I am definitely Team Jacob, so have been a bit reluctant to invest the time in a story about a character I already know I didn’t fully connect with.

  4. I was not attracted to this book though I liked the twilight series. I was team Jacob but I liked Edward too. But heard this had way too many of his thoughts. So on the fence about getting it

    1. Well, it might make you like him more. It made him better for me. But it was long. I think that’s because it was like the first book with added thoughts of his.

      1. 600+ pages of listening to a guy’s thoughts after my breakup is not in the cards at the moment. But in a sale, I might just pick it up. So it is in my one day TBR

  5. I doubt I’ll be picking this one up. As much as I loved the original series I just don’t have any interest in returning to it. But I had fun reading your take on it. I’m glad it was so much fun returning to the world, even if it was kind of lengthy.

  6. I was totally team Jacob when I originally read all of the books 😄 but I don’t know if I could get back into it. I heard a lot of mixed reviews but seeing that you enjoyed it may make me pick it up 🤔 Great Review!!

    1. I will say it goes faster than you think — even with the hardcover. It’s easier to skim parts that you already know than other books.

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