Length: 662 pgs / 26 hrs & 30 mins audio

Overall: ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข

Storyline:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

World-building:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“Could a dead, frozen heart beat again? It felt like mine was about to.”

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The Story:

Edward’s point-of-view during Twilight in this Book 5 of the series.

We all know the story of Twilight and about the star-crossed lovers Bella Swan, a human, and Edward Cullen, a vampire. Following through the entire first story through Bella’s mind, we begin to fall in love ourselves with these characters and their story. But now we get to hear everything with fresh eyes and eager hearts from Edward’s side of the story.

It has been ten years and it is finally here! It is time to hear what Edward’s been thinking. To see what he does during those long evening since he isn’t sleeping. Learn what Alice is constantly ‘seeing’ for the future. And to hear what everyone is prattling on about inside their heads – with Bella excluded of course!

Key Elements:

Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Paranormal

Others in the Series:

Book 1: Twilight

Book 2: New Moon

Book 3: Eclipse

Book 4: Breaking Dawn

Why This Rating?

What an amazing book! I couldn’t read it fast enough. It does of course help that I am a huge Twilight fan to start with – I read the books as Stephenie Meyer was publishing them. So I was about of the fan train since the very beginning and I couldn’t be any happier that she finally allowed us the privilege to read this beautiful thing.

I was overall very happy with the book. It stayed perfectly inline with the first book. Never straying away from the original story which made it even better when lining the stories up together. Well, minus the moments when they are separated from each other. Bella’s got to sleep at some points! And since Meyer was able to keep the stories so well lined up, it really aided the ‘flipped’ story perspective and didn’t take away from the core of the book. Even ending it just right where the first one ended too.

The writing style of the book did have me pause on a few occasions. There are a few words throughout the book that had me actually looking them up because I had either never heard of them or never seen them written. It threw me out of the story on those few times because I was so focused on trying to figure out the pronunciation or meaning of the word instead of continuing the story. Granted, this story is meant to be from a 100 year old vampire. So I can excuse the word choice as his way of thinking thanks to his age and the various amount of schooling and degrees he has gotten over the years. Some words and thoughts are bound to rub off on you.

Even though this is technically a retelling of the same book simply adjusting who is telling it, Midnight Sun still seemed like a whole new adventure. I was able to see how things fit just right with Twilight but I never got the feeling that I should be bored with it. Everything was a first all over again and brought even more depth to such a fun, throw-back series for me. It would be amazing if Meyer would keep going with this perspective throughout the series, but I understand wanting to move forward with writing and not backwards. So here is my own wishful thinking that more is to come for this side of the story and in this series!

Time to get lost in the next story!

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