Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

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? 

My Review

Hi my name is Emer and I’m a diehard Twihard. I love the books, the films… Twilight is my happy place. I know they’re dodgy books, that they’re written poorly but I don’t care because they feed my trash loving soul!

So I have waited for this book for what seems like forever but I feel strangely subdued about it now that I’ve read it. It took me over a week and a half to read. There were days I skipped reading altogether. I picked up and read another book in the interim… but yet I still liked this overall?

Let me try to make some sense of the plethora of thoughts that are muddling their way through my exceptionally tired brain.

First up….

DAMN EDWARD IS EMO AF!

Omg I don’t think I was prepared for him to be *this* tortured. He is so self loathing on many levels …. I guess it makes sense though. It explains a lot of the shady characteristics that he had through Bella’s Twilight PoV.

But can we just talk about the utter lol that is when Edward meets… sorry SMELLS Bella for the first time in that science class.

OH. MY. GOD.

IT IS BEYOND HYSTERICAL!

His thought process… HE WANTS TO MURDER EVERYONE JUST SO HE CAN DRINK BELLA’S BLOOD IN PEACE AND I DIE! Well no… the students die! He legit sits there and plots how to kill everyone and I just…. !!!!!!

It’s beyond batshit and I am 100% here for it. I mean we always knew he had a taste for Bella’s blood but this was more than I ever could have dreamed. Stephenie Meyer you complete lol!

So early on I was loving this. It was a lot of fun being inside Edward’s head and seeing his side of the story. Meyer even managed to make his very stalkerish behaviour towards Bella more understandable which was impressive indeed. I mean still no Edward, don’t do it! But I get you boo!

But then I began to get tired. See the problem with reading Midnight Sun is that we know everything that’s going to happen. There are no twists. There are no surprises. Sure, there are a few missing details that can be expanded upon but it did get a little bit tedious even for this diehard twihard! I mean it might have not been the wisest decision to reread Twilight just less than three months ago and reread the gender swapped Twilight six months ago…. basically this was my third time reading the same plot this year and that could have added to the tedium.

But more than anything Meyer needed an editor. Or at least an editor that would have been tougher on her. Because sometimes less is more. We didn’t need to know every minute little detail that Edward thought. I swear at times Edward was basically describing how he was walking from a place and I did not care. Sometimes it’s okay to allude to mundanities of existence rather than give a full account of them in painful detail.

It was interesting getting inside other characters’ heads through Edward’s mind reading abilities though. However, I was a bit sad that Bella’s school-friends Jessica and Mike turned out to be quite so distasteful. Mike just seemed to be too lecherous in that stereotypical teenage boy way and I thought Meyer could have created a bit more integrity re his character motivations than she did. And Jessica came off as being very self centred rather than just the shallow yet bubbly sort of character that I had believed her to be.

But the worst character development through Edward’s eyes has to be Rosalie. I’m irked. She’s basically a mean girl vampire who’s all *boo hoo what does Bella have looks wise that I don’t. Edward is stupid because I’m the beautifulist!!* And it’s like noooo! That is such a disservice to Rosalie. She’s supposed to be complicated due to how her good looks caused men to rape and kill her… yes I know, good looks don’t cause rape and murder. Rapists and murderers cause rape and murder but this was Rosalie’s thing. She was bitter and angry about how she was murdered, wanted her vengeance, but most importantly she wanted to protect Bella from becoming a vampire and losing her humanity. Whereas now it seems she was salty at Bella for capturing Edward’s eye in a way she couldn’t ….yes the other stuff is still there but this mean girl dynamic is something I could have done without.

A thing I did love was basically any time Alice was on the page. I love Alice. She’s such a compelling character and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again PLEASE GIVE US AN ALICE ORIGIN STORY! We got a little snippet of it here and I want more. Meyer has promised two more Twilight books and I am keeping everything crossed that one of them will be Alice focused.

And I liked how the pomegranate on the front cover actually makes sense to this novel as the mythology surrounding pomegranate seeds and Persephone in the Underworld is referenced a number of times.

All in all I had a lot of fun reading this even if it took me days upon days to read… I’m currently fatiguing pretty hard so that had an impact on my deathly slow reading speed. This isn’t a book that I’d recommend to someone who only half loves Twilight. This is for hardcore fans only. Anyone else will get bored and most likely DNF I feel because it’s not exactly original nor is the prose anything other than stilted. There’s especially a lot of telling and not showing when it comes to the supporting characters in the book as Edward’s mind reading skills are too frequently used as a convenient narrative technique.

However!

If you’re a long term fan then it’s certainly a lot of fun revisiting Forks and seeing Bella through Edward’s eyes. She actually becomes a lot more interesting in many ways. Because she’s the one character whose mind Edward can’t read. And it meant that Meyer had to work extra hard to create a believable dynamic between them. I think I actually understand Bella’s motivations a lot more after reading Midnight Sun so colour me shook at that!

I definitely enjoyed being back with all these characters again and it’s made me even more itchy to continue the series with New Moon… I intend to reread the entire series before the end of the year. And I’m counting down the days until the next Twilight Saga Book is published.

Also counting down until this…

47 thoughts on “Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer – Book Review

  1. Just finished it today! SO relieved you felt how it dragged on, too. Bit overboard on the detail, eh? And yet, I totally loved the fleshed-out Bella. Picturing her like a young Christina Ricci. I began to understand why Edward loved her. The tone of inevitable love and tragedy make this version just as addictive as the first!
    Side note: imo chasing James was a bore, but Alice-vision complete with fake crime scene construction, was impeccable!😆

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  2. I loved this review! You hit the nail on the head completely 😂😂❤ I’m not gonna lie, though – I loved all the completely unnecessary descriptions and thoughts! That fit so well with Edward’s overly brooding character, and I had so much fun dissecting every word 😁😁😂

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    1. Omg yes. Yes this is actually a thing I’ve seen. HE LOOKS SO GOOD WITH THE EYE MAKEUP! It’s like if you think Edward is emo wait until he’s Bruce Wayne.
      And I get you with DNFing this. At times I toyed with the idea. It’s not the most original for sure but I’m trash so…. 🙈🙈🙈😅😅😅😂😂😂

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  3. Damnnnnnn!!! I AM IN LOVEEE WITH THIS REVIEWWW!! And oh my god THAT SCENE IN THE CLASS – I have always to know it from Edward’s point of view!! But whoa!! Kill everyone and drink her blood?!? INTENSEEEE!!

    Ummm…that does sound a bit tooo much detail – like who explains their way of walking and all – 🤣🤣🤣

    BUT I AM STILL 173893729101023447302% here for this one and I AM SOO EXCITED TO READ IT EMER!!

    Loved the review, as alwayssss!! 😍😍😍😍

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    1. Oh this book…. I just… it’s a lolfest Rain. It’s everything that you’d hope to get in a twilight book if you’re a big fan of the series. Certainly won’t persuade any new fans though lmaooo! Thank you my friend 😊💖💚❤️

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  4. I did NOT know I need these chaotic GIFs 😂😂😂 They’re perfect. Wonderful review, Emer! I love how you’re just like “I know they’re dodgy books, that they’re written poorly but I don’t care because they feed my trash loving soul!” THE definition of a perfect guilty pleasure. LOVE that!!

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  5. Great review! That was literally my favorite part in the book, haha. I couldn’t help but laugh and just enjoy every moment of that scen. Ahh, good times!

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  6. LMAO SO MUCH EDWARD IN THIS POST!!! I love it! I have absolutely no interest in reading this book but I loved reading your review and I’m so glad that your inner twihard fangirl enjoyed this book so much ❤

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  7. Great review Emer!!! I will probably read this at some point, mostly for the nostalgia haha! That’s annoying about Rosalie, I liked the greater depth we got into her character through her backstory in Eclipse(? I think?) so that’s a shame it didn’t come through here. I’d definitely sign up for an Alice origin story too! Also wait what is Robert Pattinson going to be the next Batman!?!

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    1. Oh read it and laugh your butt off… it is freaking hilarious. [i assume unintentionally so but semantics!]I die at how emo Edward is.
      I can’t remember what book it was we learned all about Rosalie, they’ve all merged in my head but this did take from the depth of her character a little too much for my liking. I get that she’s a bit on the shallow side which is fine, but … you’d have to read it to see what I mean. I just thought Meyer was a bit too heavy handed with Rosalie’s dislike of Bella. Subtlety and nuance isn’t Meyer’s forte it seems. 😅😅😅😅
      And omg yes. Robert Pattinson is going to be Batman. Filming was shutdown because of corona but once we get through this pandemic here comes Batward! 😂😂😂😂😂

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  8. I loved reading your review, the Rob Pat gifs truly added a nice touch! 😂
    Diehard-Twihard had me laughing! 😂
    Gosh, yeah I don’t think I’m going to be reading the book… the next two books, do you think they’re going to be New Moon and Eclipse in Edward’s POV too? Or actual new story?
    I’m glad you, for the most part, enjoyed it! 😃

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    1. I have no clue what Meyer will do. My inkling is that it’ll be origin stories or a spin off focusing on one of the side characters. I just can’t see her doing Edward’s PoV again, and especially not when she said it’s just two books and wouldn’t therefore include breaking dawn. I just don’t want it to be Jacob’s POV… or maybe I do … his whole mindset with imprinting ON A BABY could be an utter hoot to read… yeah bring on the Jacob POV for the craic 😂😂😂😂😏😏😏😏
      Also I love Robert Pattinson. In case you couldn’t tell. His whole quarantine magazine interview and photo shoot earlier this year where he torched his microwave is pretty much the only silver lining to lockdown 😂😂😂

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      1. Oh god Jacob’s POV! We got that in New Moon right? It was one of the middle books and the chapter titles were SO LONG! I was like, damn talk about melodramatic. 😂
        Origin stories could be fun, let’s hope it’s something along those lines. Could you imagine if they continued the story in Bella and Edward’s kid… whose name is escaping me right now 😂

        HA! I remember seeing highlights from the magazine interview… oh Rob Pat! I like him too, he’s a good actor.

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      1. I will…. ahhhhhhhh. So I gave it 3 stars. 😭 I really hate Bella. Hahaha. I had it at 4 but maybe I’ll do 3.5 and add then.5 for nostalgia. I really liked his POV and I loved all the parts without Bella! 😂😂

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              1. HAHAHA.. she’s nuts!! I really do enjoy it, she just really drove me nuts in this book. I really need to finish Glee so I can binge watch the movies!! :)<3

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  9. Hello Emer. It sounds like the two books should have been one – with alternating POVs; I know that really irritates some people, they just do not like it, but I love it ever since I read “The Moonstone” many years ago.

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    1. I do love alternating points of view myself and agree with you that they should be used more in many books… just not twilight! These books fall under the tag of guilty pleasure if one believes that pleasure is guilty, for me they are a frivolous delight and I wouldn’t put the two points of view into one book because it would have detracted from the original book.

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    1. Can you tell I had fun 😂😂😂😂 These books are PURE trash. Like technically I could shred them to pieces for all of the poor writing, the shady actions of the characters, the type of relationship between the leads…. but sometimes it’s about enjoying the empty sugar rush! 😏😏😏😏

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  10. Great review! I was also shook by how dark being in Edward’s head was. I’d read the leaked portion of Midnight Sun several times, but still. He does not think highly of himself at all. Ha! I was also surprised by how differently I saw Rosalie. Although, I did go on to reread the rest of the series, and reading the final part of Breaking Dawn where she’s basically Bella’s bodyguard made a lot more sense. She’s a perfect example of how Edward sugarcoated things for Bella. And Alice!! Yes, I loved every time she was on the page. I also loved how the pomegranate was used in the book, as well. Made me love the cover even more. ❤

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    1. I should have reread the leaked version before embarking on this read. I only read it the once yeeeeears ago and just remember being so disappointed that Meyer swore that she wouldn’t return to it….I’m so glad she went back in her word 😏😏😏😂😂😂
      I’m going to continue my reread of the series this year also..if I could stop requesting ARCs from NetGalley that keep getting in my way lol! Because I’d like to see Rosalie through Bella’s eyes again. See if I still feel the same disparity that I did when reading Midnight Sun.
      AND RIGHT! WE NEED AN ALICE ORIGIN STORY PLEASE. I love her and Jasper so much. I think they’re a fascinating couple and always feel that Meyer needs to give them more page time.
      And I’m so with you. I didn’t love the cover when I first saw it, but after reading the book it really makes sense why the pomegranate isn’t perfect looking. How it’s a little bit bad. So I put my hands up about being wrong on that score ☺️☺️☺️💜💚🧡

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  11. “It’s beyond batshit and I am 100% here for it.” 😂😂😂 I enjoyed your review of this, Emer! I was a pretty diehard fan too back in the day but I’m still wondering if I should pick this up, since it’s sooo long and I feel it’ll take me ages to get through. I second the motion for a book on Alice!!! I just love her to bits!

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