MIDNIGHT SUN BY STEPHENIE MEYER
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 had no expectations when I started this as I loved Twilight as a teenager and didn't want to get too over excited about this and for it to potentially fall flat and ruin Twilight for me forever. However, I actually enjoyed it and thought it gave a really refreshing take on the story.
There aren't a huge amount of surprises in this book as we already love the story but I found Edward's take on things really interesting. From truly understanding the torture he went through when first meeting Bella to the intense internal battle he experienced every day when he was with her. It opened my eyes a lot to the sacrifices he was making. The writing is a lot better also, you can see how Meyer has improved since the original books were released.
The way Edward thinks and narrates is different to how I would have imagined it. I thought he might narrate in a more old school English way considering he was born in a different time but maybe Meyer wanted to make the book more accessible by having his narrative in modern day English.
The think I loved about this book was how we got to know the Cullens so much more than we did with the other books. Rather than looking in from the inside, we are given an intimate insight into who they are individually and what they mean to each other as a family. The way Edward converses with them through his thoughts, the level of control Alice has over her visions to finding out more about all of their backstories and how they became vampires.
So overall, I was happy I bought it and read it. We got to see some extra angles to the story we may not have noticed before and it really brought me back to a time when I was 15 and my main worries being whether or not I was team Edward or Jacob!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“I knew her well enough to see that the sight of so many books in one room was something of a dream to her.”
Alice and Charlie were always favourites of mine. Charlie just seems so cute as a dad and I felt this book helped me learn a lot more about Alice and love her even more.