Thursday 27 August 2020

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? 

Firstly, I want to thank Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of this highly-anticipated book. 

Twelve years ago, I devoured the Twilight quartet very quickly. They were all long books but I was so addicted, so invested, that I read them in no time.

So, when I found out about THIS book, I was really looking forward to it. I mean, who doesn't want to read the story through Edward's POV and find out what he was thinking during all of this?

When Edward meets Bella at school, his dull existence changes instantly. It all begins with her silent thoughts and intensifies when he catches a whiff of her blood. But when he starts finding her interesting, his fascination deepens and spells disaster for the Cullens... 

As soon as I started, I was thrown back into this world and didn't want to put it down. Even knowing how everything turns out didn't diminish my intrigue and interest because everything felt so new and fresh, with a wonderful edge of familiarity. 

Reading Edward's POV was instantly captivating. The more I read, the more everything he was going through was slowly joining up with what I already knew from Bella's story. I might have read these books years ago, but the events returned to the surface in an instant. And I enjoyed discovering what Edward was doing off the page, why he was doing it, and the constant inner struggle that plagued him.

Not to mention getting a newfound appreciation for the Cullens. I loved their family dynamics and how close Edward was to his parents, Esme and Carlisle, plus Emmett and Alice, while having a strained connection with Rosalie and Jasper. Bella coming into Edward's life ultimately affected all of them. She changed everything, and the way they each dealt with this unexpected fact makes one hell of a story.

I enjoyed the many sides of this book. Sometimes it's action-packed, other times it's full of internal moody thoughts. There's plenty of happiness and romance that's always shadowed by gloom and doom. As well as some very interesting insights into the vampires of this world.

Midnight Sun is a fascinating book that delves into the mysterious Edward Cullen and his vampiric family in small-town Forks. His tale offers a fresh and exciting side to the story we all know so well. While it was familiar in many ways, this installment in the Twilight Saga kept me hooked from start to finish. 

I had a great time revisiting the intoxicating world. I'm really glad Stephenie Meyer finally decided to share Edward's inner-most thoughts with the world.

Midnight Sun, August 2020, ISBN 9780349003634, Atom

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