Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer Book Review

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Midnight Sun

by Stephanie Meyer

Published by Little, Brown Books

Book 1 in the Twilight Saga (Edwards POV)

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?


Some Violence Young Adult Yawn.



Midnight Sun is the fifth book written in the Twilight Saga (not including the novella). It is Edward's POV of the events of the first book in the saga, Twilight.

So. Thoughts. Hmm.

Remember when Twilight was BIG? I was 23 when I first read the twilight series, and I was quickly obsessed. I wasn't an original fan. I watched the movie first, and Robert Pattinson, in all his deliciousness, sucked me in. I remember reading the first chapters on her website, and being one of the millions of fans who were devastated when Stephanie announced that she wasn't sure when she would publish Midnight Sun, after it was leaked. So, 2020 comes around, the year is totally sucking because of COVID ... and then like wildfire, Stephanie's announcement spreads that she is finally releasing Midnight Sun this year. I literally preordered it the day of the announcement.

I get Midnight Sun in the mail. Excited to start it, but also in the middle of reading Throne of Glass at the time, I waited a day or two before starting. Fun fact. This post is being written on October 23rd. That's more than two months after the release.

Midnight Sun. Was. Brutal. At first, I thought it was because I am older, and I had just outgrown it. But that can't be the case. There is plenty of Young Adult I still enjoy, and I think if I sat down and reread the Twilight Saga, I would probably still like it. It's just that Midnight Sun is so fucking ... boring. I wasn't expecting overly original material. I mean, it's Twilight from Edward's POV ... but I expected a lot of NEW material from when he is away from Bella, and we don't get a whole lot of that. This book is LONGER than Twilight and it barely has new material. Let that sink in. We get a WHOLE lot of Edward's POV here. Like, more than I wanted. I swear Stephanie Meyer was punishing her readers for asking for Midnight Sun for years by writing pages and pages of repetitive, and often, useless thoughts.

We don't learn anything new really. Midnight Sun is almost 700 pages of Edward thinking how much he hates himself for what he is. So if you like brooding, emo vampires, you will like this.