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Review: Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

“I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.” 

Name: Midnight Sun

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Type: Book 5 of the Twilight Series

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

“My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?”

The best news of 2020 came as a surprise and having the book in my hands felt indescribable. Having re read Twilight recently, I really had no idea what to expect of Midnight Sun. A few years ago I read the first 12 chapters when Meyer released them, and was left with a yearning like no other. Years later, I am surprised and in awe of how much she matured as an author by writing Edward's story. 

Midnight Sun narrates the same story as Twilight, with the same plot twists and excruciatingly sweet moments. However, it does take a darker and moodier take on our usual romance story. I enjoyed thoroughly, from the dark thoughts and the layers that Meyer constructed into Edward's story. I was able to even enjoy Bella as a character more by viewing how Edward was infatuated with her. Another amazing aspect was getting to see the relationship Edward had with himself and with his family members. Plus, getting to observe his mind reading abilities was beyond incredible. 

The sense of nostalgia was really high, specially reaching the end of the book where Edward's sense of sadness over hurting Bella was deeply heartbreaking. I wanted to start reading New Moon right after, but as I was finishing Midnight Sun I realized my heart couldn't take it. As the book ends, you sense the inevitable decision that Edward eventually takes in New Moon and in a way although no work has been invented that showcases his feelings during New Moon, I felt his heartbreak beforehand. 

All in all Meyer did a really good job in bringing us back the vampire we all loved and obsessed over. I am also really happy it got released years later, as the depressive thoughts and feelings Edward expressed, wouldn't have affected me back then as much as they did now. 

“When I stared up at the jeweled sky, it was as if there were an obstruction between my eyes and its beauty. The obstruction was a face, just an unremarkable human face, but I couldn’t quite seem to banish it from my mind.” 

--- 5 stars ---