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Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer

12 reviews

unloveliest's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.0


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ashleyvharris's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

God. This book ruined me. I knew that reading from Edward’s perspective was going to be mentally taxing, but this was almost painful at times. His constant inner turmoil over his romantic feelings and bloodlust for Bella was like a tidal wave that refuses to let you come up for air; every time he had a gentle, pure thought, it was marred by his agony. 

Although his narration lines up closely with what I’d imagined of Edward during the original saga, it confirms that his mind is an unbearable place to be. 
For all the depression, angst, and agony, there were some truly sweet moments that were worth reading from his perspective. His description of the joy he felt after confessing everything to Bella was so sweet and endearing. Not to mention his humor surrounding Bella and her “suitors”. 

And look, I know he can’t read her mind like everyone else, but he is so dumb for a vampire.  He was confused by every thought Bella ever had. How has this man been alive over a century and he doesn’t understand the physical cues of human attraction?

My absolute favorite thing about this book was the new scenes of the Cullen family and their perspective on events from Twilight. The way that Emmett was so immediately protective of Bella despite Rosalie’s anger toward her? Heartwarming. The way Jasper wanted to be around Edward and Bella because of how strong and enjoyable their emotions were? Adorable. 

If you’re wondering what scene ruined me most thoroughly? Edward’s internal explanation for taking her to prom. Destroyed me. Highly recommend if you’re a masochist :)

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gabyhat's review against another edition

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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chloevienna's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

i know this is a star above average but i am an absolute whore for twilight and always have been 

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cdt96's review against another edition

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challenging dark funny slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Though a great addition to the saga, Edwards constant self loathing becomes tedious. Overall though a good read, took some time to gain progress as it's slow to start. Having not read the books since 2010, the return to the twilight universe was nostalgic and warm. 

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mariamorrone's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional informative mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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er1nmoore's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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luluslittlelibrary's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny lighthearted reflective tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

This is one of the worst books I have ever read... I cannot express how much I love it. It is like 99% of Edward's inner monologue, it goes on so long, none of it makes any sense, and it just adds to how awful Edwards and Bellas relationship was. Here are a few of my favorite parts I would like to mention:

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Maybe I was wrong. But if I was right... how exasperating! How endearing! Her life had never been in deeeper peril, but she still cared that I, the very menace threatening her life, liked her appearance.
Can we just look at that writing? Was it written by a twelve-year-old with a thesaurus? Additionally, it must be noted that the thing that triggered Edward to think this was Bella blow-drying her hair the night before the meadow.

I watched her as she lifted her face to the light rain, with her eyes closed, a slight smile on her lips, what was she thinking? Something about this action seemed off. And I quickly realized why this posture seemed unfamilar to me - normal human girls wouldn't raise their faces to the drizzle that way, normal human girls usually use makup, even here in this wet place. Bella never wore makeup, nor should she. The cosmetics indestry made billions of dollars a year from women tring to attain skin like hers.
I'll just let you sit with that. (also I know the punctuation is a mess, I didn't copy it directly from the book)

Also, Edward justifies stalking Bella and watching her sleep by bringing up all of the other crimes his family has committed.

Lastly, the car scene when they are driving to save Bella in Arizona:
When they get to phoenix, the Cullens steal cars to get to Bella. The first car is a Subaru WRX STI (it's like a really fast race car). And despite Edward being able to see in his mind that Bella is about to die, he is still freaking out about this car, he's going 195 mph and is totally geeking out over it. But then the police set up a roadblock on the highway because of Edward's speeding, so they half to steal another car. So they steal this Porsche, by making this woman get out of her car, have Carlisle sedate her with a needle he just happened to have on hand and lay her on the side of the highway. Then they have Emmett pick up the Subaru and throw it across the highway to cause a huge pileup so that they can get to bella....... like what?!
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sj_54's review against another edition

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emotional tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I felt I owed it to my younger self to read this.

It was even angstier than I remembered the books being, and as a distraction it definitely did the trick.

No regrets, wouldn't read again but worth the trip down memory lane, and a few laughs at how ridiculously over the top, stalkery, and dramatic Edward is. 

How did we ever believe this couple was the paragon of relationships? Seriously, what were we thinking (oh wait we were teenagers). 

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claudiamacpherson's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

This book was alternately really interesting and completely insufferable. On the one hand, Edward absolutely hates himself, so reading from a first-person perspective made me kind of hate him as well. Plus, I first read the Twilight saga in middle school and didn't see how creepy and toxic the relationship between Bella and Edward is. As a 24-year-old, my taste in both books and romantic relationships has changed (thank God), so all the boundary crossing Edward does was just one red flag after another. On the other hand, Edward's ability to read minds means that we get glimpses of other points of view, plus a lot more detail that wasn't included in the original book. I particularly loved the extra details about the other vampires, because I hold the firm belief that every single character in Twilight is more interesting than Edward or Bella. The new information about Alice's and Jasper's abilities and the baseball and climax scenes were my favorites. Overall, this book made me super nostalgic for my middle school years of Twilight obsession but also very grateful for how much I've grown since then. 

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