Saying that 2020 has been rough would be more than an understatement. The amount of loss, trauma, and injustice we’ve witnessed has been unbearable. While it is important that we stay informed and continue to make our voices heard, we must also take time for ourselves to unplug and recharge. My method for achieving this has been through reading.
This has been a big year for some of my favorite book series. First, with the Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and now the Twilight companion book written from Edward’s perspective, Midnight Sun. I actually didn’t know that this book had been released until I was purchasing my copy of TBSS. I remember hearing talk of a book from Edward’s perspective, but that was ages ago so it wasn’t even on my radar. Being the avid Twilight fan that I am, of course I was compelled to add it to my Amazon shopping cart. In this blog I will be sharing some of my first impressions of the book as I am nearing the halfway point.
The first time I saw Midnight Sun in person, I was shopping for groceries at Kroger (the best grocery store chain hands down, sorry not sorry). My first thought was, “what in the world is this knock-off hot mess of a Twilight book?” Compared to the other books, the cover font was obnoxiously huge, battling for space with a giant pomegranate, leading me to think that it wasn’t even a legitimate book. But if you’ve made it this far in the post, you probably don’t care about the cluttered mess of a cover as you do the content of the book, so I’ll move on.
When I first started reading I felt just slightly bored as it follows the same storyline as the original Twilight. Honestly though, I think I was just really tired that day. The more I read, the more interested I became and the harder it was to put the book down. We may already know how the story ends, but we are given plenty of extra details to help expand our knowledge of the Twilight Saga. Edward’s ability for reading minds lets us into the thoughts of every other character in the book (aside from Bella of course). This advantage allows us to see from every angle and uncovers elements that we wouldn’t know without reading the book, but I’ll save the spoilers for my full book review. I have also already been able to experience moments in the book where Bella and Edward are apart. When we read Twilight from Bella’s perspective, we weren’t privy to the things that went on in Edwards life outside of their interactions. Now that we have a first-hand look, I am excited to see how these moments will play out and what else we can learn from them.
Based on my first impressions, I would say that any Twilight fan would enjoy reading this book as I have. For those who haven’t read the books, or are looking to re-read them, I think it would be interesting to read both Twilight and Midnight Sun simultaneously to get the fullest experience possible. I may try this challenge myself in a few years as I just finished re-reading Twilight back in March. Still not convinced about Midnight Sun? Don’t worry, I’ll be doing a full book review very soon!
For those of you interested in giving the book a shot, you can purchase it here using my link:
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