Can’t Wait for Midnight Sun?

It’s been fifteen years since the world was first introduced to Bella Swan and her sparkly vampire beau, Edward Cullen in Twilight. A lot’s happened in fifteen years. Author Stephenie Meyer released three more titles, creating the Twilight Saga. The Saga grew hugely popular, beating book sale records previously held only by the Harry Potter series.

The saga was adapted into a film series starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and a killer soundtrack.

Most recently in 2015, Meyer published a tenth anniversary edition of Twilight with a gender-swap twist. What would the story be like if it centred around human Beaufort and the sparkly vampire Edythe? You can find out by reading Life and Death: A Reimiaging of the Classic Novel.

Now, in 2020, Stephenie Meyer has announced a return to the lives of Edward and Bella on Tuesday, August 4 with the release of Midnight Sun, a prequel narrated from Edward’s perspective. Twilight fans might remember that in 2008, part of Midnight Sun was leaked and Meyer postponed the book indefinitely. In her announcement, Meyer said "It's a crazy time right now and I wasn't sure it was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so, so long it didn't seem right to make you wait any more.”

Now, you will just need to wait just a little longer before you can read it. And while you’re waiting for the August release date, why not check out some of the other great vampire or paranormal teen reads recommended by EPL staff in our collection such as:

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
A cross between a vampire novel and a period drama, The Beautiful takes the reader into 19th-century New Orleans, a city controlled by vampires. The novel follows Celine Rousseau, a 17-year-old who fled Paris and finds herself in the care of the Ursuline convent. Celine stumbles into the city's darker side, and she's quickly drawn to its leader Sébastien Saint Germain despite the danger he poses.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Chloe Saunders used to have a relatively normal life. But now she finds herself in the middle of some really strange situations because she suddenly starts seeing dead people. She gets locked up in a group home for unstable teens. And the group home isn't what it seems.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
There are two kinds of people in Mare Barrow's world: mortals with red blood, and superhero-like people with silver blood who possess magical powers and rule over the reds. Mare is prepared to live out her life as a normal human until she discovers that she has magical abilities despite her red blood. The discovery sets her on path of deceit and danger. And maybe, just maybe, some romance?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Love is illegal. It's been identified as a dangerous disease, and everyone in Lena's world is given the Cure when they turn 18 to prevent love from taking over their lives. But just a few months before her birthday, Lena meets Alex, a boy from the wilds who shows her she might be thinking of love the wrong way.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
The first installment of Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series introduces readers to Luce and Daniel, star-crossed lovers who are destined to hurt one another time and time again. Like Twilight, this series has been adapted to a major motion picture!

13 Paranormal and Fantasy Romances