Review: “The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu

Wow, it’s so hard to write a review of the final book in a series that you love instantly. I was actually afraid that this would be a disappointment as some series finales can be but no, it was beyond that. It was beautiful and sad and perfect.

the-midnight-starTitle: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 11, 2016
Length: 316 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.”

My rating: 4/5 stars

Where do I even begin? First, I suppose, let’s gander at that cover. It’s gorgeous and probably my favorite in the series. The end of book 2, The Rose Society, looked pretty bleak and I only had one prediction for book 3 that, coincidentally, came true but in the most beautiful and sad way ever.

The best part, I think, is that I grew to love every single character even Teren, who was horrible. I was never convinced of the romance between Enzo and Adelina so I appreciated that Lu focused away from that–I think it was a delusion for either of them to believe they actually did love one another. However, the love between Adelina and Magiano, I actually did love. They were both broken in different ways but they were able to relate to each other that made their relationship believable, too.

I absolutely LOVED where Lu took the story. It became dark and gritty and I learned not to hate Adelina as much I disliked her in the previous book. She actually made redeeming choices which made the end even sadder. Lu declared this book to be the hardest book she’d ever written and I believe I understand why. We venture into deep dark places. We’re confronted with the choices we make in the past and what choices would we make now to better the future–to save the ones we love?

The world building continued to be top notch. Because of the dark turn the book took, I love how we delved deeper into the spiritual, the darkness of the Underworld and we learned of the darker side–the consequences–of having powers the Elites have. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure it would end happily but the ending… It was worth it. The pain and heartache, the tears–all worth it.

I’m a sucker for backstory and we finally have more backstory of a few of the characters. Each story is heartbreaking even Teren’s! Though I loved Magiano’s the most.

My only complaint is that I wished this book was longer, mainly because I didn’t want it to end.

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