BOOK REVIEW | THE MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU

April 7, 2017


Been a while since my last book review. I know I'm slacking, but if I say that I'll get my shit together enough times, it'll eventually happen. So I'm getting my shit together. I hope you guys enjoy this review of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. If you haven't read the first two books in the trilogy then you probably shouldn't be reading this? I have spoiler free reviews on both here and here on my blog so check those out if you are interested in this series. But for those who have read the first two books, keep on reading!

Synopsis
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 she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to 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. - Goodreads

Plot
The story sets off about a year later, where Violetta has fled away and Adelina is on her own with Sergio, Magiano, and the rest of her Inquistors army. The first half focuses on Adelina's rampage through villages, causing havoc on the people, forcing them to either be loyal supporters of her or suffer. We get to see Adelina's power at its fullest potential. The second half is where things get bumpy and alliances have to be created to fight an unyielding threat to not only them, but existence as a whole.

Characters
Adelina. Out of all the characters, I think Adelina has shown the most development. Getting to know her wasn't easy, and I had a hard time liking her because of the decisions she made. But at the same time, I found it really hard to blame her completely because in a way, none of this was her fault. Like I've said in previous reviews, Adelina is not an easy character to like. I think in The Midnight Star we get the full deal of what she's going through. We see her powers get the best of her and we see her at her absolute worse. Yet, there's still a vulnerability to her character that plays out throughout the entire story. I think she's misunderstood, and it's not until the very end of the book that we the readers actually come to a clear (or better) understanding of the type of person she is. Even still, I feel like there's a whole side of her that we don't even know of.

Magiano. Can I just say how much I love him? In a story filled with so much darkness, he really is the only light. Although romance isn't a huge proponent in this series, the love shared between Magiano and Adelina is so special and savory, and I can't help but be pleased with it all. It didn't happen too fast, but was a gradual thing and every moment they shared, just, ugh <3. We did get a little insight into Magiano's background, but I still feel like there's a mystery to him that we didn't get to explore. But I still love him.

Violetta. I don't know what it is, but younger siblings, specifically sisters in series always seem to piss me off. I've never been the biggest fan of Violetta. I never hated her character, but I never loved her either. She just seemed annoying to me. Like the book could have been without her entire existence. Well, no because she did have a huge role, but still. The ending specifically didn't help this dislike I already have for her character either.
                      - I literally went back and read my review for the last book, The Rose Society, and I blatantly expressed my love for Violetta. So I'm really concerned what happened and how I grew to despise her character so quickly lmao.

Teren. Teren was my favorite character since book 1, and I saw so much potential in him as a character. But this book, he just let me down. I don't even want to get into how upset he left me. I was just disappointed. I know he's the "bad" guy and that he's literally crazy, but there was just something about his character that made him stick out from the rest. I think the fact that he killed Guilietta ruined him completely and became his downfall.

Raffaele. He's an easy character to like, and with everything that happened, I have this new appreciation for Raffaele. He's been here since day 1 and you can tell that he cares for every single one of the Elites. He's not selfish, but selfless in the sense that he puts others before himself. His relationship with Enzo is something that I would've loved to see be explored more in depth because the feelings he expressed towards Enzo came off stronger than I presumed. I just find myself wanting to give Raffaele a huge hug because although he didn't endure the same physical pain that the other Elites faced, I think emotionally, he hurt more than anyone. He carried everyone on his back and I truly don't believe they would've made it this far without him.

Writing
I found The Midnight Star to be the most complex, writing wise, out of all the books, and that's because of the content. I think being inside Adelina's head can drive the reader a little crazy, which it did to me at times. I've always enjoyed the little blurbs at the top of the each chapter, as I think they add something to complete the overall story. I specially like the way the epilogue was done. I don't want to spoil it, but it was nice to see something that was different from the traditional way of doing things. The writing was good, it was good. (I don't know how to go about this writing section of my reviews so bare with me I hope I make some sort of sense).

Final Thoughts
With every series that I read, I feel bittersweet when I finish it. The Young Elites trilogy has been a rollercoaster of twists and turns. I haven't read anything like it before, and I was happy to experience it in its entirety. But I don't want to be done with these characters just yet. There's so much that hasn't been discussed and there's so many opportunities for further exploration regarding the characters and their backgrounds and how life will be like for them now after everything. Adelina, you were a great "anti-hero". This is definitely a series that I can walk away from with a new set of life lessons, and I'm grateful for that.

Rating
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Until next time,

k.m.

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