Title: The Midnight Star
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Synopsis: The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.
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.
Jill, where the hell have you been? Is what you readers are probably asking. I post a review for Gemina around Labor Day and vanish into thin air until nearly Halloween. I GET IT, okay? OKAY. But it’s alright now, because I’m back and I’m better than ever. I’m thinking a fall update should be in order soon, because clearly y’all have no clue if I’m alive. . .that is unless you follow me on instagram and or twitter. ANYWAY we’re not here to criticize my lack of posting, but a review for the epic ending to the Young Elites trilogy by Miss Marie Lu.
It’s a good thing I drank a whole cup of coffee because trust me I WILL NEED IT. So, strap in because I’ve lots to say before we’re done here.
Although my first intention was to post this review before the published date (Oct. 11) I fell easily behind, so that didn’t work out so well. Fortunately, I shall first post a little spoiler-free section, for the selective few who have not read/finished The Midnight Star just yet. If you haven’t picked it up yet, what are you waiting for???
SPOILER-FREE SECTION: MAY CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM BOOKS PRIOR, SO BEWARE
Look, I’ve always been the eloquent reviewer type
I just used the word eloquent I mean look at how fancy I am but The Midnight Star has brought all kinds of new into my life, so to firstly sum up my thoughts goes as following: dslfgdlllllllllllggmvkvdmf’mamfdopu. Yes, I did slam my keyboard. Yes, that was pretty much my brain on Marie Lu.
Look, I cannot lie and say this whole book was some big epic journey with lots of life lessons to learn and overcoming adversity blah blah blah
I’ll be discussing my issues later on but it was pretty epic overall. Character-wise, I was so glad to read about my favorite people once again and Adelina plus setting-wise, I really missed this medieval-Italian- European-stuff universe more than I thought I did.
But I don’t want to hold you hostage on this review for too long, so here are some things done well: a real, complicated relationship between Adelina + Violetta, the subtle romance between Magiano + Adelina, the complication of Teren, & the shock ending that left me in tears. Things not so done well: rushed ending, rushed deaths, rushed story line.
Basically, my biggest issue with the fact the whole thing just felt. . .rushed. Like, the story didn’t develop as much as it bloomed in a minute and died.
Way to put a damper on things so soon in the review, Jill.
Again, I will be more specific in my spoiler section below, but that’s all I’m going to say beside that TMS was a fantastic finale otherwise + I will miss this universe dearly. ♡
END OF SPOILER-FREE SECTION