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The Midnight Star (A Young Elites Novel) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0399167854
LANGUAGE:English

" 4.75 Really enjoyed this series!Full series review to come soon! " said.

"Yikes, this took me forever to listen to. At least, it felt like forever, because this is the first time I've listened to an audiobook without actually owning the physical copy to mark my place in and read along with. To say the least, it was a mess. I've been super busy so I only listened to chunks of this at a time, and I would keep having to skip around trying to find what place I was at. My reading experience was definitely affected by how unpredictably I read this, and how some parts I wasn't really paying attention to because I got bored.
Overall my main comment on this series' conclusion is that it wasn't what I was expecting at all. My favorite character wasn't in it, and the love triangle thing that I thought would be a thing ended up not being a thing and it left me really confused. Both of my favorite characters died so whatever.
I loved how Adelina grew to be completely wicked in this one, but I didn't like how that was never fully resolved? I don't know, this just went somewhere I didn't expect it to and I wish that we got a better and fuller explanation of the people in the kingdoms and what the effects of what Adelina did were. It was just a weirdly paced book that didn't really flesh out the parts that I was hoping to see, but still, I liked the characters and the world.
I think I didn't enjoy the second two books as much as the first one because I've sorta outgrown it, but it was still enjoyable! The audiobook narrator was incredible, I do have to admit.
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"The Young Elites is one of my favorite series' and I'm so sad that it's come to an end. However, The Midnight Star is probably my favorite in the series and I can't wait to reread all the books soon.
I loved the plot of this book. It was pretty different from the other two books but in a good way. I love how much more the series developed in this last final book.
Marie is such an amazing writer. Her writing style, her ideas, the characters she creates, everything is perfection and The Midnight Star showcases all of her talents perfectly.
Honestly, I could ramble on and on about how much I loved this book. It's the perfect end to an amazing series and I highly recommend this series to everyone.
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""We can all do better."
We can all do better.

So, here I am, feeling emo as fuck after that ending.

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Things I expected from The Midnight Star:

some sort of a happy, or at least, meaningful ending
lots of epicness and crazy battles
something different that wasn't in the other books

What I got:

Well, I definitely got something new/different from this book.... a boring first half. There's a lot of words I could use to describe this series, and I never thought boring would be one of them. I literally felt like nothing happened in the first 50%- nothing of importance anyway.

Lots of battles or epicness? Not reaaally. I mean very few people can fight Adelina, and even less want to. And there was like two scenes where I thought things would get crazy, but still.. the scenes were short and boring.

The ending... no spoilers here, but it left me partially regretting starting the series. I didn't feel anything for a good 90% of the book and then suddenly.. PAIN. Nothing that I wanted to happen actually happened, and I'm cool with that, but either way everything felt meaningless. I'm literally not elaborating on this at all because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, so if you wanna know what happens: continue reading.

SPOILER ZONE, BEWARE:

(view spoiler)" said.

"4.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Book Three of The Young Elites series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (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.

What I Liked:

***SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. There may be spoilers if you haven't read The Young Elites or The Rose Society, but you're safe in terms of The Midnight Star.***

The Midnight Star is an intense, dark, and thrilling conclusion to a fascinating and utterly unique fantasy series. I am blown away by Marie Lu's storytelling, her writing, and her stories in general. I don't typically read books so dark (at least in Young Adult), but I couldn't resist this series. And I'm glad I didn't - it was a magnificent and heartbreaking trilogy.

This final novel starts about a year or so after the end of The Rose Society (so it's been about two years since the beginning of The Young Elites). Adelina is suffering from the voices and hallucinations and nightmares, even more so than usual. But she's also very successful in her conquests - she is now the Queen of the Sealands, and she wants more. But every newly conquered territory fails to have what Adelina is looking for - her sister, who fled. And every new territory brings more and more assassination attempts, and more cruelty from Adelina. But there is a growing danger that is bigger than conquering lands and finding Violetta, and Adelina will find herself in the middle of the problem. To stop this growing chaos, she must learn to trust the Daggers that she has grown to hate. Sacrifices must be made, lives must be lost, and darkness will threaten to consume Adelina and the world, once and for all.

Upon finishing this book, I was speechless. My heart hurt, but it was also full to bursting. This book is not a happy and fluffy novel. There is only one way that this book could end (with variations), and it could not involve a cookie-cutter perfect HEA. I love how Lu put everything together, how she led readers to the ending, how everything fell apart and then bonded again.

Adelina gets more and more... villainous, shall we say? She's an antihero, a villain in this series. She's a cruel queen; she makes the laws very lenient for the marked, but harsh to the point of death for the unmarked. For all the times that she was hurt by the unmarked, she wants them to suffer by the hands of the marked. Adelina has become a ruthless tyrant, and everything fears her, hates her, and/or wants to kill her. Those who serve her, can they be trusted?

And yet, even though Adelina is quite the villain, we can clearly see just how human she once was, and still is. In her heart, she is doing what she thinks is right, but she is not naive or misguided. She wants to do right by the marked, which means punishing the unmarked (in her mind). We see her struggling with her hallucinations, with her unstable powers, with her feelings for Magiano and her grip on humanity. Honestly, as tyrannical and cruel as Adelina was in this book, she was also extremely human. My heart broke for her over and over. She deteriorates slowly but surely, in terms of her power (and her mind, a little), and it's sad to see how she lets her Elite power and her political power get to her.

This book is told in Adelina's first-person POV, as well as Raffaele's third-person POV. There are one or two chapters that are written in another character's third-person POV, but Adelina's first-person and Raffaele's third-person POV are the most important and most prevalent ones. I loved reading from Adelina's POV, but I also liked seeing another perspective. This mode of storytelling isn't my favorite (dual POV is fine but switching from first- to third-person is a little weird), but I think it works well in this trilogy.

The cast of secondary characters is relatively the same as in the previous books, with a few new ones here and there. I loved Magiano - he is probably my favorite character in the book. I need to reread The Young Elites and see how he came about in the series (I remember him from The Rose Society but not The Young Elites). Violetta is important in this book, but not present all the time. I didn't love her or hate her. Magiano and Sergio, are two of the best characters in this book.

I love Lu's writing, and the world-building of this book. Lu has a quality of writing that isn't quite lyrical, but it flows so well and has a rhythm to it. And her craftsmanship is so perfect - the world-building, the characters, the setting, the plot. Seriously, I'm having trouble finding flaws (not that I'm looking for them, specifically!).

There is romance in this book, and it's probably the strongest and most shippiest in this book than the other two. If you've read The Young Elites and The Rose Society, then you know the pair... Adelina and Magiano. There are some really sweet scenes in this book, which you wouldn't expect because Adelina is so ruthless. Magiano loves her, and while Adelina is purposeful in her cruelty, she loves him too.

I won't say a word about the ending, or even the plot and major events leading up to the climax... just know that you will be interested and hanging on to the edge of your seat and wanting to know how things will end. The ending crept up on me and I knew it was going to happen. But I liked how it happened. Lu knows how to deliver a powerful ending that is equal parts dark and light.

What I Did Not Like:

This isn't something negative about the book, but more of a suggestion - I highly recommend doing a reread of The Young Elites and The Rose Society (or at least The Rose Society) before reading this one. Lu does a good job of getting us back into the story (with recall and whatnot), but it would be immensely helpful to reread the books!

Would I Recommend It:

I highly recommend this book, and series in general. It is a very dark series (seriously though. Adelina is all kinds of cruel and cold), so if you're not into antiheroes and such, then maybe don't go for this one. And if you need a perfect HEA, then maybe avoid the series. The ending is good though, and it's exactly what the series needed. In any case, this is a really well-written fantasy series, and one that I'll be thinking about for a long time.

Rating:

4.5 stars. I'm rounding down to 4 stars (I have to, given certain things that I liked but didn't like but can't say here because spoilers), but I really enjoyed this book. I think it's my favorite of the series? It's hard to say. All of the books were so good!










April 2016 EDIT: COVER!!!!!!!





I. Need. It. Dyyyyiiiiinnnngggg from The Rose Society.

Did you see my review of The Rose Society ? GO SEE WHY I AM DYING.


GIMMEEEEEEEE BOOK THREEEEEE.

EDIT (January 19th, 2016): WE HAVE A TITLE!!!! The Midnight Star!!!!

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"Told you, I love the first two books, they are dark and intense in the way that I like and enjoy very much. But this book? I found the plot not that interesting. The book is shot, but take me quite long to finish. How can this happen??? I feel like the characters kinda lack their fascinating persinalities which I love, or maybe the story is just so-so that it didnt grab me.

In spite of I LOVE the characters in this series, but after I face their fates (view spoiler)" said.

" On 10/13/15 I just finished the Rose Society, what do I do with my life. Whispers in my head "You wait a year for your little White Wolf to come back and kill more people."1/25/16This has a name now.Cool.10/12/16I just finished Midnight Star, what do I do with my life. Whispers in my head "Look at the stars for the White Wolf" " said.

"*4.75 OTHERWORLDLY STARS*

"There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.”

Nope. Nope. Nooooope.
This book has me sooooo damn conflicted, I don't even know where to start with this review or how to wrap my head around everything that's happened and that this trilogy just officially ended!
I don't even know whether I freaking love or absolutely loathe that godforsaken ending, I'm just completely in shock right now.

This is still one of the darkest series I have ever read, hands down. Despite the fact that we saw Adelina change from an insecure girl who just wanted to be loved to a tyrannical, cruel woman, I never really hated or disliked her. That's a feat that not everyone can accomplish! Even though she became so dark and twisted, she was still likeable. I loved that in the end she slowly let go of her darkness again, and that ending was absolutely perfect yet heartbreaking for her at the same time!
Also, don't even get me started on Magiano because I could just rant on and on about how much I love him, but I'll spare you all from that and just say that he's an absolutely wonderful character that I fell in love with from the first moment he appeared. Forget Enzo, I'm team Magiano!

It was great to see all the major characters from all the previous books come together to surpass the big final hurdle that was this book. They had to put their differences aside, whether they were rivals, enemies or friends. I feel like lots of lessons could be learned from these books and The Young Elites will forever go down as one of my favorite book trilogies in history.

The one thing I can say for certain right now is that Marie Lu is one hell of a brilliant writer and I'm reading whatever she publishes next!
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