Book Review: The Midnight Star By Marie Lu

28588345 5/5 stars

Title: The Midnight Star ( The Young Elites #3 )

Author: Marie Lu

Published by:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published date: October 11, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

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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 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.

Spoiler alert for people that have not yet read The Young Elites and The Rose Society. Mild spoiler alert for The Midnight Star.

How do you say goodbye to one of your most beloved trilogies of all time?

You don’t.

I remember reading The Young Elites two years ago and being enraged by the ending and cliffhanger. I remembered reading The Rose Society and then counting down the days when The Midnight Star would come out.

I watched  Adelina went from being a scared malfetto, not realize her self worth and her place in the world to a villain.  And now Queen. The Young Elites showcased how Adelina transitioned into a villain, her burning at the stake, her desire to fit in The Young Elites and then Raffaele’s betrayal. It all makes her more complex and three dimensional. In the Rose Society, Adelina was scattered in the wind. She picked up her pieces and created her own set of allies. She had one mission, seize the throne. And she did it, with the help of new elite “friend” Magiano and the Roses .

But with a price,  her sister, Violetta had ran away from her in fear, Adelina’s  powers are running out of control. Little by little, she will spiraled out of control and into complete darkness.

In The Midnight Star, it is more of a redemption book. Adelina’s choice to whether to step into the light or darkness will affect the rest of the world, especially since the young elites are not meant to exist in the first place.

The Midnight Star has a different feel than the rest of the trilogy, it is as if  it’s preparing us for the bleak, sad, and bittersweet ending. I love Magiano, and his light touch to Adelina’s darkness. I love seeing the roses and the young elites cooperate together. Adelina in a cruel world, reacted cruelly, because it is what she thought the world deserve of what it had did to her. Violetta was the only light in her life (other than Magiano), and she was the one who saved her.

“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.”

I was appalled by Adelina’s choices at the end. I anticipated the ending but, I was ill- prepared for the flood of emotions after reading this book.  As of Enzo, I will always been on Team Enzo (I love Magiano, but Enzo captured my heart first), and throughout, The Midnight Star, there’s was my slightest bit of hope for him. It was a bittersweet ending. This story touched my heart from the beginning and will stay in my heart till the end.


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