Review of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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By: Marie Lu
Release Date: October 11th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
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Summary:
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 Thoughts:
I have been such a fan of The Young Elites series. Each book has improved upon the prior to me and the characters never cease to capture my heart and interest. I was so eager to see how Lu would finish this story and what fate Adelina would have.

I didn’t have the time to reread the prior books so I had to rely on my memory and the first few chapters to help remind me of where the story left off. It didn’t take long for me to be right back into the midst of things. I will admit that at first I thought the pacing was a bit on the slower side and I was struggling just a tiny bit. I believe this was mostly due to my not rereading the prior books again but I did start to worry that this book wouldn’t be as amazing as I hoped.

Thankfully, not too far along things picked up for me and I was completely immersed. The entire plot of these books- where each of the characters has such evil inside especially the main character. I loved watching Adelina degrade into her visions and mind. Her power slowly sucked out her humanity and left a paranoid shell behind. I found her journey to be so mesmerizing and well done. Her relationships to those around her helped to allow the reader to see the difference between what the voiced in Adelina’s head were saying versus what could possibly be the real reality of her world.

Lu didn’t hesitate to really hit the reader where it hurt and put her characters through trials that were really tense and heart breaking. I loved how she never hesitated to take the story just that little bit darker. I felt that this finale was everything I had wanted in the series and the final conclusion was so well done.

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Final Thoughts:
Of course this review of The Midnight Star has got to be vague since it’s the series final. I never feel that I can give an incredibly detailed look at the book or reading journey because it’ll spoil things. Just know- if you are a fan of Lu and the series you must read this one.

Stacking the Shelves

Yep, it’s my monthly Stacking the Shelves. I seem to only do this once a month this summer. Maybe I’ll get better at it? Maybe not. I have so many awesome books and bookish things to share with you. I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff but here it goes…

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

For Review

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Updraft by Fran Wilde
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

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Pyromantic by Lisha McBride
Freya by Matthew Laurence
Duels & Deceptions by Cindy Anstey
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The Cruelty by S Bergstrom
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Purchased

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass Coloring Book
Pre-order Gift from Bloomsbury- Quote Notebook
Sarah and Worm Labyrinth Funko

Gift/Won/Trade

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Traded- The Dark Days Club UK arc
#currentlyreading bookmarks gifted by @herbookishthings check her out on Etsy
Dead Girls Society won from the author

Bookish Repping

On Instagram I am so lucky that I’m repping a few bookish business’ with their awesome products. I’m so honored and really it never loses the excitement. I wanted to share what I received this past month

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Pillow called Vintage Reading Collage by the incredible Evie Seo

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Candles by Novelly Yours. These candles *happy sigh* My tenure will be up at the end of this month and I’m so so sad. But that means that if you want a discount of 10% you should get on it (use code MFAF10 on any purchase). My time with NY has been so incredible. Brittany is professional, kind, and amazingly creative.

And…I think that’s it! How are YOU? What are you reading? You might notice a fall theme to all my pictures- I keep thinking if I pretend it is fall the temperature here in Texas will drop. Sadly, that’s not been the case. Today the heat index was 120. Just no.

You can find more bookish pictures on my Instagram (where all of these were originally posted)