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The Midnight Star – Marie Lu

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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.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

I thought Marie Lu was done making me cry when I finished the Legend series years ago. I could never have imagined that The Midnight Star would make me cry harder than – **HP SPOILER** – the death of Dumbledore (if you didn’t cry when that happened, you are a MONSTER).This book was the absolute perfect ending to this series – a series in which Marie Lu made the reader fall in love with and feel sympathy for a villain. While all three books in this series tugged at my emotions, The Midnight Star left me breathless. Let me tell you why.

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Marie Lu last night during a book signing and Q&A. I was even lucky enough to ask her the following question – “After writing such inherently good characters in the Legend series, what was it like to write from the perspective of someone as dark as Adelina?” Her answer was fantastic, as expected, but the part that really stuck out to me was her admission that Adelina’s ending was difficult to come up with – does a villain deserve a happy ending? I felt like this question was really the driving force behind this book. Without going into spoiler levels of detail, this book felt a like a redemption novel for Adelina. With Magiano as her companion, Adelina is trying her to fight off the madness that is slowly consuming her mind. This book begins one year after the last ended, and Adelina seems to grow more cruel by the day. However, the events of this novel begin to bring back the old Adelina – the Adelina that we all fell in love with at the start of this series.

At 314 pages, this book flies by. I purchased it last night at Book People in Austin (if you haven’t been – go. It is what I imagine bookworm heaven looks like), and finished it this morning. I literally asked my hotel for a late check-out so that I could read the last 50 pages of the book before driving back to Houston. All of the characters Marie Lu’s readers have grown attached to are in this book, and I could not have imagined a more perfect ending. I can’t say enough good things about this book, just trust me and read it. Read the entire series, you won’t be disappointed.

My Takeaway: Marie Lu’s crafts the perfect ending to a series that had me hooked from page one. Adelina remains the most relatable and lovable villain I have ever come across and I could not have imagined a more fitting ending for her and the other characters in this series. 

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