Title: The Midnight Star
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Young Elites
2. The Rose Society
Date Started: December 8
Date Finished: December 10
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
After the darkness of the last book I was kind of hesitant with this one especially with everything that’s going on in the world. But I really, really wanted to know how this series ended because of how different it was and the two plot twists that Lu threw in in The Rose Society. Adelina lost her sister to the wind because of her cruelty and unwillingness to give up her powers and she found out that the ‘gift’ of the malfettos isn’t a gift at all, but a curse that is going to doom them all. The last one comes to more light as The Midnight Star opens. Adelina is still dealing with her whispers and nightmares, while also being the new queen. Her people fear her and try to assassinate her at every turn, but still she won’t let go of what is hers.
Her only saving grace seems to be her most close advisor now that her sister is gone – Magiano. He tries to help her through her illusions and he seems to be the only one who can keep the whispers at bay. But things get testy when a letter arrives from Raffaele that urges her to come to him immediately because her sister is deathly ill. The powers that they have come to rely on are turning on them and killing them one by one. And the ocean itself is starting to leak with elements of the Underworld. The only way to rectify the situation is to go back to their origins and give back their powers to the gods. But doing so might result in their deaths.
Adelina’s stubbornness for giving her powers up actually drove me crazy with every page. You would think that she would realize that her power is what drove everyone away and is causing her so much grief. However, the old Adelina is still within her somewhere. She saves Raffaele when Enzo finally attacks them and dies for good this time. And then I won’t even get into what happened at the end of the book, but talk about selflessness.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Thankfully, this book wasn’t as dark as the other one, and I was amazed at how well everyone seemed to work together when they were on their way to return their powers. I wasn’t really surprised by the ending, considering how this series had gone so far, I knew something drastic had to happen to our MC, but I was still kind of hoping for a better ending for her.
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