The Midnight Star

The Midnight Star

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"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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399167850
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Lu Marie
TEEN FANTASY Lu Marie 10/2016
Characteristics: 314 pages :,map ;,22 cm


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Jan 17, 2020

Thank you to all the people who spoiled the ending of the book with their comments. Now that I know how the book ends I don't know why I even need to read it. (Most people who read comments are people who want to know if the book got good reviews. But they don't read them so that they can find out what ends up happening. Please don't do that. It ruins the whole thing.)

May 22, 2019

From reading all the reviews, I came into The Midnight Star expecting a stellar finish to a stellar series. However, once again, the critics are wrong(then again, I shouldn't be surprised: They disliked books one and two, some of them so much I couldn't believe we read the same stories.) All the things I loved in book one and two(the dark story, life-like characters, an interesting Game Of Thrones style quest for the throne plot, actually good plot twists, and Adelina's character and her voices) seemed to be sucked out of the finale by page 50, settling for its so cliche its almost sickening plot and an so cliche its actually sickening ending(one that makes very little sense when you really think about it, but I won't explain why for spoiler reasons.) Teren seemed to be the only life-like and interesting character this go-around, though Magaino still did a solid job and Adelina's voices remained just as evil as it had before. This book was a HUGE opportunity missed(especially considering Marie Lu is one of the best YA writers out there), and, if you haven't yet read this, I would actually recommend you don't, and instead settle for the satisfying ending to book two(once again, how can reviewers bash one and two while strongly praising this one?) Overall, I give this book a 6.5/10 and a "Would Not Recommend Reading" review.

Nov 25, 2018

To some degree, this book makes up for the lackluster start to the series. It turns out that the story the author was setting up was somewhat different than the story she seemed to be telling at first. Whether that was the intent all along - or whether she switched direction midstream - I cannot tell.

The characters are the same as in the previous books (and are consistently written - so if you loved them before, you'll still love them, and if you hated them before, you'll still hate them). What changes is the focus - from 'plight of the malfettos' to a rather odd hybrid of 'these powers are destroying us' and 'we must save the world'.

But, hey, it made me cry. And any book that makes me cry can't be all that bad; it must have touched me on some level. Either that or I'm just a sucker for tragedy! Hopefully that is vague enough that it spoils nobody.

Aug 07, 2018

I can’t believe the main character dies. At first, I thought there were only two books in this series, and I was surprised to find that there was a third. I LOVE THIS SERIES

“Hello, darkness, my old friend/I’ve come to talk with you again...” *sniffles*

Jul 09, 2018

i can all the way through to read all the books and the main character dies.overall the book was super good and i loved it so much. I also like it how the author created such an amazing new place and how Adeline and Violetta and their adventure

Mar 18, 2018

If you were debating ending the series after the first or second book, don't! It goes from good/mediocre start to a phenomenal/amazing ending. I absolutely adored this book from beginning to end, even though it was hard (but worth) putting up with the amount of darkness. The epilogue made me want to cry, and I think the author did an amazing job of starting the trilogy on that idea. Somehow, Adelina (the protagonist) was able to entice my heart and hold it, until the very end. I'm sure others have felt this way as well.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 04, 2017

This was a beautiful ending to a beautiful series. Made me tear up. Worth reading the whole series IMO.

CMLibrary_khunter Feb 22, 2017

This series is one of the few where I am surprised I DO like the villain. Yes, she’s flawed and consumed by her depth of ambition and hunger for any brand of “justice”, even one that crosses lines of morality. However, she also shows an inner conflict, a mental instability caused by her abuse and her powers (which could be symbolic for a real mental illness), and a deep thirst for love, affection, and acceptance, which due to her upbringing, she never received except from her sister (who later betrays her thus causing more violent consequences). I really love the conflict of Adelina’s insanity and her bloodlust rivaled with her desire for power, love, and the fear she weaves into the hearts of others. It makes the ending that much more powerful.

One of the other fantastic things about this series are the characters. You really remember Enzo, Raffaele, Teren, and the rest long after you’ve read the series, and each of the Young Elites has their gifts but also has their own loyalties and reads just like real people. When many of the Young Elites have to band together to even begin to stop the horrors occurring in the land, it is strangely a scene of forgiveness, of common alliance at their similar fates, and still they mistrust each other. It is symbolic of how something that benefits everyone could be achieved if all parties set aside their hatred, their selfishness, and their past trespasses to really work as a team. Usually in stories, it is the heroes versus the villains, but in this case, it’s the heroes and the villains having to come to a middle ground to reach a common goal. Very thought provoking and unlike other books out there!

One of the things I loved most about this novel was that while it had an entirely different flavor than the previous two which were increasingly dark and felt reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed, it also is the most poetic of the three and really brought out the gift of storytelling that Marie Lu has. I cannot say much more without telling elements that are essential to the final bits of the book. I never could have predicted that outcome; so wow! the twist was shocking, beautiful, and I cried. But no spoilers here! The cover is lovely and at the end of the novel, the reader must contemplate the cover and the title with the novel’s resolution.

Jan 26, 2017

It was beautifully dark and it made me all other books by Marie Lu.

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Jan 04, 2019

“I am the nightmare.”

Jan 04, 2019

“I’m going to follow her, of course,” Magiano says. “As the night sky turns. When she appears on the other side of the world, I will be there, and when she returns here, so will I.”

Jan 04, 2019

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

Dec 09, 2016

I do it because I want to. Because I can. That’s what anyone truly means when they gain power and call it altruism, isn’t it? I’m just not afraid to admit it.


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Dec 01, 2016

Sexual Content: References to sexual activity very similar to the prior books, nothing overt or detailed.

Dec 01, 2016

Violence: Obviously.

Nov 17, 2016

Sexual Content: If this was a movie it would be rated R


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Dec 09, 2016

With her Roses at her side, Adelina Amouterou has become the Queen of not only Estenzia, but all the Sealands. She has raised up the malfettos, and subjected the unmarked to the very brutalities they once visited on her kind. Now, she has set her sights on conquering Tamoura, and extending her rule once more. Whispers also say that her sister Violetta fled to Tamoura after their falling out. But Adelina’s plans to conquer the world are disturbed by one problem; sooner or later she must face the inexorable deterioration of the Elites, as their immortal powers slowly destroy their all-too-mortal bodies. The voices in her head grow louder, and her illusions become more and more difficult to control. Facing this threat will require dangerous and uneasy alliances with old enemies and former friends if the world is to survive.

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