The Midnight Star by Marie Lu- 5 Stars
NO author can write book endings as well as Marie Lu. She may not be my all time favorite author, but her trilogy endings most certainly are! I am obsessed with the ending for Champion (Legend trilogy) and now with The Midnight Star too. PURE PERFECTION ! 💖
I cried happy tears. I knew not all would survive, I knew the one who had to die... but it was not predictable at all. I was so so so happy with how all the deaths and near deaths happened. The ending is magical, something out of an old tale. I will not be forgetting this any time soon.
So... now that you know how much I loved the ending, let's chat about the rest of the book!
It was by far the best in the trilogy. The story evolved at a good pace. There was plenty of action, plenty of great moments and twists and turns.
Adelina is a beautiful written character. Her life has not been easy and the darkness in her after so much hurt, abuse and betrayal has grown beyond limits. The books starts off with the Adelina I wanted to see more off in The Rose society. A perfect villain. Because to most, that what she is, a villain. We, the reader, know that a better description for her would be that of an anti-hero, but I genuinely enjoy seeing Adelina more accepting of her darkness, of her imperfections.
She is despicable, yet, she is also so easy to sympathize with.
Magiano helps make Adelina the relatable character she is. His joy penetrates her darkness as well as give the story a somewhat light hearted feel after so much death and despair.
It is though the dark characters that fascinate me the most.
The other character whom I love is Teren. I believe I said this in my review on The Young Elites earlier this week... when tragedy happened, those who got out of it alive dealt with it differently. Enzo grew in power and sought to take the throne; Magiano became a wonderer, a thief, a loner; Adelina let her suffering turn into darkness and a desire for revenge; Teren? well, Teren let himself believe he was cursed. He did what he did out of his strong believe that he was wrong to exist. I don't think the things he did were right, but I understand him. And I LOVED his ending. Adelina was sad, and so was I...
Violetta may not be my favorite character, but without her the ending would not be as amazing as it was. So I guess I have to like her for that!
The other characters could have been decoration for all I care. Necessary, but none that will miss. It is Adelina, Violetta, Magiano and Teren who make the story great.
The other thing I loved about The Midnight Star were the little stories at the opening and at the ending.
I thought that 'The Witness account of Queen Adelina's siege on the nation of Dumor' at the beginning gave the story a perfect entry point. This is who Adelina is, this is who she has become.
And the ending, 'The Midnight Star' folktale brought me to tears. The ending was already perfect. That little magical tale just added an extra sweet touch to it all.
And let's not forget the beautiful quotes/moments in the book!
You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.
After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light.
You are a thousand things, mi Adelinetta, not just one. Do not reduce yourself to that.
Go Read guys! I might have to go and reread that ending before I can move on to the next book in my tbr!