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review 2018-05-01 03:00
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
The Midnight Star (Young Elites Book 3) - Marie Lu

If you haven't read The Young Elites & The Rose Society, this review may contain spoilers. 



Is being Queen worth losing everything and everyone you ever loved?


Adelina supposedly now has everything she wanted. She is Queen and she's as ruthless and as cruel as ever. Even though she is now queen, she can never have enough power. Her darkness feeds on the power and it's taking over. Adelina has lost so much, but now it seems the whole world is at risk. Her Rose Society must join with the Daggers and make an unforgettable journey to the realm of the gods. If they can't work together, there is no hope.

This was an amazing series and Marie Lu is an impressive and talented writer. I also loved the Legend series. Adelina's journey is heartbreaking and difficult, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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review 2018-01-21 00:00
The Young Elites
The Young Elites - Marie Lu Where did I get this book?

My friend Yaiza was kind enough to send to me (and let me keep it!) her paperback since she had another copy.

Why did I choose this book?

She highly recommended it and experience has shown me we have similar taste.

As the beginning of the series is amazing. I already knew the main character wasn't your average hero and still I was mindblown. Adelina is a complex character who doesn't look forced at all. All the characters in the book have their own story to tell. I'm hoping to know a lot more about all of them throughout the series. The worldbuilding seems good enough for me. I don't remember any detail that put me off. I disagreed with some of the author's choices but in a biased point of view, not a quality one.

I'm looking forward to read the rest of the books as soon as I can get my hands on them.

"Nobody wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like."
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review 2017-06-27 12:00
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Young Elites - Marie Lu

I'm not really sure why I put off reading this book for so long. I loved Marie Lu's Legend series, but I never was really interested in this book. Probably because I never read a synopsis and I thought that this was about young children in high society (think The Luxe). Yeah I don't know why either.


I was not expecting the level of darkness that this book has. I was under the impression that this would be a lot like every other book I'd read about with main characters that have strange powers, but it was so much better. The main character, Adelina, struggles with a darkness inside her and this is very clear from the beginning of the novel. This immediately intrigued me. Usually main characters are good and don't feed upon fear. Her character felt almost like a villain, but a villain that was on the good side, if that makes sense. I also liked that even though she had imperfections, she wasn't obsessed with being beautiful or with her missing eye.


I really liked Enzo and Teren as side characters because you can see how their interactions with Adeline shape her. It is very clear that her actions have consequences with others and that their actions are critical in leading her down a certain path. I liked that both sides were manipulative to a certain extent, but Teren was by far the most dark and manipulative character. There was nothing really likeable about him as a character because he's so beyond saving, but I really liked him as the villain.


There was a tiny bit of romance between Enzo and Adelina, but it didn't overwhelm the plot. While it did affect Adeline it didn't consume her, which I definitely loved. It also felt there was a build up to it, so it didn't really feel like insta love. I actually quite liked the couple and thought there was some chemistry between them.


I thought that while the story itself wasn't very unique, the characters made it something different and intriguing. I also really loved the ending because it managed to surprise me, which seems to be very hard to do these days. I will definitely be looking at getting the next book as soon as I can.

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review 2017-03-27 23:57
The Midnight Star (Young Elites Book 3) - Marie Lu

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Monster by Skillet  --For Adelina…the monstrous girl…

The secret side of me, I never let you see

I keep it caged but I can't control it

So stay away from me, the beast is ugly

I feel the rage and I just can't hold it

It's scratching on the walls, in the closet, in the halls

It comes awake and I can't control it

Hiding under the bed, in my body, in my head

Why won't somebody come and save me from this, make it end?


Book Title:  Midnight Star

Author:  Marie Lu

Narration:  Excellently done by Carla Corvo & Lannen Killea

Series:  The Young Elites #3

Genre:  YA, Dark Fantasy

Source:  Audiobook (Library)


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My Thoughts


Overall, a satisfying ending to this vivid, darkishly fantastical realm.  While, I didn't like this as much as her Legend Series, it was a worthwhile read.  Despite my minds underwhelming capacity for the fantastical.  If you sometimes like to root for the bad guys, then this should be to your liking.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow:  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope


Will I read more from this author?  Yes, I've already read 2 of her series so far…


Overall Rating:  4/5 Stars (GRADE=B+)

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review 2017-03-16 00:00
The Young Elites
The Young Elites - Marie Lu It's totally unfair that I read this right after SJMaas' ACOMAF, but yeah, just couldn't really get into it... I think, really, it's just that I don't appreciate the writing style, but I may give one of her other series a chance to see if that's it or not...

I did think she did an awesome job of subtle world-building and creatively blending cultures for a distinctive and convincing fantasy setting.

I also like the complexity of her characterization, taking on some legitimately big ideas and challenging perspectives in portraying a traumatized girl trying to overcome her circumstances. It gives a lot of context to read her notes at the end and understand that she intentionally is writing a 'villain's' story, but I didn't quite buy the whole thing...

Again, that said, I may be unfairly critical after reading the epic, artful work of SJMaas, and will try to make time for Marie Lu's older series in my tbr down the road sometime to see if I like that better...
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