The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

“None of us are saints. We can all do better.” ― Marie Lu, The Midnight Star


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.



Book: The Midnight Star

Author: Marie Lu

Avg. Goodreads rating: 4.14/5 stars

My rating: 4.5/5 stars




Overview. The White Wolf is finally on the throne but her darkness is beginning to overcome her. With her sister gone and Adelina looking for her in every country, there is no quenching her darkness when it becomes out of control. Adelina realizes that she won’t last much longer with her darkness taking over the way that it is. Then, Adelina receives a letter from Raffaele to which she has to respond in order to find her sister…

Pros. I really enjoyed this finale. Like really… It went everywhere that I didn’t expect it to go and to me, it still felt true to the characters. I enjoyed the journey with Adelina and her reign as the White Wolf.

Adelina grew so much more in this book and I think it is a great representation of the grey area between good and evil… While Adelina is the villain of the story, she still tries to find the light in situations and I really enjoyed the way that Lu represented her struggles.

The plot line for this book left me feeling all types of things… We start with Adelina desperately searching for her sister while conquering other countries. When Adelina finds out that her sister is ill, she immediately drops everything to find her.

I will leave this as spoiler-free as possible, but the end of the book was beautiful. I enjoyed how Lu represented everything at the end and what Adelina was able to turn into.

Cons. Some aspects of the book felt really underwhelming… Certain deaths throughout the book were anti-climatic and just felt like a means to an end.

I do agree with most people on this series, it is not Lu’s best work. Compared to her other works (Legend and Warcross) Lu has a beautiful writing style and such a way with words that didn’t quite translate well in this series.

Overall. I really enjoyed this series and it was a quick read for me. Overall, I would give the whole series 4/5 stars and I gave this book in particular 4.5/5 stars.


4 thoughts on “The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

  1. I absolutely loved the first two books in this trilogy but hated this finale. It felt extremely anti-climatic after such a buildup in the previous books. However, I really enjoyed the epilogue! It was probably my favorite part of the book and might have made me shed a few tears, haha. Great review!


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