The Midnight Star by Marie Lu Review

The Midnight Star Cover RevealThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu (TYE #3)

Publisher: G.P.  Putnam’s Son’s Books For Young Readers

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Pages: 316

Summary: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 that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and 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.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: A stunning conclusion to a dark and epic fantasy trilogy!

As with any Marie Lu book, you can see that she really understands her characters and they truly shine on the page.

What I adore about her books is the way she approaches character/character-development!

With The Young Elites Trilogy as a whole, Adelina was truly the heart and driving-force of this story and it was great being able to join her on the ups & downs of her journey!

Adelina has taken her role as queen, but is still struggles with her inner darkness and the betrayal she feels from Violetta.

It was fascinating seeing Adelina’s development and how her position influenced and changed her along the way.

As for plot (without going into specifics) I was truly surprised at the turn of each page. Marie is a master at keeping her plot fast-paced and truly original ❤️💕

With the plot/characters as the main focus, there was still room for world-building in terms of the magic, gods, and travel which expanded on the world Marie crafted.

While in the last book, I personally found it hard to still get a full grasp of this world (in terms of visuals), there were so many fantastic elements of this final novel overall that it was a blast to read!

In terms of the ending (which I won’t spoil) I was really surprised, but I felt Marie wrapped it up perfectly!

Overall Marie delivers a fast-paced finale with a fantastic plot, incredible character development, and wonderfully concludes an unforgettable anti-hero tale!

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Book Bytes I #6

Book Bytes is a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!

Each month posts can contain anything from title reveals, book to movie news, even the latest book deals!!

1.The Young Elites Finds A Screenwriter

On August 2 it was announced that Jessica Sharzer, screenwriter for American Horror Story and the latest YA Adaptation Nerve will be in charge of the script for The Young Elites, Marie Lu’s latest trilogy (which will have its final book released this Fall).

Full article from Tracking-Board can be found Here.

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd Finds A Director/Screenwriter

Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of Unscripted Joss Byrd which will be released August 23, announced on August 3 that Joseph Greco was attached to both direct and adapt her upcoming novel.

3.Daisy Ridley attached to Chaos Walking

Daisy Ridley is set to star in Patrick Ness’s 2008 Dystopian novel Chaos Walking, book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy.

Announced August 4, this project is currently with Lionsgate.

Full article from Tracking Board can be found Here.

4.Wires & Nerves Cover Reveal

On sale January 31,2017 this is a graphic novel centering around Iko from the Lunar Chronicles Series.

Full cover, summary and excerpt can be found on The Lunar Chronicles website Here

As of August 5, Fierce Reads  shared this news on their twitter page:

5.Maggie Stiefvater’s New Trilogy

On August 7 author of The Raven Cycle announced she would be writing a “Ronan-Centered Trilogy.”

6.Renee Ahdieh’s New Dualogy

Bustle revealed on August 9 Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath And The Dawn dualogy, would be releasing a new dualogy titled:

Flame In The Mist

This novel is set to be released May 2017 and has been pitched as Mulan meets 47 Ronin following heroine Mariko, whom Ahdieh calls “an inventor and an innovator,” and it is set in feudal Japan, using legends, myths, and history to tell a unique story.

7.An Ember In The Ashes Gets 2 More Books

Tahir’s Roman-Inspired YA Fantasy, originally set to be a dualogy is now a quartet with 4 books total!

During a periscope live-stream from the author herself on August 16 stated, “I always had the idea in my head of four books.”

After the amount of hype and enthusiasm for Torch, Penguin picked up 3&4!

However fans may have to wait a while after Torch, with Book 3 not set to be released until 2018.

8.By Your Side by Kasie West Cover Reveal

As of August 24, EpicReads shared the cover for Kasie West’s new novel.

By Your Side, her upcoming 2017 YA Contemporary: When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?”

9.Gemina Illustrated by Marie Lu

Announced August 30, author-duo behind The Illuminae Files, a new sci-fi trilogy, revealed that Legend Trilogy/Young Elites author Marie Lu will have illustrations in Gemina, the sequel to Illuminae.

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

 

October 2015 Wrap-Up

# of books read: 7

Marvels_Cover1. The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Publisher: Scholastic Press- Released September 15, 2015

Pages: 665

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: If I could describe this book in one word it would be “magical.” Brian’s writing style and additional illustrations really transports you. At the start of the novel, the illustrations lead us to believe that generations of Marvels make it big in acting on a London stage. However, as the story progresses, Joseph, the main protagonist, does everything he can to uncover the mysteries surrounding The Marvels. By the novel’s conclusion, we realize that Albert made the story up. I was surprised when that was revealed, because while there were some hints throughout that Albert was connected in some way, I never would have guessed he based that story on moments in his life. This was my first Brian Selznick book and I was very impressed! I did take away 1/2 a star because at times I felt the plot was lagging.  If you enjoy middle grade, adventure, and historical fiction, you should definitely pick this book up.

img_87692. Air Awakens by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #1)

Full Review of Air Awakens

Publisher: Silver Wing Press-Released August 27, 2015

Pages: 377

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was an amazing debut! Elise created a very complex world where elemental magic plays a huge role. The characters, world, and plot were wonderfully developed and if you are looking for a breath of fresh air from YA Fantasy, definitely pick this book up.

Carry on 13. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Full Review of Carry On

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin-Released: October 6, 2015

Pages: 522

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book! Returning to a world with Baz and Simon again was truly magical. The pacing was perfect and the alternating POV was a surprise to me, but Rainbow truly understood each character’s POV & I felt I understood them too. Baz&Simon’s friendship/relationship development was done perfectly. Rainbow again creates a story where you fall in love with each and every page.

Rose Society 94. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Full Review of The Rose Society

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers- Released: October 13, 2015

Pages: 395

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: What a great sequel. Same as the Legend Trilogy, Marie Lu knows how to develop her characters and plot and give them much more depth than the previous novel. Adelina gets much more darker and that truly shows with her internal thoughts. 1/2 a star is taken away, because I feel the world is not fully developed. By that I mean I can’t truly picture the world for this trilogy for some reason. But other than that, this really is a great sequel.

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

Full Review of Six of Crows

Publisher: Henry Holt& Co.-Released September 29, 2015

Pages: 465

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: I really loved this book! While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha Trilogy, I felt that was mostly due to the world. I didn’t feel I understood enough of it to enjoy it. However with this book, I can tell that Leigh’s world-building improved. Each character has their own unique voice and the 3-person POV makes it easier to switch between characters. 1/2 a star is taken away because at points the plot felt quite slow and I wish there was more setting descriptions. But overall, a great start to a new world from Leigh!

Patrick ness 46. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Full Review of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Publisher: HarperTeen- Released October 6, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was an entertaining read. I loved how this whole book played wit the whole idea of the “Chosen One.” I also loved the diversity in this book. However this book gave little explanation to how the “Indie Kids” got their powers, sometimes the pacing of this book was rather slow, and it didn’t feel like there wasn’t much plot. Overall, it was a really fun book to read and having read read another one of Patrick’s books in the past, I can understand that is just his style.

181069857. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)

Full Review of Exquisite Captive

Publisher: Balzer+Bray- Released October 7, 2014

Pages: 480

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: Not having read books featuring Jinn/Genies in YA before I really enjoyed this book. Nalia as a main character made this book so great. She is strong and fighting for her freedom. Raif and Zanari, Ajinna rebels, want to make Arjinna free again, so they need Nalia  to retrieve an ancient sigil that will help them with the rebellion. Once Nalia gets it, she can be free. Not only is Nalia fighting for her freedom, but she is also trying to find the sigil and avoid being killed by and Arjinna assassin sent by the new rulers who want to destroy her caste. I did take away 1/2 a star because I wanted more interaction/development of Raif and Zanari with Nalia and I wish the pacing was a little faster. Other than that, this was a great YA Fantasy.

What books did you read this month? 🙂

The Rose Society By Marie Lu Review

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) By Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers-Released: October 13, 2015

Pages: 416

Rose Society 9Summary: Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Before I get into this review, I would just like to say that with some sequels, they suffer from what I call the “Second Book Curse”, where it just doesn’t live up or does worse than the first one. However, after reading Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy, there is one thing that she is great at and that is sequels. (Obviously she also great with trilogies too :’D) She really understands her characters and is able to develop them even further with each novel. After reading The Young Elites last year, I was surprised at how dark Adelina was. I didn’t think she could get much darker, but after reading The Rose Society, I was wrong. Wanting to get revenge on those who wronged her, she sets out on a quest to find a new group of elites and prove to them how powerful she is.

What Marie Lu is also great at, is writing differing POV’s. With the new perspectives in this book, they all had their own voice and it was easy to differ them from each other.

Adelina is much darker in this book and you can tell, with the plans she develops and her inner thoughts of others around her. I really loved Magiano in this book. He was a great addition to Adelina’s team. What I was waiting for was Enzo’s return! And once he did, sadly we knew he wouldn’t be the same.

Being a hollow shell of what he once was, he becomes more powerful and is able to control who is linked to (Adelina) and vice-versa. Teren, losing faith in Giulietta, joins Adelina’s team and kills Giulietta out of anger and feeling betrayed. I honestly did not think he would end up going through with that.

By the end, Adelina takes control and out of anger of what is revealed of the Elites powers, she lashes out at Violetta. With a darkness running through her, she now rules with an empty feeling inside her.

Overall, this book is a huge leap from book one. With more character development and plot twists to keep you guessing for the next book.

The only reason I took away 1/2 a star is b/c, I feel like with Marie’s new series, I don’t really feel connected to the setting/world like I did with the Legend Trilogy. But maybe once book 3 comes I will have a better grasp of the world.

If you read The Rose Society, what are your thoughts? 🙂

Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR

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This Book Blog list idea “Top 10 Tuesday”  was created by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is top 10 books for my Fall TBR.

  1. Carry on 1Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I am a huge Rainbow Rowell fan and having Simon & Baz from Fangirl have their very own book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to see how this book turns out!

Ice like Fire 102. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

I read the first book Snow Like Ashes, back in Oct. of 2014! I thought the concept of seasons as kingdoms was very unique and I really loved the main character! I cannot wait to see how the trilogy continues.

 

Rose Society 93. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Similar to Rainbow Rowell, I have read all of Marie Lu’s other books and can’t wait to see after the ending of The Young Elites, what happens in book 2!

Patrick ness 44. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The concept of this book sounds fascinating! I have read 2 other books by Patrick Ness, which include The Monster Calls and More Than This. I really enjoy his writing style and the unique stories he comes up with!

Dreamstrider 25. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Similar to The Rest of Us Just Live Here, this book has a unique plot and I cannot wait to see how the author executes this idea.

A Madness so discreet 56. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Of course, similar to most of the books listed above, I have read Mindy’s other books (Not a Drop to Drink Dualogy) and really loved it. I loved Mindy’s writing style and cannot wait to see it in a YA Historical Fiction.

Blue VOyage 87. Blue Voyage by Diana Renn

This is a YA Espionage novel, and I really love YA novels from this genre. Such as Ally Carter’s Heist Society, Gallagher Girl’s, and Embassy Row Series! So, when I read this book’s synopsis, I knew it would be something I would like. Not only that, but it takes place in the Middle East, which sounds fascinating to me!

Oct 208. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The concept of this book sounds very interesting. It is also a YA Sci-Fi which I honestly don’t read much of, but I will give this book a try.

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover9. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

I read the Grisha Trilogy earlier this year and liked it. While I was a little underwhelmed, especially when it came to world building, I am happy the Leigh is returning to the Grisha world and expanding on it with a new cast of characters.

Spinning Starlight 710. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis 

R.C. Lewis released Stitching Snow last year, and it was a Snow White retelling. Though it may sound similar to the Lunar Chronicles, believe me it is a completely different story. The sequel will be a retelling of The Wild Swans fairytale and will take place in another world not related to Stitching Snow.