My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Paperback: 400 pages
Publication Date: August 4, 2011
“Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?”
Anna and the French Kiss is the type of cute and fluffy read that catches and holds your attention from beginning to end. I started this book over my spring break and I had hoped I’d just casually flip through it during the week. But nope! I finished it within a night because it’s just that good. Despite the unnecessary levels of drama (why do girls always have to pick on one another in these types of books?) and angst (you know you guys can just talk it out, right?), the characters keep this story from grinding on your nerves.
Anna is a relatable teenage girl with a charming interest in film and St. Clair is a British American student whose charisma and kindness would make any person, real or fictional, fall in love with him. And together, they make the sweetest pair. This book is filled to the brim with humor and romance, and the Parisian setting will fill you with a grand sense of wanderlust. If you’re looking for a breezy and romantic summer read, this is definitely the one for you.
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Series: A Young Elites Novel (Book 3)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
“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.”
The Midnight Star, despite its flaws, is a powerful conclusion to the Young Elites series. Magiano and Adelina’s romance is, by far, the highlight of this book. Their connection is subtle and sweet in its sincerity. And even though they are complex characters whose motivations and actions are questionable in consideration to right and wrong, their love for one another is pure goodness. Marie Lu strongly portrays Adelina’s struggle with her dark thoughts and abilities, and in the long run, her conflicting emotions and desires carry the story along. Also, Adelina’s dysfunctional relationship with her sister proves to be a constant well of reflection and poignancy.
The writing is strong but some characters seemed to have lost their effectiveness. Characters such as Rafaelle and Teren become bored in their roles and by the end, it appears that both their reasons for being included in the story have expired. I loved the bittersweet ending, though I’d have to say it was a bit rushed. Truthfully, I thought this book could have been a bit longer. Some deaths happened far too quickly and in some cases, I just didn’t care enough, only because I wasn’t given much time to. Besides those little things, I really enjoyed the final book to this trilogy!