Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Tour Swoon Thursday (#195): The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Welcome to the blog tour for The Midnight Star by Marie Lu! I am thrilled to be a part of this tour. Today I'll be sharing a swoony excerpt from the book. Enjoy!

- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting

This week, my swoon is from The Midnight Star by Marie Lu!

Then he closes the distance between us, and hip lips touch mine. Around us is nothing but the sound of water lapping gently against the overgrown stone and the faint glow from the moss. His hand trails along my bare back, tracing the curve of my spine. He pulls me close so that our chests are pressed together. His kiss goes from my lips to my chin, and there he plants them lower and lower, creating a gentle path along my neck. I sigh, wanting nothing more in this moment than us, content with staying here forever. [...] My breaths come in ragged gasps. Gradually, I notice that we have made our way to the edge of the pool, where he presses me tightly against the stone. One of his hands tangles in my hair, drawing me forward to him. His kisses return to my lips, move urgent now, and I fall into them eagerly. A low groan rumbles in his throat. I wonder, for a wild second, if he will take us further, and my heart pounds in my chest.

ARC, pages 82-83

(Two notes -- first, [...] indicates where I skipped part of the paragraph, to avoid spoilers. Second: please double-check this against the final copy. I don't have my hardcover here with me, so I'm using the ARC! The quote may not be exactly what appears in the final copy.)

About the Book:

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Book Three of The Young Elites series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. 

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Check out the other posts from Week Four of the blog tour:

Monday, 10/17: The Book Shire (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Monday, 10/17: Seeing Double in Neverland (Review)
Tuesday, 10/18: What Sarah Read (Guest Post)
Wednesday, 10/19: Adventures of a Book Junkie (Top 5 Reasons to Read The Young Elites)
Wednesday, 10/19: YA Bibliophile (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Thursday, 10/20: The Eater of Books! (Swoon Thursday)
Friday, 10/21: Me My Shelf and I (Bookish Scents)
Friday, 10/21: Oh the Book Feels (Review + Favorite Quotes)


  1. This swoon just made me want to finish the second book just to find out who she is kissing.

    My Swoon

    1. Oooo! I hope you love the rest of the series, Angela!

  2. YAASSSS I loved re-reading that section, thank you for sharing! That book was perfection. I can't wait to see what Marie Lu does next ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Warcross is her next book - I'm sure it will be amazing!

  3. Gah, definitely swoon-worthy! I'd got the first book in the series, I need to get started! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I highly recommend the series! Though, brace yourself, Cyn. :D

  4. I wasn't thrilled with The Young Elites, so not sure if I'll go on in the story. Which is too bad since I liked Legend so much!

    1. Awww! I understand though. Antihero stories are hard. I'm glad you liked Legend!

  5. Ahhh! I can't wait to read this book!!!!

  6. Such a bizarre and unexpected romance, yet it totally works. Marie Lu is such a talented writer. And Magiano...swoon!

    1. YES! Agreed! I had a different ship in book one... but that changed quickly. I adore Adelina and Magiano!

  7. I love this swoon. <3 Thank you for sharing Alyssa :D Though I am still so, so bitter about my boy from book one being gone. Ugh. I shall finish this series one day, haha :)

    1. Thank you, Carina! I know how you feel. I ended up loving the romance anyway, and the loss of that particular character wasn't too bad.. right? You should definitely finish the series, because it will surprise you!


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