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Book Review: The Midnight Lie

5/5 Stars.

Why did I wait so long to read this book?

I'm honestly at a loss of words to fully describe how much I adored this book. Also, Sid... I love her.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski follows a young woman named Nirrim who lives in a district called the Ward, a place of white walls and danger. Nirrim performs highly secretive and dangerous work in order to help others find freedom, but everything changes when an Elysium bird appears and begins the unraveling of truth in a world of lies.

What I am most impressed with is the writing. Rutkoski creates such a clever and beautiful writing style. There's almost an enchantment to the writing as you delve into a world of secretive magic. I found myself stopping multiple times to just stare at a sentence or a scene and think 'wow wow wow okay damn this is better than good.'

There is a theme in this book that is hard to read, especially if you've experienced something similar yourself. Nirrim is not treated well, but she is guilt tripped at every corner to believe that she is being treated with the utmost care and love, even though she is being abused physically, emotionally, and mentally. Gaslighting is a horrid thing, and so when the character development happens and Nirrim realizes her self-worth and what she truly deserves, you have to clap when she finally stands up for herself and speaks out.

The romance is superb, flirty, and heartbreaking. It's a beautiful f/f relationship that left me wanting more of Nirrim and Sid. Oh Sid... *dreamy sigh*

I am so ready for the next book. In the meantime, I'll definitely be giving this book a reread because ooof it hurts my heart so good.

The Midnight Lie is out now!

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