Happy Wednesday bookworms! I finished The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski a little while ago and I still have so much I want to say about it! The main topics I want to discuss do give away plot points so (Spoiler Alert!) I also want to put in a slight trigger warning for physical abuse with this book that may upset some readers. With that out of the way, let's get into it!
The Midnight Lie is a LGBTQ YA fantasy novel focused on Nirrim, a girl who lives in a world where everyone is divided into class. Each of these sections dictate as many things from how a person dresses to the food they are allowed to eat. Nirrim stays to herself and out of trouble, that is until she meets a traveler named Sid who tells her of possible magic among the higher classes.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, the descriptions were detailed and the wording was flowery. As I was reading, I listened to the audiobook which was beautifully narrated and captured the voices of the characters well. My favourite character would have to be Sid, the charming traveler. She introduces Nirrim to a new world, and teaches her to believe in herself and to see her worth. Sid is funny and sarcastic, which is two things I LOVE in characters! The romance was by far the most interesting aspect of the book. Nirrim and Sid's relationship was interesting to read about and was one of the main elements that moved me through the book. They were caring toward each other and had constant banter which I found to be really funny! The idea of magic and the gods/goddesses weren't a center focus but the mythology was entertaining. The history of the world was also really well developed and was realisticly detailed.
That being said, there was some things in this book that really decreased my enjoyment while reading. To start, Nirrim has many relationships with other characters that constantly use and in some cases physically abuse her. Nirrim herself does not see anything wrong with this and even feeds into their anger or hurt. She is very naive and forgiving. This would not have bothered me as much if in the book this was directly dealt with. At the beginning I assumed that this would be talked about and discussed, where Nirrim would grow out of this and learn to love herself and understand what it means for someone to truly care about you. Sid did show this to Nirrim and tried to help her in many ways. However, Raven, who is portrayed as a "caretaker/boss/mother figure?" to Nirrim has very strong anger issues and she takes it out on Nirrim by physically hurting her. The first time this happened, I knew that something was obviously very wrong, and I hoped it would be resolved. Unfortunately what played out was not what I was hoping for. Nirrim did in fact tell Raven that she was using and hurting her but I felt that there was no definitive act showing how it was wrong and no punishment toward Raven. Don't get me started on Annin, this character made me annoyed in so many ways. He claims to love Nirrim but is constantly pushing himself on her and is also prone to anger. I feel that maybe I did not enjoy this book as much because I did not feel that there was true justice or punishment given in accordance to their actions.
If you are looking for a LGBTQ romance that's not contemporary I would reccomend this one! The ending definitely left me intrigued and seeing Nirrim finally show a strong sense of power was very exciting. That said, I will be picking the sequel up when it comes out. I gave this book a 3.5/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐✨.
That's all for my review of The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. I hope you enjoyed it! Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below or on my instagram post!