April 10, 2011

Series Sunday

Series Sunday is a new bookish meme hosted by yours truly, Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along. 
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Post a review/recommendation on your blog, FB, Twitter, Goodreads, or Shelfari pages.
  • Share your review/recommendation by posting the link in the comments section below.
  • Include the title, author, and name of the series so that other Series Sunday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.

Midnight and the Meaning of LoveMy Series Sunday pick is Midnight and the Meaning of Love, the third book in the Midnight/Santiaga series by Sister Souljah. The "literary hero of the hip-hop generation" as Chicago Tribune calls her, finally comes through with the highly anticipated follow-up to bestselling novels The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight: A Gangster Love Story. I have always enjoyed her lengthy, detailed stories and jewels of knowledge through fiction works. So I was ecstatic to receive an ARC.

After finishing the last book of the series, I was left with many questions and looking forward to finding out whether Midnight returns to the U.S. with his wife, Akemi. What happened to Midnight's father and his other two wives? Will Bangs become Midnight's second wife after she humbles herself? Will Sudana remain in the picture? Will we see Midnight grow up and connect with Winter or Santiaga? Well, many of my lingering questions were answered and more. 

Midnight and the Meaning of Love picks up like I just turned the next page. Midnight is angered because his wife is the victim of ekhtefak (kidnapping). Even though their teenage marriage is legit and consummated, Akemi's father has taken her back to Japan. During his mission to reclaim his wife, Midnight encounters challenges and new characters who are bound to pique your interest. I learned Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and even more Muslim traditions. Akemi and Midnight's love literally goes worldwide. Like the title states, it is a lesson about the meaning of love. It describes the lengths that people will go through for love. It's about protecting family and defending beliefs.  

Once again, I fell in love with Midnight. I had to keep reminding myself that he's a fictional character, married, and still a teenager. As the pages turned, I kept wondering when it would relate to Ricky Santiaga. While there was only one occurrence of Santiaga in the whole book, it was enough to wet my appetite for more. If it wasn't for Midnight's unrealistic actions, grown man knowledge, and the lack of connecting to Coldest Winter Ever, I would rate it a perfect 5 hearts. Despite these minor peeves, I was unable to put it down and recommend it. You won't be disappointed. Click the picture above or the link below to pre-order your copy today. It releases this Tuesday, April 12.

Title: Midnight and the Meaning of Love
Author: Sister Souljah
Published: April 2011
Pages: 600
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♡


  1. I will be re-reading Coldest Winter Ever to try and tie all of this together. His "grown-man knowledge" was almost MacGyver like! He always seemed to know the perfect solution to whatever situation that he found himself in.

  2. Exactly! Midnight was in tune with his dojo. I think his sensei helped to guide him in certain situations to expect the unexpected.

    I still feel there needs to be another book between this one and CWE.

  3. Mmmmmm! Looks good! I must read these... I gots to get my mojo back in full swing!