The Young Elites by Marie Lu | Book Review


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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My Review:

* a book that scares you

And believe me or not, I was pretty scared to pick this up! Scared… and excited 😀

Now if you know me from instagram or if you have read my previous reviews, you’ll know that I’m a great fan of Marie Lu. I love her Legend trilogy and I greatly recommend it to anyone of you who wants to read something fresh in the dystopian genre.

Now, back to this book. I have a lot a mixed feelings about it. I loved all the characters (except maybe Teren. He’s some crazy shit I wouldn’t want to meet. And I hope he’ll die. DIEEEEE [gee I’m going all Coach Hedge now ;)]) especially Star Thief, and I hoped we would have more knowledge about them because all characters contribute to the story, don’t they?

Also, I have a feeling that there is something… missing from this book. I cannot really put my finger on it but I know it’s here (or rather NOT here)

There were also times where I was a little confused about Adelina and I did not understand why she was feeling this… dark; I mean, you can’t really be feeling like that all the time… Can you?
By the end of the book, Lu succeeded making me mad at Violetta. She could have done something [SPOILER ALERT! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK] (view spoiler)

And then there’s the epilogue. Good old epilogue who got me like whutt???. Good old epilogue who made me mad at myself for reading this so early. Good old epilogue who made me look up the release date of The Rose Society and cringe. Good old epilogue, we have a love-hate relationship right now, buddy.

Rating: 3.5/5 😻



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