Monday, December 7, 2015

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Published October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance
Page: 355
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


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. 

I saw this series mentioned several times and decided to pick it up. It took a little while for the story to pick up.

There were some subtle sentence structures that makes me cringe and descriptions that I needed to quickly glance over, but overall I enjoyed it.

I'm glad this story didn't allow me to compare it to another story. It's unique in its way to stand out. Often times, a particular genre ends up feeling like a copy of another book. All the characters were unique and interesting. Raffaele, the consort, was a very unique character; I'd like to see his point of view from time to time. Enzo, the prince, could be more developed. Adelina and Violetta, are two very messed up sisters.

Good story. Good plot. I can't wait to read more.


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