Hi there and happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a good week. I’m feeling a little tired after a long week — 17 credits and two jobs is no joke guys!
Today I wanted to write a review on a book I recently listened to — The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is an older release, and I finally got into the series! I love Lu’s other works, and I can’t wait to continue reading her other books.
Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 7, 2014
My rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars
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’m so glad I finally got into this series! I had tried to read it before, but it didn’t really stick, however, after I downloaded the audiobook I dove right into it.
Adelina was such a great narrator. I couldn’t get enough of her voice, and I was curious to see how she would end up in the novel. I know she’s a bit of an anti-hero, but I’m really excited to see her journey. This reminded me of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and I absolutely loved that book (review of that one here!). Adelina has a dark aura, and it really shows through her narration. The complexity of her character is something I really appreciate it.
I’m curious to see what will happen with Teren and Adelina’s sister. I want to know how they will affect Adelina and her motives. I have a bad feeling about Adelina’s sister for some reason. I don’t trust her!!
The ending killed me, and I had to immediately request The Rose Society from the library. I can’t wait to read more from Lu!
Overall, I recommend this for people looking for a badass anti-hero!