March 5, 2015

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
My Rating: 4.5/5 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 amalfetto, 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.

Now, before I start I need to make it clear that I don’t consider myself a fan of high fantasy. Books that take place in imaginary worlds are hard for me to get into, and I tend to dislike most of the high fantasy I read. Nonetheless, I continue to read a pretty large portion of high fantasy, it’s more for the characters and love interests or occasionally the writing style.

All right, now onto the book!
I was so excited for The Young Elites. I mean, more Marie Lu! Legend was such an amazing series and I was elated to find out she was coming out with a new series. It was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2014, and I wasn’t disappointed. I already knew I wasn’t going to be fond of the setting and whatnot, but the characters were amazing and the kept my attention the whole time.

Adelina is a malfetto. A survivor of the blood fever who is marked. She is strong and brave but also impulsive and dark. She is also by far my favorite character in this series so far. I have never read anyone like Adelina, someone as dark and flawed as her. In most of these YA fantasy and dystopian novels we get the heroine, the person who’s here to save the world and see the good in everyone. Adelina is not that, and it’s so refreshing and wonderful. I cannot wait to see her continue to change, and further develop as a villain. I will be rooting for her the whole time. Especially after this line “It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”  

Onto our other characters: I felt that we got a good impression of Violetta, Adelina’s father, Enzo, Raphael and Teren. I especially liked Raphael, and his luscious hair. Enzo was interesting and Violetta seemed sweet. Teren though….I hated him but loved him at the same time. If you’ve read it, you probably know why I loved him even though he was so horrible.

Overall, the book was paced very nicely and had an extremely original plot and protagonist. I cannot wait to see more from Marie Lu!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed the book! I really liked it even though I also am not a person who reads a lot of fantasy. :D

    ~Kaitlin @ Next Page Please


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