The Young Elites

By Marie Lu

Source: Library

Series: The Young Elites #1

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

My Rating: four-stars

The Young Elites

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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.

Confession: I must have taken this book out of the library like four or five times before I finally actually read it. I would borrow it, never get around to picking it up and then having to return it, unread, when the due date approached.

BUT I finally made the smart decision to read it first out of all of my current library books, and oh my gosh, I loved it!

The really pleasant surprise about this book was that it was much darker than I expected, which I super loved.

The characters and the dynamic between them felt complex. The story was intense and unpredictable, and although the pacing slowed down too much for me at one point, I generally found myself really interested in this story. It was one that stayed with me after I put the book down.

I would definitely buy a copy of The Young Elites for my bookshelf, and I really can’t wait to read the sequel, The Rose Society, out this fall! Highly recommended, especially for YA fantasy lovers!

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