2 Stars · 2015 · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Adult

The Young Elites – Marie Lu

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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.


Ugh… I am so disappointed with this book. After reading the blurb I thought this was going to be the best book for my month of October. I was so wrong, so very, very wrong.

The book started off so well. Adelina was a great idea for a character and I loved her at first. But I found myself losing interest rather quickly, which was sad because there is something special about a dark/evil character that you can root for.

Unfortunately though it didn’t take long for me to get extremely bored. Little to no character building, the characters were also very one dimensional. Adelina was dark, Enzo is fierce, and Raffaele is so handsome his beauty can only be eclipsed by the gods. If I took one thing away from this book was that Raffaele is one beautiful man. You hear about his looks and his clothes that I caught myself rolling my eyes a few times.

I have yet to read any other books by Marie Lu so I don’t know if the writing style in this book is how she normally writes but it felt so forced. Nothing seemed to flow.

This book was a roller coaster from the beginning to the end. One minute I loved the book, there was intrigue, suspense, and lots of action. This gave me hope that the book was finally coming around and was going to live up to my expectations. Then a few chapters would creep by as my enthusiasm ebbed away.

I didn’t really feel for any of the characters if I am going to be honest.

The ending was the best part of the whole book. Adelina became the character I thought she was going to be from the start. And that epilogue might be the thing that brings me back for the next book, might. While the ending was good I am not sure that i can just forget about how hard the rest of the book was to read. I guess only time will tell.

Overall I didn’t like the book, and the only reason I didn’t give it one star is because of the ending and I save one stars for book that I couldn’t finish.

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