Monday, December 28, 2015

The Young Elites

Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites, Book 1
Number of Pages: 355 
Date Read: 11/28/15 
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Science Ficion 

Synopsis (Found on
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.

My Review: 
I really liked this book a lot. 
Basically this book is about a girl named Adelina, who was marked as a malfetto after she survived the fever that ravaged her country. One of her eyes was cut out and her hair turned silver. She also has very powerful powers. She is rescued by a group of people who are called the young elites by the people of her country. The young elites are malfettos who are marked from the fever and have powers. Not all malfettos are young elites. The young elites in Adelina's country of Kenettra call themselves the Daggers. The daggers save Adelina and the book is how she trains with them to hone her powers, among other things that occur. Oh and also there is an inquisition who answer to the King and Queen, whose job is to find young elites and kill them. The leader of the inquisition is Teren. 
I really liked Adelina because she was such a complex character. Her young life was very hard. Her father hated her for being a malfetto and basically tortured her physically, mentally and emotionally. Adelina has an extremely powerful power and if she can control it, she can become one of the most powerful, dangerous and feared elites. Her power feeds on darkness, fear, hate and anger. Its very interesting seeing how when she uses her powers to help the Daggers, she feels joy as causing people fear and feels disgusted with herself at the same time. Adelina is always battling good and darkness inside her. Her life up until the start of the book caused a darkness and vengeance in her heart. She can't help but feel joy at causing others fear because its like its her turn to cause these emotions that's she's been feeling all her life, in someone else. I can definitely see her turning into an anti-hero which I'd think would be interesting. And she has every right to turn on the people in her life after what happens at the end of the book. I can't say that I wouldn't have turned to the "dark side". But Adelina's battle is a constant struggle between good and darkness and I have a feeling that will carry on into the next book of the trilogy. 
There are other characters I like as well. I really liked Enzo. He helps train Adelina. He is very hard and stoic but he softens when he's with Adelina. There isn't really a full on romance but a hint on one to come between Enzo and Adelina. 
I also really liked Raffaele. He is one of Enzo's daggers and is extremely beautiful. He is very caring and nurturing to Adelina. He begins to train her and is a real friend to her while she is with the Daggers. Adelina feels like she can trust him and go to him for anything she needs. 
I hated Teren. He is such bastard. He is also a hypocrite and a ruthless asshole. All I can say is that I hope he gets a very painful and agonizing death at Adelina's hands. I's go into the book and kill him myself if I could, I hated him that much. 
I really enjoyed the world building of the book and how the magic within each character worked. Each young elite has one power that they hone and use to their advantage and I enjoyed seeing all the different powers there are and how they work. This book is set on Kenettra, so we only see the powers of the elites that live on Kenettra. There is a map in the beginning of the book that shows other countries/nations and we get a glimpse of one in the epilogue. I can't wait to see what powers the elites in these nations have. 



  1. I need to read this! I also need to read her other series too. Great review. :D

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