Friday, December 19, 2014

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu: Review

RATING: 4/5 stars!
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Release date: October 7, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY(from Goodreads):
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.

When I first head his book was coming out, I was ecstatic. I loved Marie Lu's Legend series, and I was so pumped for this book to come out.

Did it live up to my expectations? Not exactly.

I'm really sorry to say that this book was definitely not as good as Legend. The main problem for me was the main character, Adelina. She annoyed me SO MUCH! She wouldn't tell anyone anything, and all she did was second guess herself almost the whole time. Girl, get it together! Find some resolve, and then kick some ass!

Other than that, I thought the book was great. The supporting characters were awesome, and the world building, while a little lacking, was still pretty good. So if you want to give the book a try, you should totally go for it!

CONTENT: Heavy on the sexual content. There is no actual sex described, but a few of the characters are "consorts" and have different partners every night. There is also heavy making out, moderate language, and a decent amount of violence, some of it graphic.

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