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.
Author: Marie Lu
Part of a Series: Yes
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.
No. of Pages: 355 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Action, High Fantasy, Science Fiction,
The Cover: There’s not much to love about the cover, to be honest. I expected more from this, knowing the past covers of the Legend Trilogy. Their covers were simple, yet they were also elegant and highly symbolic. The cover of The Young Elites showcased dark clouds and a medieval type of lettering which was kind of dull and too simple for me. Meh. (3 out of 5 stars)
The Story: The plot focused on this troubled maiden, Adelina Amouteru, who unleashes her wrath through illusions which started out as simple, to horrifying and demonic ones as the story progressed. I was in awe with it. It wasn’t every day that I am able to read a book with a single character that was labeled both a protagonist and an antagonist. This was different, and I loved it. And, just to add, I kinda relate to Adelina. Growing up, I too have faced people and/or friends that befriended me for their advantage, and somehow, I’m growing to avoid such people and I want them gone. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* WHY DID ENZO HAVE TO DIE, FOLKS? Whyyyyy? Please explain it to me since I am really saddened by his death. Enzo seemed to be the only young elite who had Adelina’s best interest at heart. He genuinely cared for our Adelina and with that said, since I loved our white wolf, I loved Enzo as well, and just like all the readers of this book out there, my heart goes to Maeve. I have my hopes set out for her to bring our Enzo Valenciano back to life. Oh my god, I am tearing up again. Please, can I have a tissue? (5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: I really loved this book and I am looking forward to reading the whole trilogy/series. With it’s sequel set to be released in 2015, I am now officially starting to save up for the next installment in this wonderful new series. Thumbs up to Marie Lu for hooking me up once again with her book. (4.3 out of 5 stars)
“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo other to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.” – The Rose Society Induction Passage, written by Adelina Amouteru
“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
“No. I’m not broken easily. I will never break.” – Adelina Amouteru
“Embellish your flaws. They will turn into your assets.” – Raffaele Laurent Bessette