The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Review and Giveaway

Posted September 11, 2015 by Emily in book review, giveaway / 0 Comments

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Review and GiveawayThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Published by Penguin Group USA on October 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Penguin Group USA
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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.

I’ve been meaning to read a book by Marie Lu for ages. Ever since Legend came out and I’ve heard how much everyone loved it. So, when a chance to review The Young Elites came my way, I jumped at it.

The Young Elites is a very readable novel. It’s fast-paced, fun, and has some nice romantic elements. I really did enjoy reading this book from beginning to end. I thought the fact that Adelina had lost an eye (not really a spoiler since it the novel tells you in the first 15 pages or so) was a really interesting touch.

There’s definitely an X-Men kind of vibe to this novel. It’s a group of teenagers, all mutated in some way by a virus. They are hunted as dangerous (which of course, seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy). Adelina has a run in with her father, who we find out is a cruel maniac. She comes into contact with the Young Elites, a group of teens like herself that are gifted.

The Young Elites has a lot of moral gray area. The heroes aren’t perfect, and the villains are self-loathing and have very twisted motives. All of these things make for a nice, twisty plot. There are a few characters that stand out. Raffaelle was definitely one of my favorites. His ambiguity and loyalties were the most compelling of all the characters, I thought. Enzo is a close second. Because of the slightly shifting POVs (Adelina is first person, the rest of the characters, including Teren, the villain, are in third), the reader is given more information than the characters, allowing you to see where some of the loyalty lines cross. The result? You can’t trust anyone.

Despite my overall enjoyment, I feel hesitant plunging headfirst into full-fledged rapture. A little part of me felt like the fast pace got ahead of itself in some places. While I liked the holes that made me mistrust or doubt characters, I would have liked a little more information about some of the members of the Dagger Society.

That ending though. That will keep me hooked until I can get a hold of The Rose Society.

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My Villain Squad

Squid-Squad

This is kind of a silly little badge I made for my super-villain squad. As a member of the squid squad, villains have access to a variety of sea-creature powers.

  • Multiple limbs
  • Regeneration
  • Excellent vision from dinner-plate sized eyes
  • Super strength and suction abilities
  • Heightened spatial awareness
  • Ability to squeeze through impossibly small spaces (you are an invertebrate, after all)
  • Super speed and diving powers
  • Underwater breathing
  • Squirting ink weapons
  • Invisibility (you can change colors based on your surroundings, or flash super cool colors during dance parties)
  • Piercing beak perfect for shelling sunflower seeds

I hope you’ll join my unbeatable squad.

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Giveaway

Enter to win an ARC of The Rose Society from Penguin Teen. WARNING: The synopsis of The Rose Society has major spoilers for book 1. So, if you haven’t read book one, close your eyes before you enter.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Review and GiveawayThe Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Published by Penguin Group USA on October 13, 2015
Pages: 416
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Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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