The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series:The Young Elites
Publication date: October 07, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
“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.”
I love Marie’s writing style ,I adored her Legend trilogy.I wish I would have picked this up sooner.The plot was gripping, the world building was great it has a very Renaissance Italy feel to it, and the characters were well developed. The story was a little slow-going in the beginning but some of the plot twists in this caught me totally off guard. Especially the end,oh the tears!!.I never expected an ending like that. It is beautifully DARK. It could have been darker, but I’ve heard that it’s only going to get more dark and evil in the next book.
Adelina, is such a cool character, she is missing an eye and she is physically scarred . She is not the pure heroine of most YA books.She embraces the darkness as part of her. She craves it.. I completely loved Adelina and I sort of… clicked with her. She felt so real to me.
Teren is an interesting character. He reminds me of Warner from Shatter Me. He is so filled with self-loathing. Enzo was an extremely easy character to like. He is a great leader and loyal to his group and mission’s. He is sweet and the romance was not overwhelming.I liked Raffaele, because of his platonic friendship with Adelina, because he is a courtesan and he’s not ashamed he owns it. He is deeply loyal to Enzo. I didn’t like Violetta, I just don’t get a good feeling from her.
That final chapter left me intrigued. I’m really curious to know more about Maeve, and I hope she does what I want. The Young Elites was a gritty story. It doesn’t hold back .It was just amazing!! I mean it blew me away!!! I need to get my hands on the next book !!