The Young Elites [Review]

Posted September 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

The Young Elites [Review]The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
on October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Series Rating: four-stars
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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.

Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Tomorrow, I will take on all of these things. I will be unstoppable.

No. I am not broken easily. I will never break.

The only way to clamp down on my energy is to erase my emotions, and so I fold them each away, one by one. My sorrow turns to anger, then to ice-cold fury. My soul curls in on itself in defense. I am gone. I am truly gone. I am not sorry.

Oh what a ride this book was! I was entranced by this book! I thought it was so cool to read about a group of people who have powers (kind of like superheros). This was so much fun to read! The ending blindsided me and I’m not sure I can forgive Marie for it, but I have a feeling of what is to come in the second book because of that ending. And if what happens in the second book is what I think will happen… Then I can probably forgive Marie for tearing out my heart!

I really liked Adelina Amouteru. I thought she was completely bad ass and amazing! And when she turns at the end, I totally understand where she is coming from and I agree with her! Adelina went through a lot within this book. Betrayal, hurt, being used, death, etc. She was a trooper through it all. And if it were me, I’d probably not have been able to be that strong and keep going.

Enzo and Raffaele were my favorites within the Dagger Society. 🙂 The rest of the Elites (Gemma, Lucent, and company) weren’t bad, but we didn’t really get to know a whole lot of them within this first book (other than what they can do), so I hope to get to know more of their personalities and what not in the coming books!

The ONLY reason why I gave this 4 stars is because of that ending. If it had ended ANY other way, it would have been a 5 star read for me. HOWEVER, since my heart was completely broken, I could not give it 5 stars. I do think that there will be some amazing things in the second book that will make up for the ending of the first book. And who knows, maybe I’m the only one who had a hard time with that ending?

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read The Young Elites? Or her Legend series? Did you get an advanced copy of The Rose Society? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

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