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Sunday, December 6, 2015


Hi Readers! I've finished The Young Elites by Marie Lu a way back. So here's a book review for y'all! 


Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Number of Pages: 355

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Young Adult

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 

Published on: October 7, 2014

Format: Hardcover

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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."

 About the Author:

Marie Lu is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video game company, and also owns the children’s brand Fuzz Academy. She was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and lives in Los Angeles, California. 

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I have read this book weeks ago, and let me tell you, that until now, I am in love with it.

First of all, I'd like to apologize if this review is some how not organized as most of my review is probably. I forgot to take down notes (which is what I always do) when I was reading the book because, I just can't put it down. That's how good it is.

Marie Lu is officially my most favorite dystopian author. I believe that anything that she'll write is something that I will look forward to read. I cannot believe her. I cannot believe how she does what she does. I cannot. Really.

The Young Elites is something I enjoyed. I enjoyed it just as I enjoyed the Legend Series or probably even more, to be honest. Maybe because I'm this big fantasy fan. I have things to talk about in this book. And enjoying it doesn't mean that I have nothing that I don't like about this book.

The characters were phenomenal. They surpassed my expectations. Marie Lu was able to bring up a wide variety of characteristics and awesomeness in the selection of her characters. Adelina is someone I really am fascinated about. She is powerful than she thinks. It really brings up the story a lot. This is somethings I am quite surprised to get from Marie Lu since her characters from the Legend trilogy are pretty powerful and they know that. Although at points Adelina is quite scary and weird that it makes me uncomfortable, but I like how that adds to the story. Enzo is a whole different story. He's very powerful and mysterious. In some way, he kind of reminds of the Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy. He's very unpredictable. His power and all is awesome. Teren is not my cup of tea. I mean as a character, I don't like him. His story's okay and I've read less of him here, so I'm kinda expecting more of him next. Violetta is a surprise to me. I kinda hated her at first then plot twist happens and all. Raffaele is someone I am mesmerized of. He's so gentle, so kind. I like his character and he adds so much to the story. I like how she's very different inside and how he can bind his feelings. Overall, the characters was surprising. Although I can sense some Kaede feel in some of the members of The Dagger Society, I still admire how Marie Lu made up a new set of fresh and wonderful characters.

The writing style is different now, which is something I really enjoyed. It's all dark now. I love how the story was written. The choice of words also helped. I also liked the blurb before every chapter which gives of the total feel and insight in the chapter. It really helped me understand the story more in a creative way. Although I was expecting it to be much darker, which is forgivable because this is the first book.

The story and plot is amazing. I was not expecting things like that. (Spoilers) Violetta is really a shock. I was expecting Teren to be different and all. But Violetta, like mind blowing. I was not expecting that she would be an elite herself and has special abilities. And she became the reason why Adelina never released her powers. I was also touched by the sacrifices Violetta did as a little sister. Dante's death is quite revealing. I mean illusions were all what Adelina had. Illusions! I thought at the first part of the book that her powers are quite lame since when the person she attacks notices that she can't do anything, they would kill her. But I was wrong, as always great job to Marie Lu, Adelina developed her powers with the help of the Young Elites and eventually, she became a very powerful malfetto. I was shocked at her killing Dante. I never imagines The Dagger Society falling at book one. The story and plot was well thought of and every scene was perfectly connected to each other!

The ending was shocking. How can I say this, Enzo freakin' died. Like, who saw that coming? This boy didn't. I was left speechless. I thought that may be they would heal him before he died, but no. He died. He freakin' died. But because this is a Marie Lu book, it just couldn't end like that, right? Marie Lu wants to hurt as more with a little hope. The end then revealed that there is this person that could retrieve a person from death itself. But wait, that person will never be the same again. Like what? Enzo will be back to life but will be crazy and all? And guess what. Adelina did not get any better. She was healed by the Dagger Society physically but she was removed from the group. But wait, she didn't accept that, instead, she wanted revenge. And she started to build the Rose Society. In hopes of avenging herself to those who used and hurt her. The ending was freaking amazing and I was left speechless. Marie Lu has done it again. (End of Spoilers)

Overall, The Young Elites is not your ordinary hero story. It's amazing, shocking, and wonderfully written by the one and only Marie Lu. I am forever thankful to Marie Lu for writing such amazing books. Her books are my favorite dystopian-fantasy book ever.

Reading with Luigi gives The Young Elites by Marie Lu a
4.7/5 Books
Outstandingly amazing! Definitely worth the read!

Favorite Quotes:

"Be true to yourself, Violetta once told me when I was trying in vain to win Father over. 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." page 89-90

 "Nothing is isolated. Do one thing, however small, and it will affect something else on the other side of the world. In a way, you are already connected to each of us." page 94 

“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.” 

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

Very sorry for the lack of enough quotes. This book is amazing. It was so amazing, I didn't have the chance to take down the quotes and pages of the quotes.

My Friends' Short Reviews/Rating:

I am very sorry for not being able to ask some of my friends. Instead, I'll give some links on which you can watch and read some of my favorite The Young Elites book reviews ever!

JM's Review over at the Book Freak Revelations
Christine's Review over at PolandbananasBOOKS
Ben's Review over at Benjaminoftomes

What are your favorite reviews of The Young Elites? Comment them down below too so I can check them out!


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