Tawney Twin here! And it’s my favorite day. It’s that time of week where we review books. Yay for books!
Since moving to Florida, I have had some time to read many books. Which could be a good thing for me but a bad thing for my wallet. I spent the last couple of days reading, no more like devouring a fabulous book, Young Elites by Marie Lu.
Synopsis: 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.
My review: This book had me at the first sentence “I’m going to die tomorrow morning.” Our main character Adelina is in a precarious situation when we first meet her. She survived the Blood Fever, a virus that killed thousands and has changed all children psychically and mentally. Some have scars on the outside but most have new powers that were developed from the blood fever. These children are called malfetto and they are loathed to the point that some are murdered without cause. Adelina only lost an eye from the fever until the night she kills her father. Her true, dark powers manifest which is why she’s in jail waiting for her execution. She has become a true malfetto. And that’s how the book gains my attention and the fast pace adventure begins.
This was a dark spellbinding tale of young kids trying to gain the acceptance of their kingdom while putting the rightful heir back on the throne. Marie Lu did a wonderful job on the description of her fantasy world with the rituals, attire and royal affairs. I just love world building and she did a fantastic job. Look at this map!
Every fantasy needs a good map and I can visually picture Marie’s world through her descriptive words. She takes us around this world with perfect clarity not missing a beat front the different cultures and settings. Her world building is masterful and fuels the plot of the story and helps motivate the characters.
Marie Lu does a wonderful job on creating her characters and mastering the multiple points of views. Sometimes this draws me away from books because I feel that multiple points of view can become confusing. Not in this case.
We nave four point of views, one in first person and three in third person. Adelina’s story is told in first person. We can feel her emotions and know her thoughts. Reading her chapters I become more emotional and empathize with her. Sometimes I wish that she would speak her mind rather than keep secrets. The three other characters we follow are evil Teren, the handsome Raffaele and the crown prince Enzo. I love Enzo and his fire powers. He can call upon the fires to bend at his will. His emotions with Adelina are often sometimes laughable, given the situation they are in. I wish characters can just say what they feel, but then again it wouldn’t make for a good story. Teren wants to help his queen and king get rid of the malfettos once and for all. I disliked his character, which he was the bad guy so who wouldn’t? Raffaele is a beautiful boy who’s is in a slightly scandalous job and his powers are somewhat weak but efficient. But his love for Enzo and Adelina won me over right away. The reason these three third person POV work is because the reader has been informed of things that Adelina has no knowledge of. The reader is given more information and the anticipation of Adelina finding out these things just draws the reader further into the story.
Young Elites was a wonderful-I-can’t-put-this-book-down-OMG-the-feels read. Marie Lu did another fabulous job at taking us through a world of romance, war, adventure and loss. Enzo and Adelina have a fabulous chemistry and I just love when Enzo trains Adelina he doesn’t hold back. He gives it all he can to make her stronger. This book was darker that the Legend Trilogy. There were surprises I didn’t expect that caused gasps and screams of “NOOOOOOO!” Marie Lu does a wonderful job with introducing the characters, from their childhood, to their powers. Her description is pristine and each scene is fast paced and a page turner.
Should you read it? Yes. Marie Lu brings us a wonderful world with fantastic characters. You won’t be disappointed. I give it four stars.
And the doodles I sketched while reading this book!
Legend Meets Young Elites June and Adelina Adelina and Enzo from Young Elites
About the Author:
I write stuff, like the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES (coming out Oct. 7, 2014). This is my little space, where I post news, tour info, random thoughts, and art. For my photography, hop over to my Photo Tumblr