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Thursday, December 25, 2014

[REVIEW] The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu
Series: Book 1, The Young Elites
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 7th 2014 by Penguin
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 Thoughts

Think X-Men in a fantasy world living in a Renaissance era and you pretty much get The Young Elites. Only, this is so much darker. Marie Lu is right; The Young Elites is not a hero story. This is a story of a villain.

Adelina Amouteru did not survive the blood fever that swept her entire nation unscathed. The plague that killed her mother also took Adelina's left eye and gave her markings that distinguished her as a malfetto. Not just an ordinary malfetto, though. A Young Elite, gifted with a supernatural power that feeds off the darkness inside and around Adelina. This same gift calls the attention of The Dagger Society, a group of Young Elites that uses their powers for a secret agenda. When her and her sister's life gets threatened, will Adelina be able to call on her powers to save them? Or will it just endanger herself and those around her?

I dived into The Young Elites with high expectations because a lot of people have been saying great things about this book. I haven't read the Legend series so I had no idea how Marie Lu writes. Turns out she doesn't disappoint.

Kick-ass characters. Exquisite world-building. Awesome powers. Great action. Only the romance fell short, in my opinion. But that's totally fine with me, because I picked up this book for its promise of fantasy, cool powers and epic battles. I got those and more! The Young Elites has a really good plot, dynamic and interesting characters, and a story you wouldn't want to miss.

I liked everything about this book so I'm not going to enumerate the reasons why you should read The Young Elites. From beginning up to the last page, this book is perfection. And if it's even possible, it gets so much better because the epilogue promises more of Adelina Amouteru and the Young Elites. I will definitely be waiting for the next book! GO READ IT NOW!

Favorite lines

Pain enhances beauty.

No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.

It is pointless to believe what you see, if you only see what you believe.

To love is to be afraid. You are frightened, deathly terrified, that something will happen to those you love. Think of the possibilities. Does your heart clench with each thought? That, my friend, is love. And love enslaves us all, for you cannot have love without fear.

Sometimes, the only way to set things right is to do what is difficult. It is the only way to love them back.

Trust is when we plummet into the depths of an abyss and reach out for each other's hands.

You cannot have love without fear.


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Ohh Renaissance era... :) Good to see you liked this, I will have to check it out!

    1. Please do! You won't regret it. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  2. glad to know you enjoyed your first Marie Lu book. I had high hopes for this book since I loved the Legend Trilogy but turns out I'm not really cut out for high fantasy series although I'll definitely still read the next book in the series :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    1. I'm glad you'll still read the next book even though you said high fantasy's not really for you. Thanks for dropping by, czai! ^__^

  3. Oh I am so excited for this book!! I love kick-ass characters and wonderful world-building. Sorry the romance fell short... Great review!!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I hope you also enjoy The Young Elites. ^__^

  4. I've read Marie Lu's book, Legend, and adored it! It was action-packed and fast-paced, just my type of read. So glad you love this one! I'll probably love it as much as everyone. I can't wait to get a copy of it. Fantastic review:)

    Btw, new follower here. 😄

    1. Thanks for following, Sharmaine! ^__^ Legend is also on my TBR list and I'm expecting to enjoy it, too. I hope you also like The Young Elites. :)

  5. I've seen some mixed reviews on this, but I loved Legend, so am really looking forward to reading it myself. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Enjoy reading! I hope The Young Elites won't disappoint you. ^__^

  6. Oh I'm so happy you liked this one. I've read mixed reviews for this and I'm still thinking if I should read it or not though. Lovely review Julie! :)

    1. It's definitely worth a try! I hope you enjoy TYE if you decide to read it. Thanks! :)

  7. I was kinda annoyed with the ending grrrr it was so cliffhanger-ish. I mostly felt pity towards Adelina, she's been neglected all her life. I would have probably killed her sister if I were in her position. HAHA

    1. I was also sympathetic towards Adelina, but mostly I admired her for being a strong character. I didn't felt that murderous towards her sister, though. Haha.. :)


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