The Young Elites – Marie Lu

Goodreads 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.

Goodreads rating – 3,95/5 stars 

My Review – 

I really did not like this book, which is a shame as I have not read the legend trilogy and now am not to keen to pick it up.

I thought that the world building was weak, as was the world building and there was little to no character development. I didn’t like any of the characters, and they were portrayed so vaguely that I couldn’t connect with any of them even though I knew that I was supposed to sympathise with the protagonist Adelina but she just annoyed me. It was like Bella Swan meets America Singer with scarred face. Don’t know much about any of the characters as they all just blend into one.They were all meant to have different powers but I had no idea as to who was who and what powers they had because it was all so vague. The “missions” seemed useless and out of the blue.

Adelina was weak, boring and incredibly irritating, constantly whining about all of the “bad” things she has done and how terrible her life has been. She is s0 innocent and naive that we are supposed to sympathise with her but I just couldn’t.

 I should have flown through this book as I am usually a fairly fast reader, but it took me days to finish. I was so tempted to just put it down but I had a tinge of hope that it couldn’t be this boring and hoped that it would get better, however It didn’t. The ending wasn’t terrible though and I have to say that the best part of the book for me was the epilogue. 

My rating – 2/5 stars 

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Goodreads – Katerina Turner 


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