Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Published October 7, 2014 · Putnam Books for Young Readers
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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.

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Waiting on Wednesday (#27)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Young Elites

The Young Elites
by Marie Lu
Series:
The Young Elites #1
Publication Date: 07 October 2014
by Putnam Juvenile

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.

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LAST WEEK MY WOW POST WAS TYPED IN ALL CAPS TOO END IT’S NOT COMING TO A STOP WEEK EITHER. HOW CAN I CALM DOWN OVER THE YOUNG ELITES? AFTER CHAMPION, I DIED AND WOULD DEFINITELY READ WHATEVER WRITTEN WORK MARIE LU CHUCKS AT THE WORLD; SHE WRITES IT, I’LL READ IT. ANYWAY, JUST GO PRE-ORDER THIS NOW, OKAY? BYE.

Oh, wait. And the fact the protagonist has the same name as me is completely mind-blowing. I’ve only ever encountered a character with similar names to me once (her name – well, code name – was Adele and characters named Lena/Lina don’t count because… no one calls me that). I don’t know about the rest of you, but personally, I think it’s somewhat easier to relate to a character with a similar name since it’ll feel more… personal? Adelina’s ‘dark and villainous side’ also piques my interest. Protagonists that aren’t completely pure and good-hearted? Now, that’s something I love.

I just realized that second paragraph wasn’t typed in all-caps. Oh well.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Adelena

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

As we all know, this Friday, 14th of February, is Valentine’s Day! Not that I have a Valentine or anything but then again, who needs a Valentine when you’ve got books & ships? Just kidding. Anyway, this week’s list consists of the top 10 books that made me swoon. I’m a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic and I will shamefully admit I barely read any novels without romance now. That doesn’t mean I would settle for simply any romantic story, it’s got to be well-developed!

So here’s a list of books that either made me swoon, want a relationship like the one portrayed in it or wish desperately for a guy like the one in the story. ;)

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon:

All Our Yesterdays
1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I ship Em & Finn so much! They’re so different, yet perfect for each other; like magnets!

Anna and the French Kiss
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Although this book was a teensy bit cheesy at times, it was still wonderfully romantic. It wasn’t just about romance, of course, but the romance was definitely my favourite part. Étienne was amazing, period.

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3. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
I just finished the last of this trilogy, Three, and I’m sure Chase and Ember are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. For further elaboration, read my reviews! Oh, Chase is also one heck of a boyfriend. Someone give him a medal!

Champion
4. Champion by Marie Lu
Day. June. Daniel Altan Wing. June Iparis. I don’t know how I can sanely express my love for them two. I won’t even try.

Dare You To
5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
If there ever is a perfectly imperfect relationship in real life, it would be Beth and Ryan’s. Or maybe I’m biased because I can really relate to Beth sometimes (just that I’m more chipper) and I would love a boyfriend like Ryan.

Deity
6. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would list the whole Covenant series here if I could but I picked Deity because it was the book that made me realize how deeply Aiden and Alex loved each other. They literally stuck with each other through thick and thin. Their love can conquer everything. :’)

For Darkness Shows the Stars
7. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
THIS. THIS BOOK. It’s filled to the brim with crazy FEELS. It’ll twist your heart into an unrecognizable shape.

Scarlet
8. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Many of my friends have heard me say this before but now I shall announce it to the blogosphere and the internet: I WANT A WOLF. No kidding, I really do think a guy like Wolf is the perfect guy for me.

Siege and Storm
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I do ship Malina like crazy but what really got this novel on this list is a particular privateer… Smart, witty, hilarious & FREAKING AMAZING, I’m just ripping out my heart & going, “TAKE IT. JUST TAKE IT; YOU CAN HAVE IT.”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I would be downright cray cray if I did not put TSPoLaFS on this list! It’s practically everything love at first sight should have! And for the record, I do believe in love at first sight.

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This list is in alphabetical order because I really couldn’t pick any one over another based on their level of swooniness. Unsurprisingly, coming up with this list made me want to smile forever, grab my Wolf (or Sturmhond), run into the sunset and live happily ever after.

Here’s an early happy Valentine’s Day from me to you (even if you don’t have a Valentine)! ♥

Adelena