Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Series: The Young Elites #1
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.


The Young Elites (Marie Lu) is a twisted, thrilling tale that follows the story of Adelina Amouteru, a survivor of the blood fever, in a land where she is branded as a malfetto, and shunned from society. She discovers that she has a mysterious gift, leaves her controlling, heartless father in the dust, and finds her place in a society of others like her. But will her inner darkness, and lust for power, become a threat to everyone she loves?? Find out in this gripping, dark story, that will make you longing for more!

My favourite character is Raffaelle, because he cares about the safety of the group, and he’s so emotional, and is written beautifully. My favourite part is during one of Adelina’s dreams, as it’s written so vividly, and I loved the point of view from Adelina, Raffaelle, and Teren, as it helped see what was going on a lot more. The plot was really exciting, and kept me hooked. I loved the way that the plot was centred around more of a dark character, as opposed to a stereotypical hero.

Marie Lu is wonderful at writing Adelina’s dreams and memories, as they really captured my imagination, and helped me to be quite empathetic towards her in the start of the book. Everything  made sense, and the ending was incredible! It was pretty unpredictable, and I loved the way it was written.

I would recommend this book to any lovers of The Iron Trail (Cassandra Clare & Holly Black), or The Chronicles of Nick series (Sherrilyn Kenyon).

I absolutely loved this book, and I hope you enjoy it too!@ ☺

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