Book Review – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites81jbgvo-5sl

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Published: August 25th 2015

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 384

My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads

An explosive new series from New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu

“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”— The New York Times Book Review 

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.

Review (Non-Spoiler):

The thing I love about this book is that the first few pages have already caught my attention and that it was already really exciting! I immediately fell in love with the characters since they kind of remind me of Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy *fangirls* I really enjoyed this book and I hope that Rose Society will be as good (or better) than The Young Elites.

Review (Contains Spoilers):

As I said in my non-spoiler review, I was immediately captivated in The Young Elites’ plot! I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long and I finally have! So starting from the beginning, I didn’t expect Adelina to have such a cruel father, though I am happy that she killed him a little while after he still had this power to activate Adelina’s rage and fear. No matter how much Adelina hates him, she has to accept the fact that if her father treated her differently, she would activate her powers in a different way as well (if ya’ll get what I’m trying to say hahaha)

Moving on, OMG Enzo reminds me of Will Herondale while  Raffaele reminds me of Jem Carstairs!! — but anyways, oh dear Lord have I fallen deeply in love with Enzo aka the Reaper. I was quite shocked when Raffaele suddenly mentioned this girl ‘Daphne’.. speaking of…

STORY TIME: So I usually read during the bus ride to school because it’s the only time of the day I can read. I was reading the part where Adelina and Enzo kissed (so much feels) but then afterwards, something happened and Adelina pushed him away even though she enjoyed the kiss. She then went to her room but afterwards she went back out and she saw Spider aka Dante talking with Enzo.. She cloaked or hid herself using her ability and eavesdropped on their conversation. Enzo suddenly said that he didn’t care about Adelina and that moment immediately broke my heart!


Another scene in where my heart broke was when Enzo told Adelina to stay the day before the battle between Enzo and Teren. God, do I love those kind of men from books!

Lastly, let’s talk about Violetta. I didn’t expect her to have powers or be a malfetto as well! That was an insanely awesome plot twist!



I guess that’s all folks 🙂 I’ll be sure to be back with another book review! xx



4 thoughts on “Book Review – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

  1. I absolutely love the guys from the Infernal Devices so just the statement that these characters are similar makes me want to read this book more!

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