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Thursday, February 19, 2015

YA Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ - -  (3 out of 5)
"I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt."

The Young Elites is the first book in the trilogy and the Marie Lu's newest book after her Legend series.  Here we go~

The Plot
The story focuses on main protagonist Adelina Amouteru, a malfetto girl who survived the blood fever that struck her kingdom many years ago. The majority of the people infected did not survive, but the lucky children that did were left with markings and some with super natural gifts. 
Adelina's father is a ruthless vindictive man that wants to use Adelina to his financial gain. To escape her father's tyranny, she escapes and we go on a journey with her as she meets other malfettos with gifts that want to overthrow the kingdom.
So I really loved the plot of the story, I thought it was cool twist on an old idea. I got a somewhat x-men vibe from it, and who doesn't love the x-men?? It was well thought out and developed into an amazing novel.

The Writing
As this is my first time reading a book from Marie Lu, I'm not familiar with her writing style. But I have no complaints. She gets the story across with vivid descriptions and major character developments to the main cast. Marie Lu has a talent that engages the reader and obsessed.
There were points in the story that made my jaw drop with twists and turns that only a good reader can pull off as surprising. I mean... characters that you love might not be safe from harm. If this is the way she writes all her books then I need to get to her Legend series.

The Characters
There are so many characters in The Young Elites that I want to talk about, but I will only speak about four of them.
Adelina, the conflicted protagonist. There is so much I could say about Adelina because she was one of the most complex characters I have ever read about. The reason I describe her as conflicted is because all through out the story she struggles to do the right thing. She wants to be a good person, but her powers are so dark that it conflicts with her morals. So in some parts she's a protagonist and others she's the antagonist.
Enzo, the brave leader. He is the crown prince that was cast out by his sister because he is a malfetto. He created and founded the Dagger Society, a group of malfettos with powerful gifts that want to over throw the Queen's rule. Everything he does is for the better of the group and he won't stop until justice is served and all the remaining malfettos are safe.
Teren, the antagonist in denial. Teren is a special character. He is the captain of the guard that exterminates malfettos, but also happens to be one himself. He struggles with the powers he was given and believes that by ridding the world of malfettos that he will be saved from the waters of the underworld. You want to hate him, but you also can't help but sympathize with his internal struggles with himself.
Raffaele, the flirtatious messenger. I wanted so bad to know more about Raffaele, but I feel like he was explored as much as he could have been. He interested me the most, partly because I could relate to him more so then others. He felt like the mother of the group and all he wanted from the start was to protect his members from the future dangers. Hopefully in the upcoming book his past is more explored!

The Cover
In my opinion the cover is pretty simplistic. It has the dark clouds in the background which symbolizes Adelina's powers and the title in big letters with a cool font. The T in Elites is a dagger which symbolizes the Dagger Society. I think it captures the heart and the premise of the story perfectly.

This is a great story with an amazing cast of characters! I feel like the story is going at a great pace and I'm ├╝ber-excited to know what happens next! So pick up a copy if you haven't already and join this amazing journey with Adelina and the Dagger Society!

See ya next time,

-       Jesse Nicholas
       His YA Book Review Blog

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog at

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