The Young Elites – A dark Anti-hero Origin story

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Series: The Young Elites #1

Publication date : October 7th, 2014goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 355

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. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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Trigger warning: Parental abuse

(No Spoilers)

I’ve had this book on my TBR for the LONGEST time. Since it came out actually, I wasn’t even part of the community back then, I was just watching some random Youtuber when they talked about it and I thought it sounded interesting enough. But the thing is, I didn’t read fantasy back then so it naturally got burried under a humongous TBR pile until a friend literally screamed at me to read it on twitter (that’s the only way to get me to read a book if you haven’t noticed), I finally caved and picked it up. And oh boy! I regret not reading it sooner because HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.

In my honest opinion, the writing is powerful. Adelina, the main character has a whirlwind of emotions raging inside of her and that really shows in the narration, I could feel every struggle, every pain and every darkness and there are a lot of those. And the descriptions were breath-taking, vivid and beautiful even in their ugliness. What it was lacking, and this really is the only complaint I have, is POVS. This is one of those books that should be told in multiple perspectives, there’s a rich cast of character that wasn’t explored to its fullest potential because of the one point of view we got. Well, almost. There were some chapters here and there that weren’t from the MC’s POV but not nearly enough and not from the characters I was the most interested in. (1)

The story is unique, the kind that’s lacking in YA (AND THAT WE NEED MORE OF). As  you’ve guessed it from the title of the post AND the synopsis of the book, it’s a villaineous character origin story, and a well executed one at that. Marie Lu has built a very dark and heavy vibe around her story and it is shown rather than told and I. live. for. that. That being said, this is a slow fantasy and if that’s not your cup of tea, better skip it. I, for one, didn’t mind it because it made space for good world building and character developpement. And I like both of those things.

BUT the plot is very worth it, it went down some roads I did NOT expect and it took me by surprise and broke me because WE CAN’T HAVE HAPPY NICE THINGS. I particularly liked the opening scene because for one it’s really strong and gets the reader intrigued from the start and it reminded me of one of my favorite classics which is THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN by Victor Hugo, if you’ve read both I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the similarities.

The world is… kind of confusing at first, it took me a little while to get a hang of the city names and situate myself properly but once that was done I thoroughly enjoyed the settings. The Young Elites’ powers are based on energy and emotions which was really interesting to read about, how different people respond to different emotions and how that affects the kind of power they have as well as their strength. I liked how the author also weaved simple things that we experience and explained them by integrating them fully in this world she created.

Adelina is such a well fleshed character. I loved how conflicted and at war with her own feelings she was and the most fascinating was seeing her gradually give in to the darkness, to her “true” self, ambitious, power hungry and villaineous. One thing I particularly appreciated about her and how Marie Lu wrote her is that she wasn’t strong from the get go, not even close, it took her work and time to gain control over her power and that is a nice change from the mainstream MC who’s good at everything she sets her hands on. All of this mean that she’s a lot inside her head, battling with her emotions and demons, figuring out wha to do and who to trust. (2)

(1) and (2) made that I didn’t really know much about the other characters, which I would’ve liked, especially the Daggers, they were very interesting and had a lot of potential. This doesn’t mean that they were cardboard characters because they weren’t but ya know… I wanted more of them, but Adelina being “an outsider” didn’t make that possible. The little I knew of them I liked and I made this game out of it and tried to come up with an adjective  and only one to describe each one of them, and this is what I came up with: Enzo the mysterious, Raffaele the graceful, Gemma the delicate, Dante the ruthless, Michel the artist and Lucente the playful.

And that’s it for this review, friends. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, which is actually happening in a couple of days (when I’m writing this, by the time it goes up I’ll have read it and a few books after it haha) because the way The Young Elites ended has me very curious and excited for the future events.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Young Elites? If so, what did you think?

What did you think of Adelina’s transformation?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Semi-Hiatus Announcement

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Hello guys!

Today is discussion day, right? But I’m sorry to say that there won’t be any of those for a little while, there won’t be much of me at all for a little while and here’s why.

At the end of last week I got my exam schedule for the semester and it seriously freaked me out, I was so stressed (and still am, but 1% less) because I simply won’t pass if I don’t give up pretty much everything else in my life for the next couple of months. I started with deleting the twitter app because that’s so damn distracting, it becomes the most appealing thing in a mile’s radius when I’m trying to study. But as I made my study schedule I realized that something else would have to go.

Until yesterday, I was still in denial about having to give up my blog for two months but while I tried to find time to write this week’s posts I simply couldn’t. So yeah, blogging has to go too.

I have my exams starting April 26th until the very end of May, BUT I have to start hard core studying from now (I actually started a week ago) so I will officially be on hiatus starting today April 10th until May 31st. That being said, review are STILL going up because all of April’s are already scheduled and I can get away with writing one post a week. Otherwise, the backlog will get unmanageable. Other than that, no discussions, no tags, no any other posts. I’m bummed but I can’t add the stress of trying to squeeze in some blogging to the already immense stress of exams.

See you on the other side ❤

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TAG #27: The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

Hello guys !

We all love our books over here, right? So from fangirl to fangirl/boy, I must confess that I have way too many fictional crushes. And you probably do too. They’re my babies, my precious little things that I love more than those creatures called real people (WHAT ARE THOSE?) Anyway. When I saw the Fictional Boyfriend tag, I thought this would be the perfect occasion to display my babies to you all. AND DON’T YOU DARE STEAL THEM. They’re mind. But we can share, if you’re nice enough.

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I wasn’t tagged for this one per say BUT when I saw it in Cristina‘s blog @ My Tiny Obsessions blog back in February hmm.. I while back I just had to do it but the problem back then is that I just started collecting boyfriends. But now that this year is almost at an end, I have more than enough to fill these categories.

1. Most romantic boyfriend

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I’d have to stick to Cristina’s answer on this one. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices is probably the most romantic character I’ve ever read about and I don’t think anyone can top him from that matter. The way he expresses his love, with words and gestures and even music is so precious *swoons*. I can’t help but love him.

2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side

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Mmm… Maybe Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows? Like he’s most definitely dark and moody. Darkest and moodiest. And he definitely has a good side which he doesn’t show. BUT IT’S THERE. Somewhere deep. Very deep. He’s a bit tricky because he’s scarred and has a traumatic past and his coping mechanism would make it very hard to be his girlfriend. But I love him. And I believe in his good side so we’ll make it work.

3. Paranormal boyfriend

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Patrick from The Catastrophic History of You and Me. He’s dead and a ghost now so that technically counts as a paranormal boyfriend right? I say it does. Plus, I don’t have any other choice because I don’t date vampires, werewolves and the sort. (The Picture is exactly how I imagine him)

4. Boyfriend you want to tame

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Why would you go out with him if it is to tame him. pfft! *nasty stare* Though one that is definitely tamable is Luka Wolfe from Wolf by Wolf, he is A LOT. He has a big personnality, a big mouth and kind of the definition of a bad boy BUT all of that makes him what he is so I’m not sure I’d want to tame him. He’s just so darn sexy and funny and I don’t want to risk taking that away.

5. Boy you friend zoned

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Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic trilogy. Don’t get me wrong I ADORE HIM but the thing is that I love Lila even more so if he’s hers I’m not touching him. Plus, I don’t really see him as a boyfriend. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT A FRIENDZONE IS, FADWA!! Darn it.

6. Your soulmate

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. AMAGAAAAD !! He really is my soulmate and I love him beyond words. He’s like the male version of me, he likes to stay as much away from feelings as it is physically possible, he’s sarcastic BUT he cares so much about his people even if he’s not great at showing it. Add to that the fact that he’s hella sexy and handsome. Yup. GIMME.

7. Boyfriend you want to elope with

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Levi from Fangirl. He’d make an AMAZING husband. He’s so protective and caring, gentle and sweet. *swoons* and I can definitely see him being great with kids. Got carried a little bit too much there. Oops.

8. Boyfriend you’d venture anywhere with

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Josh from Isla and the Happily ever After. He is the cutest thing that ever crossed this earth. He’s an artist and likes to explore the world, so I’m sure he’d take me to some beautiful places and show me things that I would probably glance over otherwise.

9. Boyfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with

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Oscar from I’ll Give you the Sun. I wouldn’t mind being stranded with him forever. Huh. Not at all. WHO WOULD THOUGH? He’s so dreamy and resourceful, I’m sure I wouldn’t starve and he’ll maybe even find a way to get us out of there.

10. Most badass boyfriend

I DON’T KNOW, THIS IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR ME? A lot of them are badass and I can’t choose. Don’t make me. You can’t make me. Deal with it.

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Top 5 Wednesday #16 : Gimme More Now !

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So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: BOOKS THAT I WANT SEQUELS FOR

SO MANY BOOKS THAT I WANT MORE FROM. They’re mostly favorites so they’re going to be books I nagged you about over and over again because I can’t shut up about them, they’re just too good. I actually had a hard time narrowing it down to just these 5 but I’m quite satisfied with it now. I obviously skipped Harry Potter because that one is a given ! So, here we go :

5- NEVERWHERE – NEIL GAIMAN

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This is the only exception to the list because it is not a story because in my review I gave it 3.5 stars just because the world building was very confusing. But I  loved the story and the characters even more, so I’m really curious to see what adventure they go on next and I’m convinced that if there were sequels it wouldn’t be as confusing. (Review)

4- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON

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I’m sure you’ve seen this one coming. I’m also sure that if i keep bringing it up in every post someone will come and stab me in my sleep just to shut me up. But I’m willing to risk it because I NEED MORE NOAH AND JUDE !! Pretty please ? I just love them so much and someone talk to Nelson and tell her to write more about them. (Review)

3- THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS SUZAK

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Favorite book. Favorite author. Pretty obvious right ? This is another one that’ll make me the target of daggers. I love it and want an infinity of this story in my life. So beautiful, wonderful and very tear-inducing but still, 200% worth it.

2- THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME – JESS ROTHENBERG

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My Oh My ! This is one of my best reads this year and it completely took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but went it happened I couldn’t get enough and I needed more. I am in Patrick and Brie withdrawal. (Review)

1- FANGIRL – RAINBOW ROWELL

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AAAAH CATHER AND LEVI !!!! One of the first couples I truly shipped just because they’re beyond cute and I have a humongous crush on Levi, he’s perfectly imperfect. So I want to see how their relationship evolves and also how Cath comes out of her shell. (Review)

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What stories do YOU need more of ? I’d love to know.

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