The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Image result for the young elitesAuthor: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish: 2014

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.


Want action? Want romance? Want to yell at all the characters in the book? If you answered yes to all these questions then this book is for you.  Marie Lu has created a world full of imperfect people with abilities to change the world. The only thing that lingers is, is the change for the good or the bad? I love the majority of the characters and their awesome abilities. The book can pull you right in like you’re there with the characters watching everything.


Killed her father, ran away, ratted out by sister, caught and thrown into prison, saved by a handsome guy, tossed into training, sneaking out, traitor, fighting to save sister, and fighter all describe what happens to Adelina. Now lets talk about this sister relationship. Adelina was RATTED OUT by her sister Violetta! How could her own sister do that to her?? And then have to turn around and save her. What the heck! Then Violetta tells Adelina that she was the reason she never experienced her powers around her father because she had the power to take hers away! Talk about family drama! But at the end of the book Adelina realizes that she needs Violetta more then she will ever know. I’m certain these two will mend their relationship and stand by one another.

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Enzo, Enzo , Enzo you stole my heart. One of the many dream guys that I have. Compassionate, sweet, nice, caring, strong, minded, stern, and patient are qualities that he has. Trying to teach Adelina how to use her powers to help him and the rest of the elites over throw the queen and king, so Enzo can retake his throne. He falls for Adelina. In his eyes she is beautiful and faithful. I really wished that Adelina told Enzo that she needed his help in saving her sister instead of going behind his back.

I do not like Raffaele. I’m sorry to those who do. He comes off to nice and the way he acts throws me off. He takes Adelina under his wing showing her all the ins and outs. I feel like he is using her to gain understanding of her powers to use her later on for his advantage. He wants Enzo to kill her before her powers become out of control. But this is not the first time Raffaele insists Enzo to kill one of the elites. It just has me curious.

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There were a few scenes where the rest of the elites show off their powers, but I wish there were more interactions with them showing off their powers in a more unique way.

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Marie LuI write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂
I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.



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