Convince Me To Read (22): The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

Posted November 19, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 1 Comment

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Convince Me To Read (22): The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie LuThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
on October 7th 2014
ISBN: 0399167838
Pages: 355

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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.

Jamie’s review

I really enjoyed this one! I loved how dark and twisted Adelina was and that she embraced it to use her magic. I don’t even really now what to say. I was thoroughly satisfied with my reading of this one and would recommend checking this one out because it is the start of what promises to be a stellar series.

I haven’t read the Legend Trilogy but so many people recommend that series to me, so I thought I would not do that and read this series instead (I live life on the edge). And boy am I glad I did. Marie Lu creates a fantasy world that is equal parts dark and fascinating, giving us great characters that we can love and hate — some at the same time.

I think Adelina is FANTASTIC. She is hurt and wanting to love and trying to do the best she can but failing miserably because of how broken she is. But her power is explosive and fantastic and I WAS ROOTING FOR HER THE ENTIRE TIME. Adelina for president of the Universe. She is so so so awesome to be honest. She loves fiercely and tries to do the best she can and she definitely does not succeed at this and it was horrible to watch her crash and burn but all I could think was “YES SHE IS GOING TO BE SO EVILLLLLL.”

What I realized with this book is that I’m a bad person. Because I rooted for all the bad guys and thought the good guys were boring. Enzo and Raffaele were great, three dimensional characters, but they were so inherently good that I was like “nah I’m not here for it” because I WANTED ALL THE BAD. Teren definitely fulfilled this for me and while I was not attracted to him or anything like that, I was okay if he had succeeded. I could see Teren and Adelina facing off against one another until one is completely crushed to dust.

THIS BOOK IS SO GREAT. I have nothing else to say. Read it.

Convince Me To Read (22): The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie LuThe Rose Society by Marie Lu
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 13th 2015
ISBN: 0399167846
Pages: 395

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Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

Jamie’s review

This one literally blew my mind. This is not a typical second book – it is a masterpiece. Instead of keeping the characters stagnant or giving them minimal drama and changes to work with, Lu keeps the action fast paced and moving further along. I am really excited for how this concludes and then I will be starting LEGEND right away!

I still really love Adelina. Maybe even more now than I did after THE YOUNG ELITES because she is no longer pretending to be “good.” I really like how Adelina works to prove herself to everyone as being who she is rather than something she is not. I loved how her relationships evolved and how bold she was. I also really loved her scene with Teren and the Queen at the end because she was SO badass and ruthless and I was squeeing with joy. There is probably something very wrong with me.

The only thing I didn’t love were some of the new perspectives and chapters. I felt as though they weren’t quite as tight as the older characters’ perspectives and that took me out of the story a bit, which I was meh about.

But THERE WAS SO MUCH GOODNESS packed into these pages. I wasn’t quite sure what I liked more: the View Spoiler », the fact that Adelina is RUTHLESS AF, or the fact that there is View Spoiler ». Maybe all three together. If you liked THE YOUNG ELITES because of how dark and gritty it was, you will LOVE THE ROSE SOCIETY. I can’t wait to read THE MIDNIGHT STAR.



About Marie Lu

I 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.

One response to “Convince Me To Read (22): The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

  1. Great reviews! I have seen these books everywhere but never really looked into what they were about..but after reading this you have definitely convinced me to read the series!! Thanks

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