Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Young Elites by Marie Lu Book Trailer, Sneak Peak + ARC Review

The Young Elites

  The Young Elites
Marie Lu
(The Young Elites #1)
Published: October 7th, 2014
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy

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.

~ Adelina Amouteru is one of the survivors of the blood fever that swept through her country when she was young. She survived, but barely, and didn't come out unmarked. She has a jagged scar over the left side of her face, and lost her left eye from the disease. She is considered a malfetto that was left scarred, but with no special powers. She is shunned and treated with disrespect by those around her, especially by her father, who now owns damaged goods, her!

 Her father is determined to make some use out of her one way or another. For she is unworthy scarred and marked. So he persistently reaches for a darkness deep within her, twisting and nurturing it, allowing it to manifest inside of her, hoping to push her to the breaking point and release some unrevealed power. Adelina, twisted from being used and abused, she has a hatred that runs deep, a darkness within that is eager to unleash the wrath, and wreck havoc on all opposing sides.

The opening chapter.

Adelina unwillingly unleashes a darkness within that she did not know existed. A power so strong it can bring a man to his knees. The power of Illusion is what she possess, and that is when she is revealed no more as a malfetto, but as a Young Elite. And now she will be hunted, captured, and burned at the stake like all other unruly malfetto's and Elites. But when her world collides with other Elites all set on a common goal and eager to recruit her, she decides with nothing or no one else to turn too, she recruits into the Dagger Society. Their goal is simple: Bring The Young Elites out of hiding and dethrone the king and queen that has killed and tortured so many, and create a new world for them all. But of course that is easier said then done, especially with the Inquisition Axis's hunting and killing them off little by little.

 Reminds me of Enzo.

~ Enzo Valenciano was deprived of his birthright when he was marked by the blood fever, possessing elite powers that are not of their world. He fills his days fighting for the malfetto and Elites. He wants equality for the marked and unmarked. To claim his birthright he was given at birth. To take control of Kenettran and rain hell on their tortures and dethrone the queen and king. To end the suffering that the marked and malfetto's have endured at the hands of the royals and Inquisition Axis's. He wants a change, and he is the only one who can bring it, and bring it he will, or die trying!

Reminds me of Enzo.

Teren Santoro is the leader of Inquisition Axis, and the queens right hand man. He will do anything for his precious queen, he will turn away from his people to appease her, he will kill and torture if it pleases her, he will hunt the earth for the very last Elite and rid them of their wretch life if it satisfies her. He will, and he has, and he is not done yet, he is only beginning!! 


All three of these lives will collide and wreck havoc on the world. They will either be the downfall of their world, or bring peace and lightness to the darkness they call earth. But not all of them want the same thing, and their are some who are willing to do the unthinkable to get what they want. The battle between marked and unmarked has begun....

THE YOUNG ELITES is one of the best books I've read this year!!! I know I'm being repetitive, but I just loved this book!! Every single thing about it!! The characters were rigid and complex, with layers and layers of depth and personality that just won me over from the beginning to end!! I loved all the characters, especially the main ones, Adelina, Enzo, and Teren! They were just so interesting with their dark powers that was fascinating and devastating at the same time!! 

I was never bored with this book. Even the slow parts like the beginning wasn't enough to make me want to put this book down. I thought it was paced just right, with enough of everything to give it the balance it needed!! 

Overall, THE YOUNG ELITES is a MUST READ for any supernatural/dystopian fan out there. If you want a book that will WOW the pants off of you, THE YOUNG ELITES is it!! It will not disappoint and leave you yearning for more!!


5 EXPLOSIVE Bone Hearts

Read the first 83 pages below or HERE!

Marie Lu was born in China in 1984 (perhaps a sign of dystopian stories to come), and moved from Beijing to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the same year the Tiananmen Square massacre happened. Eventually she and her parents settled down in Sugar Land, Texas—which she still considers her hometown.

She finished her first novel when she was 15 years old, but it took her second manuscript to acquire a literary agent. When that one didn’t sell either, she went off to college in Los Angeles and wrote two more manuscripts. Although those still didn’t sell, one of them did get her the amazing literary agent Kristin Nelson, who sold her fifth manuscript, the dystopian young adult novel LEGEND, to Putnam Children’s/Penguin USA at auction in a major deal. LEGEND will be coming out on November 29, 2011 as Putnam Children’s and Penguin Young Readers Group’s lead title. LEGEND is Marie’s debut novel.

Marie graduated in 2006 from USC and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she spends her time stuck in traffic.



  1. Really excited to get The Young Elites, and how you provided those vivid illustrations with your review made it even more interesting. Great review :)

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my review! It was an EPIC book that I could not put down! I'm dying for book 2!

  2. Your review has definitely upped my anticipation of this book! Sounds like it will be really action-packed in a whole new intriguing world!

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

    1. YESSS, it was action-packed and heart-pounding and all that good stuff!!! I can't wait for you to read it and experience all it's awesomeness! ;)

  3. Oh good gravy train Alicia!!! Woman, I am already hurting to get my hands on this book. After that review? I am so excited I can't even begin to explain it. This book sounds amazing. I loved Legend, but I have a feeling The Young Elites is going to blow it out of the water. And I can't wait! Marie Lu is a stunningly perfect author! Thank you for your review!

  4. Marie Lu's books are Very good. Haven't read this one yet but i think it's time i should start.

  5. Dystopian is my new favorite genre, and plus actions? Wow. I might love it! This book seems great!
    Thankyou for the review! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


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