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The Young Elites by Marie Lu (1 star)

The first chapter didn't grab me, but everybody said it was good, so I read more. Next thing you know, I've slogged through 40% and I was ready to call time of death. ...But I was in a time crunch on my GR challenge and didn't want to have wasted all that time, so I finished it. Should have dropped it. :P

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on October 7, 2014
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers
Final Rating: 1 star
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.

The MC reminded me of Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker.

A brothel as a hideout may officially be ruined for me after Winterspell. It seems to just be an excuse for a) the MC to frequently notice and describe good looking people, b) a makeover scene, c) an instance in which the MC must pretend to make out with someone, or d) all of the above.

I didn't like or care about a single person. Wait...nope, no one. :)

The writing makes constant use of I/my/me/mine, did not flow well for me, and was not a first-person POV style I enjoyed.

I called almost all the twists and thought the climax/ending/entire plot was over-hyped and underdone. Much underwhelming. :)

That about sums it up. :) Check back Sunday for this week's Art It Up!


  1. Love seeing reviews about books I enjoyed where someone had the complete opposite reaction! I really enjoyed it, also as part of the GR read, always interesting to see why someone went the other direction in their thoughts about it. Sorry it didn't work for you, I know what you mean about wanting to slog through something and then wishing you hadn't! Well written, thought out review.

    1. Thank you, Joel! I usually toss a book I'm not enjoying within the first chapter, but...curse you, Goodreads Challenge! Doesn't have the same ring as "Perry the Platypus," but the sentiment's the same. ;)

  2. I was slightly disappointed after the hype but it looks like not as badly as you were. Ouch.

  3. LOLOLOLOLOL ANAKIN! Teehee! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one... the ending was the kicker for me. Lovely review, Kel ;D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thank you, Alyssa! It was pretty bad, the ending especially. ;)

  4. Yikes! I enjoyed her book "Legend", didn't care too much for the second one, and haven't gotten to the third book just yet.

    1. I haven't read Lu's work before, but I'll be cautious about future books from her. I hope you like the third Legend book more than the second! :)

  5. Oh sorry that it didn't end well to you. I just saw Marie Lu last month when she visited the Philippines and didn't even know what to say to her since I haven't read any of her books haha. Now I have to think if reading her book is worth it though. Lovely review! :)

    Review: Love and Other Theories@TRD

    1. I think I've been to at least two signings, each featuring three authors, where I hadn't read any of their books beforehand. It was a little awkward, but the discussions were still good. :)

      I've seen a lot of reviews loving this book, so you may like it...unless you hate Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker the way I do. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Aww that's too bad, I was looking forward to reading The Young Elites :( Marie Lu's Legend was a 3.5 star series for me, I thought the writing style was too "on the surface", you know what I mean? It didn't feel very "intelligent" and it was very straight forward. However, the writing in Winterspell (which I have been TRYING to read forever now, I've been 60% in for 2 months already) was too descriptive, boring, and slow and I just can't hook onto it. (Marie and Claire's writing are like polar opposites.) I know that the writing in first person and third person is completely different and it's hard to add depth to first person POVs which is why I prefer reading in third person.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Olivia @ Fictionally Obsessed

    1. If you enjoyed Lu's storytelling, you'll probably like The Young Elites, but yeah, it pretty much failed for me on every level. ^^; The writing in Winterspell was definitely different, although that was a 1-star book for me, too. Like you, I'm very picky about my first person narratives. Thanks for stopping by! :D