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The Young Elites by Marie Lu book review

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Blurb

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 rumoured 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, byt 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. However, 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 don’t belong in this world.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Adelina has survived the deadly illness that killed a lot of people. But she’s marked. Her hair is now silver and a scar runs across her lost eye. Her father is cruel to her, hurting her, using her, putting her aside for favour of the younger sister Violetta.

Adelina has had enough, one night she overhears her father selling her to ne a mistress and she flees. When her father catches up with her however things go wrong. Her powers that have been kept hidden are unleashed and her father dies.

Adelina is now on the run, wanted for murder and she is soon caught by the Inquisition Axis. There she is put to death and on the day of her execution she is rescued by the Daggers.

While with the Daggers she meets Raffaele the sensual and beautiful Young Elite who  slowly shows her how to use her powers. But he knows something about her, about the darkness that lurks inside her.

Then theres Enzo, the leader of the Daggers who manages to steal her heart with just a look. But does he actually love her too? Or is he using her for his own gains?

Teren is the Leader who is hunting and killing malfetto’s and the Young Elites. He is driven by power but there is also a reason as to why he hates them…

Adelina is torn. Is her loyalty to the Daggers or to Teren, who is holding her sister as hostage for information on the Daggers.

One thing is clear though, someone is going to get hurt in this battle…

OH.MY.GOD!

This book. Seriously I was hooked from the very beginning. I know I say this for a lot of books but this one did.

I loved the Legend Trilogy by her too and I always wondered whether this book would have a dystopian feel to it too but it doesn’t. This is set in olden times, where consorts and courtesan’s were all around, where merchants sold silks and rare fabrics, where people were perfect on the outside but dark on the inside. It was a Game of Thrones type of world. Think Kings Landing when you read it.

Adelina is the female MC in the book and I loved how different she was from the start. She wasn’t perfect. She was flawed. She wasn’t a damsel on distesss. She had conjured illusions and killed her father. She was badass. She was darkness. She resented her sister as she was still perfect and loved by her father. Adelina let the darkness build inside her for a long time which makes her a little unstable with her powers. I really enjoyed her. It was refreshing to have someone different as a female MC. Someone who, despite missing an eye and being flawed, was still beautiful.
Her relationship to peolel os strained. She finds it hard to trust and she is constantly being used by people so why should she trust the Daggers and Teren? Even though she does form some friendships in the book you can tell its tense.
Adelina is the one character in the book who was constantly changing. She was just brilliant.

Enzo. Oh dear goddess Enzo. Book boyfriend right there. His personification was the Reaper and he definitely was. He was cold and dark. He killed without a thought and yet when he is told that he must kill Adelina before she becomes stronger than what she is, he doesn’t do it. You can see that through all the hardness he cares, he loves. He’s the perfect person for Adelina. They match each other for fury and passion. And the feels…. OMG!

Raffaele is beautiful too and another potential for book boyfriend! He’s sensual and sexy. He feeds off the energies of others. But despite the friendliness and affectionate nature with Adelina he knows what lies within her. He knows that she could destroy everything.

Teren… oh he is brilliant as the evil one! He has a secret himself and when you learn of it you know that something bad must have happened for him to start hunting Malfetto’s and the Young Elites. He is mad with power and hungry to destroy. Yet through all of it I sensed someone crying out for help throughout it all. He wants to belong and sometimes himself and Adelina sometimes become the same person.

Violetta is Adelina’s younger sister. The one wgo came out of the illness without a mark. The one cherished by her father. I resented her too a little and when things are revealed about her I found her selfish. But in the end she loves her sister and is the only one who can potentially help her.

Everything about this book was perfect. From the characters to the scenery. From the visualisations to the writing. Marie Lu knows how to write. The Legend series is perfect for dystopian lovers and its written in a gritty fashion but this goes one better. This book is filled with passion and darkness. Filled with dark scenes and light scenes. There is a love story amongst it but its about being accepted. About what happens when people are treated with disdain. What happens when you let darkness consumes you.

This book is perfect for lovers of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo books. Its the start of a new genre and I don’t know what to call it! Its a YA Game of Thrones. Brilliant.

I desperately need the second book now because the ending and that epilogue… just give it me!

I can see why its been sanctioned for movie rights.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Briar Rose by Yana Oliver book review

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Woops! Forgot I had this to review!

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Blurb

Briar Rose believes in fairy tales.

And now, because of a family curse, she’s living one. Doomed to fall asleep for one hundred years on het sixteenth birthday, Briar has woken up in the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of  – miles away from the safe, boring small town life that she has left behind.

Briar must fight her way out of the story, but she can’t do it alone. She always believed in handsome princes, and now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up…

Okay…

So basically the blurb tells it all really. It actually is that straigh forward.

Briar is into her fairytales and when her best friend Reena and her parents tell her theres a curse upon her she kind of believes it. When she falls alseep on her sixteenth birthday, just like her favourite fairytale princess, she has no idea how long she’s going to be trapped in there.

Then there’s BFF Reena who as a magical person, knows she can go into the curse and help Briar. Of course Joshua Quinn, the guy who is in love with her but, because of a family feud cannot be anywhere near her, wants to go into the curse to help save her too.

So they go into the curse only to find that, not only is Briar being all flirty with her literal dream Prince, Ruric, but her fairytale story is a little twisted.

Then there’s Briar’s ex crush Pat, whose also in the curse along with thw rest of them.

Can Briar and her friends awake Princess Aurora, save the kingdom  and break the curse?

Okay so… I really wanted to like this book. I mean the blur  sounded great. A twisted fairytal was right up my street. I love Disney and Princess stuff, despite the fact that I love Medieval things too so this book I was excited about.

And then…

I wanted Briar to be strong minded and willed, to be a bit kick ass despite her girly nature. Buuuuuut she wasn’t. Even when she was ‘fighting’ in the curse, she was reliant on the others around her. She was like this damsel in distress waiting for someone to come save her. Thats what Princesses in fairytales are like. Thats how they are meant to be (well some of them) but I really hoped Briar would have been different but she wasnt. Half of the time I wanted to slap her.

The romance… uhhh… okay so she was always told to stay away from Joshua Quinn because of what happened when they were younger but Joshua has grown up loving her despite it all whereas Briar hasn’t really given him much attention. She’s looking for a Prince and thats not him. So when he comes into the cirse to save her, she’s a little surprised. She’s flirting up a storm with Ruric, who she’s gotten feelings for, despite the fact she’s only known him a day.  But anyway.  After a few more days in the curse and spending time with Joshua, she’s madly in love with him and he’s the love of her life. The transition of hating him to loving him was too quick. She never even saw him in that way and suddenly she’s all about him. I couldn’t quite believe her feelings was real somehow.

I liked Joshua. He’s not in my book boyfriend list but I did like him. He went out to prove that things could work out between family feuds and all that. And he turned out to be better than you thought. I did  want to shake him a few times and tell him to man up haha

Reena was cool as the BFF and she was a little feisty which is how Briar should have been too.

Pat was a tool to begin with and he did change his attitude. I couldn’t help but think his change came about too quickly aswell.

While reading the book I got a sense of Beautiful Creatures. It was good but you got a bit eye-rolly after a while and you just wanted it to end. I think it went on longer than it should have done.

Also I called the whole curse thing from a few chapters in. It maybe should have been a bit more shocking than what it was.

Overall I did enjoy it. Not as much as I wanted too but it was enjoyable. There was some good things. The Princesses Aurora was a bit snippy and bitchy, unlike how she’s perceived in the Disney film, Ruric was a good character and I enjoyed his moments and the regent was a good bad gyy.

Plus I’m used to reading YA books in 1st person. There are only a few books I can read, and love, that are written in third person but I this one didn’t quite work for me. I think first person would have been better because the Reena and Pat parts sometimes dragged.

Overall I’d give the book a 3.75 out of 5.