The Young Elites

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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.

This is very different than Lu’s Legend, but it still has the amazing voice that drew me to that first series.

Adelina is so interesting, she has a darkness deep inside her, nurtured through years of abuse from her father, and she’s basically kind of crazy, but it only makes her all the more interesting! She fights against a darkness that grows within her with her training with the Young Elites, and seems to go against her general demeanor – which is a dire need to feel loved and accepted.

I think Enzo and Raffaele bring out the dark and light in her; and while the darkness gives her strength through her power, she shows that she can bring it about through less violent ways in her practices with Raffaele. I never really loved Enzo, and Raffaele had his fare share of secrets and darkness, but I honestly don’t really care about either of them.

Adelina has an I obvious weakness for the darkness, and without anyone to guide her, she succumbs to it pretty easily, even though part of her knows its wrong. This is what I love about this book so much. It’s exploring the darkness that is inside everyone, and making it something tangible. We see a darkness in Enzo, certainly in Teren, you can see a little in Raffaele too – even though he hides it so well.

The twist with Violetta! I didn’t see it coming, but it makes so much sense! I can’t wait to see how that grows in the next books. I feel like Adelina resents her for her role with their father and her powers, but at the same time Violetta was doing what she thought was necessary to protect a sister that she clearly still cares deeply for. I hope we get to see more of Violetta as she develops a bit more in the next books.

The ending is such a storm of emotions and twists! I’m looking forward to seeing Adelina’s relationship with her sister grow, and hopefully Violetta can help stear her away from the darkness eating away at her.

The introduction of a new character in the epilogue is really intriguing and I’m excited to see more of her – and her brother(s). I think her interactions with Adelina could be really cool and they could form a pretty interesting team.

Another winner from Lu, can’t wait to continue the series!

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