Review of Young Elites

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.
I loved Marie Lu’s Legend series and could not wait to get my hands on Young Elites. I remember her tweeting some images of the MC early on in the process and I was already intrigued! I started reading the book in the middle of the slump hoping that it would pull me out of the funk. Luckily it did help pull me out of the funk, but I was a little sad that it wasn’t as amazing as the Legend series.

  • The book was unique and I was intrigued by how a sickness ended up giving some people powers. It was kinda ironic reading it while the Ebola virus has been circulating around. It was like the citizens in the book were reacting quite the same way that people have been reacting to anyone with the virus, especially those entering the United States.
  • The book was fairly well-paced and kept me reading, interested to see what was going to happen next.
  • I enjoyed Adelina. She really struggled with this inner battle of good and evil. I think that her plight was realistic. I do want to continue with the series, mostly to see how her character develops.
  • I was liking the romance in the story, and with no spoilers, you will understand.

  • I felt like the world-building was a little lacking. Or maybe it was just me not following along well, but I just felt so much more connected to Marie’s writing in Legend than I did in Young Elites.
  • The story was just ok to me. I wanted more depth.


  1. I absolutely loved Legend and I've been dying to get my hands on this book! I am actually so glad you said you loved the romance because I was just hoping there'd be something in this book to match up to June and Day. I can't wait to read it! The addition of powers makes Adelina sound like such a kickass character, kinda like June.

    The Life of Little Me

  2. hahaha "with no spoilers, you will understand" do I need to read it to understand?

    I've seen this book on a lot of poeple's blogs lately, it sounds pretty good!

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

  3. I really need to get to Marie Lu's Legend series! And then maybe I'll try the Young Elites? It sounds good but I like more world building in my fantasy :D

    Nice review Missie!

  4. Legend trilogy is awesome! I pre-ordered this one, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Sorry it didn't live up for you. I hope the series gets better!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  5. I have heard that although this book is good, it isn't anything amazing and follows some of the dystopian clichés which is also perfectly okay. I haven't read it yet, but let's hope the series only improves in quality!


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