The Young Elites – A book review

I just finished this book today, so it should be hard to do this review.

Before I get into the review I’m just going to say that I doubt any of you will read this when I am through with the room. 😉 Then again…maybe you will.

Be warned…there are probably going to be unannounced spoilers!!

First things first…what is this book about?

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.

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There are a lot of things that I thought about this book, and they might come out jumbled but I’ll try to get them straight. 😉

The plot of the story was pretty cliche. Cast away prince tries to regain throne with the help of his secret society, that also happens to have powers. When I first started reading this I was like this is awful it is so cliche. But for everything that was cliche the author would put a twist on it that made it not so, I don’t know what the right word would be, bad. (?)

Now going into this book I had been warned that it was dark, and I was fine with that. Honestly I didn’t think it was going to be that bad. But, um, it was dark. And I thought I would be okay with that but I wasn’t. I hated it, it just bothered me, and that is why I just didn’t like this book that much.

The reason why this book was so dark was partly because of Adelina and partly Enzo. They was a lot of people that they killed just because they ‘weren’t good enough’ for their secret society. And then there was the thing where they were trying to kill Terren. I really saw no point in them trying to kill him, or really I didn’t seen any point to killing (or trying to) the way they did.

The Main Character is Adelina. Enzo and Terren have a couple of parts where it is told from their point of view but for the most part it is Adelina. Adelina has the power of illusions. No big deal right? Except that her power is fueled but her fear and hatred. I probably wouldn’t have minded that had she been able to, I don’t know, deal with it. If she had been able to have forgive the things that happened in her past and let something ‘lighter’ fuel her power. But she couldn’t. She caused a lot of damage being so hateful, to the point she couldn’t control herself or her power. And she wasn’t even trying to change. She wasn’t trying to be someone better.

Enzo was just as dark as Adelina. He was only doing this for himself. He was so selfish. If you didn’t make the cut into his secret society then he killed you. There was nothing good about him. I think the author was trying to make him into the ‘bad guy’ that every loves. And it didn’t work…at least not for me. There are a lot of people who love this book.

Terren didn’t really have that many scene in the book, and I didn’t really hate or love him. I didn’t like this book enough to hate him for being the bad guy that he was.

There is one other character that I would like to mention. Hopefully I’ll spell his name right. 😉

Raffeal. I actually kind of like him.  He was a consult, a male prostitute. Which I didn’t like. There was no point to that being in the story. Other than that is how they made a lot of connections to people high up in the statues line. He was one of the only people who were nice to Adelina and I thought he was actually going to help her be someone other than the hateful person that she was. That being said I am really indifferent to him. It seemed to me that the author made a big deal about how many clients he would get, and she seems to make a big to do about the male ones. And at the end of the book he had a line that said something about he love Enzo too. So was he gay??? I don’t know.

My overall opinion?

To me this book was pretty awful. It was dark, and I didn’t like that, or the characters. Honestly I think I could go so far to say that said hate this book. The more I think about it the more I just don’t like this book.

There was absolutely nothing about this book that I liked. In fact I think that there are quite a few things that I didn’t like and have just forgotten to mention…

I might just give up on reading newer books because most of the time I end up not liking the books. Or you have scenes that shouldn’t be in the book or homosexual couples. Oh, and let’s not forget lame plots. What happen to being about to write a good story?

Have any of you guys read any good books recently? Because I would sure like to hear about them!

p.s I finished this book yesterday. It has taken me a while to finish this post. 🙂

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3 Responses to The Young Elites – A book review

  1. A friend of mine got me into the rangers apprentice series. Those are really good!!? Also, Melanie Dickerson just came out with some really great books!!
    Enjoy reading!!

    • Mary says:

      Yes!!! The Ranger’s Apprentice! I loved that series. (except for the last two books, mainly because one of the books was just short stories, I’m not really a fan of that kind of thing, and the other book just seemed very out of character for all the character. But that is just my opinion on it)
      Halt and Crowly are my favorites!! (I think I go this name right?) John Flanagan is writing a series just about the both of them. I need to look and see if the second book has come out yet. I’m also waiting for another book in his, um, other series? My my just drew a blank on what – oh wait I remember, The Brotherband Chronicles. I need another one of those books!

      I love Melanie Dickerson’s books. I am the only one in our family who really likes them. Beck will skim them, but she doesn’t take to much interest in them. I usually try to read them as soon as they come out. 🙂 I think she is going to do a Frog Princess one or maybe it was a little mermaid one, I can’t remember. 🙂

      • Allison McCurdy says:

        I am just now getting into the Ranger’s Apprentice. They are REALLY good! It’s very similar to the Lord of the Rings.:)
        Melanie Dickerson did come out with a Frog Princess book. That one is The Princess Spy. But her book, The Silent Songbird, was just released yesterday. That one is based on the little Mermaid. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!!:)
        She also has started a new series. The first book of which is A Spy’s Devotion.
        Hope this helps you with your need for reads!!! Lol. (for the time being, at least):)

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