CJR The Brit Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu (utterly fabulous!)


You know sometimes you read a book that has been out for a while and you realize just how fabulous it is and want to kick yourself for not reading sooner?  Well this was me with this book multiplied by 50 – I wanted to do a super ninja kick to myself!

I’m sure that most of you have read but here is the 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 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.


Wow. I’m almost speechless.

If there was an emoji for someone kicking their own bottom then I would use it!


The premise for this book was genius. A blood type virus that killed so many and in its wake, changed a lot of people. These people are known as malfetto, and the most powerful of them are known as The Young Elites.

What can I say, the world building was fabulous. The characters were so special. I really felt for Adelina and I found myself shouting ‘now it’s your time’!!!

Also something I haven’t found lately was the feelings I got from the secondary characters. They were so well written! Loved some of them (probably more than I should!) and HATED some! And that is the power of great writing my friends!

That ending! I’m really excited to see where the author takes this storyline in book 2.

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