Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Series: Book 1 in The 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.
*Minor spoilers ahead*
Okay, this book is literally nothing like the Legend series. This is so much more brutal, intriguing, heartbreaking and crazy.
(i’ve been dying to do this)
Prince Zuko who is a malfetto a bender with the power of fire with the ability to control fire and is exiled from the palace and throne and is banished from the Fire Nation. He was obviously my favorite.
Adelina is such a badass character, but sadly I couldn’t really care for her. She had a rough childhood where her mother died and she was abused and treated worse than an animal for being a malfetto, people with the power of gods and bodies marked with scars. Her father wanted to use and loved her sister more than her. However, she was sort of Mary Sue. She has uncontrollable, dangerous power. She’s so beautiful and the men always want her. She’s sooooo fricin powerful and blah, bye.
However, her character development is A+. Since I’ve already read the next book, I know what she goes through and it’s amazing to read about.
The romance between Adelina and Enzo felt so forced. It was insta love and there was literally no chemistry between them. This book could seriously have done without the gross romance or at least let it be developed??
Overall, this was such an action packed and intriguing read!