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  • 19 person found this review helpful

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    A thrilling new read

    When I first heard about a new book from Marie Lu, I HAD TO read it. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy and I was read her next work. And I am super glad to be able to say that The Young Elites does not disappoint. A decade ago, an illness spread through Adelina’s world, and many lives were lost. Those of the infected who survived are now showing strange symptoms. Adelina’s hair has turned silver and she has a jagged scar where her left eye used to be. To top it all off, her father believes shes a malfetto, an abomination. But young people exhibiting strange symptoms after surviving the plague are now rumoured to have strange gifts and there’s a secret society of them called The Young Elites. I honestly loved Adelina, she’s strong, tough, and she grows so much throughout the novel. I don’t want to give anything away about that so that’s all I’m going to say. I also loved Adelina’s family life, and seeing how her early childhood heavily influenced her later in life was awesome. I loved reading her interaction with The Young Elites, and seeing how they influenced her heavily. Enzo, the leader of the Elites, was also just a delight to read about. The world-building of The Young Elites was just fantastic, and compared to most fantasy novels I’ve read, the world wasn’t hard to comprehend which made it a delight to read. The plot was fast-paced at times, and sometimes a little slow, but overall everything felt smoothly and quickly. Overall, The Young Elites is a fantastic novel by a fantastic author. The main character was fantastic, the romance was indeed very swoony and the world-building was great but not too confusing to read. I recommend this one for fans looking for an intricately-written and character driven novel.
  • 11 person found this review helpful

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    I wasn't really feeling it.

    I think that I am actually in shock right now. My chest feels funny. Okay, hear me out. My review is going to sound like I didn't enjoy this book, but let's put this out there right now...I did! One of the hardest things about being a serial series reader is that when I start a completed series the hype has been going on about the series for some time. It leaches into my bones and I sometimes can't escape from it or separate myself from it. And that is the bottom line with me, my feelings, and this book. I just had higher expectations going into it than I would have liked. Especially since Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors. I thought that the world building in this was presented very well. I loved all of the little details about the world that sprang up as the story progressed. I didn't feel overwhelmed with backstory or world-specific details. They were all introduced at perfect times. The world-specific details were very realistic and vibrant. I could feel myself in the characters' shoes and feel the world around me as I was reading. I did think that some of the world-specific details could have been elaborated on though. There were some things that weren't perfectly clear while reading. I thought that the powers could have been explained more. I actually had to go back and read the section of the book that detailed how they work because it was so short and underdeveloped that I missed it the first time. And even then, it was still not super clear. The story's plot was not lacking at all. I rather enjoyed the storyline. There were unexpected plot twists and plenty of suspense. I loved the darkness of the story. The story itself is not overly original - a sickness that sweeps the land and leaves those left behind with powers - but combined with the world building it became something special. What I liked best about the characters was the diversity and the fact that they were not flawless like most characters tend to be. A lot of the characters had physical marks, which is not so common a thing since no one wants their pretty character babies to be anything but perfect. More than that though, the characters had internal flaws which I think makes them stand out as more realistic characters. Apart from those things, I was a little disappointed in the characters. Or perhaps it was my reception of the characters. I can't really put my finger on what exactly made me feel so distant from them, but I didn't connect with the characters at all in this book. None of them. Which is sad because they had so much potential to me. Potential to be something great and overpowering. Instead, I did not like their voices at all. The romance did not do it for me in this. It was not very convincing. I liked that it did not dominate the story, but other than that I did not care for it. I felt the characters were very one-dimensional so I was bound to dislike the romance between them. Overall, this book didn't have the pop that I am used to from Marie Lu. I wasn't really feeling it. I admit that this story has plenty of potential, but as is feels mediocre. I enjoyed the world, but I could not feel the characters at all. I enjoyed parts of this book, and others I felt were lacking. I will probably continue the series at some point, but I'm in no rush. The rest of the books will probably be sitting on my shelf until I am in a TBR clearing mood.
  • 7 person found this review helpful

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    crazy amazing!

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing! I think I've felt every emotion possible in the two days it took me to finish this. An emotional rollercoaster for sure, but an enjoyable one. This book is amazing, and refreshing! I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a little suspense in their lives!
  • 6 person found this review helpful

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    Captivating

    ATTENTION FANTASY FANS! Do you want a book tht will draw you in and hold you captive with its beautiful characters and shattering journey? Then The Young Elites is the book for you! The character developement is thought out astoundingly but hits you all at once. The story is heart breaking and heartmending. An amazing read.
  • 8 person found this review helpful

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    Ummm...ok. So.

    This book was burrowingly dark. You know, that kind of dark that opens a chasm in your innocent, unicorn-loving heart, and can never be fully filled, no matter how many heart-shaped pink marshmallows you eat. I didnt actually finish it, so I might not be the best judge, but I got more than halfway in and I had to stop. I knew that if I delved even further I would be changed. It made me feel really weird inside, all joking aside. I do not recommend this book.
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