Adelina has survived the blood fever, but the results of the disease left strange markings on her skin and changed her hair to silver. The world calls them malfettos. Adelina flees the harsh treatment of her father and finds herself in the safety of The Young Elites, malfettos with mysterious powers.
The Dagger Society, as they are known, trains Adelina to control her powers. Together, they plan to change the kingdom and save other elites from the Inquisition. But Adelina’s powers are so strange and powerful that it really takes all she has to overcome the darkness in her heart. And the Inquisition has leverage that could bring the Dagger Society down.
Honestly, I’m still not emotionally ready to review this book – but then I never know if I will be. It’s so dark and unexpected, and I’m still in recovery mode.
Let’s talk about some of the things I liked:
The Character names. Every single one is beautiful and exotic. I believe each name suited the character perfectly. Adelina, Raffaele, Enzo, and the list goes on.
Raffaele and Adelina’s relationship. A beautiful friendship and nothing more, how rare is that?
Adelina and her sister. These two. Life was so hard for both of them, then worse for Adelina. But they come together to help the Dagger Society reach its goals.
What I didn’t like:
Internal monologue. We spend a lot of time inside Adelina’s head and learn more about the bitterness and darkness inside her. But hearing ‘the darkness inside me’ and ‘I am so powerful’ all the time got a little old. I get it girl, I really do.
Too little about the other Daggers. I really wished there was more to the Daggers than what is in the book. I would have loved to learn more about each one, but they are just side characters in this narrative.
The narrator. I listened to this via audiobook, and I can honestly say that I didn’t like it. I started it months ago and lost interest quickly. I decided to listen to it again, and felt the same way. But I was so close to the end I kept going. The last few chapters really makes it worth it, but the narrator really let the book fall flat for me. I’ll definitely be picking up physical copies from now on.
The ending. And that’s all I’m going to say.
I’ll be picking up the next book in the series, but not too soon. I still have emotional wounds that need to heal.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu receives 3 stars.
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