6 Reasons Why I Freaking Loved The Young Elites by Marie Lu

6 Reasons Why I Freaking Loved The Young Elites by Marie LuThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on October 7, 2014
Genres: YA Fantasy
Also by this author: Legend, Prodigy, The Rose Society, Once and For All, Warcross
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




1.  Adelina. THAT GIRL: Adelina is one of the most compelling characters I’ve come across in a long time. If you read the interview with Marie Lu you’ll know that Adelina was originally a side character and was a villain of sorts. When Marie switched her focus to Adelina, The Young Elites really became the origin story of a villain. She’s so intriguing because she does things that you are like WHAT WHAT WHAT NO but also there is whole level of sympathy you have for her. She’s had a rough past where people have been so cruel to her and you GET where that hardness is from. But then you see these moments of greatness and a softer side to her. She’s so compelling and my heart ached for her in all her brokenness but her strength was just so heartstoppingly so — scary almost!

2. The setting is to die for: I LOVED THE SETTING. It’s a fantasy world but you can tell that Marie’s inspirations were Renaissance Venice/Italy. It feels historic but it so wholly a fantasy world. I just couldn’t get enough of it because I could see it so beautifully.

3. The magic: So after this illness ravaged the land, some children had strange markings and such happening and they were labelled as malfettos and were looked at as an abomination. The other thing that some of these children had? These new found, strange powers. They are seen as dangerous and there is a group of them called The Young Elites that everyone is SO afraid of and blame for all these bad things happening which is why queen and king are trying to murder them all. As Adelina comes in contact with The Young Elites I LOVED learning what all their powers were and I loved seeing Adelina develop hers as she is a bit of a loose cannon because she has no idea how to control it and work it.

4. How dark this novel was: In Legend, even though the world was dark in ways, it just doesn’t even come close to the sort of darkness that this story touches. Part of it is, as I said before, Adelina is more of a villain and not as easy to root for as June and Day but there’s just underlying darkness in this world. Sinister characters. The things that these characters have to do to live. The things that they are happening in the leadership. How layered and not black and white the issues of morality are. It was just PERFECT.

5. How Marie was constantly able to surprise me: It takes a lot to surprise me. I’ll be honest. But Marie WENT THERE. Things happened that I never thought in a million years would and certain revelations had me frantically turning the pages. It never once went down the path of predictability for me and THAT my friends is a damn good reading experience that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

6. The exciting possibilities for book 2: HOLY CRAP. It was one of those experiences where I was just bouncing up and down with excitement for how everything is setting up for book 2….and then I realize I HAVE NO BOOK 2. I think book 2 is going to be so exciting with how everything ended and there’s promise of new characters to be excited about from lands we haven’t seen yet. This is going to be a damn good series! I can feel it in my bones.

factors+ plot, characters, surprises, set up for book 2, writing

Re-readability: I would probably actually reread this one before book 2.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I’ll probably wait until book 2 to see if this is a series to invest in but I have good feels about that.

a5fantasy lovers, people who love complex characters who aren’t morally easy to pin down, people who love strong female main characters, people looking for a new series to be addicted to, fans of Marie Lu, people who find villain-y type characters very compelling

a8The Young Elites was everything and MORE than I was hoping for this novel. It was a lightning quick, intense read for me because everyone was so compelling and complex, the plot lingered and surged forward at all the right moments and it absolutely surprised me. It’s dark, unpredictable  and I have a good feeling about where this series is going.


The Young Elites Marie Lu review

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this series feel like something you’d be into?
* Did you sympathize with Adelina?


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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.



    Am gonna get this early this month! <3 AM SOOOO PUMPED!

  2. Yes! I really enjoyed this one too. I thought the darkness was unexpected and worked perfectly. I enjoyed the MC so much. I loved how imperfect she was. I can’t wait to see where book 2 goes.

    • The darkness was totally unexpected and just added something MORE to this story. Book 2 is going to be all sorts of exciting. Can’t wait to see how these new characters will factor in!!

  3. ahhh im so excited for this! I won it and the whole lengend series which is awesome. I love your reciew on a post it. I like shirt snd sweet 🙂

  4. Wow Jamie! This sounds like the next big thing. I’ve been eyeing this one, and wondering. But no more! I need it! Thanks for the great rec.

    • I so loved it!! I hope you will too! I just have a feeling this series is going to be so good if book 1 was any indication!

  5. I’m so excited about this book! I just won a copy and I really cannot wait to read it. I love villain/anti-hero stories and I am so thriller that this is dark with a cool and engaging world! You are not the first person to say that Marie Lu “went there” and took things to a level that you didn’t think would happen. You review has made me even more excited…. AHHH!!!!!

  6. That little section about who you’d recommend it to? That’s EVERYTHING I love. I’m beyond excited for this now!

  7. I NEED THIS. This sounds like SUCH A LISA BOOK.

    Also for some reason I still get really giddy when you read, review, and adore fantasy books. Do I have issues? Maybe. But it’s only because I think you’re the best.

  8. Oh god, I can’t even. I need this book yesterday. I have zero book money right now. Maybe I’ll just skip lunch one day this week so I can have this book. Worth it, right? I love Marie Lu and you have me even more excited than I already was about this book!

  9. I really cannot wait to read The Young Elites! I truly enjoy fantasies, as you know, and this one sounds spectacular. I love that Adelina is NOT your typical main character, I love the premise and I love the way you’ve described the setting too. So glad that this one is a new favorite for you!