Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Pages: 355
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia

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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.

2017 Challenges

Dystopia Reading Challenge Dystopian Challenge
 Host: Cornerfolds
 Goal: Leader Badge (16+ books)
 Progress: 0/16


Audiobook Challenge Audiobook Challenge
 Host: Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer
 Goal: Socially Awkward (15-20 books)
 Progress: 0/15

 1. These Broken Stars

New Release Challenge New Release Challenge
 Host: (un)Conventional Book Reviews & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
 Goal: New Release Pro (31-60 books)
 Progress: 0/35

 1. Geekerella

Alphabet Soup Challenge Alphabet Soup Challenge
 Host: Escape With Dollycas
 Goal: Complete the whole alphabet (26 books)
 Progress: 0/26

A. Air Awakens
D. Dirty Bad Wrong
G. Geekerella
I. Illuminae
T. These Broken Stars

Waiting On Wednesday #8: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
written by Mackenzi Lee
Publication date: June 20th, 2017

Where do I even begin? This book has it all: magical artifacts, historical setting, two boys in love and there's supposed to be pirates involved! I am so excited for this one, because I have never found anything like it. The only thing I really don't like: I have to wait six months to read this one. Mackenzi, you're breaking my heart over here.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine

Top Ten Tuesday #12: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind

Today's Topic; ... Santa Leaving Under My Tree

I can't believe that Christmas is this Saturday (we celebrate Christmas on the 24th here in Norway, and I seriously have no idea why we even do it). I will be honest, the Christmas spirit has not struck me - yet. I plan to get in the mood this Thursday, since my Christmas break starts then! But over to the topic again. There are so many book's I'd love for Santa to leave under my tree this year, so this was definietly a hard one.

Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Title: Jackaby (Jackaby #1)
Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Pages: 299
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Young Adult

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Top Ten Tuesday #11: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To

Today's Topic; ... For The First Half Of 2017

It's less than three weeks until 2017 kicks off, and that means only one thing: New books! I am so excited and ready to dive into all the amazing books that are coming out next year. Many of these books you've probably already seen in my weekly memes "Waiting On Wednesday", but that just emphasises how much I'm looking forward to those books.

Waiting On Wednesday #7: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign
written by Rihannon Thomas
Publication date: February 21st, 2017

Everything about this book screams fascinating. I love how unique the idea is, and the fact that there is a labratory involved makes me ten times more excited. This book gives me the impression that we will see a character that grows into something magnificent, someone who is a born leader. And if that doesn't intruige me, I don't know what will.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine

Top Ten Tuesday #10: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors

Today's Topic; I Read For The First Time In 2016

This year has been a great year author-vise for me. I have focused on looking for different authors, not getting stuck with just one. In doing so, I have discovered great new authors that I'm looking forward to reading more from.