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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Series or Standalone: The Young Elites #1
Format: Hardcover, 355 pages

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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.

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“I am Adelina Amouteru. I belong to no one. On this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”

This book gave me a lot of FEELS. Marie Lu did a great job playing with my freaking emotions throughout the story. While her other books didn’t really appeal to me, I was suprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I had so much fun with it.

Adelina. I liked this girl so much not just because she’s a strong heroine but every time I leaf through the pages, this girl always comes with a suprise. She always has something new to offer. That there’s more of her and all the characters in the story. And that excites me and increases my anticipation for the next installment. And Adelina is a complex character, battling with darkness and fury that’s engulfing her that makes her a threat to everyone.

Every characters has depth in them even Teren, the bad guy, has given his own pov so there’s an explanation behind his wrong doings. I liked all the members of the Dagger Society, they’re fantastic especially Rafaelle. Yes, this guy almost gave me an heart attack that I was like: Don’t you ever try to hurt him, Marie Lu, or the world will see my wrath. Yeah.

This is dark fantasy so expect to see tons of dead people. Because deaths are everywhere. And if you’re looking for a chessy romance, never mind about that because it’ll just break your heart. Trust me.

The conclusion is very satisfying that leaves me with a high expectation and that terrifies me. We’re promised to see more awesome and cool new characters. A stronger Adelina with a new purpose and great determination. And of course, more of Rafaelle (with his love interest *hoping*).

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Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Series or Standalone: The 5th Wave #1
Format: Hardcover, 457 pages

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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DNF at 37%

*sigh*

My first DNF of 2015. It hurt and I hated myself for abandoning this book again. The first attempt was a failure and I didn’t get the hype at all and was in the first place the reason why I read it. I guessed it was me the problem and not the book and maybe I wasn’t in the right mood by that time. And now, trying my second luck, hoping things will work out better. Everthing got worst.

Okay. I didn’t really dislike it that much. In fact, I was already hooked up by the first and second time around reading the first chapter. Who doesn’t like a witty heroine? A relatable and an adorable one? I liked everything about her, especially  seeing through her eyes. And if there’s going to be a list of people to survive that freaking alien invasion, she deserves to be there. But the Cassie I adored, the girl who believes in trust-no-one rule and the i-am-the-battlefield thing, suddenly changes when a hot guy saved her. And here comes the downfall of the story.

The love interest is flat and Evan, the dude who saved her, resembles something from Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host (I haven’t read the book but watched the movie only with my sister. And everytime I closed my eyes the girl always kissing someone) . If it wasn’t for the freaking romance part, things could have been better. It totally failed in that part.

But what really made me decide to put it down again was Cassie, actually.

Hey Cassie, just in case you’re still alive right now and reading this and probably flirting with Evan. I just want to let you know I am completely dissapointed with you. Remember the days you talk about the humanity? about the survival and stuff? the way you see things? That it’s so deep I can’t even believe you’re only sixteen and I adored you for that. But now you’re acting like a damsel in distress and endlessly talk about how cute Evan’s eyes are, like puppy’s. How strong his arms are. Or how well built his butts are. Tell me. Do you think we even care? Do YOU think WE even care? I know you’re still young and still have some crush issues but you can’t just do that. Especially in the midst of an alien invasion. How about your freaking-everyone-could-be-an-enemy instinct? You even barely know him. *sigh* Please, save Sammy for us.Thanks.

Since I already DNFed this, I wouldn’t know what the actual 5th Wave is. The first 4 Waves are badass. But after reading the other’s review with some spoilers. It seems that the actual 5th Wave is actually flawed. It’s dissapointing because I was expecting to see a big twist or something.

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