Finally, an all out amazing fantasy read! Young Elites and Rose Society by Marie Lu- Review

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Title: The Young Elites & The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: 2014 & 2015
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating: 8 /10
Genre: Dystopian, Dark, Adventure, Fantasy

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
– Marie Lu, The Young Elites

After, my major book-hangover of Marie Lu’s debut series, Legend Trilogy, I knew that I had to read The Young Elites. However, when the release did come, it slipped out of my reach and I never ended up reading it. I picked it up straightaway when I saw it on display at my local library, I dived straight into it! I was hooked til the end, I think I can crown this one of my top five favourite reads this year! (Well, it’s only February- oh well!) There is just something so magically unique that is woven in to her storyline that kept me intrigued. Have you ever read a book so dark and so well-written that you just have to stop and step back to say that this feels too real? This is exactly what happened to me on multiple occasion whilst reading this. In my opinion, this could be one of the darkest fantasy series I have ever read. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t checked it out because trust me, it won’t disappoint your tingle for a fantasy.

The Young Elites and Rose Society, follows the story of Adelina Amouteru who has been hit with the plague at a young age. However, that is not the only horrifying time of her life- her father treats her inhumanely and her sister is always doted by her father. Adelina, is forced to please her father but then she discovers that her plague has cause something deep inside her. After being called a malfetto are her life because of her plague which has scarred her both physically and mentally, Adelina figures our that she has a super power due to the plague but unlike other malfettos her super-ability is much darker and more powerful.

Spoiler Review!- Spoilers For The Young Elites and The Rose Society Ahead!

Do you ever just read something- a line, a quote or a paragraph; in a book that makes you have this great epiphany and relisation that makes you go- What just happened? I absolutely had such a joy reading this book! I loved so many different elements in the story which all were interlocked together to create this great read!

When I first jumped into the novel, I was captivated by Adelina’s story, which very much reminded me of Cinderella.  She has such a devastating child-hood that it made me understand every thought she had. What I loved about this book are the unique characters- never have I ever read a character quite like Adelina. It was backward (in a good way), Adelina’s character development turned from what was a somewhat positively characterisation to a negative, power-thirsty character. Every thought she had was so carefully thought out by Marie Lu and each line and thought in her perspective was dripping with a slight darkness. I love how complex her character is, as a reader it was hard for me to descern whether she was a protagonist or an antagonist, that it was blowing my mind. She has both the ying and the yang in her personality that is hard to find in other characters from other novels I’ve read.

In the Young Elites, I was trying my hardest to click with her character but at times she would annoy me. For example, when she was desparate to be a part of the Young Elites, I was cringing (There is nothing more I hate than cringing). Until I disocovered by the second book, The Rose Society, that the reader, rather than relating to the character, is influenced to see her character from a witness’ point of view. Marie Lu’s writing is honestly too good, the fact that she portrayed Adelina’s character through such a manipulative light, was so different. I never would have related to Adelina in any way, whatsoever yet, I felt like I was in her shoes. Her dark personality felt so realistic. At the end of the book, you can clearly see her character development, when she casts out her sister. I was literally stunned- it felt so much like I was her and that to me felt like magic.

Teren, is the antagonist in the first novel but to be honest, I don’t think his character was developed as well. I mean yeah we got to discover his hatred for the malfettos, as well as discovering his deep passion for the queen. However, his character was very shallow- how could you possibly love the queen like a blood-thirsty fan? It wasn’t really making much sense in my brain. Notonly that but his personality differed so much from when he was talking to Adelina vs. talking to the queen. You can clearly see this in the ending scenes of The Rose Society when Adelina changed from herself to the queen and Teren instantly changed from a soldier to a lost puppy. Enzo, was a bit like Teren’s it wasn’t developed as well but I think we’ll see more of his character and personality in the next book. A lot of his life history and backstory was very mysterious and he was portrayed a bit more stereotypically, he was a dark character, who was the ringmaster of the group. Oh and of course, Adelina falls in love with him (#predictable) but I hope to discover more about him in the next book.

Now, onto the captivating storyline. I loved the plot line in the first book- there were so many different elements. Adelina was taken in by this new society and through it she developed her power. I loved the fact that, Marie Lu threw in this other problem that caused Adelina to be twisted and pulled. I love how she had to bargain with her sister with Teren. I was constantly reading and page-turning to find out what happends to her in the end. What surprised me was- I thought this would be a predictable book but the ending just surprised me. I couldn’t believe that everyone casted her out and Enzo DIES!! I couldn’t belive that Raffaelle was actually a backstaber to Adelina because I honestly didn’t notive since the start.  I was definitely not expecting that and I wasn’t really expecting Adelina to turn so cruel and heartless in the second book. There are so many parts in this book that I thought I would predict correctly but then it turns out I was wrong. That is why I had such a fun time reading this book!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m highly anticipating the next book! The characters are just sooo unique and the storyline blew me away!

Have You Read This Book Yet? Let Me Know What You Think In The Comments!

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Yay!! I’m back with another Teaser Tuesdays!

This time, I’m currently reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu! I have heard so much about how amazing this series was and if you didn’t already know I had a major book hangover with Marie’s debut series: Legend! I’m so excited to start her latest series The Young Elites, which follows the story of a young girl who had fallen ill in a nationwide epidemic. When she recovers, her life is no longer the same and she is forced to live with society’s oppressive thoughts and words. However, soon she discovers she has a super power and she is one of them- a Young Elite.

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Anyway, I’m currently loving this book! Have you read it before? To be honest, I was slightly skeptical to start this book. To me, it sounded like your typical young-adult dystopian- a girl discovers she has supernatural powers, she’s “special” and along her journey she falls in love. However, I read a few chapter and was captivated with this story! I asked around and I’ve heard many good opinions- maybe, I was wrong! I’m really enjoying it so far! Thank god I borrowed Rose Society as well because I think I’ll be binge reading this series!

” In the midst of darkness and panic, something moves in the sky. And just like that, the black clouds twist- they scatter into a swarm of a million moving flecks that swirl across the sky and then dive down, down, down at the crowd,”
– Marie Lu, The Young Elites

I hope you enjoyed this mini Teaser Tuesdays! What are you currently reading? Recommend some of your current reads down below:

Also, I plan on starting some discussion posts! What do you guys think?

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5 Books That Made Me Cry Hysterically

Hey Guys!

I am back to school, so that means I won’t be posting as frequently as I did for the past three weeks but you’ll definitely be seeing me around! Today, I decided to do 5 books which made me cry…a lot. This won’t be in order because I have pretty much lost tracked on the amount of books that made me cry; don’t judge I’m a sensitive person 🙂

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you didn’t cry for this book, I can’t even consider you human. I cried so much for this book that I was a serious mess. At the end, everything about this book made me cry and it was the epilogue, especially, that made me just burst into a bomb of tears. My favorite books tend to be the ones where I really connect with the characters and the ones which make me an emotional wreck by the end of that and The Infernal Devices definitely did that for me.

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The memory of finishing this book was painted vividly in my mind. The tears just couldn’t stop. If you have read this book you would know that the ending is awfully sad and just the thought of the ending was too much so the tears kept coming. Contemporaries which end without a happily ever ending are my weak spot and most of the time I end up crying but this one was one of the worst cases. 🙂

3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riodan
This was no surprise but I definitely cried at the end of this book. I was lucky enough to grow up with this series and so the fact that this amazing series had ended was unbearable. Percy and Annabeth were my like my best friends and when I finished the last book- Blood of Olympus, I cried so much. It was really the end and for me it felt like an end of an era.

4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Like Eleanor and Park, I cried so so much. I was using up all the tissues, this book has a major plot twist (if you know what I mean) and it just got to me. I was crying so much it was crazy. Every little thing about the book got to me and the adventure the main character takes at the end of the book was too much to bear.

5. Champion by Marie Lu
If you ready 5 Stages of A Book Hangover post you would know how much this book affected me. The ending was horrible and the way the main character was left broken really broke my heart. I was balling hysterically. I never thought such a cheesy plot ending would affect me so much but the way I felt like I really knew the characters really made me cry even more.

What’s a book you cried for? Comment below:

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5 Stages of A Book Hangover

Do you know that “hangover” feeling you get when you finish a really good book? Yeah, it’s a book hangover. We have all been through it. Your heart aches, you feel like you are about to explode and some times we even cry. It feels like someone close to you has died. I recently finished Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I went through a major book hangover. Today I decided to write about the five stages we have all been through when we finish a really good book. I am going to use my experience with the Legend series by Marie Lu. Comment below a book which gave you a major book hangover:

Stage 1) The Finish- When you finish the book, and the ending is out of this world!
If you have read the Legend series before, you know that the ending is tear-worthy and it ends with a cliff-hanger. When I finished Champion, I was crying so much and I couldn’t stop the tears. Unfortunately for me, I was out at a grocery store and so while I was crying people were staring at me like I was crazy. The ending was just too much to handle and I could not forget what happened at the end.cryyyyyy3

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