Review: I will be honest. When I first started reading this book, I just didn’t like it. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy: Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. But this book, initially, fell flat. So after a few chapters, I put it to the side. Then, one of my students came to me gushing about this book. This motivated me to pick the book back up and read it with new eyes. I still can’t say I loved it. BUT, I see why my students love it. You root for Adelina and Enzo. You want them to fall in love and live happily ever after! You want the malfettos to find peace and to be able to live harmoniously with everyone else. Of course, these events can’t happen easily. So you are tossed and turned around throughout the book. The ending was amazing and a major plot twist! This book starts off slow, but builds momentum as you read it.
Summary: 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.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 355 pages
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Romance
–Summary and image from goodreads.com