Series: The Young Elites (bk. 2)
Genera(s): High Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Dystopian Sci-fi
Subjects: magic, supernatural, abilities, superpowers, kingdoms, royalty,
Setting: A fantasy world, the island of Kenettra
POV/Tense: 1st peson POV, present tense: Adelina Amouteru, and 3rd person intermissions of other characters.
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 395 pgs.
List Price: $18.99
Publisher: Penguin: Putnam
Summary/ product description: “Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?”
My Review: Wow. What a sequel. I don’t read high fantasy very often. Last year I read the Young Elites and enjoyed it. It’s set in a world reminiscent of renaissance era Venetian culture. There’s some Italian words used and lots of masks. The main country it takes place in is the island of Kenettra. Up north there’s Beldain, which is like Russia, Norway or Scotland and south is Tamoura, which is like Pakistan or India.
This series has some great complex world building There are all these folk tales and mythological beliefs that author made up for the story. There are quotes from them before every chapter. The imagery of the story is very beautiful and interesting. Marie Lu made a Pinterest board for her series which helps with imagining the story’s look and feel.
Another unique thing about this series is the that our main protagonist Adelina is more of an antagonist. Adelina is called the White Wolf because her hair turned silver-white for the blood fever. She’s going down the wrong path. If anyone’s a Once Upon a Time Fan and watching the current season, I’d definitely say that Adelina is like the Dark One, or even Regina. She had good intentions for a while, but now she’s just being selfish and going mad with power. She like the fear ad pain her illusions cause others. Her powers are growing and may be out of control, causing her to hallucinate. The only other books I’ve read with a character out to do evil are V is for Villian by Peter Moore and Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre.
Violetta is kind of Adelina’s opposite, though she’s her sister. Violetta is scared of doing bad things, but her sister is protecting her and she wants to protect her sister back. Violetta can temporarily disable abilities of Young Elites. Magiano is an Elite who can mimic the powers of other Elites. He’s kind of brash, cocky and funny. I like him. Enzo, the exiled prince Young Elite with fire power, died in the previous book and the daggers are trying to get the queen of Beldain to bring him back for the dead. Raffaele has blue-black hair and a gold eye and green eye and he can comfort others. Teren is strong and can heal himself. He’s a hypocrite against Maffettos (the ones marked by the blood fever).
I recommend this series if you enjoyed: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Defiance by C.J. Redwine, Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch and the Red Queen by Victoria Avyard.
Cover Art Review: Nice cover. Fits with the series.