tl;dr - |✭✭✭✭✭| Oh. My. Goodness. THIS BOOK! I loved it. Marie Lu killed me, I absolutely need the second book! So good. SO SO good, read it!!!
Description (from Goodreads) 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.
Ohmygosh this BOOK!
I hate to admit that I've been a super slacker and its been a few months since I read this book, but just thinking about it gets me as excited for the story as it did when I read it. I loved it. It was such a good story, about the making of a villain instead of a hero.
I really enjoy Marie Lu's writing style. If you were a fan of her series Legend, you will definitely enjoy this book as well. It did feel a little rushed at times, like there could've been a bit more detail paid to certain parts. But it was never too rushed or felt totally lacking that would disrupt the story and make it feel wanting.
There was a bit of romance, but it definitely wasn't the focus of the story. That bit did feel a bit forced, but then again knowing Adelina's history, it makes a bit of sense. There was also a bit of a surprise at one point that left me -
I'm pretty sure there were some tears shed. So, you know, you've been warned. But yes. I loved this book, and think everyone should read it!