Book Reviews: The Young Elites and Half Wild

young elitesThe books featured in this post I started reading before I took a reading break for a few months. I managed to finish them this week. I’m glad to be getting back to reading books and blogging on a regular basis.

One of the books I finished this week is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Let me first say that she is one of my favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet. The Legend Trilogy is amazing! The story is mainly about a young girl named Adelina who learns she has powers that no one else has because of a plague she contracted. These superpowers are seen as evil in her society. One day she’s captured, then redeemed by the Daggers, a group of young people who share powerful effects from the illness. She befriends Enzo, the leader of the elite group and finds a friend in Raffaele. Adelina’s peace and freedom doesn’t last as long as she thought it would. She meets the same man who imprisoned her, Teren, the head of the Inquisitors for the first time since she was saved by the Daggers. Soon she learns her sister Violetta was imprisoned and she sets out to save her only to find a secret her sister’s been keeping for years.

I thought this story began a bit slow, but this isn’t surprising from the author. Lu is one of those authors who just may give us a bit more information than we need. I felt the book could have been shorter. In fact, it would have been shorter if she didn’t include so many flashbacks/back stories of the lead character Adelina. However, it did allow to me to see how Adelina’s inner motivations justify her actions. The world Lu builds is so detailed and makes you feel as if you were there every step of the way. The story isn’t predictable at all. There are twists and turns, suspense, and horror living in the pages of this novel. It isn’t for the light hearted and deeply religious! I’m always a bit turned off by the romance in books that aren’t in the romance genre (If I wanted to read about a romance, I would have picked up a romance novel!), but Lu didn’t overdo it. It was just enough to pull my heart strings.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories including people with supernatural abilities who fight against evil while set in a fantasy world. The epilogue definitely intrigued me. I can’t wait for the second book to release.

half wild

I waited anxiously for the second book, Half Wild in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green! Half Bad is so good. Nathan continues his journey to fulfill his destiny and save the girl he loves. It sounds simple and straight to the point, but you know it didn’t go as well as he planned! So, continuing from the first book, this book goes into him learning how to use the gifts his father, Marcus gave to him. I will say that the first book is a lot better than the second one, but the second book isn’t bad either, just not as good! 🙂 I can’t say too many details about the story without completely giving it away. To give you an idea, Nathan is a half blood (black and white), living in the world where white witches and black witches rule separately. White represents good and black represents evil. Nathan often struggles between the two and society judges you by what kind of witch you are. Nathan’s father, Marcus is the most powerful black witch there is and everyone is afraid of him. There are also fains, but they aren’t as popular or deadly as others think half white and half black witches are.

Half Wild took a while to build up to the climax. The characters were stricken and a little confused for most of the story. They spend a couple of days (chapters) in one place just figure out what they need to do next. The romance in this book is interesting and different. I love it. Nathan is pretty much in a love triangle throughout the entire story. The amount of WOWs in this book is abundant. There’s no way you can count them all. It’s VERY unpredictable. Nathan’s odd family structure and romantic relationships along with fighting hunters, magic, and explosions will keep you reading for hours. In the last chapter Nathan sets out on another adventure and this time it involves getting even with someone he never thought he’d lay a hand on. It’s going to get better! I recommend this book.

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