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Favorite Reads of March. 2017

March was a month of untraditional, but badass, ladies. The overweight beauty pageant, a female VW mechanic and Vlad The Impaler reimagined as a teenage girl. I laughed, cried and fell in LOVE in March. I loved almost everything I read and could not put it down. I specifically want to point out The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli which comes out on Tuesday (April. 11). It’s one of the best representations of low self-esteem and what it’s like to have a crush you don’t believe will be returned.  

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Harry Potter…Friends style. 

I was laughing within 5 seconds.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

5 Star Review

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.   

I would just like to begin by declaring my love for Marie Lu. This woman and I should get married and I would watch her write and make her chicken. Okay creeping aside this book is incredible.

This is the first Marie Lu book I’ve read. The thing that I noticed right away is that Adelina, her main character, is FLAWED. I mean flawed in that wonderful way that makes us all human and keeps certain people loving us no matter what. Adelina is physically flawed (She only has one eye) and also emotionally flawed. There is a darkness within her that manifests itself in cruelty towards her younger sister and powers that she can barely control.

Marie Lu does not shy away from any sensitive topics either. All her characters (who are all under the age of 20) go through harrowing experiences. Adelina’s father tries to sell her within the first few pages, Raffaele is a male prostitute, and Enzo is in perpetual pain from his burned hands. An author who does not write as though her audiences are delicate little snowflakes is my favorite kind of author.

All her characters immediately take you in, even the ones you are supposed to hate. Marie Lu has created a world so precise that there is no doubt as to its possible existence. The beginning of each chapter begins with a poem, folktale or essay from various authors from this world. The religion is fascinating and I hope that more is explored in the subsequent novels.

No one is safe in Kenettra. Every page is a new danger for everyone in the book. You want everyone to like Adelina because only you as the reader can truly see her pain but alas the world is not like that.

Marie Lu writes in her acknowledgements that she set out to write a hero’s story and ended up writing the journey of a villain. I have never rooted for a villain as much as I cheered for Adelina throughout this story. I will be pre-ordering the next book (something else I never do). Do me a favor. Put down whatever you’re reading and get your hands on a copy of this novel. You won’t regret it.

-Khumbo

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anonymous asked:

Do you know any good blogs that post review on books? I want to read more YA novels but I'm picky - I want to know if book is at least readable before starting reading it.

I don’t have any personal recommendations (I usually just look at goodreads, which is always a good place to start), but whether a blog is “good” or not depends on what you’re looking for in terms of genre, age group, and personal taste.

Here is a list of some I’ve found:

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