I wanted what most people wanted—love, companionship.
I wanted someone to touch. I wanted someone to touch me back.
I wanted someone to laugh with, someone who would laugh with me, laugh at me.
I wanted someone who looked and saw me.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.