anonymous asked: favorite character+the young elites

Inquisitors drag Teren to his feet. Even now, in his pain and exhaustion and heavy chains, he pulls and strains against them, causing the multiple iron shackles binding his limbs to pull taut. To my surprise, he smiles at me. It is a bitter, anguished smile, full of heartbreak. His cheeks are wet with tears and rain. His eyes still shine with madness, and now I realize that the madness is because of Giulietta’s death. 

“Why don’t you kill me, my little wolf?” he says. His voice is strangely calm now, hoarse with a sorrow I have not heard before.

“There is a yearning in you to set things right, little malfetto—you are smarter than the others, because you know there is something wrong with you. It tears at your conscience, doesn’t it? You have hatred for yourself, and I admire that. It’s why you keep coming back to me. The only way to cure yourself of this guilt is to atone for it by saving your fellow abominations. Help them return to the Underworld, where they belong. Do this with me. You and I can set the world right again, and when we do, the gods will deem us forgiven.”


I walk over to Teren, then bend down so that my gaze meets his. I watch the rain pour down his face. When was the first time I saw this face? When I was chained to the stake, of course, and he had come to bend down before me. How poised he had been, then, with this handsome, chiseled face and his mad, pulsing eyes. I smile, realizing that we have switched places now.

I bend close to his ear, in the same way he had once done to me. “No,” I say. “I will keep you, until the day I choose not to. You have destroyed and harmed all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you.” My voice drops to a whisper. “Until your soul is dead.”

Teren can only stare back at me.


top 10 book boys (as voted by my followers) || #10. teren santoro (the young elites)

To atone for my cursed magic, I devote myself to the Inquisition all the days of my life. I will serve the queen, rightful ruler of Kenettra. Not only will I rid this world of Young Elites, but I shall rid this world of malfettos.

He would burn every single one of them at the stake. Abominations. If only he could make them understand. I will find you all. I will use everything in my power to save your souls. I was born to destroy you. 

That happy moment when you realize...

That most of the characters in The young elites probably arn’t white.

That there is more then one character in The young elites that is not straight but there sexuality isn’t the focus of the story and doesn’t define them.

That many of the characters in The young elites are far from perfect and are actually quite dark and flawed.

That you get the villain’s POV enough to question whether or not he’s really the villain.

That the heroine is dark and flawed enough to question whether or not she’s really a heroine.

That the love interest doesn’t really love the so called heroine, and he might not even be the love interest.

That more people should read The young elites, because it’s different and dark and humanized and totally worth it.


BOOKS MEME | (2/8) eight protagonists.
Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I am tired of losing. I am tired of being used, hurt, and tossed aside.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
My turn.