Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Blog Tour: The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu & WinterHaven's Villain Post

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Today, we’re excited to join Penguin Random House for Marie Lu & the Villain Squad tour! We have a lot to share about Marie Lu’s most recent series The Young Elites, and we also wanted to join in on the fun as I transform into a villain right before your eyes! Well not really a bad villain because well… that’s not my style, but if given the opportunity, I could pull out some superpowers that could bring down my enemy! So check this out!

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
Published October 7, 2014
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Purchase Links:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
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.
My Thoughts
Brilliant and Fantastical Journey!
I applaud Marie Lu for flexing a new muscle in writing The Young Elites, where she takes her readers into a fantasy world filled with a cast of complex characters and a plot that continually builds momentum from beginning to end. Lu continues to play to her strengths, which we first saw in her dystopia series Legend, where she weaves political turmoil alongside layered agendas among her characters.
4 Snowflakes

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Expected publication: October 13, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

My Thoughts
Absolute perfection!! 
Where most second installments suffer from middle book syndrome, The Rose Society carries no such affliction. This book is a perfect blend of intrigue, dark fantasy and rival forces that have the reader sitting at the edge of their seat!
5 Snowflakes
And now for the fun!! As part of this blog tour we were asked to turn ourselves into a villain. For those of you who have read The Rose Society, we saw Adeline tap into the darker side of her character and she was known and feared as The White Wolf.
In the spirit of tapping into my inner villain and residing in WinterHaven's world, I would call myself SnowStorm.
My superpower would consist of blizzarating my enemies through my reading glasses and creating snowstorms that drive everyone to seek shelter indoors to their reading nooks. 
If I had to call on my villain squad I'd have my roomies Amber, Britt, Crystal, Milka and Tina help me bring down my enemies. #squadgoals!!

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