Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday Cover Reveal: In The Begin: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales Charity Anthology

Today Month9Books is revealing the cover and some excerpts for their Charity Anthology IN THE BEGINNING! Which releases October 25, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive an eGalley!!

On to the reveal!

Title: IN THE BEGINNING: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales
Editors: Laureen P. Cantwell and Georgia McBride
Author: Stephen Clements, Nicole Crucial, Mike Hays, Sharon Hughson, Marti Johnson, Elle O'Neill, Lora Palmer, & Christina Raus
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback & eBook
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In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

IN THE BEGINNING, edited by Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBride

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master's zealous defiance of the king's law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she'll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken. 

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he's meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O'Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah's sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary's Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.

Anthology Excerpts:

From THE DEMON WAS ME, by Sharon Hughson:

The ghastly black fog overtook me. Icicles pierced my back. Every muscle in my body spasmed. I plunged face-first against the ground. Something sharp gouged my cheek. Shivery tingles pervaded my insides. A vile presence pressed against my mind.
“Get out!” I rolled to my back, arms outstretched. I wanted to fight, throw the intruder off me. But how can you resist something as ethereal as air?
Laughter rang in my ears. Sinister. It shuddered against my soul. Terror and hopelessness collided in my chest. A foreign power clutched at my mind.
I screamed. I rolled to my side and squeezed my eyes shut. If only I could disappear.
Another dark wave of laughter echoed through my skull. Convulsions gripped me.
Against my will, my limbs flailed in every direction. A spike pressed into my mind. I cradled my throbbing head. My body, a tumbleweed in the wind, spun on the ground.

From BABYLON, by Nicole Crucial:

Only those will enter Heaven whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

These were the first words I heard, in the beginning of time.

But Sefer, the protest comes, Revelation wasn’t written until the first century.

My answer is that time is a funny little plaything to God, or so I imagine. That first sentence was the wind that breathed life into my chest, the binding of my pages, the ink in my soul. It knitted together my stardust-atoms from across centuries and millennia and planes of existence.

And when the first dregs of consciousness swirled at the pit-bottom of my spine, I yawned and opened my eyes to paradise.

From CONDEMNED, by Elle O’Neill:

To his surprise, as he heard the metal door grind to a stop, there was a popping sound, like the flash-lamp did when they experimented in Classic Photography at Routlege. Except no camera appeared—not that he could see anyway—but rather a digital time clock, bold red numbers, already beginning their descent, in striking relief against the black paint covering the walls.



Of course they would include the fractions of a second, he thought. He was now fighting a tiger against a racing clock. For all that they were merely numbers, he saw their dwindling trickle as if he were watching grains of sand pour through the hourglass of his fingers, helpless.


The tiger looked at him. It didn't glance his way. It directed its massive head at him, its eyes trained on Barabbas ... and they didn't turn away.

Another man, in another arena, stood calmly while the tiger advanced. His breathing was even, he did not watch the clock, and he looked with love upon the prowling beast. When it snarled, he slowly exhaled; when its whiskers glanced his weaponless fingers, he blinked gently as the hot breath of the tiger dampened his skin.

From LAST WILL & TESTAMENT, by Mike Hays:

I’ve found money, I’ve found food, and I’ve found myself in plenty of trouble on plenty of occasions, but I’ve never found another human being just lying around. That’s what happened when I found a person-shaped ball of olive drab and camouflage clothing—which would have been more at home in the reject pile down at the army surplus store—under our decrepit, worn sign for the, “Extraordinary 

League of Witch Assass_ _ _.”

It’s true. I found a boy about my age sleeping at the end of the Extraordinary League of Witch Assassins driveway.

From UNWANTED, by Lora Palmer:

“Let me see you,” he whispers. “Let me truly see you.”

I swallow down the fear this moment brings, the anxiety that once he does see me, he will no longer accept me. No, I must stop thinking this way. My husband is not like Jacob, dazzled by the superficial beauty of my sister. My husband, my love, will see me.

Taking courage from this, I let out a shaky laugh as he helps me stand. I long to see him, too.

“All right,” I say.

He lifts my veil, his deft fingers moving slow, relishing the anticipation of this moment. At last, he lifts the linen over my face and lets it slip to the floor behind me. We stare at each other, stock still, in stunned silence.

It was Jacob.

From EMMACULATE, by Christina Raus:

The Ten Commandments are pretty straightforward. Killing? Bad. Lying? Nope. Adultery? Don’t even think about it. But is real life really that straightforward? If you tell your boyfriend that you’re going golfing, when really you’re going out to cheat on him, is the lying or the adultery worse? What if you stab the guy you’re having an affair with? Isn’t being a murderer worse than being a cheater? I think the stabbing is worse than the lying and the cheating combined. So, it was kind of unfair for God to group killing, lying, and cheating all together under one umbrella. They all seemed really different.

I was an adulterer. I couldn’t deny that. I was also a liar. A very, very good liar. But I wasn’t a murderer.

From THE DELUGE, by Marti Johnson:

The stench of mildew and mold is heavy in our nostrils, and my lungs feel as though they are on fire. My breathing is audible in the lulls between the thunderclaps. My mother huddles, shivering, propped between two rocks. She is coughing painfully, and I can hear her teeth chattering.

It is hard to breathe because the air itself is full of water.

A deeper shadow has fallen across the side of the mountain on which we are sheltering. I pull aside the brambles, and gasp in amazement when I realize what it is. “Look!” I call to the others, and point at the sight. The ark has risen with the water, and now bobs up and down. It sits high in the water. We hear nothing from it but the creaking of the wood timbers and the sound of the branches and rocks on the hillside scraping against its hull.

From DANIEL AND THE DRAGON, by Stephen Clements:

Your god is a liar!” roared the wizened man in thin black robes, as he pounded his breast with his fist.
Habakkuk stood by the gates of the temple as his master picked a fight with a sanctuary full of the slavish followers of Bel, a bloodthirsty demon god. A fire raged in the fanged maw of a giant, stone head sunken into the back of the temple, there to receive the offerings rendered unto Bel. He had seen this before in other temple raids with his master, though not on such a massive scale, and not at the heart of the demon cult in Babylon itself. The fire raged as the greatest offering that the Babylonians—who adored Bel above all other gods—could sacrifice to their deity was their own newborn children, rolled their screaming, helpless bodies down a stone, handshaped altar into the fire. They offered the fruit of their wombs to their dark god, who devoured the innocent souls sacrificed to him in eldritch rituals.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review: Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bradsley

Title: Genesis Girl
Author: Jennifer Bradsley
Genre: Futuristic/Dystopia
Publisher: Month9Books
Rating: 5 Stars

Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bradsley
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Their new beginning may end her.

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

My Review

If I could give this book 5 million stars, I would. This book completely blew my mind, it was unlike anything I have ever read! No, I'm serious. The concept and plot line of this one is uniquely 100 percent original; which is part of the reason why I want to give it so many stars. I mean, just imagine if our world became corrupt with technology and our virtual realities, with us needed to document every moment, and then having a small group of people be completely shut-out from this. If that doesn't scream unique, I don't know what does. I've never heard of a premise of a book quite like this. And man did Jennifer do an amazing job with taking this cool idea and running with it. She has captivated me, I can't even begin to describe and process how many aspects this book has in it. But here's me trying; it's got romance, manipulation, some betrayal, some mystery, some sci-tech, and a whole lot of futuristic awesomeness!

The technology in this one was literally off-the-chain. Wow, tone it down fangirl side of me. No one says "off-the-chain" anymore. But as you can tell, it totally has my nerd side spazzing out. I mean can you imagine being able to post, tweet, gram, like, share, and snap, all from your fingertips! I can, and would totally jump at the chance, but with some precautions. I can thank Jennifer for kind of freaking me out about that kind of technology. But even then, finger-chips sound so cool! I can say, running a blog with a pair of those would probably be easy. But even with some cool tech, Jennifer created a very nice balance between no tech and high tech that doesn't distract readers from the main plot. Only satisfying nerds and geeks alike with cool futuristic tech that we can appreciate.

Now it did take a while for the plot to develop, and for me to get into the story. At first glimpse, I thought that this wasn't going to be my kind of book. It opened with Blanca and a peek into her sheltered life. And now that I look back at it, Jennifer did something that was really remarkable. She made Blanca sound like she was shut-off from the world with her word choice, which is ingenious. But starting out, it felt kinda dry and mono-toned, making me a little hesitant to dive more into the book. But once I did, holy cow! I fell in love with it! After the first few chapters, you get thrown into this new world, just as Blanca was. More characters get introduced like, Fatima, Ms. Lydia, Cal, and my favorite; Seth. All these characters are really reliable and very lovable. If I could make Seth by boyfriend, and Cal either a step-dad or uncle, my life would be made. Fatima would be an awesome sister. And Ms. Lydia sounds like she would be a teacher? I'm going to go with teacher. Anyway I found it very easy to relate and connect with the characters throughout this one. Even Blanca, who at first sounded like a loyal cyborg, or something, she really grow on me about half-way through the book. By the end, Blanca was easily one of my favorites too, right there with Seth and Cal. And after the story picked up, the plot really unfolded.

And that was when the craziness started to happen! The plot twists started to happen, you didn't know what was around the next corner, or around the next bend. That's when the tension stared to pressurize, romances started to pick up, manipulation and betrayal were on the rise, and it was very hard to predict what was going to happen next! Jennifer built up everything so perfectly, that it had me on the edge of my seat. And boy did she deliver a twist that I literally through the book on the other side of the room out of pure frustration and astonishment. I couldn't believe what I just read. I couldn't handle not knowing what was going to happen, that I stayed up until 7 a.m. finishing this one. And it couldn't have ended anymore perfectly! My feels have been shot, and I can't wait to get the next on in my hands!

So, just to recap. This has to be one of my favorite reads of this year. Jennifer if you a reading this, thank you for sharing your story with me and the world. You have left me breathless with your creative and unique plot line, and your writing style! I highly recommend you add this one to you TBR pile immediately! I don't want you to miss this incredible story, that I hope leaves you with wanting more, just like I do. So, until then Jennifer, I will be waiting!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free, and gave my honest opinion on this book, and did not have the fact that I got the book for free sway my review in anyway.

Click here to see the Bookstagram Tour I helped host for Genesis Girl.

My Posts about Genesis Girl

(Just a few. I posted TONS of photos about this book, so click the link above to see all my posts.)

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Authors: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Script
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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The eighth story. Nineteen years later.
Nineteen years after the battle of Hogwarts...

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must strugge with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

The stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. 

My Review

Harry Potter has been with me since the very beginning.  It was the first official series I read, it was the first urban fantasy/magical books I read, it was the first books that made me cry. And it was the first series that made me realize there was something more to reading a book. So, when I found out that Rowling was going to put out another book set eighteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, I immediately started counting down the days until the book's debut.  And I got my hand on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at its midnight release. And I'm going to say that I was for the most part pleased with how this one turned out. I really enjoyed the characters throughout the story, and I also liked with way it was written, but there were also some hiccups that I couldn't get over either. Please don't hate me when you read that paragraph, I'll explain it all when we get there.

The characters were phenomenal of course. You get to see Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Draco, again, which was one of my favorite parts about this one. I missed those characters so much especially since it's been nine years since we've seen them. That's such a long time! But I also really enjoyed seeing Albus and his best friend, Scorpius, too. I swear Scorpius is my spirit animal, and who knew he could be, considering who his father is. He had to be my favorite characters coming from this book, hands down. It took me a little longer to like Albus, but he kind of grow on me after a while. I even liked the 'Cursed Child' them-self, but I'll come back to that later. All in all, these characters were ever enjoyable throughout, new or old, they were all amazing.

The next thing I really liked in this one was the writing style. This book is completely different from the others, mainly because it was written in script. Now, I don't have a problem with reading things in script. By Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being written in script , it made the book more unique, but it was always a play though, never really written in a more popular seen book format. I really did like reading it like a script, it made it easier to visualize the plot, characters, and scenes. Not to mention, it made this a really fast read. I read this one in two days, but most can read it in one sitting. So, this book has that going for it too.

And now for some of the hiccups that occurred when reading this one, which made me have to give it three and a half stars. First off when reading this one, it never really went into why the plot started the way it did. I thought that later on throughout the book it would explain why a character did something that started the chain-reaction of the plot. But it never really did, causing there to be a plot hole. I was hoping that Rowling would touch on that in the end, she did, but she was very ambiguous and veg on what that character's reason for doing the action actually was. Another reason I had to give it a lower star rating then what I usually do was that about half way through Act Three, if felt like the book could have ended there, and it really confused me because I didn't know where this book was going to go after that. I know that most books do this, but this was the worst of them all. I'm glad it went on after that because it did get better, but I was still so confused. And then there was the 'Cursed Child' them-self. I really liked them as a villain, but was really creeped out about how they came to be. I still can't get the pictures out of my head.  And so for those three reasons I had to give this one a three and a half stars.

For the most part I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I liked how it was a fast read, and that I got to get a glimpse of what the Wizarding World looks like in the future. I recommend you pick this one up if you're a Harry Potter fan, it was a quick and fun read, and very enjoyable. I don't know if Rowling is going to create anything else for Harry Potter, because she said it was over after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and then this happened. But if she decides to write anything else, I'll most likely pick it up, it's Harry Potter of course. So, until next time Rowling, if there is a next time, I'll be waiting. 

My Posts about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release!

So earlier this week I volunteered at the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child midnight release. And I has so much fun! It was a blast! First off it has been 9 years since the last Harry Potter and I've been waiting for this book just like Sirius has been.

But non the less, I knew that I had to arrive to this event in style. As my job as a die-hard Harry Potter fan I wanted to show my appropriation and dedication to EVERYONE. You know just a little something-something to tell people I take anything Harry Potter related very Siriusly (Haha, see what I did there).  So, I decided I'd cosplay as a character from Harry Potter that always needs a little love, Myrtle Elizabeth Warren a.k.a. Moaning Myrtle. I thought it would be fun to dress up as her, because she is literally the precise image of a fangirl. AndAnd who would want to miss the opportunity of wearing a toilet seat on one's head? Not me. I hit up my local thrift shop and for under $20 I had everything I needed. All except the toilet seat, which I bought a new one at Walmart, because I am obviously not going to wear a used one.

So, I through my outfit together, did the classic Myrtle ponytails, put a quote on the lid of the seat strapped it on, and had to admit my cosplay didn't look too shabby. Cue the runway music.

As you can see I had A LOT of fun creating this look.

Once I was decked out in Moaning Myrtle garb, it was time to hit the road and head to the Carmel Barns & Noble, which was about a hour drive to. And once I got there I found out I was going to be working at the 'Muggle Wall' were Harry Potter fans could write down what Harry Potter means to them. They had a huge wall a BookCon 2016, and if you went, it was kind of like that, but a lot smaller. I also got to meet two other lovely volunteers who were bloggers/BookTubers, Lauren and Anna. They are so nice and we had a ball all night. And of course we had to get a photo opp together looking all bad ass at the Azkaban Prisoners, Daily Prophet Photo Stand thing. Sorry, I don't really know what to call it. And I got one by myself too. 

After having some fun, we had to mischief manage ourselves to our stations. I made my way over the the muggle wall to see what Harry Potter meant to everybody who attended. I was put off to the side of the store, but I could still see all the action. And I couldn't wait to see everyone share there love for Harry Potter on these boards!


And so the love sharing began...


Seeing all these lovely fans filling these boards up with their love, filled my heart so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every fan who wrote something, you all made standing from about 4 hours so worth it. And it made my night!

At 12:40ish it was time to start lining up for the midnight drop, and since I volunteered; Lauren, Anna, and I were in the first group to get our hands on the new release.
And then the time was upon us. We all started a count down.3...2...1.... and the book was in my hands.

I had so much fun at the Barns and Noble event, and I made so many new friends! I can't wait to see what events I'll be involved with next, and I also can't wait to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!  So, stay tuned for a review. And as always drink some coffee, love a cat, watch out for those feels, and remember to always read fearlessly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Happy Birthday, United by Melissa Landers!

That's right, the wait is over people! You can now go and get your hands on United by Melissa Landers. I'm so excited this is book is finally out, because I can't wait to read it! Melissa is one of my absolute favorite authors, and she has worked so hard on this sci-fi series. The Alienated series is one of my absolute favorites, and Melissa is such an amazing person. So amazing that she also has a special message to all of you, so without further or do, here she is...


Hey there, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of UNITED, the final book in the Alienated trilogy. Our star-crossed lovers Aelyx and Cara have overcome some heavy obstacles to be together—riotous mobs, alien hybrids, and worst of all, high school on two planets. Now to stay together they’ll have to unite their people against a common enemy, a threat more deadly than they ever imagined. (NBD, right?) I’ve written an ending to this trilogy that makes my heart happy, and I hope you’ll love the conclusion as much as I do!

What do reviewers have to say about the series?

“The author’s storyline is out of this world.” –VOYA on Alienated

“The unusual plot and world building are ingenious.” –Library Media Connection on Alienated

“If [the third novel] is as entertaining as this tale, it can’t come soon enough.” –Kirkus Reviews on Invaded

“A fun genre-blending series that will only gain traction as it continues.” –Booklist on Invaded

If you love hot aliens, snarky humans, and wild sci-fi adventure, make sure to pick up a copy of UNITED today. It’s now available in stores and online.

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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a set of all 3 mini-posters in the Alienated series—signed by me! The giveaway is open internationally.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit


How awesome is she? Make sure you enter in to win those posters. I have them hanging in my room and they look amazing! And also make sure you get a hold of United, because I think I'll be doing a read along next month for it! Alien kisses!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: High Fantasy/Dystopia
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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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 sliver, her lashes went pale, and now she has 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'd Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

 Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of the 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. 

 My Review

I'm kicking myself right now. No, it's not because this book was bad, it's far from bad. No, it's not because of the writing style or plot. No, it's not because of the characters.  It's because this book has been on my TBR pile for so long, and I'm stuck here wondering, "Why have I not read this yet?". Words can't even begin to describe how amazing this book is. I'm completely loved The Young Elites. I will admit this one went above and beyond my expectations. I was very hesitant to pick this one up, because I sadly didn't get into Marie's Legend trilogy. I don't know why, it just didn't work for me. So, I gave Marie another shot and I'm so glad that I did. This time she didn't disappoint. The things that mead me love this book so much was the dark and twisted world Marie created, Marie's writing style with this one, her very diverse characters selection.

First, let's start off with is creative plot and dark world Marie created. I find this unique concept of having a illness that swept a nation to have children come out with awesome powers, amazing! How cool?!  If I caught a cold and then got the ability to fly from it, that would be awesome! Okay, let's be real. It was more like a feverish disease that puts you a the verge of death, but hey I can dream, right? Anyways, it's already has a cool concept going on, and then you put in  a national "threat" in the mix, a world were women are married off, a girl who has no idea what power she possesses and who is almost terrifyingly close to her sorrow and anger, and you've got one hell of a story on your hands. Oh, and a very dark world that gives me chills just thinking about what people living in this world have to go through, as well as the characters. But this dark world is so gripping, it really hooks you in and makes you want to find out why it came to be that way.

Marie's writing style in this one was way different then her writing style in the Legend trilogy. Throughout The Young Elites, Marie had more of a darker feel to it, and that is partly due to the main character, Adelina. But I liked it. Looking back, the writing style she used when writing the Legend trilogy could have been why I really didn't get into those books. But by reading from someone who has fallen into such a dark place, really made for a very intriguing read. Right off the bat readers get a taste of this new and almost refreshing writing style that Marie uses, as well as a glimpse at what darkness is to come.

Finally, I really enjoyed see all the different characters Marie created too. My favorites, and probably many others favorite too, was Raffaele. He is truly the light of hope in the dark world the Marie created. At times he made me laugh, cry, and then other times reflect on life around me. I love characters like Raffaele, they really make books more enjoyable for me. But just as there is light, there is also dark. And one of my favorite dark characters had to be Adelina herself. I fell like she harmonizes well with the dark cords in everyone, because we have all felt the emotions that she keeps close to her. Maybe not as extensively, but it make her a reliable main character. And with her being close to her dark side, it also draws readers in to learn more about who she really is and what she can really do.

All in all this book was amazing, I highly recommend you give The Young Elites a shot if you were like me and  you didn't get into Marie's  Legend trilogy that much. Trust me, you won't regret it. I can't wait to see what Marie has in store in the next installment, The Rose Society. After this review goes up, I'll probably be stopping at my bookstore to pick it up. Because something tell me it's going to be good.

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