{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thank you to National Book Store for bringing Marie Lu here in the Philippines! I'm so excited! To welcome her, Pinoy Book Tours is touring her newest book, THE YOUNG ELITES. Today, I'm hosting an excerpt and you can also win a signed copy!

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)
Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date of Publication: October 7, 2014

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.

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Adelina Amouteru

I’m going to die tomorrow morning.

That’s what the Inquisitors tell me, anyway, when they visit my cell. I've been in here for weeks—I know this only because I've been counting the number of times my meals come.

One day. Two days.
Four days. A week.
Two weeks.

I stopped counting after that. The hours run together, an endless train of nothingness, filled with different slants of light and the shiver of cold, wet stone, the pieces of my sanity, the disjointed whispers of my thoughts.

But tomorrow, my time ends. They’re going to burn me at the stake in the central market square, for all to see. The Inquisitors tell me a crowd has already begun to gather outside.

I sit straight, the way I was always taught. My shoulders don’t touch the wall. It takes me a while to realize that I’m rocking back and forth, perhaps to stay sane, perhaps just to keep warm. I hum an old lullaby too, one my mother used to sing to me when I was very little. I do my best to imitate her voice, a sweet and delicate sound, but my notes come out cracked and hoarse, nothing like what I remember. I stop trying.

It’s so damp down here. Water trickles from above my door and has painted a groove into the stone wall, discolored green and black with grime. My hair is matted, and my nails are caked with blood and dirt. I want to scrub them clean. Is it strange that all I can think about on my last day is how filthy I am? If my little sister were here, she’d murmur something reassuring and soak my hands in warm water.

I can’t stop wondering if she’s okay. She hasn’t come to see me.

I lower my head into my hands. How did I end up like this?

But I know how, of course. It’s because I’m a murderer.

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


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  1. I've just bought this book. I've been excited to read it because it's fricking Marie Lu! LOL. I loved her Legend series, and she's one of those writers who I'm sure I won't be disappointed about. :)

  2. Actually i am going this weekend for this...and i am SUPER DUPER EXCITED TO FINALLY MEET HER! GAAAAH! i have been a fan of hers since last year...i have read her TYE and man she slay me with feelssss as usual! she went fantasy on this want which is one of my fave genre and she didn't disappoint! I don't mind joining ur giveaway just to spread the love ;)

    1. I really gotta read this one! I love action above all else (well, don't tell that to my contemporary reads) so I'm just waiting for school and work to chill out so I can finally read. Your enthusiasm is also making me want to read it asap. Thanks for sharing the love and the giveaway, Laila!

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  4. LOL sorry for the fuss haha
    Again, thank you for this wonderful giveaway! I won't be able to go to the event because of schedule conflict and time constraints.... THANK YOU!

    I really want to read this book because of Marie Lu. Also, the book has a lot of hype this moment!

    thanks and good luck to everyone!

    1. Aaaaww, you can't go. Then I hope you win! :D

  5. I just love her Legend series and I'm pretty sure that The Young Elites will also give me the same (or even more) feeling.

  6. Gah! That excerpt is AWESOME!! Can't wait to start this one!! :)

  7. I'm excited to read it because everyone has been raving about it. :)

  8. I look forward to reading this book because Marie Lu wrote it. <3 I know it will be good and I'll read it without reading what's written at the back. Also, I'd like to win a signed copy because this is my only chance to have a signed copy. I can't go to the signing because of school stuff. :( Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  9. I love Legend and I want to read this too. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Marie Lu's writing is just... I don't even have words to describe it, it's just that perfect and I'm really excited about this book because I've read the Legend Series and I feel head over heals for it so I'm pretty stoked for her new series

  11. So many good reviews about the book and I'm so excited to read it. I'm hoping to meet Marie Lu too in person when she comes here. Thanks you for the giveaway. :)

  12. I'm currently reading The Young Elites. So far so good. My only concern is the characters. I'm not sure if I should love or loathe them but the book is still a good one. Will have to finish it soon. The setting is inspired by Renaissance Era which is a plus factor. I would love to win a physical copy of the book since I'm reading it in an ebook format which is kind of lame.


    1. BTW, just to clarify. I'm not talking about ALL the characters. I'm talking about certain characters. Raffaele is so far a brilliant character.

  13. It sounds unique and exciting and I've heard such great things about the novel that I want to know what all the fuss is about too. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

  14. I already read this and love it! Marie Lu can never go wrong in writing. This is very different from Legend
    (which I truly adore) and I love the how haunting and gritty EVERYTHING in this book. ENZO VALENCIANO T_T


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