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.
Malfetto word impressed me the second I saw the book. That time I was like, ” Another try-hard badass girl, huh?” and took few minutes to bought it. After that, I try to read, admiring the character and fell in love with the story.
So this book tells the story from three different character and two POV (first person and third person). There’s Adelina, Enzo and Terren. Adelina’s story told by first person POV, letting us know what inside of her mind. Few things that I like about her is her personality. You hurt her, she will hurt you more. Eye on eye.
Another thing that I love from this book is each character aren’t hero or heroine. They’re anti-hero, their personality fall into grey area. Sometime I dislike Enzo, sometime I dislike Terren and sometime I dislike Adelina. I even hated Violetta in the beginning. You can’t trust anyone.
I don’t have problem with multiple POV, instead this book is the perfect example for me as I also write on multiple POV. But my problem is how author write Adelina’s POV. There’s some lines that I can’t get through. I even skipped several pages of her POV because she often sounds like whining over and over, mostly about her miserable life. Well, I got it and I almost felt symphatic with her, but as I turn the pages, I couldn’t take it.
But so far, I enjoy the setting of story and other character. I never read alternate-history book, so I won’t give any comment about that.
This book may good for anyone who grows tired with Mary Sue-like heroine, but just be aware with the high-fantasy that labeled on this book. Because this one, it’s not.
Author : Marie Lu
Released Date : October 2014 (English Edition)
November 2015 (Indonesian Edition)
Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (English Edition)
Mizan Fantasi (Indonesian Edition)