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4 stars to The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted 20 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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.




I enjoyed this book,  but it took me some time to get to that stage.  The story had a lot of potential, it was clear. But despite Adelina’s character being  dark and gritty, and a part of me wanted to know more about her, there was still something about her that wasn’t gelling with me.  She’s a malfetto yet she behaved so… Weirdly. You’d think, even at 16, she’d have more common sense but apparently not. I found myself practically screaming at her idiocy in this book and it was only the last few chapters where I could catch my breath and relax. But man, she was not an easy person to deal with.

The basis of this story is that a virus caused a lot of kids to get special powers. But because they get certain markings, they’re shunned by regular folk for not being normal and/or pretty. Adelina is one of those, since she has a nasty scar on her face. She’s nearly killed by the Inquisitors, but saved by the Daggers and from there learns to harness her powers and soon realises just how dangerous she really is. It’s quite… frightening, really. No, disturbing, is the better word. She has the ability to cast illusions on people, make them see things. She can disguise people and make them invisible if needed. It’s impressive. But before long things turn ugly and she’s losing control. 
Enzo is the Prince who became a Malfetto and therefore shunned by his family. His sister became Queen. I quite liked Enzo, even from the beginning. He had a typical mystery about him,  dark and brooding but not in an irritating way. In some ways he reminded me of the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. Same sort of personality and I mean… He’s a prince. Not that that’s the reason. Certain things happen that really broke my heart, and I’m seriously hoping book 2 corrects these issues because…I just…NO! 

The romance between Enzo and Adelina was purrrrrfectly sweet and sort of sexy, in a deadly weapon kind of way. It helped balance out the crazy, for sure, and gave me hope.
All the while through this book I was just like ‘Adelina needs to stop being stupid. Before I throw this book.’ and believe me, I came close a few times.
There are a few moments where she’s threatened by the lead Inquisitor, Teren. Who, ugh, I despise! I mean, there are some bad guys that I can tolerate, but he was just irritating to the max. Such a hypocrite, too.

 I can understand if you’re threatened, you’d be scared and not know who to turn to,  but Adelina had new friends now. She had the Daggers. And all the whole she acted like she couldn’t tell anyone.  I was fuming. If she told them, they could help her.  She kept on complaining if they found out, they’d kill her. But I was like ‘yeah but lying to them and then them finding out, they really will kill you.’ and I figured if she went to them for help, they’d help her through it. But ugh. This girl drove me nuts.

I’m glad things sort of seemed to even out at the end, even though the events that brought her to that stage were devastating. The epilogue brings hope, and wonder, and dammit…I told myself I wasn’t going to read the Rose Society because Adelina irritated me too much, but maybe I will just to see how things pan out. ugh. Decisions. 

This is one of those books where despite what I’ve said in this review, I still rate it pretty high. The fact that I didn’t put it down half way and stuck it out and then was more intrigued and it broke my heart and set it on fire and let the ashes fall through the stupid fingers of revenge…yeah anyway, I recommend this to anyone that has a steel heart and has patience to battle through because it gets SO good and…I should go now before I start crying.


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(Video) My January Wrap Up | 2016

Posted 2 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I thought I’d try to share what I put on youtube these days on my blog and so here we are. I made a mild mistake on my video, where I didn’t explain what any of the books are about. (FAIL!) So at least now I know for next time. I’m still learning. I hate it. I also need to learn to do cover photos.
It’s funny, I filmed a whole load, but then realised I couldn’t really spoil on a video compiled of a few books, as that would be awkward, so I had to cut. And it’s sad because any other time I wouldn’t know what to say. Anyway.
Here you go.

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#GIVEAWAY: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman (UK only)

Posted 30 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Giveaways, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 3 Comments


So today on my blog I’m going to do something a little different and for no reason at all other than to make space for other lovely books, I’m giving away a copy of Illuminae that I got but haven’t read (loooong story but basically Book Depository messed up) and now I’m thinking maybe there’ll be someone else out there who’d love a copy (and who isn’t fussed that there’s no jacket to it). If that person is YOU, then all you gotta do is enter the raffle down below! 😀

 Goodreads Synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Here’s my official review I posted a while back:

This book. What can I say that hasn’t already been said in other reviews? I mean, this blew my mind. I went into this completely blind, other than knowing it was a sci-fi ‘space opera’ as many called it. I didn’t know the premise and I was glad. I think if I’d known, I might have been scared off. Illuminae is full of wonder, tragedy, hope, fear, creepy artificial intelligent ready to destroy everyone onboard a spaceship. Yes. That’s basically it. You won’t want to read anything else after because nothing can come close to satisfying your needs like this can. I just…mindblown. I can’t wait for book 2!

5 stars

Good luck and may good books be ever in your favour. 😛

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#RYBSAT and A Winter’s Respite | Update

Posted 24 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reading Challenges, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments


It’s me.

Did you miss me?

I’ve missed a few days, I know. That wasn’t planned, I promise. But honestly? I’ve been really stuck on my reading. It’s been scattered and full of uncertainties. I started a couple but couldn’t get into them. I read a hundred pages of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson but I just…couldn’t continue.

Not that it’s bad, but it was feeling a bit…tedious. I wasn’t into it. And then I worried what else to read because I know part of the challenge of RYBSAT is you have to read along you TBR shelf and you’re not supposed to change around but then I saw the others in the row weren’t calling to me and I became…concerned.

In the end I thought screw it. There’s no point worrying over what to read. I’ll pick something else somewhere else on the shelves and now I’m reading:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

I’m 70 pages in and loving it.

So there you have it. It’s the last day for both of these challenges, so I can’t say I’ve succeeded hugely, but at least I’ve been reading.

That’s the whole point, right?

Well, until next time I guess.



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#24in48 Readathon update | Hour 39

Posted 17 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

Hello again.

It’s me.

On day two and the final day of this lovely readathon and I’m just going to tell you how I’m doing.

Today (17th) I have read about 50 pages of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer so far. It’s only 3pm and I’m hoping I’ll get more done before dinner distracts me. Hehe.
And trust me… Food distracts me often.  I slept long but not hard so I’m feeling a bit meh today. Oh well.

I see no one has commented on my past updates so I don’t know what others are up to.  To be honest I kind of don’t want this challenge to end. Haha.

Smell ya laters,
-Kat xoxo

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#24in48 update | Hour 21

Posted 16 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

Hello again!

I thought I’d give you a quick update as to my progress with the #24in48 readathon challenge.

After much decision over what to read,  and finding the Sin Eaters daughter a bit… Trying,  I decided to go with Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
I am on page 150 and am loving it.  It’s currently 21.45 and though there’s still a few hours til midnight, I am so tired. I’m going to bed and then I can get to reading in the morning (aka afternoon bc who wakes up early on a Sunday , amirite?)

Did anyone else have success today? What are you reading?

I’ll update again tomorrow afternoon.


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#24in48 Readathon

Posted 16 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Yes… It’s another challenge. Me like! So basically within the next 48 hours (16th-17th January) I read as much as I can. But because we need to sleep, the actual reading time will be around 24hrs. Confused yet?

At time of posting I have already started my first book, though it’s hour 13. I had to finish my last book but that was only a couple chapters.

What I’m reading: the sin eaters daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I’m only on page 13. Haha. It’s not bad so far but time will tell. It only got a 3star on goodreads. Sigh.

Let me know if you’re doing #24in48 and what your reading plans are! 🙂


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Bout of Books 15 | Day 7

Posted 11 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Middle Grade, Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Day 7
January 10th
Book I’m reading: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Pages read: 160 ish.
The last day and I did a LOT of reading, but sadly I didn’t manage to finish. I’ve also been doing the #TBRTakedown 3.0 challenge too.  I didn’t like the pressure, either.  I know no one was literally pressuring me, but seeing other peoples tweets about how many books they read in the week was a bit intimidating.  It baffles me. I got 2 and a half read. Others? 4, 5, 6 or even 7 books read. Jeezus! How fast do they need to read? Do they even remember what they read?
In any case, I have more challenges to do next week, so I’ll have more chance to beat my TBR shelf.
It’s been fun doing this, despite the panic. Haha.
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