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Blog Tour: The Young Elites

The Teaser Blog Tour for The Young Elites kicks off with a visit from Marie Lu!

Blog Tour: The Young Elites

The Legend series cemented Marie Lu's spot on our Must Read Anything by This Author list, so obvs we're stoked to have Marie stop by to kick off the Teaser Blog Tour for her upcoming book, The Young Elites

Here's the official scoop on the book:

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.

Sounds AMAZE, right?! Without further ado, here's Marie!

Hey guys, we're about to do something really cool. But first, let me explain.

For anyone who has seen me talking about various The Young Elites things all summer and fall, know this: The Young Elites is the book that nearly killed me. (Okay, I do say this about every book I write, but I'm SERIOUS THIS TIME.) I changed my entire writing habit for it -- I started writing in the afternoons, sometimes in the middle of the night, I started writing notes in longhand, and I even started writing out of order. This book threw everything I knew completely out of whack.

Writing from a villain's point of view is a bit weird. Day and June from Legend lived in a dark world, sure, but they were still good people at heart, and thus had headspaces that were pleasant to inhabit. Adelina's mind, though, is a dark world in itself. She's not a very nice girl. In fact, she's probably thinking something twisted about you right now. For a while, I didn't think I would make it, and I constantly pictured myself huddled under a bridge (it's always raining in this scenario) because I couldn't finish the book and I had to stop being a writer altogether. You'd think that, as a professional at something, eventually I would get to the point where I know what I'm doing.

Nope. Very nope.

So when I say that I'm excited The Young Elites is coming out Oct. 7, I want you to understand the level of my excitement. Hint: the level is over 9,000.

And from now until Launch Day, we are running a Teaser Blog Tour for the book with some exclusive things!

What is in this Teaser Tour? As you follow along, you'll see:

•  Adelina: a sneak peek at the leading villainness that nearly brought me to my knees.

•  Characters: Who are the Young Elites? We'll be debuting some really cool glances at the story's other main players.

•  An exclusive excerpt from the book!

I'm honestly quite nervous about how you guys will like The Young Elites. It was intimidating to switch to an entirely new series, but I'm proud of this book and relieved that it's going to make it to Launch Day. I really hope you all follow along on our Teaser Tour and that you'll enjoy The Young Elites when it comes out! Thank you all for reading!


Photo credit: Paul Gregory

About the Author:

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. She spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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You can also check out these links for more The Young Elites goodness!


And follow the teaser tour for character profiles and a brand new excerpt from The Young Elites!

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