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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series.

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: To strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Best-selling author and New York Times proclaimed "hit factory" Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

©2015 Marie Lu (P)2015 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A tightly woven tapestry of a story that ensnares even as it disturbs." (Booklist, starred review) 

"Lu constructs a fascinating triangle of opposing forces seeking power, and the ensuing twists and epic battles leave many dead, broken, or forever changed." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Original and sobering, Adelina is an antihero of nigh-unremitting darkness: an unusual young woman in the mold of such archetypes as Lucifer, Macbeth, and Darth Vader." (Kirkus Reviews

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Chapters missing

I listened while reading along with the book, and there are chapters missing. About 30+ pages.

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Couldn't finish.

I generously gave the first book in this series 3 stars, but I couldn't even finish this one. Partly because the story became convoluted, but mostly because I felt the female narrator was just terrible and I couldn't stand to listen to her anymore.

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Meh

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Really liked the first book but the story gets pretty boring in this second one... The main character is really annoying

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Worst Female Narrator

I could not STAND this female reader. She was absolutely horrible. Lannon Killea, the male reader, did a wonderful job and I would have much rather him read the female part too. However Carla was so bad I found myself gagging and rolling my eyes AT LEAST once a paragraph. Her whole performance made me want to vomit. She overacts each line. She draws out every other word to give it emphasis for absolutely no reason. She makes simple scene overly dramatic and sounds like the worlds worst actor pretending to be a valley girl. I could not stand it. To be honest, I may have liked the books if she was not the one reading them. But since she was, I ended up absolutely hating the series and will not be finishing it.

Some spoilers if you haven't read any of the books. Absolutely terrible. I have had this series on my to read shelf for a couple years. Uggh I wish I put them on my never-to-read shelf. Absolutely no character development. I found myself not even remembering who characters were or caring whether they died because there was no depth to any of them. Even the main characters were boring and annoying. I was so sick of Adelina constantly whining about how everyone in the world was so mean to her. In all honesty I don't think the daggers did anything wrong to her. They kicked her out because she betrayed them and killed one of their own.... So now she is out to get revenge?? Revenge for what?? That she messed up and got kicked out of a club?? How childish and pathetic. Also, plot lines just appeared out of nowhere!! It's like the writer ran out of things to happen so she just penciled random things in. Like all of a sudden Adelina and Enzo are madly in love, yet there was no character development to show this. Also, now she wants to take over the whole world?? I HATE THESE BOOKS!! I will most likely not read the last book. It's super sad how terribly written this book was because I did really like the Legend series.

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dissatisfied

This book was such a disappointment, I kept listening to it and wait for the moment that I finally like but it never happened.

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Didn't Quite Live Up

I liked how almost every character got some substantial character development. It was really gripping to learn more about most of these characters.
As with the first, the world building was phenomenal.
However, I didn't like that the reader was suddenly assaulted with not only a romantic love story, but a godforsaken love triangle. FINALLY having a well-written book in this genre without some convoluted love story forced upon me was one of my favorite things about the first book, out of many, many things I enjoyed. I felt so betrayed.
Obviously, still a really good book, but I'm disappointed. Since when did she "love" Enzo?? Why????

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Not a fan of the audiobook for this one

I liked the parts of the audiobook voiced by Lannon Killea but there were so many times that I thought Carla Corvo was not the right voice for Adelina and did not read the text with the right tone. It just felt off.

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Story is good, I just do not enjoy the narrator!

Narrator is overacting, and it really made it hard to finish listening! Not sure I'll bother with the final installment.

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Great book, bad audio

Didn't like how the main character was read very much, it took away from the story.

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I love this world but not the main character

I struggled to get through this book because the main character never matured and was self centered. Same as book one but the other characters made it interesting.

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