Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Synopsis obtained from www.goodreads.com
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 flees Kenettra with her sister 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?
To put it bluntly out there, among the trilogy, this book was the best and I don’t think it gets the hype that it deserves. Since the first book, you’d instantly know that this is not your typical young adult fantasy/love story. To be honest, it is too dark and it’s what makes it stand out among the rest. Notwithstanding how Marie Lu creates that tumultuous realm inside your head that makes you feel you’re actually inside that chaos taking place in Adelina Amouteru’s mind. Every detail was lucid and as sharp as the illusions woven by Adelina that I could choke my own airpipe if she wills it to. That’s how powerful Marie Lu’s writings are.
Marie Lu has forged a character so strong, Adelina turned quickly from a sweet, innocent malfetto into a maleficent anti-hero that hurts your judgement because you understand exactly why she turned that way.
Honestly, I would have loved to witness the redemption of evil back to good. But this book bars me from wanting that spite of goodness to win, or perhaps, not yet. Because along with Adelina, I ache for her justice too. It’s just my two cents. You are welcome to disagree.