Publication: October 13, 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover copy provided by the publisher, thank you!
*Warning: Since this is a sequel, the summary and review may contain spoilers for the first book.*
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?
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This is a solid sequel!
I knew this one was going to be pretty epic because of where The Young Elites left off. The world gets expanded and we meet a bunch of new characters, and I had a great time reading this.
The beginning pulled me in and I was so interested in what was going to happen to Adelina and to see her plans in action. I love the new characters that are introduced and the beginning was a fun time. Adelina and Violetta get some development and their relationship dynamics continue to grow and change.
There are a few different perspectives. The reader gets to see what is going on with The Daggers and also with Teren and Guiletta. The different POVs definitely made for building tension and some great plot elements.
In the middle of the book, the plot takes an even darker turn. All of the characters' conflicting plans and strained emotions come together in an intense climax. Things get crazy. While I anticipated this meeting, it wasn't really "fun" to read. Some sad things happen, and I was left with mixed emotions, especially with Adelina's character. I know she is becoming a villain and I appreciate that refreshing storyline, but it is sad to see a character I've grown to care for experiencing such evil within herself. The story leaves off on a scary note, and I'm interested/fearful to see what happens in the final book.
Even though we get a wider view of the world in this installment, it still needs some work. I found myself getting confused on how it all works and also with the baliras (stingray-like creatures that can swim and fly). I almost feel like the elements of the world are thrown together with little explanation, but ultimately, that didn't take too much away from my enjoyment since the book is focused more on Adelina and the plot.
I enjoyed the beginning of the story more because it had some light-heartedness to it, and overall, this was an emotional and impactful sequel.