Summary from goodreads:
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.
Note: this book has a character with one eye. So…basically I knew I would at least like it.
But I didn’t just like it, I LOVED it. Seriously, this book was AMAZING. I want to scream at you in all caps for this entire review to go read it, but I won’t.
This society is messed up! A lot of people died from a disease and a lot of children were literally scarred from it with marks all over their bodies and sometimes one less eye than normal. Some of them even have magic as a remnant. Yet they are shunned from society and treated badly.
Until some decide to become super heroes and fight against oppression and for the rightful heir to the throne.
All of this should make you want to read it. But the kicker? This isn’t the heir’s story. It isn’t really even the good guy’s story. It is Adelina’s story and she has not had things easy and she cannot trust people very easily.
Add this to your holiday list or just go get it right now because it is incredible!