Villain Squad — Penguin Teen — The Young Elites

Penguin Teen contacted me recently asking if I would like to join them by celebrating, uh, villains? YES VILLAINS. Embrace your inner demons.

noun: villain; plural noun: villains
  1. 1.
    (in a film, novel, or play) a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot.

Please press play and enjoy the hell out of this song while reading the rest of this post…

First I would like to thank Penguin Teen for sending me a paperback copy of The Young Elites. I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time but just never found the chance. So this seemed like the perfect one!

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.

I am SO glad that I finally got around to reading this book! It is DARK and sexy and I LOVE IT! The song that I posted above actually fits Adelina SO well and when I was reading the book and this song came on… I got goosebumps. If you’ve read the book, listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand.


What is a villain to you? The bad guy? The so good he’s bad guy? The beautiful woman who seduces and then kills? The man who kills to save his city? The woman who kills to save herself? What is a villain anymore? In media villains are everywhere. Bad guys doing good things, good guys doing bad things. I know that I am DYING to see Marvel’s new <b>Suicide Squad</b> film (JARED. FREAKING. LETO. YES PLEASE). Villains and their bad selves and their squads are all over. So to celebrate Marie Lu’s upcoming novel The Rose Society I am joining Penguin Teen and creating my own Villain Squad. I’ve assembled a team and we are…

The Bad Book Be-ARC-hes.

First we have Sammy er I mean Jibber-JABBER (My lovely coblogger).

While I’m far too kind in nature, I’m also the last likely person you’d look at to commit criminal acts. Think of me as a female Hank Scorpio from The Simpsons — I’m cheeky, friendly, but I am also the one with my fingers on the doomsday device, demanding that every employee deserves a a hammock, and that millions of dollars be sent to my evil undisclosed location. If I wee to have a villainous power, it’d be “Fast-Talking” — I chat so fast that you’ll barely have a chance to comprehend the information I’ve given you, and zoom! — I’ve stolen out of your pockets, or stated a secret code word to get my cronies ready for action. I’ll chat you up, and while your blindsided by my gift for gab — that my friends is when I’ll strike.

Next we have Librario (author of Nobody’s Goddess)
One day I fell asleep with my head on open book and discovered that every time I open a book from then on, I can absorb it all, as if I had read it from front to cover. The only drawback is, a big fan of the book forgets she ever read it in exchange! So I’ve been “reading” books with my powers so I can get more reading done, knowing that I steal the memories of the book away from many fans as I do… But not realizing they sometimes actually like that because then they can re-read it and feel as if they’re discovering books they love for the first time.

And the last member of my squad, Melly-G (Author of The Sight Seer Saga and The Fading Dusk) is SO EVIL that she didn’t even show up for the party (and thus did not get to choose her own name!) She’s a book horder and her power is ignoring the world as it burns because she’s too busy editing her next great work (which she uses to enslave the masses).

As for myself… I am Fast Mollies (name throwback to 2006 y’all!)

I do everything quickly. Sometimes too quickly. When I’m called upon to save you I tend to rush right past you to the next person! My power is speed and I use it for reading as many books as I can… not saving the poor and downtrodden as I should. Sure I might rush out to answer my signal, but I often do a shitty job of saving you because I’m going too fast because I want to return to my damn book! 

What’s your villain persona and power? Who would be on YOUR villain squad????

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