The Nefarious Nine: Introducing Fiammata + Giveaways


As announced yesterday, to help promote the release of Marie Lu’s THE ROSE SOCIETY we have formed a Super Villain Squad and will be revealing one of its members each day on all of our blogs.

If you haven’t yet read the first book in The Young Elites series, be sure to check out its description below to learn more about the series and to find out just what a Super Villain Squad has to do with the Young Elites.


The Nefarious Nine may not have come into our powers in the same way that those in The Dagger Society or The Rose Society did, but we are a group with kick-ass abilities and we are at best anti-heroes and at our very worst super villains.

You may know some or all of us as mild-mannered book bloggers and book lovers. But we are so much more than that. We have incredible power individually. But together we are unstoppable. Together we are The Nefarious Nine.

And I am Fiammata.

Introducing Fiammata

FiammataMy friends call me Fia but you aren’t my friend. You can call me Fiammata, though it might be the last word you utter. I am temperamental and unpredictable so it doesn’t take much to get on my bad side. And once you are on it… well, let’s just say that you won’t be on it for very long.

My power is pyrokinesis. It is the ability to create and manipulate fire with the mind.

They say that my ability isn’t real. But if you could just ask my victims, they would tell you how very real it is. Unfortunately for them, they are no longer able to do so.

When I first discovered I had the ability to create fire it scared me. Let me assure you, that is no longer a problem. Being persecuted, ostracized, and used has made me not only accept my power but delight in it.

It has taken years for me to be able to control my ability. When I was younger I was prone to rages which caused me to unleash my flames, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. I am much better at containing my fury, letting it build, directing it where it’s most needed. But sometimes my control slips.

I am a very passionate person. Accidents happen from time to time. I do not dwell on them. Regret is a wasted emotion.

Before I joined up with the group that came to be known as The Nefarious Nine I used my power mostly for acquisition purposes. You might not think the ability to manipulate fire would be useful for that, but it very much is.

You see, fire can be very distracting. So much so that people are willing to leave many valuable things unattended for fear of meeting a fiery end.

But it got boring. Quickly. And a bored pyrokinetic is a dangerous one.

I was playing with fire both literally and figuratively when I learned of others out there with incredible abilities similar but different from my own who were using their powers to dispense dark justice on those who’d wronged them. They were also using them to spread fear and amass power.

I was most definitely intrigued.

Fortunately for me – though mostly for those boys who provided a brief distraction but just couldn’t handle the heat – I was accepted by this group. And while I suspect they want to use me as much as those in my past had, I want to use them too.

For power. For notoriety. To instill fear. To dispense justice. To become something more.

Do I envision a world engulfed in flames? Only in the sweetest of my dreams. For now I’m happy with the goal of world domination.

Meet The Nefarious Nine

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Sept. 23rd | Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Sept. 24th | Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Sept. 25th | Mundie Moms


TheRoseSocietyCoverTitle & Series: THE ROSE SOCIETY (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


From New York Times bestselling 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 that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

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?



TheYoungElitesCoverTitle & Series: THE YOUNG ELITES (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


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.


About Marie Lu

Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


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    • A copy of either THE YOUNG ELITES or THE ROSE SOCIETY to THREE (3) Winners – Int’l

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