Review: The Rose Society

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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 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?

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.”

This was everything I hoped and prayed for.

The Rose Society is the breathtaking, action packed sequel to The Young Elites. After everything Adelina has suffered at the end of the first book, she finds herself shunned by The Daggers because they think they can’t trust her. So with her younger sister Violetta, Adelina sets out to find her own crew of elites to exact her revenge on those who have wronged her.

Lu does an amazing job in writing up Adelina as the antihero, who is one of my favorite characters in the novel. She should be unlikable, she is extremely selfish and revenge driven, but her fear and search for acceptance and love makes me sympathetic towards her.

“And I’m not horrified. I look at it, indulging in the darkness around me, feeding me, strengthening me, and I realize that I’m happy I killed him. Truly happy.”

There are so many new characters introduced in The Rose Society. These characters add so many new dynamics to the mix and makes the plot that much more impressive. One of them is Magiano, who is by far my favorite. He brings some light into this book, and Adelina’s life, which was needed.

Lu’s writing style is another reason this book was so great. Her beautifully haunting writing is perfect for such a dark and twisted story. She makes you feel every battle and heartache, which makes it easy to like such unlikable characters.

The ending was perfect. Lu knows how to make them memorable. It’s not a cliffhanger but it still left me wanting more.

“I only ask for obedience. If that is too hard, I can help. It is easier to obey without a tongue, and easier to kneel without legs.”

5 stars

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