Review: THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu


THE ROSE SOCIETY (The Young Elites #2)
Marie Lu
Published:  October 13th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 398

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 flees Kenettra with her sister 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.

The Rose Society was a solid second installment, with lots of action and plotting and a dash of romance. It was also a lot darker than The Young Elites, something I absolutely adored!

In some ways, this book was a lot more interesting to me than the first one. There were some new characters that were introduced during the first part, doing a great job of enriching the story and introducing new Elite powers. We also learned more about Maeve and her kingdom, adding to the world-building and expending the universe the author created.

Adelina continued to be her selfish and ambitious self, and that was what made her so lovely to me. But also what made me think she was rather childish at times. She was reckless and powerful and angry and a liar. It’s not very often I find such female characters in books, so it was refreshing to see her become even more like herself as the story progressed. Even though I wanted to shake her at times.

I loved reading more about the Elites and how their powers worked! Especially when we were introduced to the consequences of having so much of it. Adelina figuring out how killing interfered with her illusions was an amazing discovery for me. Magiano was also fascinating, both as a character and because of what he could do!

And there was so much Raffaele in this book! He was my favorite character in The Young Elites so it was such a delight to find out more about him and his past. I admit I was sad and angry when reading about his life and how he came to be a consort.

I still didn’t care for the romance between Adelina and a certain someone all that much, but things did get a bit interesting when (view spoiler) As for the romance between Maeve and Lucent? YES, PLEASE!! I would cry if there ever was to be a book about how they got together until Lucent was banned. They were freaking amazing!!!

The ending was exactly what I thought it would be, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It set up a thread to the next book that sounds like it’s going to be a freaking wondrous mess! You know that saying that every villain is the hero of their own story? Well… 😀



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