March 21, 2016

Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu


Review:  The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

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?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

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The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin Random House  on October 13, 2015
Series: The Young Elites #2



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GabbyNewI absolutely adored Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. It was a novel that was unique and filled with danger, magic, and a dash of romance. In short: it was the perfect kind of novel and it ended on a crazy note. Getting to read The Rose Society was a total treat. It picked up right where The Young Elites left off and delivered readers with a sequel that upped the ante. The Rose Society was intense. It was badass. It toyed with my emotions and I don’t know what I’ll do between now and reading the story’s continuation.

              Set immediately after the events of The Young Elites, Adelina Amouteru has been betrayed by the people she cared for most in the form of the Dagger Society. Hungry for revenge in the wake of Enzo’s death, Adelina and her sister, Violetta, seek out a rumored Young Elite who may or may not exist. Their pursuit of the Young Elite known as Magiano is one that sets Adelina on a path that will lead her straight for Kenettra’s throne.

No longer is Adelina the ‘good’ girl that the Dagger Society once knew. Raffaele knows this in his heart of hearts but doesn’t regret sending Adelina away. Allying the Dagger Society with the Young Elite, Queen Maeve, who has the power to bring the dead back from the Underworld, Raffaele might be closer than ever before to bringing Enzo back. But with each passing day, Adelina’s powers grow stronger, and it’s inevitable that soon the path of the Dagger Society and Adelina’s new allies will cross.

              From the opening chapter The Rose Society is a wild ride from start to finish. Lu’s writing is succinct and to-the-point, making it easy for readers to stay interested in the story and eager to discover what might happen next to the novel’s cast of characters. If there’s one character who readers will be compelled by, it’s Adelina. The badass that Adelina has become in The Rose Society is absolutely awesome and should be feared by anyone who dares to cross her.

              Adelina is, without a doubt, the novel’s antagonist. It’s interesting to read the novel and know that the same character that readers are cheering on (or at least, who I was cheering on) is the same character who is causing the conflict within the novel. Adelina is the best kind of villain: the kind who believes they’re justified in their actions and will die defending their beliefs. She’s a total menace in The Rose Society and I loved every second of being in her headspace.

              The advancements in the plot were unexpected and left me reeling. There were so many plot twists and turns of events that left my jaw hitting the floor. The action in The Rose Society never lets up, not for a second. And the shocking truths that are revealed near the novel’s conclusion? I have no clue what to expect from the next novel in the series, but I have a feeling it’s going to break my heart. And this novel’s ending? Ha! I’m not the one crying, you are!

              I would recommend The Rose Society to readers who have read The Young Elites and are sleeping on the sequel for reasons beyond me. Readers who want a unique series that has a villain for a protagonist should give The Young Elites a read. Any readers who want a novel that is all action, all the time (with a dash of romance) should also give this series a read. It will easily become one of your favorites.


About 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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