Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

23846013Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (October 13th 2015)
Hardcover: 395 pages
Series: The Young Elites #2
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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?


It’s kind of hard to write a review for the sequel because of spoilers and especially for a book like The Rose Society where I’d totally recommend reading the first book if you haven’t already yet. So, I liked the sequel. It’s dark and there are more death and more feels. Oooh man. Definitely can’t give away any names and it sucks because I really want you guys to enjoy the book. Anyways there were some parts that I thought was ehh, but basically Adelina’s darkness consumes her. She’s unforgiving and while she wants to change to be a better person it’s like she can’t. The harder she tries the darkness keeps her locked in, also she’s on the run with her sister Violetta. She starts her own cult or Elite group like Enzo did in the first book. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with her sister grow, but even though we learned of Violetta’s powers in The Young Elites it doesn’t help Adelina’s illusions. I found this book is even more heartbroken than the last and if we are going in the same direction that Champion did in the Legend series I swear there’ll probably be tears in the end and I just can’t deal.

What’s so great about being good?

There were times that Adelina reminded me of Elsa from Frozen. She’s dark but she also wants to be loved and accepted. However, I’m not sure about the new romance that’s crept up between her and Magiano. I shipped her and Enzo so hard in the first book, but BUT Magiano seems not to care about her appearance and accepts her darkness. Her powers continue to grow at an alarming rate that has Raeffele concerned despite casting her out of the Daggers’ lair and it’s like haha in your face Raeffele for not giving her a chance.

I liked seeing the multiple POVs again like we did in the previous book. As for the new recruits on Adelina’s team, Magiano and Sergeio are definitely intrigued by Adelina. It’s funny how no one seems to pursue her back when her father’s trying to sell her off because according to him she had no suitors, but now she’s caught up in a love triangle of sorts though Dead!Enzo doesn’t seem to harbor any affections for her. I mean he’s dead and zombie-ish and zombies don’t have feelings…do they?

I can’t wait to see how this series will wrap up in the final installment and hopefully there won’t be any need for tissues.

Author: Jackie

3 Replies to “Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu”

  1. Ooohhh I just love the sound of the conflicted heroine in this one and how dark it all sounds! Thanks for the review Cyn, looking forward to reading this one.

  2. I’ve been thinking about picking up The Young Elites so I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed this 2nd book. I always feel better about starting a series when I know the 2nd book is one to look forward too!

  3. I absolutely LOVED this sequel. Personally, I thought it was better than the first one. I agree about Magiano. I was wary at first too because I loved her and Enzo. But I also loved that Magiano was so much more accepting of her. I can’t wait for the sequel. I need a time machine so I can visit the future and have it in my hands already!

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