Review: The Rose Society

The Rose Society by Marie Lu



  • The Young Elites 02
  • Young Adult; Fantasy; Magic
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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?

Read: Jan. 17 & Jan. 21 2017  [Technically, I read this book during two flights of 2h30m each.]

Rating: 5 / 5

**Spoilers below the cut if you haven’t read The Young Elites yet**

I absolutely loved The Young Elites. Adelina Amouteru is nothing like other typical female main characters and that’s why I love her. She’s so real. She has suffered and that suffering changed her, just like it would to a real person. It’s hard to believe in love and it’s hard to trust and be kind, be good –  it’s hard to do those things when those who are supposed to love, trust and be good to you are not. 

Somehow I loved The Rose Society even more than I loved  The Young Elites.  Adelina changed in this book. It was so hard to read it at some parts because of what was happening and in other parts I could relate to what she was feeling. It’s been a while since a book has made me feel this way. 

There are quite a few new characters in this book. I loved Magiano!! He was good for Adelina and I have a feeling he’ll be good for her in the future (by which I mean the third and last book – The Midnight Star) and I hope so because I love Adelina and I want her to be happy (though considering everything that’s happened to her so far, it’s a bit of a long shot perhaps). At the same time, who knows, maybe everyone dies in The Midnight Star. 

I was completely hooked when I reading this book. Everything that happens is just sooooo good and interesting and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. 

I strongly recommend you to read this book whoever you are (after you’ve read The Young Elites, that is). Adelina’s story is one that you don’t want to miss.


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