A Book Review: The Rose Society, by Marie Lu

The Rose Society, by Marie Lu

4.5 Stars


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.


Published on: 13th Oct 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Series: The Young Elites #2

Pages: 395 (Hardcover)

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His words stir the whispers in my mind. They are angry now, and so am I. “And who did I learn that from?” I snap. “Who taught me to use others for my own gain?”

Wow Adelina is a lot darker in this book.

Hi friends. I’m glad to report that The Rose Society did not suffer from second book syndrome. In fact, The Rose Society was much better than The Young Elites.

“Why is that, Kellie?” (No one asked me this, but I’ll pretend. 😉)

1. Unlike it’s predecessor, The Rose Society focused less on romance and much more on plot development (a), on character development (b), and on world development (c). All of this extra development really helped to enhance the entire novel. Marie Lu’s writing has also improved a lot (I’ve always loved her writing, and it just got better in this novel)! Lu also remains wonderfully ruthless. One of my favourite characters was killed in this book. </3

In the last book, the daggers were intent on helping malfettos, overthrowing the throne, blah blah, but no serious progress was made. The plot in this book was much more intricate and it had its fair share of plot twists… even though there was two plot twists that I could see a mile away. The coup d’état in the story was very interesting, as I did not expect it to happen the way it did. I could tell that this story was very well thought out.

New characters are introduced in this book, and I was really able to emotionally connect with them. I feel very sorry for Magiano and I dearly hope that he survives the next book haha. They had a back stories which just made them seem a thousand times more real. Their powers are intriguing (as powers always are), and they fit into the plot really well. The old characters were also developed more, especially Rafaele. An undiscovered, deeper layer of several characters are revealed. And of course, as I mentioned before, Adelina gets a whole lot darker. The Rose Society is one of the books that makes me so happy that first person perspective exists. Through the first person perspective, Adelina’s occasional paranoia and dark thoughts are plainly shown, making her character exciting and thrilling.

This book takes place in three major areas. Countries like Beldain are explored in a greater depth. All of the governments in this book are forms of autocracy, but they all have little variations that highlights each country’s distinct individuality. For example, there is an island ruled by a mercenary king. Interesting, right?

2. There is a lot of kick-assery, intense battles, and epic one-liners that actually fit in well with the narrative.

Enzo inherited a throne. Giulietta relied on her royal blood. Queen Maeve rules Beldain because she was born to it.
But true rulers are not born.

We are made

Loved reading this book. Will check out the next!




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