Review The Rose society by Marie Lu

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

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4/5

Genres: Young
Adult, High Fantasy

books in the series:




Damn. Damn damn damn. That’s all I can think really, because
my thoughts are a blubbering mess. I have awaited this sequel for more than a
year and now that I’ve finally had time to read it, I can assure you that The Rose Society does not disappoint.
“Once upon a time,
a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so
she destroyed them all.”
But I have not anticipated just how dark, twisted and, frankly
put, sad the story will become. And at times, it was a little too much — and
I’m not talking as a sappy heart who can’t take a bit of evil; I’m talking from
the perspective of the devil’s advocate, because believe it or not, seeing
Adelina transform into a complete villain, although satisfactory and
refreshing, was not what I’d have wished for her.
The beginning of the novel brought me back to this universe
fairly easily, but I realized I could have stopped reading it at any time,
because I was not “sucked in”. Regardless, I was fascinated about
Maeve’s power and her potential to trigger some big changes within the plot
lines exploited. Meeting Magiano also helped keep me entertained because he was
swoon-worthy. Even after reading this book, he remains a partial enigma, but
one so mysterious, sweet around the edges and mesmerizing that I cannot wait to
see how the dynamic between him and Adelina will develop since, ahem, there is
a potentially wonderful romance going on in here.
We also meet Sergei, the Rainmaker, and I’ll admit he’s kinda
awesome. And Violetta has a much more central role to what happens now and I
loved her support and unrequited love for Adelina. The plot also thickened when
Teren, dear Teren, is also conquered by his obsession with Giulietta and his
hatred of malfettos and his actions in this sequel gave way to countless
developments. Turns out I’m not Maeve’s fan either and Lucent irritated me, but
you can’t have them all now. 
“The irony of life
is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open
But you know what truly affected me? The bits and pieces that
scratched at Adelina’s heart until it became of stone. Her turning into a
ruthless villain could’ve been avoided, but the thirst for revenge only
amplified as betrayals, memories, fears and paranoia all tumbled down to remind
her that she is no longer powerless and she has the means to vanquish her
wrongdoers. Add that to the fact that her power is slowly eating its way to her
original principles and you got yourself a much different character than the
one we’ve been introduced to in the first book.
I associate Adelina with a scared, abused girl, one that’s
trapped inside her own nightmares. There was a certain scene that involved
stars and fire and kissing that brought a smile to my face at how joyous she
can be only if someone truly reminded her of what is important. She doesn’t
know how to love, she doesn’t know how to trust, she doesn’t know how to
forgive because life hasn’t taught her any of those things. Life taught her to
cower in fear, to be abandoned, used or hurt. Life taught her how love is not
going to keep you alive, but conquering and destroying will because no one will
dare strike back to the most powerful of them all. She’s a Darth Vader of her
universe. An Elsa gone wild. A female Darkling, maybe even more so.  
You see, that’s a whole other level of sad. Crazy, fucked-up sad.
And it just keeps going, because The Daggers are present and well, Adelina is
not thrilled at the prospect of their superiority yet again. Rafaelle even
managed to make me shed a tear, pretty bastard, because he feels the echoes of
what he did to Adelina tenfold now and he realizes that — SURPRISE — having
an angry, paranoid girl with tremendous power hungry for your head is not such
a great situation.


The last quarter of this story was explosive. Intense to the
nth degree. Adelina shined as her otherworldly self and rose as a leader,
strong and vengeful. A killer. A wolf. A queen. I’m not entirely sure what will
happen in the next installment, because redemption is pretty far-fetched for
her — especially when a certain guy broke her heart all over again and said
that he should’ve killed her long ago. Well, ouch.
“It is better to
have an enemy who will fight you in an open field then a lover who will kill
you in your sleep.”
There were other sad moments — did I mention this book is
sad? No? No? I’ll repeat then — like Gemma *sniff*,
the sisters fighting like never before and, of course, the ending scene. It
gutted me. Loneliness is not a good enough word to describe what I felt thanks
to Marie Lu’s epic storytelling. Oh, and there was enough sexiness to
hyperventilate in between tension, lies and harsh strategy.
The Rose
was a great follow-up to one of my favorite books. It’s full
of dark twists and turns, characters old and new alike that will make you
rethink your support of one or another. It’s enthralling, with the constant
fight between good and evil in the background even in the smallest moments.
Emotions run high, betrayals run deep and fears run rampant — an assurance
that the third book will be at least as complex as this one.


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