Dec 5, 2017

Review--The Rose Society 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.

I finally picked up Marie Lu's The Rose Society! It's time I finish Adelina's story and most likely be emotionally destroyed by the finale if the murmurs I heard about it are anything to go by! Lol! Naturally I had no recollection of The Young Elites, but a helpful summary/recap helped to fill that void and I was soon ready to dive into this one and see Adelina wreak her revenge!

Adelina wants nothing more than to have her revenge on the people who have wronged her. Such as the Daggers who cast her out without even blinking an eye, then there's Teren who helped lead her on her path that led to her disbandment, and the queens who want to see her dead as well. She will take them all out one by one if she has to, but knows she will need some help. With her sister, Violetta, at her side they will round up other Young Elites to their cause and give themselves all a little bit of justice and power.

This book was pretty exciting! Adelina is truly evolving into her villainous form and I must say, I like it! I understand her hurts and I root for her all the way. It seems everyone in this book is scheming something for their own needs. There's definitely more than one villainous character in this story.

I was also surprised by another occurrence in this book. True, this has been out for two years and the finale for a year now as well, but I can't bring myself to mention things that are surprising! No spoilers here. But let's say things take on an interesting and surprising development! I've always said something in lieu of this situation and it's why I can never believe the first part of the act when it happens because I feel like things can always change. Yes, even that! 

If that hasn't confused you enough, let's move on! Lol! We also get a possible romance in this one as well! A new character comes onto the scene and there are sparks flying here and there between him and Adelina. What it will mean for the finale I have no clue as of yet. It seems like anything is possible. Though I did like how the idea of a possible romance was sort of just that. It really didn't derail Adelina from her goals. This is definitely not a romance story and I knew that going in, but again, the little added touch of possibilities was still rather nice.

There's lots of tension and even suspense in this one! Adelina is fighting to get her group together so that she may take back the kingdom that she believes is her right. Enemies are all about. Death is always a possibility for any of them. The action was intense and I loved it! And that ending! Just when we think things might be taking a nice little pause, well Marie throws a few curveballs at us. So thankful that I can just dive right into the finale!

The Rose Society pretty much kept me on the edge of my seat and I am suspecting that I might as well maintain that position for The Midnight Star! Bring it on!!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


  1. I still haven't read this series even though I own the first two books. *Hides head in shame.* I'm glad you're loving it. It seems like a fun/dark and twisted trilogy.

  2. I loved this one too, even if I felt like Adelina was spiraling out of control. I liked the addition of Magiano too.


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