The Rose Society by Marie Lu | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: October 13th, 2015

Dates Read: August 29th 2018 to September 2nd 2018

Trigger Warnings: death, murder, death of a loved one, torture, abuse

Pages: 398

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

Genre: young adult, fantasy, magic, romance

Goodreads blurb:

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?



W A R N I N G: this review will contain spoilers for The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I will try and keep them to what I deem mild but I just want you to be aware before going in.

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.”

I don’t typically start my reviews with quotes but I really feel like that one sums up The Rose Society and, in general, this series.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu is the second book in The Young Elites series. This was definitely not as exciting as the first book. It was incredibly weak and nothing really happened. This book was truly all over the place and at times the story really felt like it was stagnant. It just didn’t make for an enjoyable book honestly. If I was physically reading this book I definitely wouldn’t have been able to finish it. Thankfully I was listening via audiobook and it seems that if I listen to a book through audio I am more likely to finish it.

Adelina was discarded from the Daggers at the end of the last book, with Enzo also dead Adelina is doing her best to keep her and her sister safe. However, the idea of revenge is all too consuming and Adelina refuses to give up. She is going to best the Daggers and no one will stop her. Finding her own elites, Adelina spends the book struggling with the two sides of herself: the one wanting to kill and the other wanting to do the right thing. On the other side of the coin, Raffaele is the new leader of the Daggers. He is the one to take over after Enzo’s death and with the introduction of a queen from another land, Maeve, the pair begins to devise a plan. Especially once Maeve reveals what power she has.

This book was dark. Marie Lu took it to a level that authors are typically afraid of. This story was absolutely mind-blowing in the way that you knew that Adelina was not doing the right thing but you wanted to support her anyway.
I am so excited to see where her story goes. My friend Alex and I are massive fans of dark characters, one who isn’t afraid to murder, and I definitely screamed about this book to her.

The endings really make this series too. They truly do make you itch for the next book and I can’t imagine reading this series and being made to wait for the sequel. That is a form of torture in itself. Adelina being an evil bitch honestly just makes me thrive. She is a dark queen and I want her to continue this descent into hell.

However, I really do mean nothing happened in this book. It largely revolved around Adelina struggling with her power and trying to get revenge. There was a subplot involving Enzo, which I don’t want to say much about because it may be spoilers. There is mostly an internal battle happening with most of the characters and it would have been nice if there was more action.

Not only that but when there was action it was difficult to follow. I don’t know if its because I was listening to the audiobook but the action scenes were just so damn fast and at times they felt as if they didn’t flow nicely.

I don’t really have too many dislikes for this book, it was just incredibly boring. I understand that this book was leading into the finale but I just wanted more.

Overall, this story is amazing. The Rose Society goes places other authors wouldn’t dream of. Marie Lu goes a step past an anti-hero and crafts a straight-up villain who you can’t help but side with. I do get a little frustrated that the primary reason for the fact Adelina went down her road is the abuse she faced from her parent. I get it and the representation is good, plus there are obviously other reasons for her becoming this way. This series is a dark look at vengeance. This is the series to read if you are looking for something that deviates from the young adult fantasy norm.


Happy reading everyone!

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