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


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?

The Review:

This book was so draining in the best way possible. I honestly believe that Adeline is one of my favorite characters, mainly because she is an anti-hero and despite all the bad things she has done you kinda understand why she does it. If I would describe her as a younger version of Cersei, who is willing to do everything to get what she wants and not let anyone stand in her way.

This book also introduced new characters, Sergei and Magiano. I like Magiano, he had a better arc to him than what Enzo had and while there was a romance between him and Adelina it was well developed and it wasn’t the primary focus of the book, but I don’t know if it will last for long.

While in my Young Elites review I felt Teran was not as developed, this book is where I see his development coming in as an antagonist and I loved the confrontation between him and Adelina.

I also liked that Adelina was basically fighting a war on two fronts with Teran trying to kill her and Raffaele, along with the Elites trying to stop her from losing control of her power.

There is so much that happened in this book and I really don’t want to give away too much, but let me just tell you that there is a wham line that closes the book and makes you want to read the next book. It almost reminded me of Defying Gravity from Wicked, if you seen the musical you know what I am talking about.

This book was an amazing follow up to The Young Elites and dived further into Adelina’s descent into darkness.

Grade: 4/5



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