Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review : The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Title : The Rose Society
Author : Marie Lu
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : October 13th, 2015
Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons


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.

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

Alright, before starting this review, let me tell you this : this book is much. much darker than the first one. Marie Lu definitely have a talent for writing a dark fantasy book. For the first time (okay, not first, but it definitely rare) I didn't suffer the second-book-syndrome. In fact, I like it more than the first one.

This book picked off where The Young Elite left us. Adelina and her sister are trying to form an Elite group called The Rose Society. I have to admit, Adelina is not the same as Adelina in book one. She's far more sinister now, and she doesn't even hesitate to kill. In fact, I think the person who kill most in this book is Adelina herself. She's the heroine, yet she's also the villain. Violetta, on the other hand, is a sweet and kind girl--basically her sister's opposite. I must admit, Adelina and Violetta's relationship is unusual. They love and protect each other, but while Violetta truly loves Adelina and want the best for her, Adelina is now consumed by anger and revenge that if it's Violetta that stands in the way, she won't hesitate to kill her. We also have some new characters--Magiano and Sergei--and both are members of The Rose Society. I love Magiano! He's that kind of character who's easygoing and made the book brighter. Sergei is more mysterious, and he's an ex member of The Dagger Society.

Beside those four, we also get to know more about The Dagger Society through Raffaelle's POV. They're now under the protection of Queen of Beldain, Maeve, who's an Elite too. Honestly, I'm not sure whether I love or hate The Dagger Society. I mean, they're awesome, but they aren't exactly flawless either. And of course, Enzo is back (I didn't think it's a spoiler since we all know this will happen). As everyone's guess, he's different now, and let's just say that I think the Adelina/Enzo ship will sink. Also, let's not forget our resident villain, Teren. He's still the queen's puppets, but he played some important parts in this book.

In case you're wondering, the plot in this book is as intense as the first one, though the pace is slower. It didn't bother me much though, and I still enjoyed this book. In conclusion, The Rose Society is thrilling and intense, and even if you didn't like the first book, at least consider this one!


  1. O.. This has been on my TBR list! Sounds good! Thanks for the review!


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