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

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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 and her sister flee Kenettra 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?

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 First of all, allow me to take a moment and praise Marie Lu for creating this WOLRD! Seriously, the worldbuiling, the mythology and the stories in it swept me away, as I took flight into Adelina's fanstastic universe. Only Sarah J Maas, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman in "Illuminae" gave me the same feeling.

So, in the sequel of "The Young Elites" Adelina travels away from the kingdom together with her sister in order to escape Teren and her friends who betrayed her. On the other hand, Raffaele and the Daggers ally themselves with the Northern Queen and a race against time begins in order to see who will win.

Adelina's POV was quite the surpise. You know she is tortured, shunned by all and feared even by her friends. Her mind is cunning, her powers quite scary, which would put even Joker into shame, and I found myself wondering if Adelina could ever become a better person if it weren't for her powers but mostly for the reaction of the others around her.

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As a villain, it was hard to see her taking all these desicions in the book, especially in the ending. Magiano is a factor who I hope survives into the third book but Adelina's behavior to her sister Violette? No, just no. (and I have a younger sister so I was dead against Adelina's words).

The ending was quite shocking but not a cliffhanger. Should I dare hope that some characters will survive? I don't know but I hope they will and maybe a balance will be restored in the end.

But for now, let the Wolf rule and let the darkenss spread over the kingdom! *evil laugh*

About the author:

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.