The Rose Society

Zoe N. | October 19, 2015 | Review

The Rose Society

The Rose Society

by Marie Lu

Series: "The Young Elites" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 13th 2015
by Putnam Juvenile

three-half-stars

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Summary:

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?

Review:

The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.

This book is so much darker, so much grittier, than it’s predecessor The Young Elites. Marie Lu takes things to an entirely new level here, and it is simultaneously incredible and frightening.

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

Exiled by the people she thought were her friends, Adelina and her younger sister Violetta travel to territories far and wide, hiding and trying to recruit Elites along the way. But Teren, the Prince, and the Dagger Society are hot on her trail and are desperate to stop her, no matter the cost.

Adelina is not a heroine. She is a dark, twisted individual who has a thirst for vengeance against those who have wronged her, and she will stop at nothing until she gets it.

I will keep you until the day I choose not too. You have destroyed and harm all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you. Until your soul is dead.

She is such a complex character, yet she is so well developed. Marie manages to really get into the mind of what makes a villain and the psychology behind them, and puts all that knowledge into Adelina’s character.

The strange thing is, despite Adelina’s somewhat corrupt sense of justice and what a horrible person she is, at the same time you can’t help but root for her. She is one of the best written antiheroes I’ve read about in literature, and her development is absolutely amazing.

If I had any complaints about this, it would be the pacing. The pacing is not nearly as fast as it was in The Young Elites, and I wish it was sped up just a bit.

All in all, despite some rather minor reservations, this was the sequel I have been waiting for. And if the ending has any indication, we are in for a hell of a third book. I can’t wait.

three-half-stars

44 comments

  1. Oh man, if you like Anti-heroes I think you will LOVE Vicious, if you haven’t read it already! This one sounds awesome, I think I’m going to pick this series up when I get the chance because of just how complex the heroine sounds. Lovely review Zoe <3

    1. Ooh! Definitely going to have to pick up Vicious then Jeann – thanks for the rec! Definitely give this series a try; it’s amazing!

  2. I’ve heard other say the pacing is no where near that of the first as well. You’re not alone. Sorry this one didn’t work as well for you. It’s always a disappointment when the second book doesn’t live up to the amazingness of the its predecessor. Great review, sweets! ♥

    1. Thank you Lisa! It’s still an amazing and wonderful story…it’s just not as good as the first, you know? But definitely give this a try.

  3. Our bookish twinness failed on The Young Elites. *hangs head in shame* I didn’t think it was nearly as dark as it could’ve been!! SO YEAH. I probably won’t be dashing out after this one, especially if it’s not as good as TYE either. XD

    1. I can completely see where you’re coming from Cait. With all the hype and reviews calling it “dark”, it’s going to obviously take a lot to live up to that. This one is definitely much darker. I’m still going to say to give this a try though. πŸ˜‰

  4. Glad you enjoyed this, even if it wasn’t perfect! I picked up a copy over the weekend but haven’t started it yet–I have pretty high expectations for Marie’s books in general, and I’ve been kind of scared of this one, but I’m most likely going to read it the first chance I get. Adelina’s character arc in this sounds great, and darker is obviously better as far as this series is concerned.

    Awesome review, amiga! <3

  5. Adelina sounds like my kind of protagonists, tough to love and root for but you do it anyway. I need to get onto The Young Elite hype train immediately. I love darker fantasy and this sounds GLORIOUS.

  6. This sounds like a pretty successful sequel to me! I like my books dark and gritty, and knowing that this brings that makes me happy. I also like how the main character isn’t a heroine but she also has her dark side too and own problems. Complexity in her character is another plus!

  7. The Rose Society sounds amazing! Adeline become even MORE villainous? Is that even possible!? I shudder at what Marie Lu has in store for us!Slow pacing sounds a bit disappointing though. It’s one of my pet peeves in fantasy/sci-fi novels! Still, I’m incredibly excited to read this! D

  8. YESSSSS! You have made my DAY (well, fine, middle of the night, whatever), because I am SO excited to read this now! I admit, I was a bit on the fence. I liked The Young Elites, and I knew I’d read this one at some point but… yeah, I think I may need to read it now, especially since it is darker- YAY! The pacing in TYE was actually a little quick for me (or maybe I was just overwhelmed with action, I have no idea) so I am thinking this *might* end up being okay for me! Thanks for the fabulous review, I need to make some time to read this ASAP!

  9. I hadn’t even HEARD of this series before last week, but now I’m DESPERATE to read them! I’m glad that the series doesn’t go downhill with the second book, and now I’m just really sad that I’m on a book buying ban… πŸ™
    Thank you for the recommendation!
    Beth x

  10. Ooh nice review, Zoe! I can’t wait to start on The Rose Society but I’m scared of how evil Adelina is becoming… AND ENZOOO MY LOOVEEE. I’ve also heard overall that this wasn’t as good as TYE. I’m thinking of just waiting for the last book to come out so I can read them together at this point.

    1. It’s still great, but, yeah, not quite as good as The Young Elites (I guess I just loved the 1st book so much that I set the bar too high – LOL). xD

  11. So I actually didn’t know the character was an antihero, but now I’m definitely intrigued. I’ve got to get to this series soon! Love those quotes too.

  12. I have not read TYE, but I already love Adelina’s character – a dark, twisted individual who has a thirst for vengeance against those who have wronged her – she sounds like someone I would love. πŸ˜‰

  13. I can’t wait to read this! Your review is just one big ball of ” read this the hell now ” BUTTT I of course have to read the Young Elites first lol. I was going to start with her Legend trilogy, but I didn’t feel like committing, so I probably should hurry up and read YE before the third book releases and I’m in the same damn predicament lol. Great review girl πŸ™‚

  14. Sigh, another series on my TBR that I have yet to read. *hangs head in shame* I LOVE the concept of an anti-hero, and Adelina sounds amazing and so well developed. I’ve heard Marie is really good like writing her characters, so I can’t wait to pick this series up! Lovely review Zoe xx

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