Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

23846013The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 13, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance

Pages: 395 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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?

The Rose Society by Marie Lu starts right where The Young Elites leaves off dropping the reader straight back into this wonderful and terrible world. Lu’s writing is excellent once more, creating a plot full of twists and turns, with a stunning back drop, and unique characters that drags the reader in and keeps them coming back for more.

Honestly my favorite part of this book is the complete and utter darkness that seeps from the pages. It is very rare to read from the point of view of the villain and it’s refreshing and invigorating. Her powers make the reader constantly question what is real, always keeping me on my toes. Lu captures Adelina’s warring mind and the last vestiges of her innocence being torn asunder with such intensity. This story sucks you in and makes you confront those deep dark recesses within yourself. That’s impressive.

This is Adelina’s story and her quest for world domination or just revenge informs everything about her. It is her only focus and everything else falls by the wayside. For me, Violetta still feels lost in The Rose Society, virtually non-existent. I did love the introduction of so many new characters. Maeve, Magiano, and Sergio were excellent additions but I wanted more from them though. To explore their powers more fully, to understand their characters better. I hope the next novel fulfills that desire.

Marie Lu’s The Rose Society was a great addition to The Young Elites series. It rips your heart out in the best and worst possible way. There were moments in this story that I expected and others that warranted my surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend The Rose Society. This book constantly reminded me of the song lyrics, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Well you can, it just doesn’t play out the way you imagined it. Cannot wait to see where the story goes from here!


Favorite Quotes

  1. Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
  2. The bathhouse is still here, still all around us…but, to my shock, it has transformed into its former self. No ivy or moss hangs from broken pillars, no holes in its crumbling dome roof let light paint patterns on the floor. Instead, the rows of pillars are new and polished, and the water in the pool–its surface adorned with floating petals–gives off clouds of steam. Statues of the gods line the pool’s edge.
  3. Why can’t I be the one to strike first, to hit so early and with such fury that my enemies cower before they can ever think of turning on me?
  4. “I only ask for obedience. If that is too hard, I can help. It is easier to obey without a tongue, and easier to kneel without legs.”
  5. Dead men belowdecks, sightless eyes, bloody chests. The whispers excitedly remind me of what had happened on the ship. Dead men, dead men.

So tell me, have you read The Rose Society by Marie Lu? If you could have powers, what would they be and would you be a hero or a villain? Let me know in the comments below!



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