BOOK REVIEW | THE ROSE SOCIETY BY MARIE LU

December 19, 2016


Disclaimer: If you haven't read the previous book, The Young Elites, DO NOT read this book review. It will contain spoilers from that book.

Synopsis 
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. - Goodreads

Plot
Complicated af. I won't even attempt to explain it because I know I'll get lost in my words. Marie Lu is a genius. I'm someone who hates the beginning of books because they always take a while to get into, but not this one. From the first page, I was engaged and The Rose Society had my full and undivided attention. So many twists and turns happen in this book, but I can't tell you much without giving something away. It's best to go into this knowing as little as possible with the plot.

Characters
Adelina. I thought her character was complex in the last book, but in The Rose Society, she was all over the place. We all know that her powers are fueled by other people's fear, but damn is Adelina a hard character to like. She's dark and twisted, but has a side of her that's vulnerable. Her powers consume her thoughts and take over her mind, which at times, is completely terrifying. She grows stronger and stronger as the story progresses, but a part of her is also slipping away.
Raffaele. I didn't mention him in my book review for The Young Elites, as I didn't think he was that much of a main character, but his role in this sequel is not minor. Raffaele is one of those characters that I found myself annoyed with because he would get in the way of Adelina's plans, but at the same time he's so caring. In the midst of all the darkness surrounding this book, he seems to be the only source of light.
Violetta. I love Violetta's character because she's not the exact opposite of Adelina. Although her character is not as dark as her older sister, there's a side to her that is ruthless. I can see her becoming one of the most powerful Elites in The Midnight Star. I feel as if we got a little bit of what she's capable of in this book, but her potential-as far as her powers go-is going to be something that's going to shake us all up.
Teren. I know I expressed my love for Teren in the past, but I couldn't help but be annoyed with his character this time. His love for Guiletta is less about love, and more about obsession. Just like Adelina, Teren's emotions can get the best of him and he can be blinded by anger. I still think the two would make an awesome couple. For some reason, I just love the idea of them being together, ruling together.

Writing
Just like I said before, the books in this series aren't too difficult to read, as far as vocabulary goes. However, this book was dark af. It is the darkest books I've ever read, and it's because of the fact that Adelina is such a twisted, messed up character. Her inner battles and lust for power are not things that are easy to read. The specifics and dialogue are troubling, but in the best way possible.

Final Thoughts
This is hands down one of the best reads of the year for me. When I tell you that I couldn't keep my hands off this book, I couldn't keep my hands off this book. And when did, I couldn't stop thinking about it. All the characters, the action scenes, the love, the anger, ugh! I'm addicted. I'm so excited to read The Midnight Star and see how this series will end.

Rating
5 OUT 5 STARS.


Until next time,

k.m

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