Friday, January 8, 2016
Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu (The Young Elites Book 2)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4.25 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 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
Review: Marie Lu is such a great storyteller, and the way she weaves her character arcs together and connects everything together is amazing, it makes me so incredibly happy. Marie Lu is just such a sweet person, and hearing her talk about The Young Elites might have upped my excitement for The Rose Society just a little too much.... I actually really enjoyed this book, but it just lacked a little... I predicted the ending, which I never thought I would do in a million years, cause it was insane.
So, The Rose Society follows Adelina Amouteru where we left her in the last book, running away from the Daggers. She is with her sister searching for Magiano, the trickster. (Who I love) and she plans to take control of Kenettra.
Raffaele has a plan with Queen Maeve of Beldain to do the same, take control of Kenettra.
This leads to a crazy, insane turn of events. This book is one of the darkest books I have ever read, ever. It is SO much darker than The Young Elites, and Marie Lu even says this in her acknowledgements. I LOVED the darkness. Getting to see Adelina's inner struggle, and deep powers that feed on fear, her darkness, it's so intriguing and fascinating and it's written so so so well.
It's very difficult for me to articulate my thoughts on this book because I love the characters, and I love the story, and I don't want to spoil things, because its so intense and everyone deserves to experience it for themselves.
I loved learning about Magiano, and his powers; Sergio and his connection to them; even Lucent's and Maeve's brief story, it was heartbreaking.
Consensus: The Rose Society delves deeper into the depths of Adelina's darkness and the way it affects her inner self and the relationships she has created for herself. Throughout the novel we find deception, darkness, and overall insanity. The characters are rich and have backstories that hold you, and this plot promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you have enjoyed anything else by Marie Lu, you are bound to enjoy the way she sweeps you into this world through her words.