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

23846013The Rose Society by Marie Lu

(The Young Elites, #2)

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

(an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC)

Release Date: October 13, 2015

4 Stars


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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?



I would like to thank my blogger friends, I have some of the most generous and kind-hearted ones. One of my blogger friends received this in advance and knew how badly I wanted to read it and let me borrow it. So thank you to Penguin for giving that copy to them and for me getting an opportunity as well. This in no way affected my review.

The Young Elites was one of my favorite books of 2014 and I was agonizing over the wait for The Rose Society. I love Adelina as the lead character, and that she is so flawed and makes so many mistakes. So many things happen to her and you feel for her even though she seems to make bad choices and you want her to be redeemable. The question is, is she?

In the first book we mostly get Adelina’s POV and a couple times for very brief chapters it went to another POV. That is not the case in The Rose Society. This at times made it a little harder for me to connect with. The Rose Society has 4 POVs. I would start getting into a character and plot and then get a little removed from it with the switching POVs.

This book starts off right where the other left off. Adelina and Violetta are escaping to find other Elites to join them in their quest to help other malfettos who are being mistreated and have no powers to help themselves. Adelina has heard of an Elite with a great ability and she seeks him out to join her. Magiano has stolen items that no other person could. He challenges Adelina to prove she is worth joining.

Raffaele is still grieving over Enzo’s death, the old leader of the daggers and his friend. He is still upset with Adelina and sees her energy and knows she desires power. Maeve comes to Raffaele and makes him and offer and alliance he feels he can’t pass up.

Adelina soon hears about the plans of Maeve and the daggers and wants to stop them and take everything for herself. Adelina starts to lose control of her powers and can’t tell at times what is real and what is an illusion. This starts to scare her and those around her.

Teren is on a mission to rid the kingdom of every malfetto. He loves Giulietta and thinks she is everything pure and good that the gods want for the world. He would do anything for her but he also has a warped sense of what he thinks she needs and at times those conflict. She wants him to obey her as Queen and to be loyal. He thinks she doesn’t always know what is best.

How far will Adelina let her ambitions take her? Will Enzo come back, and if he does will he be the same? Will Teren’s warped sense of what should happen lead to his undoing? Can Violetta and Adelina continue to trust one another with so much unresolved issues in their past? You must read to find out.

I was so excited to read this sequel. I loved Adelina’s POV and that was the majority of the book. I think I just connect most with her. I really liked some of the new characters that were introduced in this book and I felt they added something really special to the series. I did feel that there were some parts that were predictable, and a little slow. I still really liked it and can’t wait to continue the series and really want book 3. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Marie LuAbout this 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.

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