The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series
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 that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
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?
Right now, what I want is the throne. Enzo’s power. A perfect revenge. And all the Inquisitors, queens, and Daggers in the world won’t be able to stop me.
4 1/2 stars. You know that feeling when a sequel is everything you wanted and more? That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. I honestly could not put this book down.
This series just blows the Legend trilogy out of the water. I think Marie Lu has found her calling in dark fantasy and I hope she continues to write more. The Rose Society is fast-paced, heart-pounding excitement. Some authors tell their stories in such a way that the words just flow – compelling, addictive and strangely believable because of the natural flow of the narrative. Here, Lu is one of them.
The Young Elites sets up Adelina as an antihero, but beyond her private swirling dark thoughts, it remains fairly tame. The Rose Society, as Lu points out in the afterword, takes Adelina down to an all new level of darkness. She should be unlikable for what she does, for her selfishness, and yet it is grounded in an anger and fear that it is easy to be sympathetic towards.
To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with most of the characters. Teren is undoubtedly the “villain” of this series and I feel like he will have to die before the series ends, and yet the fascinating complexity of his character makes me feel oddly disappointed about that.
New perspectives and characters are introduced, but unlike the recent Queen of Shadows, they add thrills to the plot and don’t bog it down with unnecessary density. And the new choices and dilemmas are genuinely very exciting.
The ending is as every ending should be mid-series. The story arc of this book is wrapped up with no cliffhanger, and yet a new revelation towards the end is shocking and unsettling enough to make reading the next book absolutely necessary. I can’t wait!
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