The Rose Society by Marie Lu

But true rulers are not born. We are made.
— The Rose Society

Hello my lovely bibliophiles!! I have finished the second book in Marie Lu's 'The Young Elites' series. It's somewhat difficult to review books individually in a series because the story is broken into pieces. Where the plot may seem slow, it may shift in the next book. I don't want to judge the entire series before I've finished it. I wasn't a huge fan of 'The Young Elites' which I think is unpopular opinion, but I found 'The Rose Society' to be a much better read. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed reading the development of the main character although her teen angst annoyed me a bit, but I realized after my buddy read discussion that this is actually a huge part of her character arc so I can put her in a different perspective while reading the final book in the series, The Midnight Star. Read the synopsis for The Rose Society below to get a glimpse. 


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.


You can read my review for the first book, The Young Elites, here before you delve into this one....I'll wait for you. Welcome back!!! Now that you have been familiarized with Adelina, our main character, and how determined yet morally gray she is, Adelina is in a sense losing her mind. Her fear is completely consuming her to the point where even her sister, Violetta, is in danger of her power. Adelina almost killed her own sister in the end. I initially feared for Violetta from the first book because of all the resentment Adelina harbored towards her for being seemingly "perfect". Adelina's rage could be solely defined on her feelings of alienation, but I also think the collapsing of her mind, where she becomes even more twisted in this book, is also due to her expansion of her power. This is part of her character arc. However, the plot arc was a bit weak for me. I did however love Magiano, a malfetto thief. He way coy, quirky and always up to something. I loved his relationship with Adelina and it made me happy that she did not connect romantically with Enzo. It was apparent in the first book that Enzo's interest in Adelina was a selfish one. He was a ray of sunshine amongst an ambiguous group. I was really invested in his character. 

The Young Elites by Marie Lu PUBLISHED October 13, 2015 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers GENRE: Young Adult, High Fantasy PAGES: 398 FORMAT: PAPERBACK SOURCE: PURCHASED PACING: {5/5}

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

PUBLISHED October 13, 2015 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Young Adult, High Fantasy
PAGES: 398
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
SOURCE: PURCHASED
PACING: {5/5}


Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.
— The Rose Society

There were a lot of aspects to the story that I found unnecessary like why she captured and held Teren instead of just killing him. This is the part of the plot that is a bit weak and more of an attempt to stretch the story into a third book. I am also interested in reading what happens to the Dagger Society considering they are losing their powers. I thought this was a part of the weakening plot as well, but I realized that it probably has a purpose that I won't be introduced to until the third book. How will Adelina and the others function without their powers? What will this mean for the Daggers as a whole?

Another character I became invested in was Queen Maeve.  Although I knew she would use her powers to resurrect the dead to bring back Enzo, I loved her fearlessness and the intense encounter with Guiletta. She made her presence felt. I always connect with characters that represent or stand up for the underdogs. She wanted someone to rule Kenettra who would treat malfetto's fairly and I am pretty sure the next ruler will be Adelina, but even with the predictability I am curious how Adelina will rule if in fact she is losing her power and how Teren will develop being a malfetto himself and dead set on destroying his own kind. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. My rating for 'The Rose Society' is higher than 'The Young Elites' so my expectations for 'The Midnight Star' are even higher. 

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ {3.5/5}