Title: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: October 13th, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)
Quick Look: Lu is one author who doesn’t disappoint. The Rose Society was amazing. I absolutely love Adelina’s character development, even though loving it hurts. Really, everything hurts after this book, but it’s wonderful.The summary of The Rose Society from Goodreads:
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.
What I Liked:
I’ve already said I love Adelina’s development. Even though she’s making decisions that hurt people, decisions that I disagree with, I still ache for her. Her life has been a struggle and it’s hardened her. It’s made her who she is and I can understand her. I still disagree with her, but I understand her.
For a lot of books, the point of betrayals and heartache is to make the good in the main character all the more clear. They use those trials to make them stronger. And Adelina does, too. But where other characters might be able to find the good and find forgiveness within themselves, Adelina has never learned how to do that. All she’s known is hurt and pain. She knows she’s only good enough to keep around as long as she’s useful. That fuels her anger, fuels her fear, and turns her into the person she is.
Aside from Adelina, there was a lot more to love. Magiano is just the person Adelina needs right now. He’s light, but doesn’t try to hinder Adelina’s darkness. He’s serious, but knows when to work a laugh. He doesn’t look to Adelina for anything, so she knows he’s not using her. I could love him for that.
Another thing I love about this book is the line between right and wrong is so blurred. You know you aren’t supposed to want Adelina to succeed at everything. You know the Daggers are not completely the “good guys.” You know Tegan is supposed to be the villan and yet compared to the actions of some, his choices aren’t completely evil. Nothing is cut and dry in this world and it’s fantastic.
What I Didn’t Like:
Nothing. I devoured this book in a day.
I’d Recommend To:
Dark fantasy fans. Marie Lu fans. Pretty much, if you can handle darkness, read this series.
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