Weekend Reads #51 – The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Posted November 21, 2015 by Lillian in Reviews / 1 Comment

Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads #51 – The Rose Society by Marie LuThe Rose Society by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites,
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on 2015-10-13
Length: 395 pages
Reviewing eBook from TN R.E.A.D.S.

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?

OMG!!!! What a read! Adelina is back with a vengeance in The Rose Society by Marie Lu. It is everything I thought it would be and nothing at all like I expected. It’s intense so be prepared!!!

Adelina is grieving and feeling betrayed at the start of this book. She’s lonely and lost, her sister is her only anchor to reality. She’s mastered her power to the point that even those that know it is an illusion fear her. She’s one scary chick!

The Young Elites really set up Adelina as the villain of the story and it’s refreshing to see an author write the main character as such. I hurt for Adelina and yet as the reader we get a glimpse of her thoughts, her motives, her actions, everything that leads her to become the villain. It’s heartbreaking and addictive all at the same time. I couldn’t set her story down.


In this book, Adelina uses her fame as the White Wolf to build a new society of elites. Their goal, with Enzo gone, is to take the throne. However Adelina doesn’t trust them after what the Daggers did to her. This leads to a world of hurt for all involved. It’s truly a suspenseful read, with a majority of the book being told from her point of view. I even caught myself second guessing a lot.

Overall I really enjoyed this book! I loved reading Adeline’s spiral and I hurt for her. It’s interesting to read the villain’s perspective, especially when she doesn’t realize she is. If you enjoyed the first book of this series or you like a good fantasy read, than don’t pass this book up!

Final Conclusion:

About Marie Lu

Marie Lu writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, Marie was an Art Director at a video game company. Now she shuffles around at home and talks to herself a lot.

Marie graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently lives in LA, where she spends her time stuck on the freeways.


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