The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Series Status: The 2nd book in The Young Elite’s series

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

Page Count: 395

Synopsis: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down a dark, bitter path of deceit and revenge. She is now known and feared as the White Wolf, and she flees with her sister, Violetta, away from Kenettra, the kingdom in which she is hunted down by the Inquisition Axis, the very people who killed her love, and nearly killed her.

She hopes to find Young Elites and make her own army, to strike back at Kenettra. Adelina is no hero though, her power which feeds only on fear and fury, has begun to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound elite friends, the Inquisition Axis is hunting her down, and the Dagger Society is trying to stop Adelina from her conquest to find vengeance. Adelina tries to cling onto the light inside of her, but how can someone be good when their very existence depends upon darkness?

Review: My oh my. This book was absolutely incredible, I have no idea where to even begin. Sometimes series like these suffer from middle book syndrome, but this novel did not. It exceeded my expectations by far. I anticipated its release for so very long, and it was everything I could have hoped for and more. It is so interest to have the main character of a book be more of an antagonist than a protagonist. At times, I could relate to Adelina’s darkness, and other times she had me disturbed, wondering if I could continue reading about a character who had such dark, ominous thoughts. Adelina frustrated me throughout this a bit, by resisting against Magiano, an elite who’s powers were fed by Joy. His existence depends on light, while hers depends on darkness, and the differences brought out Adelina’s good side, the light inside of her, but she shy’s away from him, bringing more of the darkness inside her out. I was so impressed with this novel, I read it in one sitting.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of dark fantasy.

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