The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Published October 13, 2015
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
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, Raffaelle and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to t he good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on the darkness?
“Someday, when I am nothing but dust and wind, what story will they tell about me? Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her and she destroyed them all.”
The Rose Society continues right where The Young Elites left off; we find Adelina and her sister, Violette, fleeing Kenettra and headed to the islands of Merroutas. Adelina is on the hunt for other Young Elites, especially one named Magiano. After finding Magiano and getting him to agree to follow her, Adelina also comes across Sergio, The Rainmaker, who was also previously cast out by the Dagger society. After a dramatic series of events in Merroutas, Sergio and his men also agree to follow Adelina back to Kenettra, where she seeks her revenge not only against the Inquisition Axis and Teren Santoro, but also against the Dagger Society.
“When you’re all alone in a world that hates and fears you, you want to find others like yourself. New friends. Elite friends.”
So I really enjoyed both The Young Elites and The Rose Society, although this book is significantly darker then the first, which was to be expected. Adelina’s powers are powered by emotions such as fear and hate, so one would assume after concentrating on their emotions to draw on her power, that they would also start to change Adelina. I admit, she hasn’t had the best run; an abusive father, a sister who took away Adelina’s power, that would have allowed her to defend herself against that abusive father (although Violetta was only trying to help), she watched someone she loved, Enzo, killed right in front of her and then was cast out by the Dagger Society. So I understand why Adelina has such passion towards the idea of revenge, but as the story moves on, her alignment with Ambition also begins to take hold and she begins to also seek power. The power to rule and control others, so that the things that happened to her in her past, cannot happen again. Once again, I like to write spoiler free reviews so I will leave out all the major plot points and plot twists, but they were all pretty fantastic. This book is also written from several different perspectives, including Adelina, Teren, Raffaelle and a new character, Maeve, Queen of Beldain. It was interesting to add a new perspective into the mix and also when we hear from Raffaelle throughout the book, he is first in Beldain with Maeve and the Dagger Society so we also get insight into that Queen and country. The ending honestly surprised me; I really thought it was heading in one direction and it went the opposite, but I thought it was pretty brilliant. I also have to say that I really enjoy Magiano; I really like his character and what he brings not only to The Rose Society, but also to Adelina herself and I hope to see more of him in The Midnight Star which is released on October 11, 2016. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you pick them up today, happy reading!
“I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.”