Genre: YA, Fantasy
Released on: October 13th, 2015
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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series
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 that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
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?
Oh. Holy. Crap.
If anyone asked me what I thought of book two from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series, that would be it. And this book, the second to the series, just completely blows my expectations for second books in series out of the water. My mind was so blown. If you loved The Young Elites, then you’ll love the way The Rose Society completely destroys you. From reading book one I thought, “wow. Things can’t get any worse for Adelina, right? She’s got to redeem herself, yeah?!” NOPE. Doesn’t happen. Things just get progressively worse for everyone. Trust is lost, minds are twisted, intentions hidden, and dear god our main protagonist just gets more and more evil, for lack of better word.
What is so great about this book, as is many of Marie Lu’s novels, is her writing style. Especially since this book is so dark and twisted, I think the haunting beauty of her words is perfect for this novel. Just my kind of aesthetic.
By the time you reach the end of the book, shit has SO hit the fan. I am completely convinced there is no redemption for Adelina unless that redemption is in death. I’m kind of hoping Marie Lu doesn’t take that route, not because I don’t want the main character to die. Because I loved Allegiant for that very reason, but because that would be too easy. It would be too easy to decide, okay, Adelina is so fucked and beyond forgiveness that they only way for her to be redeemed in anyone’s eyes is for her to die. But at the same time, I have no idea how Adelina will be able to go on living after everything is all said and done.
So many questions, so many theories. And that ending is just cruel!!! This book isn’t even out yet and I’m already ready for book 3. Marie Lu did a wonderful job (yet again) with this book and I cannot wait to see what everyone thinks of it once it is released to the world.
MY RATING: 5/5