The Rose Society by: Marie Lu

The Young Elite Review

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?

Content Warnings: Violence, abuse, human trafficking, police brutality, slavery, torture, self-harm, murder, child abuse, blood/gore, and attempts at genocide.

Much like book one, we bounce back and forth between four different perspectives. We get to follow Adelina, Raffaele, and Teren [who we all saw a lot of in book one] along with Maeve [who we met at the very end of book one]. Mostly seeing the story, through Adelina’s POV, we see her grappling with the events of book one and how each event has impacted her actions, throughout book two.

During the first book, we see the Young Elite gather, train, and formulate a plan to take down the King and Queen of Kenettra. We saw a young, somewhat timid, and scared Adelina learn to grow confident in herself, and her powers, during everything she’s experienced. Now in book two we see Adelina strike out on her own, since the Elite cast her out at the end of book one, and try to form her own team of Elite to strike back at the Inquisitors and the crown of Kenettra herself.

I was surprised at how intense and dark this book became. As Adelina’s powers grow so does the darkness within, that Raffaele warned about. This was an incredible read and I can’t wait to jump into book three and see how this series ends.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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