Book Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites) Marie Lu

Posted October 12, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites) Marie LuThe Rose Society by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on October 13th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780399167843
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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 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?

Bestselling author and "New York Times "proclaimed "hit factory" Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to "The Young Elites. ""


I’m trying something new this review as I’ve waited too long, I think, to write my review. The Rose Society is the second book in Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series, and picks up not long after the first novel. Adelina and her sister have fled Kenettra in the hopes of finding other Young Elites to build an army of her own. Betrayed by her friends, Adelina needs allies so she can strike against the Inquisition Axis and get revenge against those who’ve tried to kill her. I really enjoyed this book, as I love the spin of making the villain the protagonist, and how that affects my opinion of the events that happen.

Adelina is a complex character, and I constantly found myself wanting to bang my head against the wall when she would act against her interests. While I love to see the hero win, I’ve always been more fascinated by the villain, and how they turned towards the Dark Side. Adelina meets several new characters in this novel who were also quite fascinating, and I hope to learn more about them in The Midnight Star. Aside from the new characters, readers also get to learn what happened to the Elites we met in the first novel.

This novel is told from multiple POVs, and one of them is Raffaele’s. After what he did in the first novel, I was happy to learn more about what makes him tick, and why he does the things he does. I found him equally fascinating to Adelina, and sometimes even more so. Raffaele doesn’t first appear to be a match for Adelina, but he is very smart and savvy. Reading about them working for the same goal, but at cross-purposes made the book more entertaining, as I couldn’t wait for their paths to collide.

There were many great things that happened in this novel that I’d love to touch on, but are a bit to spoilery. What I will say, is that Marie Lu hits it out of the park once again, and has written an action-packed morality tale that grips you from beginning to end. It’s not hard to read the book from the villain’s POV, and wonder would I make the same choices if in her shoes. Aside from being highly entertaining, I found the novel to be very thought-provoking, and it left me wanting more. If you love fantasy novels with great villains, a touch of romance, and strong female relationships, then you can’t go wrong with The Rose Society.

Favorite Quotes

“It is better to have an enemy who will fight you in an open field then a lover who will kill you in your sleep.”

“What is the point of searching for love, when love is nothing but an illusion?”

“Someday, when I am nothing but dust and wind, what tale 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.”


I normally don’t include a playlist for a review, but this song lingered on my mind as I read it. Probably because I had a tough week, and kept falling asleep early so it took me a week to read it, but I feel as if I savored The Rose Society more than many other books I’ve read this year. Here are a list of songs that I heard while reading this book, and made me think of it in some way.

Source: RihannaVEVO

Source: Red Bull Records 

Source: gotyemusic 

About Marie Lu

Marie Lu writes young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company.

Marie Lu graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and currently live in LA. She is the author of the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES.


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