Review of The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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By: Marie Lu
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: wonderful friend

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first book, The Young Elites but I think on a whole I enjoyed this novel more. I loved how dark it was and how Lu so eloquently wrote Adelina losing her grip and control. I flippantly say, “I love villains” but reading Adelina’s decline into the darker areas of her power was actually heart wrenching and difficult! I found myself hoping for her to fail more often than not. This was a very unique experience for me since typically I’m rooting for the main characters.

Though overall I loved this book the pacing did feel a tad uneven for me. There were areas (mostly in the beginning) that dragged the smallest bit but this could have been a mood thing for me. The mid- to end were breathtaking and gripping.

I think the biggest highlight of this series has been watching Adelina become the White Wolf. Her powers feed on hate and terror and so Adelina learns to love taking these emotions from others. Her subtle decline and loss of control were equal parts exciting and disturbing. There was what could be considered to some a slight love triangle. I hesitate to call it this though since it was rather complicated.

The novel was written from Adelina’s point of view and also a few chapters focused on another character (Raffaele, Teren and Mauve specifically). I think this approach worked well in regards to the story telling but it did throw me off a bit because of the change of point of view from first to third. This felt a tad awkward for me.

Since Adelina was on a journey to find new Elites this novel introduced a few new characters. I felt that they weren’t overly developed but what we did see was well done and added to the story well. I hope we learn a bit more about each of these new characters in the following book.

Final Thoughts:
I have really enjoyed this series thus far and felt that The Rose Society was a wonderful addition. I loved (though it was painful) reading of Adelina’s growth in her powers and loss of those things that kept her from delving into the darkness. I can’t wait for the next book.


  1. says

    I NEED THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY! The Young Elites wrecked me and I’m so excited to see Adelina step up her villainy. I find her such a fascinating character because even though it’s hard to watch her descent into madness it almost feels justified. I mean can we talk about Teren for a second? I love how dark the first book is and I’m ready for more and darker. Great review!

    • says

      I think you’ll really enjoy the sequel Cassi. I think I might have liked it even more? I am really excited to see where the story goes next. I hope you love it!!

  2. says

    You’re so lucky that a friend lent this ARC to you, it is indeed a wonderful friend! I’m really excited for this book, I can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s a little weird that Adelina’s POV is in first person and the others in third, I can imagine it’s surprising, but now I’m warned! I don’t remember if it was like that in the Young Elites, in fact… I can’t wait to see the characters again because I think their development will be great!

    • says

      Yes, this friend was so nice they gave me the copy! I don’t know what I did to deserve such amazing friends. The blogging community is just so incredible. That bit about the POV really threw me but I did get used to it.

  3. says

    I enjoyed The Young Elites but wasn’t totally in love with it or anything and kept saying how I was really looking forward to The Rose Society because I wanted to see a lot more of that darkness in Adelina. It just felt kind of flimsy in the first book, which is understandable, but I wanted ALL THE EVILLLL. Glad to hear that it sounds like we definitely get some of that in The Rose Society!

  4. says

    I really liked the first book. There’s just something fun about reading from the villain’s point of view. I don’t always route for the main character, but I do here. I hope that she wins haha! I think I’m most interested in Raffaele’s point of view. I hated how they turned on her though!! I’m so conflicted, I need this book but I’m afraid! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  5. says

    OOoh nice! I remember struggling with The Young Elites. Guess because the ultimate reveal that Adelina was more our villainess than heroine was a shocker! But yeah, can’t wait to see where this next one takes us! Great review!

  6. says

    Everywhere I go people keep on saying how dark Adelina is. I’m so excited to meet her. I should probably start The Young Elites soon, also. Great review!

    • says

      Oh yes, especially in the very last bit. I think the next book will blow us away with the darkness. I can’t imagine how hard it is to write her character.

  7. says

    Yay 😀 Awesome review Kristen. <3 Thank you for sharing about this book 🙂 So so glad you mostly loved it. I'm so curious about it. But also nervous. Ugh. Since, you know, boy died at end of book one. Ugh. I hope it gets fixed, lol 😀 Girl sounds so awesome. And dark. I love it 😀

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