The Rose Society – Marie Lu

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 flees Kenettra with her sister 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 by only 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?
The Rose Society was definitely not what I expected. Like the first book, I absolutely loved the setting. We got to see more of this fantasy world when the Daggers go to Beldain to seek the help of their Queen, Maeve. We meet more Elites in this country because they’re celebrated in Beldain rather than punished as they are in most other places.
The next thing that I’m glad was continued from the first book was the changing of perspectives. I really enjoy getting to read the story from many different aspects, always knowing more than the main character. I feel like I get to know more of the characters better this way. I just like to know the whole story and reading the story of each different character gives me that.
While we didn’t get to see as much of The Dagger Society as we did in the first book, I liked the parts that we did see. They’re still trying to complete their goal even though they lost of the most important members of their group. They’ve figured out a way around this and they’re still trying to do good for the world. I like the Daggers a lot. They seem like good people just trying to make the world a better place for others like themselves. And while I might not like every way that they try to do this, their end goal is still what is important, mostly because they don’t go to the extremes that Adelina does in The Rose Society.
Now, our dear Adelina, she seems to be doing pretty good at the beginning of the book. She’s trying to make her own group of Elites, which she names The Rose Society. Just like in the first book, these people she’s gathered start to care about her. Specifically, Magiano. He’s probably my favorite character in this book. He knows what he wants and generally knows how to get it. While following Adelina, he starts to genuinely care for her and for a little while, it seems as though she feels the same way. I liked Magiano because he doesn’t hold back, he always says what’s on his mind even if he knows it won’t be agreed with. As the story progresses and Adelina gets closer and closer to her goal of taking over Kenettra, she starts doing more irrational things, using her powers to the extreme when she doesn’t always need to. I liked Adelina quite a bit in the first book, but that slowly faded for me in this sequel. She’s slowly losing control over her powers and her mind. It’s clear that the further we read in this book the crazier she gets. She starts hallucinating, her powers giving her illusions that she can’t control. Though I can’t talk that bad about her because she gets what she wants by the end of this book, regardless of who’s in her way.
I’m excited to read the next book in this series, The Midnight Star. I’m very intrigued to see where Marie Lu is going to take these characters.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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