Rose Society: A Book Review

Right now, what I want is the throne. Enzo’s power. A perfect revenge. And all the Inquisitors, queens, and Daggers in the world won’t be able to stop me.

Book: Rose Society (Young Elites #2)

Author: Marie Lu

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)


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?

My thoughts:

Initially when I read this book, I loved it. I gasped in all the right places, cried when I needed to and I smirked where I was supposed to. I fell in love with one character and out of love with another (fickle, fickle me and fickle, fickle MC) but when I sat down to write this review, I rethought everything.

If Young Elites was supposed to be the birth of a villain, then Rose Society is about the life of a villain. Marie Lu promised!

Don’t get me wrong there was thievery, manipulation, murder; it was all part of Adelina’s routine.  But honestly, it got sort of boring.
Yes Adelina, we know you want power. Yes Adelina, we know you want revenge. Yes Adelina, we understand that somehow your plots make perfect sense inside your head-wait do we?

For once- just once I want to read about a sane villain. Someone in total control of their mental faculties, someone playing with a full deck of cards. Someone who can’t blame their evil, evil deeds on hallucinations and delusions. I want to read about a villain who truly works for the “greater good”. I want  arguments which make perfect logical sense (if not moral sense) and a villain whose deeds become gradually darker over time.
Adelina is not that villain. Rose Society is not that book.

In Rose Society, we explore the depraved and vengeful hot mess that is Adelina’s mind. In Young Elites, Adelina was cynical. In this book, she’s graduated into full-blown paranoia. Everyone hates her. Everyone is plotting against her. She can trust no one. Wah. Wah. Wah.
This book is a study in insanity. But goddamnit, I wanted a study on evil!

Doesn’t mean this book doesn’t have it’s strong points.
Magiano for the win! Yes he’s a kleptomaniac thief who has the compulsion to steal things. Also, he’s good looking, plays a musical instrument and is the perfect mixture of skeptical and happy.
Raffaele has become awesome. I detested him in the last book- he is so freaking perfect (until he’s not). But as he does his share of nefarious things, sacrificing his body and soul for the benefit of his “people”, to my disgust, I found myself admiring him.
Sisterly support is strong in this book, but then I sort of expected it after the last great reveal in the first book.

If you plan to read this book, keep in mind that Adelina is mentally unstable and so she is violent. If you were looking for a book about a sane villain, this is not it.
If she was tried in modern day courts, she’d probably be sent for intense psychiateric treatment instead of a jail.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Books Similar to this: A Court of Thorn and Roses


We are drawn to stories,” he says in a soft voice, “and every scar carries one.”

“When you’re all alone in a world that hates and fears you, you want to find others like yourself. New friends. Elite friends


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