The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu 4/5
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 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?
I read book one, The Young Elites, in 2015, and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I didn’t have a blog back then, so I never reviewed the book, but I rate it 3.5/5. When I saw book two in the library, I shimmied it up my TBR list. I fully remembered the story in book one, and that ending! So, rather than re-read, I tucked into book two straight away.
What a step up. I rate this book higher than book one, and because the groundwork was laid in The Young Elites, this book just built and built upon it. Adelina’s dark side is well and truly thriving, and she makes for a brilliant anti-heroine. (And we all know how much I love a well written anti-hero). Not to mention, something that tore at my heart in the last book, kind of, sort of, gets rectified. It was not how I would have liked, but it happened and my heart healed a little.
…Don’t let that fool you, though. Later on in the narrative, my heart was well and truly smashed once more.
What an ending yet again. The character development over the course of the two books is on point, and it’s hard to see where the narrative will take us in book three, but I’m excited for the adventure. Adelina’s dark side seems to have won, and she isn’t fighting it.
On a final note, I love Magiano. His character is eccentric, but subtly woven. I want to see big things from him in book three.
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