The Rose Society by Marie Lu – A Book Review

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.” ― Marie Lu, The Rose Society


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?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.



Book: The Rose Society

Author: Marie Lu

Avg. Goodreads rating: 4.1/5 stars

My rating: 4.5/5 stars




Overview. I’m sorry the old Adelina can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead. This book picks up so much darker than The Young Elites and we find Adelina in such dark times with her powers. She is trying to still see the good and keep the good in her but her darkness is making it really difficult for her to do so.

This book follows Adelina’s quest to gain support as the Rose Society, a group just like the Daggers that are hell-bent on getting the Inquisition Axis off of the throne. Adelina still claims that she is determined to help

Pros. I honestly loved how dark this book got. It’s so easy for an author to create a happy ending for someone and this book really just keeps you guessing the whole time.

I loved Magiano. I loved everything about him, from his relationship and banter with Adelina to everything else that he does in the book. I have no bad words to say against this beauty of a character.

The plot of this book was crazy! I wasn’t expecting everything to happen with Enzo the way that it did. I never saw it coming (I mean, I never do…) and it was such an interesting idea for Adelina to take Raffaele’s place. I was so pissed that the Young Elites decided to do that in the first place that I was happy that Adelina spoiled it for them.

I really felt like all of the characters were so well done and had so much to offer the story. I enjoyed how Lu kept everyone interesting and constantly evolving so that I never felt bored with a chapter.

Cons. I didn’t care for Violetta and Adelina’s relationship. I just felt like Violetta was just too much of a pushover for me to enjoy her. I didn’t really care for her personality at all and I feel like she made so many excuses for everything.

So I feel like this isn’t much of a con as much as a I hated that this happened! Gemma. My sweet baby Gemma. I really enjoyed her character and the joy that she brought out of Adelina. I almost wish she would have given into the friendship hope that Adelina had held for her throughout the book.

Overall. I enjoyed this book overall. I liked so many aspects about the book and where it all lead, I can’t wait to read the next one to see what kind of things Lu is going to put this character through. I gave this book an overall 4.5/5 stars.


13 thoughts on “The Rose Society by Marie Lu – A Book Review

  1. I think I devoured this series in just a few weeks 🤓 it was so poignant and lovely and the relationships are just so varied- I totally get what you mean about Violeta, but her wishy-washy personality really takes a turn later on… I think Lu meant for us to not be as endeared to her because of her Arc 🙂 and, honestly, most of the characters in these books have distinct flaws so maybe her being a pushover was just her flaw! Just a thought lol

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      1. Now I Rise was really good, too. It definitely didn’t fall into the second book syndrome that some series do… You might also like Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.


      2. I’ve read Wolf by Wolf, but I had slightly mixed views on it. I mean, I still gave it four stars; I think my problem was just that I didn’t realise it was going to be fantasy? I thought it was just alternate history and then there was shapeshifting, haha. (My review:

        I’ll keep an eye out for Now I Rise! My book budget’s kind of non-existent right now but I’ll see whether my library can help 🙂


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