Review: The Rose Society

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Goodreads Summary:

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?  

I’m still processing this book.

I think I should have re-read The Young Elites to get in the mindset for this one, as I found myself having to scan parts of the first book to fully remember some of the complexities that are referenced in this one. Even with that though, this book was incredibly enjoyable. It was so well done, as all of Lu’s work is, and I was sucked into the world and the writing quickly.

In the first book I loved the unique look at the darkness that lurks in everyone, and specifically how Adelina dealt with it. In this book we see a new side of her struggles. She still hasn’t escaped the oppressive presence of her father, she feels betrayed by the Daggers, she’s still heartbroken over the loss of her first love, trying to patch up her relationship with her sister, and hell bent on revenge. What I thought was interesting was how hooked on this revenge Adelina is in this book. Personally, I don’t feel like she has much of a case of revenge, but she is so convinced that I completely understand her motives – a testament to Lu’s writing.

Watching Adelina suffer within her own mind though I think was the most intriguing aspect. She was fighting her darkness in the first book, but here she has embraced it. Now we watch as the darkness tries to overpower her. I also loved the new cast of characters. It was really nice to see Adelina and Violetta work on their relationship and see how deeply they love each other even with what’s happened. Magiano was so fun! I loved him, he’s charming, and skilled, and so hopeful. It was really fun watching them interact and I loved that even with Magiano’s lightness he accepts Adelina anyway.

I enjoyed seeing all the old Daggers in their new environment, and getting to know some of them better. Raffaele especially I felt more closer to, being exposed to his inner workings really showed the level of commitment he had to Enzo and how much he really cares about the other Elites. Also, I feel like he and Adelina could be aligned in their goals, but both of them are far to proud to admit any wrongness and work together, maybe in the next book?

I really can’t say much about the story or I will ruin everything, but it was fantastic. I have no idea what is left in store for us, especially with Teren – whose development was amazing in this – but I can’t wait to see. There is so much left to be resolved and I have no idea how it will be done.

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