14 August, 2017

#BookReview :: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by 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 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?

The Rose Society is everything a sequel should be.

Adelina Amouterou continues on her path of vengeance fueled by rage and darkness. So, now there are three players in the running. The Daggers led by Raffaele, Teren and his cronies and Adelina, a lone wolf at the beginning but not so much later on in the story. Violetta is with her now and we see a bit more of this girl who once felt like a subdued flower. A couple of new characters are introduced among whom Sergio stands out. And there’s also Magiano, who in a way is exactly what Adelina needed when they met.

The book is filled with action and events and as such there is not a dull moment in it. The plots things a level higher in this installment. The author maintains her lucid language and fluid storytelling style. There are quite few revelations and twists that keep the readers constantly on their toes.

But, it is really all about Adelina. A girl with abuse in her history and who is constantly fighting the darkness within her. She tries to hold on to the little goodness inside her but it is relentless struggle. Will she give in to that darkness? Or will she overcome that darkness and fear? It is quite impossible to not to be drawn to her and feel for her. Her power of illusions is also quite intriguing.

It is dark and certainly sad at times to follow on Adelina on her journey. But it is addictive too. I just had to know what would happen next and so I will be sure to pick up The Midnight Star soon.

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