The Rose Society by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #2)
Release Date: October 2015
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Plot: 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 DID IT.
After 2 months of struggling to finish a book due to my mental health, and thus meaning I lost 2016’s reading challenge by about 3 books, I finally finished a book in just a matter of days, and it was a great one too!
So, Adelina is a villain, there’s no question; she manipulates, taunts, consumes fear and enjoys hurting others. But I still root for her in every way. She is so believable when it comes to painting the good guys as bad, as wanting to hurt her; sometimes you have to remember that she is the villain and that, in the same way as she is manipulating the other characters around her, she is also manipulating you, in a sense.
I still found, like The Young Elites, the plot to not really stand out from many other fantasies. There were wars and duelling kingdoms and handsome, charming thieves. I still thoroughly enjoyed those aspects despite reading about them before (because if you don’t like those themes, you’re probably not going to enjoy high fantasy), but, after looking at other reviews, I guess I was expecting something a little more remarkable.
I’ll still be reading The Midnight Star, and I can’t wait to read about Adelina burning everything to the ground.