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The Rose Society by Marie Lu


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The Rose Society by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #2)

3 stars

Not enough excitement compared to the first novel.

Goodreads: 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?

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I love Marie Lu and her writing. Her Legend trilogy is one of my all time favourite series, and The Young Elites was brilliant and so different to anything else I had read. But as sequels go this one really did let me down.

I expected to much action in this second book and although it was present it didn’t get me excited and involved in the novel. I found that a lot of the action happened quickly and all it would have taken was for me to skim read it to miss it.

A lot does take place in this novel but for me it felt as if there were too many fillers between the actual plot of the book. This left me feeling rather bored at times and instead of reading it to know what happens next it was more the case of me reading it so I could just finish it already.

The character development in this book is brilliant with Adelina and Violet, especially with the new characters we meet. but it had been a long time since I read the first book so I found it hard to remember who previous side characters were that kept popping up.

Adelina’s powers and character grew a lot in this book, and as I kept reading i start to dislike her more and more. I understand this is the whole point and Marie Lu makes us dislike her on purpose but for me I preferred the chapters that focused on other characters instead of her as she became annoying and stratifying.

The ending to this novel was left very open which I don’t like as I have no idea where the next book could be going. However, despite the things I disliked about this novel I am planning to finish the series when the next book comes out.

Have you read The Young Elites or The Rose Society? Let me know your thoughts on the series.

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