5 stars – It was mind-blowingly awesome!!!! Holy crap!! It was PERFECTION Everyone should read it as soon as they can!
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.
**May contain spoilers from previous books in series**
Guys!!! I have died and gone to new favourite series heaven! I almost never find new series I fall so completely in love with by The Young Elites has definitely made the cut! Welcome, to the family TYE! You may never leave!
So like when I got to enjoy the amazingness of The Young Elites, I buddy read The Rose Society with Trang from Bookidote! (Apparently we’re starting a tradition and I love it!) She is seriously one of my favourite people to buddy read with because she reaches cray cray fangirl level as well! YAY FOR BOOK FRIENDS! If you want to read us freak out about The Young Elites (and trust me you do – we’re highly entertaining LOL) you can read our review here! So let’s get to this!!
Me: Adelina is even more dark and twisted I can’t even handle her! She is like a nightmare impersonated and 100000 amazing because of it! A lot happens to Adelina in TRS and there is no denying it that she is the driving force behind this entire novel, if she wasn’t going through such a huge change this book would not have been half as entertaining!
It’s so intriguing to read from the perspective of really dark characters, especially one who believes she is actually the heroine. It gives a lot of insight into how villainy is completely subjective to the individual. She believes she is the only one actually doing the right thing while us the readers and almost every other character in the book would agree she’s the root of most of the problems.
Trang: Hands down as my favourite character of the book 😀 The perfect anti-hero. You clearly see how complex as a character she is in The Young Elites where Marie Lu depicted her as a victim under her father’s control ad then it develops her trust issues to the other Daggers. I find it fascinating how one little thought of suspicion and doubt can cloud your judgement and that simple dictates how you see the world.
Somehow, I can relate to her because I am aware myself that I’m not the most kind and generous girl in the world LOL #cruel and I am not going to elaborate that side of me. So Back to the subject, her hunger of power, manipulation of illusions and having the world at her feet are my favourite aspect of her character. How can she become so dark always intrigues me.
Me: GUYSSSSS!!!!! I WAS IN SUCH TROUBLE WHILE READING THIS BOOK!!!!
At the end of The Young Elites if you asked me who I shipping Adelina with I would have looked at you like you were asking if the sky was blue and answered *probably rudely* ENZO duh, but something both terrible and wonderful has happened… We were introduced to a new ship worthy character… Magiano! And he is amazing! **cue never ending fangirling love** I have a crush guys!
I fought my shipping tendencies for so long but eventually I had to give in and I made a decision between the two… I ship her harder with Magiano! It’s like a damn Rowan from Throne of Glass situation over here. I thought no one would ever draw my affection towards Enzo but Maganio is just too amazing to withstand.
Also… because of reasons I can’t say because #spoilers Enzo is change a hell of a lot (I mean, Adelina has as well) and I think they’ve just grown in different ways that are no longer compatible.
Trang: Both boys are amazingly hot in my mind 😀 But Enzo’s relationship with Adelina in this one was just TOO wrong. You can not defy Mother Nature’s law especially.. DEATH. I will always ship Magiano with Adelina from now on hahah I think he brings a nice and funny side to her dark character. Their chemistry is awesome!
Me: I damn well LOVED The Daggers after reading The Young Elites, I mean they inspired me to write an entire post on my love for rebel crews, but I think I may be feeling The Rose Society more now! Don’t get me wrong, The Daggers are still awesome, magical and #friendshipgoals but I think now that Adelina’s on the outside of that tight knit group they keep coming across as really cliquey. Except in this situation rival cliques try and kill each other.
The Rose Society is pretty damn awesome though! I feel like all these misfits, which don’t really fit anywhere else have banded together to make a little family! The Rose Societies powers are much stronger then The Daggers, with Sergio creating massive storms, Maganio being able to mimic any Elite’s power (aka, he can use any of The Dagger members powers against them if he’s close), Violetta having the ability to take any Elites power away at her whim, and of course Adelina and her illusions. I believe they 10/10 would beat the Dagger’s in a fight! Although I do think they’re bond may be broken much easier than the bond between Dagger members, which has the potential to cause major problems.
Trang: I loved the Daggers in TYE but after what they’ve done to Adelina, I prefer The Rose Society because 1. The name is prettier muahah 2. They have a special bond together and I like the fact that The Daggers rejected most of them and in the end The Rose Society just proved to them how they can manage by themselves.
Me: I’m like 99.999% sure Enzo’s going to die, but then I’m super curious how that can happen with his and Adelina’s life being tied together. Adelina will rule for a little whiles on the throne but she won’t be a revered ruler, probably way more feared then loved. Her and Maganio are going to get it on *wink wink*. I either think all Elites will have to stop using their powers altogether, or a new Elite who has the power to beat this virus is going to emerge. But MOSTLY… I have no idea how this trilogy is going to end! Like I’m wracking my brain and I have nothing – WHICH IS SO DAMN EXCITING!
Trang: Adelina will have to kill Enzo, she will recruit more malfettos now that she rules Kenettra. Magiano will remain by her side forever even if he is not interested in invading other territories. Adelina will be so obsessed with power and greed she won’t stop and her powers will consume her and she’ll die. BUT NOP. Before she dies, Violetta will come to remove her powers PERMANENTLY. Adelina is killing herself as a mortal normal human because she would rather die than not having her powers at all. BAM! XD
Me: TRANG IS SHE ACTUALLY KILLS HERSELF I’M BLAMING YOU FOR JINXING THE WHOLE THING!!!!!!
So that’s that guys! If you haven’t read The Young Elites and The Rose Society yet, stop everything you are doing – including eating and sleeping – and go read it now! You wont regret having this amazing series in your life!
Have you guys read The Rose Society yet? What are you’re thoughts? Do you still ship Adelina and Enzo or are you team Maganio like me and Trang?? What’s your predictions for The Midnight Star? I need all your theories!!
Trang co-blogs with her boyfriend, Lashaan, over at Bookidote, and the two of them give us not only #blogginggoals but also #relationshipgoals. Really, it’s not fair. Pick one or the other. She is a fangirl, psychology student (like me! OHHH FRIENNDSSSSS!), book nerd, and pretty damn awesome – not neccessarily in that order. You can find her on her blog, instagram, twitter, facebook and goodreads! Everyone should go follow her right now!