The Rose Society

The Rose Society

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Known and feared as the White Wolf, Adelina Amouteru and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. But as Adelina's powers (fed only by fear and hate) start to grow beyond her control, she also distrusts 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?
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
ISBN: 9780399167843
Branch Call Number: Teen Fiction / Lu, Marie
Characteristics: 395 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 04, 2020

This book was Not only does Marie Lu capture the essence of a young girl who is so powerful anyone could bend to her will but she also shows that with great power comes sacrifices. I love how this series isn’t just another fantasy with superpowers and heroes, instead it’s told almost from a villain POV which is an interesting and different approach to the world of YA.

Jun 10, 2020

tts is book with the girl who makes shadows from her feelings and has ssiter that nullifies her powers


The Rose Society by Marie Lu is the second book of The Young Elites series. A girl named Adelina is searching for other mages like her; she wants an army that can assist in her revenge. I would give this novel 5/5 stars. I cherished Adelina, and her voice was lovely. I enjoyed witnessing her internal struggles. I didn’t like all of the characters, but the characters who I did like: they're beautiful. Sometimes, I was annoyed with how the story switched perspectives, but besides that, the pacing was great. The plot was astounding, the romance was gorgeous, and the world building was wonderful. Alana, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

May 20, 2019

Wow! This book was one of my most enjoyable reads of all time! When I read books, I usually am disappointed that the protagonist doesn't seize the opportunities the kill her enemies. Not this time! Reading through the final battle scene was one of the most exhilarating moments I hav ever read, and it was juts plain fun! For a character such as Adelina to act so realistic in fighting the people who betrayed her left me with a smile the entire way through, and the ending was the most satisfying ever(the battle ending I mean, as the actual ending was, avoiding spoilers, depressing)! Overall, I give this book a 10/10 and a "Read This Now!" review.

Nov 21, 2018

Darker and better than The Young Elites. Adelina's powers are pulling her toward darkness (or possibly emphasizing the darkness that's already there). In some respects, it's still hard to see her as a villain when the "other side" seems so much worse. But the author is trying.

Reading this book immediately after a book about World War 2 may have made the parallels between the Malfetto work camps and the Nazi concentration camps a little too obvious - making it very very hard to feel that the person fighting against the side with concentration camps was actually the villain. Without that context, I might have found Adelina more evil. Certainly, by the end, I'm pretty sure she's supposed to be viewed as a Darth Vader type (consumed by greed for more power).

I'm interested to see whether the third book in the trilogy continues to embrace Adelina's dark side or whether she has a miraculous recovery by the end.

Jul 10, 2018

It was good but I grew too frustrated with Adelina at times.

Mar 18, 2018

Adelina was simply just a girl who has been betrayed too many times. However, when darkness accumulates, terrible things can happen that no one would have ever thought of. Known as a lethal rebel, she must win over power and relinquish control over what she thinks is owed to her. Emotions, however, are one subject area that she cannot quite seem to master. In this sequel to the dark beginning, Marie Lu will have readers questioning all that they would have thought to be morally right and wrong.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

CMLibrary_khunter Feb 22, 2017

I couldn’t put this book down! Oh, how I want to read it again and again. This was not a typical middle novel in a trilogy. It magnifies the expectation for the final book (but did you expect any less from Marie Lu?), and is simply darker than ever, amazing, and addictive. I must confess. I love Magiano. He’s become my favorite in this novel, while the other characters have become more clear. He’s just so sweet, funny, and flirtatious! Still, so as not to give to much away, I’m only going to talk about Adelina.

While the first novel explored Adelina’s innocence and vulnerability, those ties have been mostly severed, and here we follow as she threatens to thoroughly embrace Machiavellian principles in her quest for vengeance and power. In using her illusion gifts more frequently, her inner turmoil grows which manifests outwardly, leaving her powers and her sanity unstable. Her one last hope is her love and loyalties, but those are uncertain with the addition of the raised and unpredictable Enzo. Adelina becomes more and more like the White Wolf for whom she is named, transforming from a dangerous puppy into a bloodthirsty wild animal that strikes all who may be potential threats. (I just can’t help but imagine how hard it must be for Marie Lu to write such a dark heroine; the real blood, sweat, and tears it must take to sit in Adelina’s head!) This may be the first time you are so seduced by a villain . . .

Sep 08, 2016

So....not as engrossing as the first in the series. But still good.

I think my biggest problem with this book is Violetta. She irritated me throughout the whole thing. So much so that I didn't even have sympathy for her in the end. Maybe I am too much like Adelina but, aside from not wanting her to die, I think she deserved it a little for all the things she did (or rather didn't do) for Adelina as children. That, and she was constantly being uncooperative and unrealistic for the circumstances. She can't sit there and swear an oath to take down enemies in a world like this and simultaneously act all righteous when she realizes that means people will die.

I did absolutely love Magiano. I think the character added a lot to the plot and provided a lightness that was missing without him. To be truthful though I kind of wish that he wasn't enamored with Adelina. Not only does this create a love triangle but it also starts to cast Adelina as a mary sue, something I really didn't see in her in the first book.

I don't care much for Maeve either, as a character she is fine and makes sense but she seems so contradictory. In one moment she is a tough, no nonsense queen and then in the next she is storming off and being indecisive with Lucent.

Raffaele was lacking for me here too. In the first book he was much more sympathetic, for obvious reasons. But here he was just bland for me which I didn't expect. Hopefully that changes in the next installment.

As for Enzo. I am undecided. I like that the series is setting up a massive showdown, which should be entertaining at least. But I feel like it is stumbling into YA trope territory. We didn't have a love triangle in the first book (which I loved) and we wouldn't have had one here without Enzo. I almost feel like Lu should have left him where he was and found another enemy to build into the climax.

Finally, Teren. I loved this character in the first book but I felt like he was haphazardly thrown around in this one. I liked that we saw a bit more of his personal side and the madness within but I would have preferred Lu to delve a little deeper into that. Also, his ending here is clearly meant to set up something for the next installment but I have a hard time seeing what that may be. I feel like his story arc is all but complete and adding anything in the next book may disrupt an otherwise fulfilling character line. I admit, however, that I could be entirely wrong here (and hope so, in fact, since the character has been enjoyable to this point).

Jun 29, 2016

I much preferred the first book to this one. Primarily because I just found the plot in the Rose Society to be far fetched and boring, and I was getting frustrated with the main character's actions- they weren't carried out in a way that made me sympathize with her. Instead, I thought they were stupid. Lu's writing was as beautiful as ever, though.

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Jan 04, 2019

“In the silence, I sit alone on my throne and wait eagerly for all the satisfaction and triumph to hit me. I wait, and wait, and wait.

But it doesn't come.”

Jan 04, 2019

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all."

Nov 13, 2017

"The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces."
- Masquerade, by Salvatore Laccona
Page 19

Dec 20, 2015


Sergio's eyes roll skyward."In the crow's nest, gambling away his life's work. " "Is he...winning?" Violetta asks. Sergio shrugs, "Does it matter? If he loses, he'll just steal the poor bastards winnings anyway." Page 157
"Keep your filthy blades off her," he snaps. "It's rude." Page 309

"But true rulers are not born. We are made."

Oct 26, 2015

I will keep you until the day I choose not too. You have destroyed and harmed all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you. Until your soul is dead ~Adelina

Oct 26, 2015

It is better to have an enemy who will fight you in an open field than a lover who will kill you in your sleep. ~Kenettra and Beldain Ancient Rivalry, various authors

Oct 26, 2015

Right now, what I want is the throne. Enzo’s power. A perfect revenge. And all the Inquisitors, queens, and Daggers in the world won’t be able to stop me. ~Adelina


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