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Bestselling author and New York Times proclaimed "hit factory" Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.
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 and her sister flee Kenettra 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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Gr 9 Up—"Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all." Lu's epic series takes a dark, gritty turn with her latest offering. Adelina, known as the White Wolf, has fled Kenettra with Violetta, her sister, in order to recruit other malfettos (superpowered humans) for revenge upon the Inquisition—the faction that killed her love Enzo and countless other malfettos. Turned out and betrayed by her former comrades, the Daggers, Adelina is determined to form her own army, especially once she stumbles upon the near-mythical malfetto named Magiano. As the leader of the Inquisition, Teren, continues to search for Adelina so he can destroy her, she turns toward a more somber facet of her energy. Her path explodes into a dizzying array of power, murder, and revenge, leaving Adelina to question her true nature. When a malfetto queen conspires to raise Enzo from the dead, Adelina must face, once and for all, her feelings and her desires for power. What sets this novel apart is Adelina's slow spiral into bleak, joyless corruption; Lu doesn't wrap up the narrative with a shiny bow. Teens will be fascinated to watch the main character descend into villainy and revel in it. VERDICT Fans of Sarah Maas's Throne of Glass (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes (Penguin, 2015) will enjoy the author's latest.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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Anywho I did like the story in Rose Society a tad bit more then I did in Young Elites. With that being said I am going to go through my pros and cons, my cons first. Lets start off with and easy one by saying that although I do enjoy the story I am still finding it predictable at points. I wanna say through half of the book I was feeling this way. Is it a bad thing no but it is also not good to be reading and then having no shock factor because you know it's going to happen before it happens. Now on to my biggest qualm the one I am docking all the stars for, is characters, more specifically Adelina and Teren who I find utterly intolerable. I think I spent 3/4 of this book wishing and hoping one of them would bite it. Adelina grates on my nerves when it comes to Enzo, it's my prince this or my one true love and I am over here like get a grip. Nothing irritates me more then when characters fall into this honeymoon love phase and you barely no each other. Also I felt like the ending was going so well until Lu decided to insert some Adelina and Enzo drama into the mix and I was smacking the book across my head screaming.
Ok enough with my cons, lets move on to my pros. I am absolutely loving the dark tone this book is giving off. It is really nice to see Lu actually take her characters to these dark places because you don't really see that in YA. However my one down side to this is, I feel like some of the characters are doing it to themselves which makes me care less about them (I guess that is a con sorry). The magic system is still so very entertaining and riveting. The action scenes in this book were leaps and bounds more enjoyable then book one. Lastly I just want to mention how much I enjoyed Magiano. He was such a treat to read about. I did also really enjoy Maeve's introduction to the story.
All in all I am enjoying my time with this series. I do feel like since there is only one book left that none of my problems will be rectified in the finale. But we will see how things go.
It’s so strange to take a peak into the mind of a villainess and to find yourself understanding and, at times, supporting her decisions to inflict harm. Adelina has been betrayed and abused far too many times, and so she continues to carry mistrust and fear of betrayal from those she believes are close to her.
This series isn’t particularly focused on the action, but more on the development of Adelina’s mental state and behavior.That’s why the slow pace is a bit more acceptable in this book. The pockets of action and thrilling battle sequences are satisfying among the important bouts of dialogue and inner monologues.
Marie Lu does an excellent job in depicting a young girl who constantly grapples with her own powers as she tries to do what is right. I really appreciated the slow build-up of Adelina’s oncoming madness and I loved how the author makes us question the grey area between good and evil. Is Adelina truly a villainess, or is she simply a young girl whose goodness is constantly in battle with her intrinsically dark powers? I think it’s up to the readers to decide.
The plot is gripping, the pacing is slow but balanced, and the cast of characters are diverse and intriguing in many ways. I really enjoyed this book and now I really can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends.
The Rose Society picks up right where The Young Elites left off. We saw Adelina being cast out of The Daggers and she is hurt and angry and out for revenge. Adelina and Violetta have left Kenettra and are in search of recruits to enlist into their own new society of Elites. Word has spread about The White Wolf and she's using that fear of her name to gain her following.
During her quest for revenge against everyone who has wronged her, Adelina struggles to hold onto that bit of goodness inside of her. But the more powerful she grows, the more it slips away. You see, her darkness and need for power and revenge, fuels her magic...how can she grasp onto the light when her thirst for power is so much stronger?
The Young Elites was just the beginning of making a villain. The Rose Society is the rise of a true villain and it's a spectacular thing! Personally, I have never read a book where it's mainly told from the perspective of a villain which is why I love it so much!
There is so much more to Adelina than being a villain though. You can't help but sympathize with her and it makes her real and relatable. All she's ever craved in life was to be loved, to be accepted. And isn't that what we all want? We really see Adelina struggling with those inner voices in this book and it's truly heartbreaking to watch. She does a lot of terrible things and sometimes I was so mad at her and screaming at her in my head "why Adelina!?" But other times I found myself on her side of things and the lines were being blurred, who's the good guys and who's the bad? Whose side am I on? But Adelina is so deliciously wicked that I will probably be rooting for her till the very end. Even though I can't see any way she will have a happy ending, I still hope for redemption.
The Rose Society mixes some new characters in with the familiar. Raffaele and the Daggers play a big role of course; as well as Teren, Giulietta, and Maeve, who we met at the end of TYE. Our major new characters are the infamous Magiano and Sergio who was previously hinted at. These two are Adelina's Elites and were great additions. I loved them so much more than I initially expected to, especially Magiano. I ship him and Adelina so hard! I really hope we'll see Adelina break down those walls and let him in in the next book.
The Rose Society was everything I was hoping for in this sequel and more! Everyone who read and loved the first book will rest assured that this follow up does not disappoint! The book keeps a steady pace the entire time, there wasn't a moment I didn't enjoy. I loved the twists and turns thrown in there towards the end. Loved that we were able to see more of this amazing world, beyond Kenettra. And I loved the surprise of new information regarding the elites and their powers. Marie Lu has done an incredible job here, her best work yet I'd say. The stage is now set and I cannot wait to see how this series will conclude!
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Amazing story with awesome characters and lots of fighting while maintaining the story line well