The Rose Society by Marie Lu

*IMPORTANT* The Rose Society is the second book in The Young Elites trilogy, so this review will contain some spoilers about the first book!

“Why so surprised, White Wolf?” he murmurs, smiling a little. There is something in the way he says my Elite name, a secret sweetness.

Why so surprised that you are worthy?

(Lu 169).
I didn’t notice the wolf until now! 🤦‍♀️😄

Goodreads synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Spoiler-free review: I was looking for quotes to include in this review when I came across this one: “What is so great about being good?” (Lu 93). And then I was like, “Oh my gosh! This book is kind of like Descendants!” But now that I’m looking back on it, Mal and Adelina are nothing alike! So maybe not… 😂

Anyways!!! This book was so good! Like good as in “I had goosebumps throughout the majority of it” good! Adelina’s story is absolutely heartbreaking, and the fact that she’s borderline-evil makes this a really interesting read! In her acknowledgements, Marie Lu said that The Rose Society is the darkest book she’s ever written. And I have to agree—this book was SCARY intense! And although there was a bit too much action/bloodshed for me, I still really enjoyed reading this book! Marie Lu is one of my all-time favorite authors, and the imagery she used when depicting Adelina’s illusions were just extraordinary! I loved it so much!!! Also, this book was so sad! I didn’t cry because I’m secretly a cyborg (you aren’t alone Cinder!), but I’m pretty sure this book is tear-worthy! The plot was so intriguing, and I feel like Marie Lu always has the perfect amount of romance for me!

If you haven’t read The Young Elites, then I HIGHLY recommend it! And after that, if you haven’t read The Rose Society, THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! 😄 Overall, I had so much fun reading this book and I can’t wait to start the third one!!! Eeeek! I’m so excited!!!

Some amazing fanart I found online:

This picture is so incredibly beautiful! ❤️ It’s by too fresh to be stale (I think!) and can be found it here!
As y’all can probably tell—I love the relationship between Enzo and Rafael! It’s one of my favorites throughout the series! This was created by too fresh to be stale (I think!) and can be found here!
Violetta, Lucent, Rafael, Maeve, Magiano, Adelina, and Teren. Wow, this picture is absolutely amazing!!! It’s exactly how I imagine all the characters to look like! This drawing was made by and can be found here!

Thank you so much for reading!!! I’ve been trying to come up with a super cool name to call my readers but so far, I can’t think of anything! Let me know if you have any ideas in the comments below! Stay safe and I hope you have a wonderful day! —Rishika ❤️

Citation for picture: Lu, Marie. “The Rose Society.” Goodreads, 2015,

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