Title: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Young Elites
Date Started: August 15
Date Finished: August 18
Format: ebook from the digital library
Adelina is out for revenge. After being cast out of the Daggers – the only group that really accepted her for what she was – and losing the love of her life, she doesn’t know what to do now. She takes her sister with her as they try to find a legendary Elite – Magiano. No one knows what his powers are, but Adelina knows that if they can get him on their side they can do anything. It isn’t until they do find them, that everyone realizes there really isn’t a next step. Not until Adelina offers him the best prize of all – The Crown’s Treasury. But to do that they have to get past the Queen’s Inquistor – Teren – and kill the Queen herself.
As more people join her party, Adelina realizes that she can create her own group like the Daggers and be their leader. Even though her illusions are starting to get away from her again. And then she runs into the Daggers and realizes that they’re up to the same plan. In a way. Only instead of killing the Queen and taking the throne for themselves they want to put Enzo on the throne. The prince who died in the last book. It turns out that Maeve – the Queen of Bedlain – has the power to retrieve him from the Underworld, but he needs to be anchored to someone – someone that can control him because when he comes back he will be ten times as powerful as he was before he died. Adelina and the others know that they can’t let the Daggers win this one, but can they really risk anchoring Enzo to Adelina when she isn’t really in control of herself?
I was so excited to read this book, that when it finally became available on the digital library I wanted to start it immediately. But as soon as I did, I started getting kind of freaked out. This book was dark, and I mean darker than even the last book. Adelina is not in a good place. Violet is trying to keep her sister together. Magiano is pretty much the only lightness in this book. Raffele finally snaps. And the whole bringing Enzo back from the dead thing was kind of creepy. The whole time I was thinking that line that the genie said in Aladdin – “I can’t bring people back from the dead. It’s not a pretty picture.” And seriously it’s not. On one hand he’s kind of Enzo. On the other he really isn’t. There’s darkness in him that wasn’t really there before. And when he lets that side out, he doesn’t remember what he’s done.
And the way that Adelina has progressed with her powers is actually kind of creepy. This girl who was so horrified when she killed for the first time, seems to take pleasure in it now. Not to mention what she did to Raffele and her sister! I don’t think this story is going to end well.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Considering the month I’ve been having I didn’t really need a book this dark in my life. In fact, the darkness level kind of turned me off. While I’m still curious to know what happens to these characters – especially Magiano and Adelina – I’m not sure I’m going to be that excited for The Midnight Star later on this year.
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