The Rose Society

The Rose Society

Book - 2015
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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 Books for Young Readers, 2015
ISBN: 9780399167843
0399167846
Branch Call Number: YF Lu
Characteristics: 395 pages ; 22 cm

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marthabwaters
Jul 30, 2017

​Reading a book where the main character is, in truth, a step past antihero and basically a villain makes for both interesting and slightly frustrating reading. There are so many moments in this book that make you, the reader, want to seize Adelina and shake her because SHE IS MAKING TERRIBLE CHOICES -- but I get that that's kinda the idea of this series. So, basically: I was annoyed at various moments while reading, but it certainly held my interest. I'll be really interested to see how Lu wraps this series up -- this is one of the more interesting character arcs I've encountered in a teen fantasy.

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 . . .

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ADWithrow
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).

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alexandraSchulz
Jun 30, 2016

not as good as the first book but still a good book

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sandette
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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ksoechting
May 22, 2016

So disappointed in this book after enjoying the first. Sad and depressing.

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staue
Mar 28, 2016

Honestly, this is one of the most scary books I've read because it is quite a change from usually reading about a protagonist that is, well, good and selfless. Adelina Amouteru is most definitely NOT selfless. The Rose Society was a very interesting book and I found that it was even better than the first book (which is hard to come by with most second books in trilogies) and i developed new favourite characters ( MAEVE AND MAGIANO). I say this book is scary not because of any of the scenes but rather because of Adelina's internal struggles and how she barely manages to cling to the good in herself. It is clear that Adelina has potential to redeem herself (from the help of her concerned friends and sister), but for now, we're gonna have to keep reading about this character that is not exactly the nicest.

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livieb17
Mar 15, 2016

Well...I have to say that I liked this book. I really wasn't expecting to because I found The Young Elites to be really frustrating. It has a great storyline and characters, but Adelina is probably the most frustrating character that I have ever read about. Her darkness and need for killing and bad things was... I don't know. I just really hated it. Maybe I like reading about the good characters who always save the day rather than those who create the bad situations where people need saving from.
One character that I specifically want to mention was Violetta. She was really frustrating. She has a power that can be so useful in certain situations but is pretty useless in others. That is the first reason that I didn't like her. Because she couldn't do much in so many situations other than sitting on the sidelines. And the second reason is because she wouldn't stand for her own opinions. I think that Violetta is really smart but she isn't strong. She loves her sister Adelina too much to say anything that might be contradictory. Even if she thinks her sister is making a huge mistake, she won't say anything. It is really clear in the book that Violetta doesn't like it when Adelina kills people but does she say "Hey. Maybe you should stop killing people." No! She just stands there, sighs and moves on. Adelina needs someone to do that for her. To tell her that it isn't necessary to kill. That there are other ways to solve problems rather than killing.
Now let me mention the romance in this book. Adelina isn't the kind of character that gets involved in big sappy romances. But she had a romance in The Young Elites. And I half liked it. But you know how that ended. And now in The Rose Society, Adelina starts falling in love with this guy, and so do I. I really liked him and guess what happened...introducing the Love Triangle. That angered me so so so much. I absolutely hate love triangles. And then Adelina was getting caught up with the wrong boy. The one I didn't want anymore. That is why I hate love triangles. But I am hoping that in the third and final book titled The Midnight Star, Adelina will figure out that she only loves one boy. And maybe she will listen to Violetta for once and maybe, maybe... she can stop killing everybody?

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nazeh
Mar 04, 2016

Adelina KILLS EVERYONE!!! and betrays her sister and wants to kill everyone

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Persassy
Feb 02, 2016

adelina is so messed up aND I LOVE IT

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BookNerdoftheWorld
Dec 20, 2015

#magianomoments

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

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

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aliciamarie
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

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aliciamarie
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

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aliciamarie
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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