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The Rose Society – Marie Lu


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 by only 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?



The Rose Society was definitely not what I expected. Like the first book, I absolutely loved the setting. We got to see more of this fantasy world when the Daggers go to Beldain to seek the help of their Queen, Maeve. We meet more Elites in this country because they’re celebrated in Beldain rather than punished as they are in most other places.

The next thing that I’m glad was continued from the first book was the changing of perspectives. I really enjoy getting to read the story from many different aspects, always knowing more than the main character. I feel like I get to know more of the characters better this way. I just like to know the whole story and reading from each different characters story gives me that.

While we didn’t get to see as much of The Dagger Society as we did in the first book, I liked the parts that we did see. They’re still trying to complete their goal even though they lost of the most important members of their group. They’ve figured out a way around this and they’re still trying to do good for the world. I like the Daggers a lot. They seem like good people just trying to make the world a better place for others like themselves. And while I might not like every way that they try to do this, their end goal is still what is important, mostly because they don’t go to the extremes that Adelina does in The Rose Society.

Now, our dear Adelina, she seems to be doing pretty good in the beginning of the book. She’s trying to make her own group of Elites, which she names The Rose Society. Just like in the first book, these people she’s gathered start to care about her. Specifically, Magiano. He’s probably my favorite character in this book. He knows what he wants and generally knows how to get it. While following Adelina, he starts  to genuinely care for her and for a little while, it seems as though she feels the same way. I liked Magiano because he doesn’t hold back, he always says what’s in his mind even if he knows it won’t be agreed with. As the story progresses and Adelina gets closer and closer to her goal of taking over Kenettra, she starts doing more irrational things, using her powers to the extreme when she doesn’t always need to. I liked Adelina quite a bit in the first book, but that slowly faded for me in this sequel. She’s slowly losing control over her powers and her mind. It’s clear that the further we read in this book the crazier she gets. She starts hallucinating, her powers giving her illusions that she can’t control. Though I can’t talk that badly about her because she gets what she wants by the end of this book, regardless of who’s in her way.

I’m excited to read the next book in this series, The Midnight Star. I’m very intrigued to see where Marie Lu is going to take these characters.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Young Elites – Marie Lu

A decade ago, a deadly blood fever swept through the nation. Most of the infected perished, but some survivors were left with strange markings, rumored to signify powerful gifts for those who possess them. And though their identities remain secret, this group of survivors has come to be called The Young Elites.
The Inquisition Axis seeks to destroy them. The Dagger Society aims to find them before the Inquisition Axis. And Adelina Amouteru just wants to be left alone. But two truths will soon surface:
Adelinas powers are far from ordinary…
And she is not to be crossed.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu was a recent Barnes and Nobel buy. I read The Legend Series by her and really liked them, so when I saw that she had come out with some new books I was very interested. As soon as I read the description on the back of the book I knew I had to get it. I’m very glad I did. I really liked this book and I’m very excited to dig into the second as soon as I finish this review.
So as soon as I read “powerful gifts” in the description of this book I knew I was going to like it. The story starts out following Adelina in her home, where her father is a terror and her sister, Violetta, is the only one he seems to love. When Adelina overhears a conversation between her father and someone who would like to purchase her as a mistress she knows it’s time for her to run. She makes her escape in the cover of the night and is quickly found by her father where she finally finds the power she received from surviving the blood fever. Shortly after this she’s captured by the Inquisition Axis and sentenced to execution. This is when the story gets really good. The Dagger Society comes to her rescue and claims her as one of their own. I liked Adelina for the most part. She’s a girl that’s been wronged most of her life and finally has a chance to do right and show her true potential. She’s very unsure of herself because of all of the self doubt and hatred instilled in her as she was raised. Throughout the pages she grows much more confident and determined to show that she was worth the risk of saving her. As her power grows and she learns slowly to try and control it, she starts to feel like she belongs with these people that saved her. Until one Inquisitor finds her and threatens her sister’s life in exchange for betraying her newfound friends. Instead of telling the other young elites she keeps her secret and tries to find a way to save Violetta by herself. This is something I never like when they happen in stories. JUST TELL YOUR FRIENDS PLEASE. They may not be able to help right away, but you will save yourself so much trouble and hurt and betrayal in the end. It always infuriates me when the main character keeps secrets from people that care or are starting to care about her. Other than this secret I really like Adelina. She’s a determined character who just wants to be cared for by others.
The Dagger Society, filled with young elites, was a very interesting group filled with a variety of people. The leader, Enzo, was my favorite. He saw something in Adelina that he thought would be useful to their group. The more he got to know her the more he started to care for her. I really enjoyed watching the two of them get to know one another and finally start to open up to one another. The other members of The Dagger Society were all very hesitant to welcome Adelina at first, but as they got to know her they welcomed her more and more. Except one of course, there’s always one that remains doubtful.
The setting of The Young Elites was also something I liked. It’s set in a fantasy world with places that are mapped on a few pages in the beginning of the book. I loved that Lu put a lot of description about these places while Adelina travels around. I felt like I could really see where she was going when she went somewhere new.
Something else I really liked was that Lu gives us many different perspectives to read this story from. Each new chapter is labeled with whose perspective we will be following. I really enjoy books that let me see many different sides of the story.
The climax of this book was so unexpected. Talk about a plot twist. Something I really enjoy when reading is when books actually catch me by surprise and this one definitely did. I’m writing this review as fast as I can because I really want to start the next book in the series, The Rose Society. So if you’ve read The Legend Series or you like books with people that have powers, this is a book you should pick up and read. I really liked it. Give it a read and let me know what you think!
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors New in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post giving our top ten on different topic. This is hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This weeks topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. This was one I had to take my book list out for because I have a habit of sticking to authors I’ve read before. Here goes!

  1. Jodi Meadows – Is a goddess for her Newsoul Trilogy. Her books were filled with wonderful images and lots of twists and turns through the pages.
  2. Marie Lu – I read the Legend series toward the start of this year and I fell in love. I’m probably going to read them again soon now that I’m thinking about them.
  3. Marissa freaking Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles were amazing! The last, Winter, just finally came out. I put off reading her series for super long even though I’d heard it was great from all over. I’m glad I finally read them. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
  4. Leigh Bardugo – The Greisha Trilogy was amazingly fantastical. She created a fantasy world with a wonderful heroine.
  5. Skylar Dorset – The Girl Who Never Was (which I just learned has another one after it and I am SO excited) was a new twist on the fairy worlds. I loved it!
  6. Cinda Williams Chima – The Seven Realms Series was one of Antonia’s suggestions. She had to push me for a while, but I was very thankful she did. This was a series full of excitement and craziness. I loved every page.
  7. Betsy Schow – Spelled was an impulse buy when I was at the book store recently. I loved it. It was filled with crazy plot twists and a wild adventure.
  8. Jessica Shirvington – This series was a library find. The series I read was good, I will be looking forward to seeing what else she will come out with.
  9. Phillippa Gregory – I read a trilogy of hers at the recommendation, and book lending, of my coworker. It was a series of three starting with Wideacre. They were fantastic and more of her books will be found on my TBR.
  10. Gillian Flynn – I read Dark Places this year and it was very good. I like the way that she writes, the darkness to it. It was an amazingly suspenseful and interesting read. I’ll one day manage to read Gone Girl.

So after lots of thought and comparing the books I’ve read this year, these are the ten I’ve come up with. There’s still a month left of 2015, maybe you can add one or two to your book list!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.