Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu


So…I’m conflicted on this book. Overall, in all of the technical ways, this books was great But it just wasn’t my thing…

The Quick Catch Up: The book begins with Adelina beginning the search for followers. Her plan is to create her own powerful group of young elites to fight against the Inquisition Axis. But as Adelina journeys on, the darkness within her grows, as does her ambition. Will she survive and will she succumb to the darkness within herself?

This book was very, very dark. The book sees Adelina really embracing her inner darkness. She’s no longer a frightened, confused young girl, not fully sure of who she is or what she’s capable of. No. She knows of the growing evil within her and has, at least somewhat, accepted it. That being said, we do still see moment of goodness or hesitation in Adelina, which made me kind of want to cheer her.

I really loved the colorful side characters in this book. In The Rose Society, Adelina is building up her own group of the most powerful young elites, which allows readers to be introduced to new characters. I particularly loved Magiano and Violetta. I loved to see how both of them brought out different sides of Adelina. In fact, using side characters and the dynamics of their relationships with Adelina to bring out different sides of Adleina was something I thought Lu did really well!

This book also sees the further development of the world. Lu not only expands the physical setting and scope of the book, but also the book’s folklore surrounding the characters and settings. I liked how Adelina was always traveling throughout the book, giving the book a great pace and keeping readers on their toes.

So what went wrong? Honestly, nothing. It just wasn’t the book for me for the mood I was in. The book is (as you can probably tell) very dark and can be a little disturbing at times and I think that’s what got me. It was troubling to see Adelina travel down the road she does, but then again, she’s the villain, she’s not supposed to have a light and fluffy story. All in all, though it wasn’t to my taste, I can see that it’s a good book and if it sounds like something you like (especially if you enjoy psychological books), go for it!

The Bottom Line: A good book, though not my cup of tea. Buy it, get it, you won’t regret it!

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November Wrap-Up

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

4.5/5 Stars

This was a novella bind-up, but honestly, it read like a novel. It’s definitely somewhat necessary to read before you read Queen of Shadows, but that’s neither here nor there. I loved this bind-up! As I said it read really fluidly and smoothly and it was fast paced, action packed, and engrossing. There was only one novella (The Assassin and the Healer) that I felt wasn’t entirely necessary to the story, but other than that, it was great! 4.5/5 Stars

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

Oh. My. God. This book was AMAZING! It had everything I wanted in aThrone of Glass book. I loved the transformation Celaena/Aelin went through in this book, but I also loved how that didn’t take over the book and we were able to focus on the journeys and transformations of other characters like Manon and Dorian. I loved all the new characters who were introduced and how we got to know old characters better. Just, A++ on everything. This book blew me away! 5/5 Stars, obviously.

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

3.5/5 Stars

After Queen of Shadows, I needed a little piece of fluff to sustain me and this did the trick. Overall, I liked it and found it entertaining, but it wasn’t my all time favorite. I found a few things problematic, including how our main male protagonist treats our main female protagonist. It was problematic, but it wasn’t enough to discourage me from continuing on with the story and the series, as I do want to see what happens next. A good bit of fluff. 3.5/5 Stars

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

4/5 Stars

So I continued on the fluff train with The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick and I loved it! I’ve never read a Huntley Fitzpatrick book before and have never read My Life Next Door, but I definitely want to pick up more of Fitzpatrick’s works now! This book was just so cute! I especially loved the relationships in the story and how dynamic they were. Fitzpatrick definitely took me for a ride with this one. 4/5 Stars

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

3.75/5 Stars

I liked this book but I wasn’t majorly impressed by it. It entertained me and had me questioning at times, but it never managed to fully grip me. At times, I felt like the story was too slow and measured, especially in the beginning. I did enjoy the philosophical questions the book brought up, though, and that was part of why I kept reading. It’s a solid beginning to a series and I’m interested enough to pick up the sequel sometime, though it’s not a priority right now. 3.75/5 Stars

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

3/5 Stars

I really wanted to love this book because it’s Sarah Dessen, but in the end it felt just kind of “meh.” The story felt flat, unremarkable, and kind of forgettable. Sydney, our heroine, and Mac, her love interest felt the dame, as well. I finished the book and forgot what I read because nothing stood out to me other than that the protagonist’s brother was in jail. Just meh. 3/5 Stars

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

4/5 Stars

So…I’m really torn on this one. In all of the technical ways, it’s a great book–great characters, amazing world building, outstanding plot. But I found it just wasn’t the book for me. This book gets a lot more dark with its plot and its characters. Adelina is no longer a young girl who you can kind of forgive. No. In this book, she’s really developing into a villain and embracing her own darkness, rather than struggling with it. It was this that was a little disturbing to me and why I think the book kind of unsettled me. But still, a solid book, and better than most sequels. 4/5 Stars