ARC Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie LuAuthor: Marie Lu

Genre: Young adult, fantasy

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

416 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

Shout out to Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles whose giveaway I won and received The Rose Society from.

Expect a lot of caps lock in this review. This is what my immediate reaction was upon finishing this book and what I wrote as my Goodreads review:

I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS AND NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW BRILLIANT THIS BOOK WAS.

I’m still struggling to find the words to describe how much I loved this follow up to last year’s The Young Elites (which I also LOVED). It’s rare that I read a sequel that I find to be completely up to par with the first book, but this was. Plus, it’s darker and more devious and delightfully delicious. I devoured it and this one’s not even out yet but I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK.

I got chills after the two pages. That’s the mark of a book that pulls you in immediately and doesn’t want to let you go. I swear, if I had not had to go to work, I would’ve read it straight through, and do YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT WAS TO GO TO WORK?

We’ve got to talk about Adelina, of course. Man, do I love her. She’s fierce, dark, strong, and decidedly stubborn. And in The Rose Society she takes it a step farther. She isn’t afraid to get what she wants, to fight for revenge, to be mean if she has to and bitter and tough. I love her. It’s refreshing to read about a main character who is, well…a little evil. She’s losing her mind somewhat, and that downward spiral is captivating.

This book will break your heart and make you crave more of it. And that ending. No spoilers, but it’s both deliciously satisfying and slightly enraging in that I NEED MORE NOW. I’m so pumped that my teens chose The Young Elites for our November book club read at the library.

Even though I was obviously obsessed with this one, this one felt more slow-burning than The Young Elites which was packed to the brim with action. I liked the focus on Adelina’s mental state, but I think TYE was a little more intense, if that makes sense.

The bottom line: If my review isn’t enough for you, I’m not sure how else to get my point across. READ THIS SERIES. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’re probably going to be completely enthralled, put under a spell that you won’t want to break.

Rating: 9 – practically perfect

My Villain Squad & a Giveaway for The Rose Society ARC

Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles tagged me to do this AWESOME post – I’m to make myself into a villain to help promote Marie Lu’s The Young Elites (which I LOVE) and The Rose Society (which almost killed me but I also love – review SOON). So, of course, I was going to help promote it, but I get to turn myself into a villain? YESSSSSS. Be sure to stick around for the giveaway at the bottom!

Before I tell you my super villain identity (which I’m really not supposed to be doing. I should really kill you just for knowing), I’m going to include the awesome covers for each books and where you can buy them. (I don’t have those affiliate links; I’m just sharing because I really think you should read these books).

The Young Elites by Marie Lu          The Rose Society by Marie Lu

THE YOUNG ELITES: Amazon | B&N | BAM | IndieBound | Goodreads
THE ROSE SOCIETY: Amazon | B&N | BAM | IndieBound | Goodreads

I AM…THE DIVINER

Smoke hand(Image found on this Tumblr – It is NOT mine)

I have the powers of anti-energy manipulation. Essentially, I have the ability to conjure energy capable of annihilating everything else that’s considered energy – your powers, your body, your soul. The energy I create is only able to be manipulated or transformed by me. I have the power to create energy that will destroy you.

If I had a real life villain squad (who am I kidding? I totally do),
these are the people who’d be in it:

LOKI, Marvel comics and movies

Tom-Hiddleston-is-Loki

ADELINA AMOUTERU, The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina_Amouteru

THE JOKER, DC comics and movies

The Joker

BELLATRIX LESTRANGE, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Bellatrix Lestrange in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

THE DARKLING, the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
(I’ve only read the first book but can already tell I want him on my squad)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Who would be in your villain squad?

And now, click the image below to be taken to the Rafflecopter giveaway for an ARC OF THE ROSE SOCIETY. Seriously, you guys, you DO NOT want to miss this book!

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Bout of Books: What to Read Next Challenge

Sarah from Sarah Reads Too Much is hosting the “What to Read Next Challenge” today as the last challenge for Bout of Books.

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.

I’m finding it SUPER difficult to narrow it down to only THREE books that I think everyone should have on their TBR for the fall, but here we go.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu   The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich   Mosquitoland by David Arnold

THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu: I JUST (as in, like, fifteen minutes ago) finished The Rose Society – the second book in The Young Elites. It was brilliant and dark and amazing, and I have so many feelings that I can’t possibly put into words. I would HIGHLY recommend this book (and the first book in the series, The Young Elites, if you haven’t read it). Check it out on Goodreads.

THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich: This was another one of my Bout of Books reads. The Dead House is deliciously creepy and strange, and it would be a perfect one to read around Halloween. It will seriously freak you out. Check it out on Goodreads.

MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold: I read this one last month. I’m rereading it as an audiobook this month because I needed to be with Mim again. I ADORE this book so so much. It’s best to just direct you to my review so you can see just how much I love Mosquitoland. Or you can check it out on Goodreads.

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I could seriously go on and on with recommendations – this has been THE BEST YEAR for books, especially debuts. But I’ll just link you to my Goodreads (you should totally friend me) so you can see all the books I’ve read and loved this year. I’d recommend them all. What books would you recommend I have on my fall TBR?