Audiobook Review – The Rose Society

Posted February 8, 2016 by Kathy in 4 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review – The Rose SocietyThe Rose Society Series: A Young Elites #2
by Marie Lu
Narrator: Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea
Published by Penguin Group on October 13, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 11 hours and 7 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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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 only by 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?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

The Rose Society is the sequel to The Young Elites and I am still in shock of what happened in this book. The plotting, betrayal and blood thirst for revenge made for a heart-pounding adventure!

The Rose Society picks up from right where The Young Elites ended. Adelina and her sister Violetta are trying to form their own army of Elites. Their goal is to take revenge on the Inquisition Axis. They become allies with new characters that have some unique powers and who add interesting twists to the story. Meanwhile Rafael and The Daggers are recovering from the death of Enzo and seek alliance with a newly crowned Queen Maeve. Add in Teren Santoro who continues with his insane plan to eradicate all Malfecto. All three groups are scheming and when they confront each other it becomes the ultimate battle of powers. Overall I thought The Rose Society was entertaining but I still haven’t connected with Adelina. Adelina is still struggling with her dark thoughts and her guilt from the events in the first book. Marie Lu does an incredible job of creating a character that makes you feel her anger and pain. The glimpses in Adelina’s mind are disturbing but she still clings to the goodness within her. This is an interesting take on a villain in the making but I still can’t accept the choices that Adelina makes. I’m always rooting for the “good guy” so I can’t help but not like Adelina. It is shocking to see what she is capable of doing.

I love Marie Lu’s writing and her creativity. I went to her book signing where she spoke about Adelina. She described her as a female Darth Vader (Star Wars) so I can see the similarities in Adelina’s struggle between good and evil. I also noticed another similarity to Star Wars in that the Inquisition soldiers wore white cloaks which reminded me of the Storm Troopers. Maybe it was unintentional but I thought it was funny.

Even though I don’t like Adelina I think this is a good series. It is unique and Marie Lu’s writing is flawless. I suggest this to readers looking for something exciting and dark.

Audiobook Review

For this book there were two narrators, Carla Corvo and Lannon Killea. I just thought their performance was good but there were disappointing moments. Adelina is a dark and troubled character and I didn’t feel it from the narrator (Carla Corvo). But they did bring to life the exciting scenes. I don’t know if I would listen to another audiobook from these narrators.


Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: four-stars


About Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • COYER Winter 2015-2016


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7 responses to “Audiobook Review – The Rose Society

  1. I can’t wait to binge-read this series! I loved Marie Lu’s debut and I’m more than interested in this one because the MC is an antihero!
    I love how you describe the writing. It definitely sounds like it’s amazing. And I love that even though you don’t love Adelina, you still love this book and series. I hope book 3 is as amazing for you!
    Great review! 🙂

    • Kathy

      Thanks Nick! I love her writing and even though I don’t like Adelina this is a good story. This is my first book with the MC as an antihero so it is unique. I can’t wait to see how this ends.

    • Kathy

      Thanks Grace! This is definitely a unique series seeing the MC struggle with being good and evil.

  2. I’ve been wanting to read The Elites and have been going back and forth on doing audio or print and I think print sounds like it might be the better alternative. I do like the comparison to Darth Vader and it’s definitely something that will be in my head when I’m reading the book. I’m glad that you enjoyed the sequel. That makes me more confident about reading the first book!

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    • Kathy

      I read the first book and I plan to read the next one (unless the change the narrators). I went to her signing after I read the first book and it was funny to see the similarities. This is a unique series so I hope you get to read it. Thanks Katherine!