THE ROSE SOCIETY Blog Tour: Review, Audio Excerpt + Giveaway


I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE ROSE SOCIETY Blog Tour. I absolutely love this series – it’s dark, the characters are ruthless, their abilities are fascinating, the world is amazing. And this second book in the series is so freaking awesome. Mind blown.

For my stop I have an audio excerpt from THE ROSE SOCIETY to share. The narrator does a fantastic job and experiencing this book and series in audio format would totally rock. I’m also sharing my thoughts about this sequel. So if you’d like to know how it rated and what I thought, you can check out my review below.

And there’s also an incredible tour-wide giveaway that includes a gift basket that is to die for. Scroll down for a couple of pics, to see what’s included in the basket, and enter for a chance to win.

If for some reason you haven’t yet heard of this series or had the chance to dive in yet, take a peek at the descriptions for either or both books, and add them to the top of your TBR piles. This is definitely a series you won’t want to miss.



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Title & Series: THE ROSE SOCIETY (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

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 and her sister flee Kenettra 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 that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

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?


NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Audio Excerpt

The Review

THE ROSE SOCIETY is darker, the characters deadlier, the story more action-packed, electrifying, riveting than the first book in the series. There are new enemies, new alliances, new and more powerful abilities, and new goals and motivations for those in power and those who want to be in power.

Kicked out of the Dagger Society, reeling from all that she has lost, Adelina Amouteru is not about to let guilt consume her. Not when she tried so hard to do what was right. Not when she felt just as betrayed as her supposed friends felt. Not when there was a chance that she could get her revenge.

Forced to flee Kenettra with its new Queen and the leader of the Inquisition hunting the Young Elites and imprisoning all malfettos, Adelina and her sister Violetta go in search of one of the most notorious Young Elites, Magiano, in the hopes of forging an alliance. Finding him would be tough, even with Violetta’s ability. Convincing him to join them on their quest for vengeance would be even more difficult. They would have to prove themselves worthy allies, which meant trusting a stranger and putting themselves at risk.

But if Adelina ever had any hope of exacting her revenge against Teren Santoro for what he’d done to her and what he took from her, and against Raffaele, the new leader of the Dagger Society, who’d deceived her and abandoned her, she would have to pass Magiano’s test. Which wouldn’t be that much of a challenge if she had the ability to control her rage and her powers and which would be a huge problem is she couldn’t.

The story picks up shortly after where it left off in the first book in the series and brings readers right back into this danger-filled world with characters who’ve become even more determined, ruthless, blood-thirsty, power hungry. It introduces new characters who are just as driven, violent, malicious. And it ratchets up the intensity of the conflicts, the battles, and Adelina’s struggle with her illusions, her anger, her sanity.

Author Marie Lu has taken her story and characters to a much darker place in this sequel. The thirst for power supersedes the goal of doing good, of saving innocents. Plans are put into action that pit former allies against one another in lethal clashes, that cross the divide between life and death, and that are guaranteed to leave substantial carnage and destruction in their wake.

THE ROSE SOCIETY is chilling, gripping, and wickedly appealing. The pace is lightning-fast. The action does not let up. The characters’ cold-blooded and vicious natures are both fascinating and disturbing. It is a story that is shocking, horrifying, and completely and totally mind-blowing in all the very best ways.

The Rating

06 Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Marie Lu

Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


Other Books in the Series

TheYoungElitesCoverTitle & Series: THE YOUNG ELITES (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for….

ONE (1) Winner (US ONLY) will receive:

  • A hardcover of THE ROSE SOCIETY
  • A Penguin Teen tote bag
  • A poster for THE YOUNG ELITES series
  • A basket inspired by a few of Marie Lu’s favorite things!


***Giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. on October 31st***

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The Tour Schedule

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