[Waiting on Wednesday #5] The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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?

Remember the time I fangirled so hard over Marie Lu’s The Young Elites? Yeah, I loved that book! I actually believe that vengeance found in books are totally action packed and absolutely worth the hype! I am a big fan of anything as long as there is vengeance in it. I really don’t know why. Maybe because of all the past experiences that helped me become who I am today is why I love this theme. As much as I want to believe that I am a creature with a dark past, I’m disappointed to inform everyone that the only thing I have in common with Adelina is her worthless set of “friends”. Yeah, I have some of those too! But let’s move on, shall we?

This book continues with where The Young Elites ended. If you’ve read the first book, you would know that the title of this book, The Rose Society, is the group name founded by Adelina Amouteru. After her begrudging experience with the other malfettos, she decided to make a group where she is the leader, and no one could tell her what to do.

“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo other to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.” – The Rose Society Induction Passage, written by Adelina Amouteru

I’m going to be honest. I actually forgot some points in the book, but I would happily re-read it in time for the release of the next installment.

The Rose Society is set to be released on October 13, 2015, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

What do you think of this book? Are you also a fan of Marie Lu? What is your favorite book by her? Sound off down below in the comment section!

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[Book Review #6] The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.

No. of Pages: 355 pages

Price: 745.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Action, High Fantasy, Science Fiction,

Book Review:

The Cover: There’s not much to love about the cover, to be honest. I expected more from this, knowing the past covers of the Legend Trilogy. Their covers were simple, yet they were also elegant and highly symbolic. The cover of The Young Elites showcased dark clouds and a medieval type of lettering which was kind of dull and too simple for me. Meh. (3 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The plot focused on this troubled maiden, Adelina Amouteru, who unleashes her wrath through  illusions which started out as simple, to horrifying and demonic ones as the story progressed. I was in awe with it. It wasn’t every day that I am able to read a book with a single character that was labeled both a protagonist and an antagonist. This was different, and I loved it. And, just to add, I kinda relate to Adelina. Growing up, I too have faced people and/or friends that befriended me for their advantage, and somehow, I’m growing to avoid such people and I want them gone. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* WHY DID ENZO HAVE TO DIE, FOLKS? Whyyyyy? Please explain it to me since I am really saddened by his death. Enzo seemed to be the only young elite who had Adelina’s best interest at heart. He genuinely cared for our Adelina and with that said, since I loved our white wolf, I loved Enzo as well, and just like all the readers of this book out there, my heart goes to Maeve. I have my hopes set out for her to bring our Enzo Valenciano back to life. Oh my god, I am tearing up again. Please, can I have a tissue? (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict:  I really loved this book and I am looking forward to reading the whole trilogy/series. With it’s sequel set to be released in 2015, I am now officially starting to save up for the next installment in this wonderful new series. Thumbs up to Marie Lu for hooking me up once again with her book. (4.3 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo other to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.” – The Rose Society Induction Passage, written by Adelina Amouteru

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”

“No. I’m not broken easily. I will never break.” – Adelina Amouteru

“Embellish your flaws. They will turn into your assets.” – Raffaele Laurent Bessette

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[Book Review #3] Champion by Marie Lu

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Book Specifications:

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Legend #3

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.

No. of Pages: 369 pages

Price: 760.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover symbolized Day’s tattoo when he was assigned to the Republic patrol. It was a good symbolism, because somehow, the cover was still connected with the story of the book and for that, I must give credit. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Story: It has a good story. I don’t know if it’s me or what, but somehow, in the middle of the book, I just got a little sleepy and I fell asleep, literally. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just exhausted from the school works or what. But don’t get me wrong. I loved the story. Especially the *spoiler alert* Jameson and June confrontation up the roof. That scene had me on the edge of my seat. Oh my god. That was just a thrilling scene. I had more favorite moments which might just fill this up so I’ll just stop there. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I didn’t expect for Day to forget about June. I was expecting for either him or June to die. Morbid, yes, I know. But somehow, that’s been the ending for most of the dystopian novels that I’ve read. That was what I expected and dread to read as I was reading this book. I fret for the both of them. I awaited the parts that one of them’ll die. Fortunately, there was no such event. Thank God! I love you, Marie Lu, for keeping both of Day and June alive and well! There’s nothing I dislike more than trilogies that started out great but ended horrifically. I loved it. It was a good ending! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict:  Over-all, this book was a great conclusion to an impeccable dystopian trilogy. It really is. It has it’s flaws, no doubt, but it was, nonetheless, a great read and I highly recommend it to those who love The Hunger Games, Shatter Me, and Divergent! It is really a great book! (4.5 out 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

 “Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”  – Daniel Wing

“I’ve been searching a long time for something I think I lost. I felt like I found something when I saw you back there.” – Daniel Wing

“I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.” – June Iparis

“We can heal. Perhaps we can return to that same place we once stood, when we were both young and innocent.” – June Iparis

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[Book Review #2] Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Book Specifications:

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Legend #2

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.

No. of Pages: 371 pages

Price: 699.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover illustrates a blue bird-like symbol. The symbol of the Colonies of America. And for me, that was a good consideration for the book cover. I’m not a fan of the black background, though. That is for the sole reason of the creases that the dust jacket gets whenever you close and open the book. Some of you might not get it, but to me with a book OCD, that’s not a good thing. (3.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: Ms. Marie Lu did not disappoint with this second installment of the series. Much like it’s predecessor, Prodigy is filled with the right amounts of action, thrill, and swoon. Just like the first book, Legend, I couldn’t put the book down. The revelations of this book is quite numerous, and there was no time that my mouth was just permanently closed. It kept dropping every chapter for the revelations. *spoiler alert* I just have to include this because I might not be able to sleep if I don’t. Especially the fact that Razor and the Patriots actually worked for the Republic to assassinate Anden. Oh my God. I can’t. I’m just… Uhm. Okay. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* WHY DID DAY have to break up with June?! Why?! Yeah I get it, it’s because of that ailment his brain possess but wtf. The feels just got me over with that ending. Oh my God, I cried guys. I really, legit cried. 😦 (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Over-all, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I liked it better than the first one, actually. It was just beautifully written, just like the first one, however, this book really spoke to me. It thrilled me every second to read it. I really can’t put it down. Even when I rode the train or jeepneys to school, I read it. Even during class, I held this precious book and read it. I just loved it that much. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“All it takes is one generation to brainwash a population and convince them that reality doesn’t exist” – Daniel Altan Wing

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I’m tired of running.” – Daniel Altan Wing

“A farewell between us should be more than a polite bow.” – June Iparis

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[Book Review #1] Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Book Specifications:

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Legend #1

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.

No. of Pages: 304 pages

Price: 699.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: I like the cover of this book. With the Republic symbol on the middle, this cover automatically shines “military” on it’s cover. Once you read the book, you can definitely confirm that the cover and the plot of this book actually matches. But for me it lacks some detail which I actually can’t point out. Hm. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Story: Much like other dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, Legend really is action-packed. Filled with thrilling events, this book didn’t disappoint. I read this book for three days, with pauses of course, and I just can’t get enough of it. I actually couldn’t put the book down. Literally. Each page made me intrigued while I waited with anticipation as to what was to happen next. I commend Marie Lu for such a stunning debut. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I wasn’t shocked at all that Day and June, protagonists of the story, made it out of Batalla Hall alive. I mean, come on. This is the first book of a trilogy. What should we expect, right? However, the way they got out was just so heart-wrenching. I just can’t believe John would die like that. I really had high hopes for him since the start of the book. But I liked the ending nonetheless. It was a good transition to the series’ second installment, Prodigy. (3.5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Over-all, I really liked this book. Well, what can I say? I’m really a big fan of dystopian novels. No harm in that. And guys, I recommend you put this book on your TBR (to-be read) pile. I assure you that you won’t regret it. (4.17 out 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” – Daniel Wing

“You’re brilliant,”he says.”But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.” I close my eyes at the touch of his hand.”Then we are both fools.”

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” – Metias Iparis

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