Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.

I love to bake during the fall season, especially any sweets with apples in it. I made these delicious apple tarts because I was inspired by the latest book from The Young Elites series by Marie Lu - The Rose Society. One of my favorite parts about this series is the world building. There is a sense of the Renaissance era throughout the book, so I wanted to bake an upgraded version of something they might have made back then.

First, let's talk about this amazing book because I didn't think Marie Lu's new series could get any darker than The Young Elites.. but I was wrong. The Rose Society is full of so much darkness, I started to root for the evilness throughout the story and I was beginning to wonder if I was evil, too?

Goodreads Summary // 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 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?

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"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 others 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."

This story is pure darkness and evil, and incredibly unique being told through a villain's point of view. Adelina is one of my favorite characters, EVER. I haven't loved a character as much as I love her in a really long time. She is so interesting and complex - we continue to learn more about her as the story progresses.
In The Rose Society we see how the pain of Adelina's past has affected her. It doesn't help that Enzo is gone now, because we find her feeling like the whole world is out to get her - including her own sister. It's interesting, and very believable, how all her pain has allowed her heart to open up to all the evil and darkness inside of her now. There really isn't much good left in her heart.

We are introduced to a lot of new characters, and I loved every single one of them!
Sometimes new characters can be misplaced, or not needed at all to tell a story - but all of the new characters in The Rose Society had a purpose. Each one helped the story move along, and develop the world and characters that we already love. My favorite was Magiano, he was the light of this whole book - and it isn't surprising that he even brought out the light, and calmness inside of Adelina.

"A long time ago, I might have listened to that. Not an abomination. An Elite. But I am the White Wolf, and I am too powerful to be swayed by the Beldish Queen's words."

There is so much development in The Rose Society - so many more twists, a lot more pain, and more evil throughout the story. I don't want to spoil any of this book, because it sends you on a crazy ride that is fun to experience on your own while reading it.
Marie Lu continues to be one of my favorite authors, her writing is amazing. I really enjoy how she writes this series - the different POVs, and having Adelina's point of view the only one told in first person while the others are told in third. It keeps the story intriguing.

Overall, I loved The Rose Society.
It was everything I wanted and more in a sequel. It was intriguing the whole time - I never wanted to stop turning the pages. Now, we will wait until the next book and wonder will there be any redemption for Adelina? I'll be sitting here hoping the Rose Society defeats everyone, including the Daggers, even though that may make me an evil person. I just think they have good intentions behind their evilness. Also, I think there might be redemption for Adelina.. even if it is with her death.

"Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all."

I would recommend The Young Elites series to everyone! Anyone who loves a good, thrilling, fantasy read then pick it up now!


5 out of 5 stars

Now, it's time for Adelina's apple tarts! I honestly don't know if Adelina enjoys the happiness that comes from eating sweets, but I'll just keep believing she's not that evil not to enjoy it.
These apple tarts are simple, and easy for anyone to make - and perfect for Fall.

These apple tarts are delicious!
I hope you enjoy these tasty treats while checking out The Rose Society!


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