Sep 2, 2016

The White Rose by @amyewingbooks {Review}

The White Rose by Amy Ewing
(The Lone City, #2)
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen; 308 pages
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

If you have NOT read The Jewel please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

I’ve put this off for a while because I’ve heard so many mixed things about this book. I really enjoyed The Jewel and especially that surprise ending; I didn’t want to hate this book. I’m happy to say that I didn’t. It wasn’t as exciting as the first book but there were a lot of things I liked more about it. Like Ash and Violet’s relationship. One of my biggest issues with the Jewel was how I felt their relationship was forced and convenient not at all real. Personally, I was kind of hoping for some Violet and Garnet but maybe that’s because I freaking love Garnet. That was my feelings in the first book however, in the White Rose, their relationship absolutely felt real and genuine so I actually believed them now. As for Garnet, my love for him is still true and strong and I have big hopes for him (and a certain character) in the final book next month.

Story wise, it was definitely slower to me and there were parts that dragged and I also felt the romance aspect wasn’t as strong, which was slightly disappointing for me. But we learn alongside Violet about her history and what powers she truly has.

It’s fascinating taking that journey along with her and seeing what she can do. I also enjoyed the journey out of the Jewel. It was dangerous, it was thrilling and it was fun.

While I never saw the ending of the Jewel coming, the ending for the White Rose was very predictable. It makes me sad but I saw it coming from a mile away.

Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Sorry it took so long (I still read my ARC even though I had my finished copy up there, too)

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