The White Rose by Amy Ewing || Mind blown!!!

October 12, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 5 Comments

The White Rose by Amy Ewing || Mind blown!!!The White Rose
by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #2
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This review could contain spoilers for The Jewel. Read at your own risk.

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This second installment in The Lone City series caught me by surprise. I loved The Jewel but this? Mind blown! It was fast-paced and really left me wanting more! I need the third book ASAP!

The White Rose picks up right where The Jewel ended and it continues by Violet, Raven and Ash escaping thanks to Lucien and Garnet. It is not an easy task and they encounter lots of obstacles during the way until they finally reach The White Rose where Violet discovers truths about herself, the surrogates and her powers.

This sequel is much more thorough and goes in deep when talking about each character. The reader gets to learn a whole lot more of what is happening and what this universe is about. Each character is unique and bring their own spark to the story, such as Raven. She has to be my favorite character of this second installment. It is safe to say she has gone through SO MUCH and in this story, we can tell because she is close to losing her mind. I felt so bad for her but she surprised me by wanting to get better, wanting to fight and trying her hardest to help Violet win this revolution.

I have to admit I am not a big fan of Violet and Ash’s relationship. I don’t feel any romance there nor spark nor excitement. It’s so bland and just eh. I do love this new relationship that’s blooming and I ship them! View Spoiler »I definitely did not see this coming but I am so excited for them and can’t wait for the third book to read about them together!

What took me by complete surprise were the Auguries and their true powers. I couldn’t believe this. I mean, I figured their purpose was greater and it was being kept inside and not set free but WOW! Mind blown! I literally gasped out loud when Violet tuned into the powers, thanks to Sil, a new character who plays a big role. I loved The Jewel for its uniqueness but The White Rose brought unique to a whole other level.

I feel that the story went by extremely fast! I really needed more. I saw I was at 95% and a bunch of things weren’t resolved and gahhhh! But the reading experience was definitely a success. I loved every bit of the story (except for the relationship I mentioned above). The new characters made things even more exciting and intriguing.

It was very hard for me to put this book down. I would fall asleep while reading this book in the wee hours of the night, only to wake up and grab my iPad to continue reading. Amy Ewing does a terrific job with the sequel and I cannot wait to see what she will bring in the third book.

Don’t forget to read my review for The Jewel!

About Amy Ewing

Amy Ewing grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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5 responses to “The White Rose by Amy Ewing || Mind blown!!!

  1. Wow, what a positive review! I’ve only seen negative ones so far so I wasn’t feeling too excited but now I’m looking forward to picking this one up 🙂 I’m really glad we see more of all the other characters. Agh, that’s disappointing about the romance though. It seems to be that lots of people aren’t feeling it so much in this one, which is disappointing since romance is such a big part of the book for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed everything else 🙂 Thanks for the review, Genesis!

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  2. This makes me SO excited, you have no idea. I mean, yes, I knew that you loved it already, but I wanted to flail again! I am loving it so far- and you are right, it is SO hard to put down! I am only about a third of the way through, but I loved how it began in a place that was easy to pick back up in, let me reacclimate myself to the world and then.. BAM into the action. SO glad you loved this!! 😀

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