The White Rose (The Lone City #2)

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October 06, 2015
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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.

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Thrilling, exciting, hooked until the last page
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Wow, just wow. I finished the book this afternoon, and really felt crushed inside. Like somebody stabbed me with a knife and took out one of my vital organs. This book really hit me hard. Even harder then The Jewel, in some ways. This book is the second book in the series, and I've talked about this before, but second books usually have this thing called the "Second Book Syndrome" (SBS). I'm not making this up or anything, it's just that the second book is usually used as a bridge to the third book. It's mostly said to be boring. But The White Rose doesn't have SBS and this book was packed with action from start to finish (more about that later).

The White Rose picks up exactly where The Jewel left us craving for more: Violet, Ash, Raven, Lucien and everybody else in utter chaos. Where should they go? Where should they meet? What the hack just happened? It started in the middle of an awesome action scene and it really sets the mood for the book as a whole. I warn you, readers, this book will cause "FEELS".

The plot is a bit different from The Jewel, since Violet finds out more about being a surrogate, the dangers of being in the Jewel and the war between the different royal families. The White Rose really knows how to describe the society of the Lone City and shows us a some kind of Utopian/Dystopian setting that all the same feels very realistic. I have to say, this book includes more fantasy elements that The Jewel did, but it feels like a natural development so it still felt realistic.

The Jewel really left us craving for more romance, and The White Rose gives us more - but not much. True, the relation between Violet and Ash develops, but not in an intense way. They learn more about each other and about each other's past, but it's not like they're so in love they just want to get married and fly away from that awful place. It's more on the background of things, which is probably good, because there's drama enough. Ash gets a more permanent role in The White Rose, and him being in Violet's life feels more natural than it did in The Jewel.

The characters are better than in The Jewel, I suppose. Garret is my favorite: his personality isn't so bad after all, and his sarcasm really makes the book a little lighter. I'm not going to say too much about Lucien, but at some point, he got on my nerves. For real. But you'll just have to find out about him while reading. Raven has, I think, the best plotline in the book. She, as a character, really sets the tone for whatever is happening during the story. She is the example of how crazy the world of the royals is, but still, she's the least dramatic person in the story. Also, you'll meet a lot of new characters which really expands the world and I loved that about The White Rose; it goes beyond the Jewel. We get to see more of the Lone City as a whole.

Over all, I think I like this book better than the first one, which is, in many ways, a first. The ending of the book did get on my nerves, but I will not spoil you on that. It's just not an ending I expected to happen. It's so much different from the usual cliffhangers, but a cliffhanger nonetheless.

The White Rose is a thrilling, exciting novel that tells the story of a young girl, trying to break free from the established powers by finding her owns strengths. The book represents the current society, even though it is a pure fictional book, and will have you hooked until the last page.

Amy, congrats & thanks! It's been a while I fell in love with a series like this and I'm already looking forward to the last book in the trilogy! Let the waiting begin.
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Great characters
AMAZING wordbuilding, even better than The Jewel
Super exciting
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A good follow-up
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Picking up almost right after The Jewel left off, The White Rose finds Violet on the run from The Duchess of the Lake. She has no choice. She has to escape The Jewel but she refuses to go without Ash and her friend Raven. The plan is to get to a house in The Farm but getting there without being caught is a huge challenge – even with help from the mysterious Black Key and his associates. A new ally helps Violet understand her ability to use the Auguries and what they truly are, and with that understanding comes hope that maybe this rebellion will succeed.

The Jewel ended on a pretty big cliffhanger so I was looking forward to this book finally coming out. There were parts I liked, parts I didn’t, but overall this book moved the story forward and did its job to set up the big battle in the third book. There was more world-building and character development present as well, which was great.

My main issue with this book was that it felt like it was trying to do too much, too fast. A good portion of the first half was the characters trying to escape and make it to the safe house in The Farm and then introducing the rebel group, Violet’s training, a few big reveals and twists, they were all crammed into the second part of the book. It made for very fast reading of the second half since it was so fast-paced but it also made the first half slow and a bit repetitive.

My favourite thing about the book ended up being the character interaction, which is always a big thing for me. If I enjoy those, chances are I enjoy the book. The friendship between Violet and Raven is so sweet and strong and there was always the feeling that those two would do anything to protect each other. If there was a main couple in this series, I would say it was Violet and Raven as friends. The romance between Violet and Ash was still there but it was mostly in the background. I was a little undecided on their romance as there were times when it felt more like a sibling dynamic and maybe they only thought they were in love because they were the first to look at each other and see beyond the labels of ‘surrogate’ and ‘companion.’ It will be a wait and see type of romance. My favourite interactions though, involved Garnet. I would love to read something, even just a novella, from his POV because wow that boy has shown a lot of growth through these two books.

Even with the few issues I mentioned, I enjoyed reading this book and it has me excited for the third and last book to come out. In about a year from now:( I’ll just wait impatiently for the title and cover reveal because these covers have been breathtaking so far!
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Suspense-filled. Unique world. Engaging heroine.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Ewing’s first book, The Jewel, which is why I preordered The White Rose as soon as I finished it. That said, this book lived up to my expectations and then some.

The world of the Jewel expands dramatically in this installment for Violet, Ash and Raven are on the run and must navigate the four rings in order to find safety in the outermost, The Farm. Page-turning suspense built as... Read my full review on my blog at http://blog.lrwlee.com/2015/10/08/review-of-the-white-rose-by-amy-ewing/
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If you loved Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound, you’ll love The White Rose (Jewel series Book Two) by Amy Ewing!
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