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The White Rose by Amy Ewing eARC {4 Stars}

The White Rose by Amy Ewing is a smashing sequel to The Jewel that continues with the same addictive writing and uber cool magic that I loved from book one! There will be major spoilers below for The Jewel though, so check out my review of it to be safe ;-). Basically, if you liked The Jewel, you will greatly enjoy The White Rose, though it stumbles a bit from second book syndrome. I need book three stat though!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The White Rose from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The White Rose by Amy Ewing eARC {4 Stars}

The White Rose by Amy Ewing (The Lone City #2)
Published by HarperTeen on Oct. 6th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • One of my favorite things about book one was the introduction of the magic system. Therefore, I was delighted when the magic system was expanded in The White Rose :D. We find out so much about how the Auguries are actually supposed to work and it is rad!
  • There is something about the writing of these books that is just addictive. I whipped through The Jewel at lightning speed and did the same for book two. I just had to read one more chapter, and then one more, and then I was done, ha.
  • I loved the emphasis on friendship in The White Rose. Raven is one of Violet’s top priorities and a number of other friends also make appearances. Friendship seems to be equally important to romance in these books and that’s what I like to see in YA.
  • There is still a sweet background romance of course ;-). Emphasis on background! I was thrilled that the romance didn’t take over, but Ash continues to be a supportive figure in Violet’s life as she tries to figure out what the heck is going on.
  • Probably the coolest thing that happens in this book, though, is the reveals about how the city came to be and why everyone is on this freaking island! I know that this was a criticism of book one, so I think a lot of readers will be happy to get some context about the world of The Jewel :D.

Weaknesses:

  • There was something just lacking a bit in the plot of this book. It seemed a bit like second book syndrome, but I think it was mostly that I like a strong mystery element to keep me hooked and there wasn’t much of that. In the end I just felt like that little extra ‘oomph’ was lacking.
  • If you’ve finished The Jewel, you know how Ewing loves to torture us with cliffhangers and this time around is no different. Be prepared!
  • I started getting annoyed with how much of a special snowflake Violet is. Everyone keeps emphasizing how much they need her and only her to fix things, and somehow she has all the right skills to be the perfect heroine for the job. Good thing for everyone else I guess, ha.

Summary:

The White Rose is a wonderful sequel that will keep fans turning the pages. There is awesome magic and history to discover while making new friends and getting to know old ones better. While the plot wasn’t quite as captivating as I’d like, I still really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to find out how everything ends!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The White Rose by Amy Ewing

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Oh man, I still have the first one on my tbr list! D: I remember the cover really caught my attention the first time I saw it, they’re just beautiful <3 I'm really glad you enjoyed this one :)
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  2. Oo Oo! Another one I’ve never heard of with a magic system I haven’t learned about, yet! Yesss, will add this trilogy (?) to my list! I’m also happy to hear that the story does not contain an instalove or love triangle situation :)
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    • I think it’s definitely going to be a trilogy! Though I’m kind of hoping for a spin-off series in another part of the world ;-) There is a bit of insta love in the first book, though, but under the extreme circumstances, I found it believable.

  3. I was dubious about the first book (girls in pretty dresses are pretty much a warning sign for me, as far as covers go) but I’ve been hearing so many great things about this sequel! Romance is in the BG?! With a great magic system? I am intrigued! I have to get this one on Kindle one of these days <3
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    • I hear ya! There is more romance in the first book and it is kind of insta-love ish but I think it makes sense given the extreme circumstances. Just be warned that not everyone likes this series ;-)

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