Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by: Amy Ewing

Release Date: October 6, 2015
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

This book picks up right where The Jewel left off and it gets going immediately. It is nonstop the whole time and I loved the pace of the book. There were no lulls or downtime and everything that happened was an integral part of the story. I enjoyed The Jewel but I reallllly enjoyed The White Rose.

I really like Violet as a character and I like how she has grown over the two books. She has grown into a strong character and I love her determination to fight and I love her loyalty to her friends even more. But I also love that she is realistic in that she does have doubts and moments where she doesn’t think she can do it and this is where the importance of her friends comes in. Because when she doubts herself, they are there to help pick her up and keep her going.

I also really came to love Ash in this book and their relationship. I really got the sense that while this is still new to them, they do love each other and their actions proved that beyond a doubt. Both of them have had rough lives and they understand that in one another. I also loved that they did argue and disagree, but those arguments never caused such a rift that they doubted one another, at the end of it all they knew they had one another. I love that Ash wants to fight and make a difference and I felt terrible when people continually overlooked him. But his time is coming, I can feel it.

And then we have Raven and Garnet. Raven is such a fantastic character and I adore her friendship with Violet. I am a big supporter of positive female friendships in YA and that is exactly what Violet and Raven have. And Garnet surprised me in this one and I’m definitely a big fan. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. Oh and Lucien. Lucien on the other hand is on my last nerve, I don’t care how smart he is or what he is doing, I wanna smack him.

Like I said, this one just keeps going from beginning to end and I really enjoyed that. And then the ending just drops on a dime and will leave you reeling for the next book. Waiting is really going to suck.

The White Rose is a good read and will keep readers addicted. If you want nonstop action, good characters, magic, and a truly dark and twisted world you should give this series a read.


  1. I haven't started this series yet but my daughter has and she loves it. She keeps encouraging me to read it. And I will... soon. I just bought The White Rose for her birthday so now, apart from time, I have no reason not to. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great review.

  2. I love characters that have a very realistic dynamic to them. I think it helps me connect with them more. I am liking the sound of the characters and their relationships. I haven't picked up this series, but I think I might need to.

    Wonderful Review!!

  3. Eeeep! I love that you enjoyed this even more than the first. You have me really intrigued by the characters, and I adore the covers in this series. I'm super excited to start reading. Awesome review, lobster love! <3 <3 <3

  4. I haven't read this series yet but I do like fast paced with no letting down of the story. Nice.


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