May 28, 2018

The White Rose by Amy Ewing | Review

The White Rose by Amy Ewing | ReviewThe White Rose on October 6, 2015
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback

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.

After finishing The Jewel, I immediately picked up The White Rose. I wasn’t disappointed.

what i liked

  • This book picked up right where The Jewel ended. I felt like there was no catching-up to do because there was no time elapsed between the two books. 
  • Ash finally grew on me. I liked that he finally got more of a backstory, which was nice. 
  • Violet became even more badass. I think she’s such a headstrong character and she really knows what she wants. She even started sort of taking over the rebellion, having her own ideas, which I think was awesome. Lucien didn’t even see it coming. 
  • We learn more about Violet’s powers! Turns out that she can do a lot more than she thought she could. I found it to be kind of predictable, since she was seen as The Chosen One in the first book, but it was still pretty awesome. 
  • There was more history and backstories about Violet! I loved learning about how the island used to be. 
  • The Black Key. I think it’s such an awesome rebellion and I love Lucien and how he is helping with it so much. 

what i disliked

  • Though Ash grew on me, I found him to be pathetic at times. He couldn’t really help much because all of the blame was put on him from the last book, so I understand why he couldn’t help. But I felt like he spent most of his time moping around or crowing over Violet. All he wanted to do was help, and all he did was talk about how he wanted to help, instead of actually helping. His shining moments were definitely in the beginning of this book. 
  • Looking back on it, it seems like not much happened. I feel like that is normally the case with second books of trilogies, so it is understandable, but I feel like this book was just the rebellion slowly simmering until the very end. 

As I write this post, I just started reading The Black Key, and I’m excited to see what happens next after the killer ending of The White Rose

  1. I hope your liking The Black Key! I read The Jewel years ago, and barely remember the plot. I'm glad to see that the sequel wasn't disappointing!

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