Book Review: The White Rose – Amy Ewing

Welcome back to BookReviewathon 101! I read this back in February 2016, so yea. Note that if you haven’t read the first book, this will contain mild spoilers for it. Head over to my review page to find it’s first book.


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Name: The White Rose
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: October 1, 2015

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

 

The rose in the background along with the pink rose petals totally captures the title. I’m loving it. Violet and Raven stand in the middle, and even though I’m not a fan of these kind of outfits, the fire aura makes things really powerful and impacting. Once again with the beautiful intricate “White Rose” golden word print.

Once again the back has the mysterious mystery like premise with a pretty rose and pink petal background.

A basic comment on the HarperTeen ver: I love how Violet’s dress blends into the rose she is in. And at the same time, they maintain the prism reflection style from Book 1.


The Actual Review

Liked The Jewel? Well the White Rose is even better.

The book picks off from the previous cliffhanger in the first book, and here, we are on another roller coaster ride of adventure. Honestly I was a bit surprised when the White Rose turned out to be thinner than The Jewel, cus that’s not usually the case with sequels XD

This book is full of turning minds and thoughts, as well as detailed plans on how to save Violet, Raven and Ash out of the royal circle and into the farm circle. All the scenes of friendship were really beautiful. I’ll get to this part a bit later.

Can I just say I love how Amy puts in the sweetest scenes in the book? I went through that particular page a billion times (When they first arrived at the White Rose) because I wanted to see it over and over again. Tbh the fact that you’re at this review if you haven’t read the first book means you’re getting spoiled already. Our OTP is just the sweetest ever, there was this part where they were by the waters, and I thought that part was really sweet.

Amy creates her world of magic with intriguing history and secrets behind the Lone City, as well as introducing our “legend” Sil. The relationships between characters and the fact that you’re more closely related to each other than you think was what made the character web really interesting, especially between Sil and Violet. I also super super love the entire story behind the Auguries and how deep it actually runs. When Violet finally discovers the truth behind the Auguries and uses it the way it actually is, not childbirth of course, I thought it was super beautiful. Also the part where Violet helps Raven out and saves the day, I teared up. That was was superb to the best.

Then comes the secret societies, and I loved that part a lot. The fact that everyone is trying to help everyone out to get rid of the monarchy of the four founding houses and to have everyone live a peaceful life was really really cool. Though…

AMY WHY DID YOU LEAVE THE BOOK AT AN EVEN HIGHER CLIFFHANGER!!!!!

I

LEGIT

DIED

AT THE CLIFFHANGER. I WAS LIKE WHAT IN THE WORLD R U SRS WHERE’S THE NEXT BOOK OH IT’S NOT OUT YET DAMN IT.

I personally AM not a fan of novels with dystopian themes. I pretty much gave up on Maze Runner, and as for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, not that I don’t like it, but I’m not sucked into it. But with Amy Ewing’s Lone City series, she mixed the dystopian element with way more elements and themes, making it really fun to read and extremely enjoyable.

I finished book 1 in 3 days, book 2 in 2 days, and while I was reading book 2 I was in Malaysia, so the caretaker for my grandma’s friend who lives in Malaysia (we were having dinner tgt) was like “wow you read so quickly! Yesterday it was that and today it’s this!”

 


Devastating truths, cliffhangers, beautiful relationships, Amy Ewing crushes our heart with the White Rose.

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