The White Rose by Amy Ewing just didn’t do it for me. Sadly this is one of these series that I have decided to abandon as it’s just not working for me. It could be a personal thing as maybe I’m just a bit too old for this book. I do love YA but for some YA books are geared at a younger audience and I think if I was younger and had read less YA dystopia books then I’d probably enjoy this one more.The White Rose (The Lone City, #2) by Amy Ewing
Published by HarperTeen on October 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, YA
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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?
First line of The White Rose by Amy Ewing:
“The aracan is silent.”
My thoughts on The White Rose by Amy Ewing:
I’ll be honest, I didn’t adore the first book in this series – The Jewel – but I did like it. And it ended in a huge cliff-hanger which made me eager to move forward with the series. Ultimately though the issues I had with The Jewel didn’t improve in the second book and they hindered my enjoyment of The White Rose.
I did appreciate the development of the Auguries (the special powers that some girls have) and discovering just how powerful they can be. I also enjoyed the plot of Violet and her friends on the run as I felt that danger was lurking and anything could happen.
But what I didn’t like was the romance. I never FELT it. I didn’t feel it in The Jewel either but thought that it might change direction in this book. Nope. We kept being told that Violet and Ash are in love but I never for one minute felt the chemistry or emotions between them. And this annoyed me as it’s a big part of the plot. When a romance doesn’t hook me in, then the pages that focus on the romance just bore me.
It also suffers from middle book syndrome. I didn’t really care in the end what way the plot was heading and I found myself skimming to finish it. And then it ends in ANOTHER cliff-hanger. But by now I don’t really care and I have decided to draw a line under this series.
It’s not a bad book, it’s well written and the special powers are interesting. But there is nothing that is hooking me in to read on and when you add in the mediocre romance, well I’m out.
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Who should read The White Rose by Amy Ewing?
If you loved The Jewel then this may work better for you (especially if you swooned over the romance in that one). Apart from that, I can’t really recommend it so maybe check out some other reviews on Goodreads if you aren’t sure whether to continue with the series or not.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Teen for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.