Book Review : The White Rose by Amy Ewing

November 20, 2015 Book review 23 ★★

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.

Book Review : The White Rose by Amy EwingThe White Rose (The Lone City, #2) by Amy Ewing
Published by HarperTeen on October 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: 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?

ARC REVIEW cliffhanger! dystopian Insta-Love Young Adult

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.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: two-stars


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.



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23 Responses to “Book Review : The White Rose by Amy Ewing”

    • trish

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it much more than I did. Maybe I’m a little burned out on YA dystopia as it’s all starting to seem a bit the same. The action and being on the run was what kept me reading, I do agree that was one of the best parts.

    • trish

      YES! Tension is always good for me too as is a slowly built romance that hits me in the feels! I know exactly what you mean about characters sounding too young, that always puts me off too. That wasn’t really the case here, the characters seemed about the age the should be, I just feel that it might work better for a younger audience.

    • trish

      I did enjoy the first one and I still love the premise of this book. But I don’t love the execution enough to continue with the series.

    • trish

      Oh, I know! I love that cover too! Yes I’d advise you to skip too, I’d only recommend it to die-hard YA dystopia fans who aren’t yet jaded on the genre.

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I think it’s a good idea to just give up on series that don’t really work for us, Trish. And when you have read many YA dystopias, you have your expectations when it comes to so many things, especially world-building and how the characters deal with what’s happening.
    I hope you’ll find some great books to take this series’ place 🙂
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    • trish

      Well I do know I’ve no shortage of books in waiting! So I’m hopeful. I’m fine with calling it a day now but I’ll probably look for a spoiler when the final books comes out just to see how it all wound up!

  2. Lola

    Sometimes it’s worth it to read the second book in a series even if you didn’t like the first book completely, but that’s a shame that in thsi acse the second book had the same issues you had with the first book. When there’s a lot of focus on the roamnce I really want to feel the romance, esle it just falls flat. I don’t plan on reading this series, the blurb and cover never really grabbed my attention, although the part with their powers does sound good, I don’t think I would enjoy this one either based on the thigns you mentioned. Great review!
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    • trish

      Like you I want to feel the romance, especially when it’s such a large part of the plot. I do love the covers though! And yes the powers are interesting but I feel by the end of book 2 we should know more about them than we currently do.

    • trish

      I used to feel like that about a series but nowadays my TBR is too long and I don’t want to waste time with a series that isn’t working for me. I’d rather spend my very limited free time reading another series that might be epic!
      Thanks for following!

  3. Madiha @ Paper Skies

    Aw, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I’ve been seeing the Jewel everywhere, and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet, but this makes me glad for that. I HATE middle book syndrome – it completely RUINS the fun of reading! Hope your next read isn’t as mediocre 🙂
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  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I like the covers for this series. 🙂 There are those YA books that really are aimed at the younger spectrum, Trish, and I find that they don’t typically work for me either. I’m sorry that this was a bust but at least it helped you decide against continuing the series and wasting your time reading something you aren’t loving. That makes time to read something you WILL love. 😀
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  5. Wattle

    I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you 🙁 I know what you mean about some YA feeling a bit too young, I feel like I’m having that problem more and more these days (my fingers are crossed it’s just a weird coincidence and I’ll find something good soon!)
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