We are the final stop on The White Rose blog tour and super excited that we get to share our thoughts about book 2! But first – check out what this one is all about.
Title: THE WHITE ROSE
Author: Amy Ewing
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project and became her debut novel. She lives in New York City. You can visit Amy online at www.amyewingbooks.com or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.
1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE WHITE ROSE. US Only.
The White Rose is the second book in The Lone City series by Amy Ewing and I have to admit, after the cliffhanger in book one, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
The story picks up right where book one leaves off and we are yanked right back into the situation where Violet and Ash are ripped apart and Violet needs to figure out what she is going to do to save them both. Violet finds an ally in someone she never expected when to her surprise, Garnet is the one to help her escape the Duchess of the Lake.
Violet is coming into her own in this book and she is standing up for herself more – which I love. She doesn’t allow others to avoid using her name and she pushes for the things she wants and the first thing she wants is for Garnet to help her save Ash from the Duchess. Violet has grown through her time with the Duchess and I loved that it made her much stronger.
As Violet and Ash find themselves just out of reach of the Duchess, Violet has one other priority before they run…she needs to find Raven. Thankfully, Raven followed her directions and although she ends up in the morgue where Violet and Ash are waiting for their next instructions, Violet knows that Raven is still in danger. She’s pregnant and not fully in her right mind but Violet needs her and as she comes to, the group begins their escape from The Jewel.
Escape isn’t easy for anyone and with Ash’s face plastered everywhere in The Jewel, it is even more difficult for this group but with the help of the rebels, they finally make it to their safe house in the middle of the woods. They are also introduced to someone who helps Violet understand more about the auguries and exactly how they should be used. As Violet begins to really understand her abilities, she also learns more about the structure of The Jewel and why the aristocracy has treated the surrogates the way they have.\
Overall I thought this book helped move the story along. We find out more about the structure of the world these characters live in and the integration of the rebels was a great addition. I thought the relationship development between Ash and Violet was done well. It is clear they care about each other and the thing I liked was that although Ash feels powerless and like he isn’t able to make an impact, he doesn’t punish Violet for it. They actually talk about things and work together. It will be interesting to see how things move forward for these two as things continue to change for them.
I also thought it was a great add to let us learn more about Ash and his backstory. It added to my understanding of him as a character to know how he ended up as a companion as well as know about his family.
If you enjoyed The Jewel, I think you will enjoy this one as well. The characters continue to grow and the story progresses forward at a pace that kept me wondering what would happen next. The balance of action and content is well done and Ewing does a good job of moving the story forward. Based on the ending of this book I am looking forward to seeing where Ewing goes with the rest of the story.
Don’t forget to visit all the blogs on the tour for interviews, guest posts, and reviews!
9/28/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland
9/29/2015- Moonlight Gleam Reviews
9/30/2015- A Book and a Latte
10/1/2015- Dark Faerie Tales
10/5/2015- Andi’s ABCs
10/6/2015- Once Upon a Twilight
10/7/2015- Le’ Grande Codex
10/8/2015- Two Chicks on Books
10/9/2015- Fiction Fare