Title: The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Genre: YA Romance/ Fantasy
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.
In an effort to maintain my New Years resolution I am finally reviewing this book. I read it back in October and I’ve been sitting on it for awhile. It’s one of those books that I am interested to hear other’s opinions on, because my feelings are so mixed. I loved the first book, but felt the content was maybe too much for YA.
What I like: I am intrigued by the world-building that Ewing introduces in this sequel. She begins to delve more into the history of her world and relates this back to her main characters explainable powers. The world building was much stronger in the sequel, probably because the characters delve out of the heart of the Jewel. The beginning of the book was action packed as the characters are trying to escape from the Jewel. It really grips you and I personally could not stop turning the page in those first dozen or so chapters.
What I didn’t like: I still feel like there are some very deep themes being played out here that would work better in a New Adult format. The ideas here are really fresh and original, but I sometimes feel like the violation of these surrogates is skirted because of the age group these novels are targeted towards. There are some real issues here and it’s annoying to me that they aren’t explored further. Outside of this, the second half of the book fell apart for me. The beginning was so interesting that the exposition of the second half felt boring.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel well-enough and will probably pick up the third installment. 3/4