Book Review: The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing

The White Rose (The Lone City, #2)The White Rose (The Lone City #2)
Author: Amy Ewing
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Format: E-ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy


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.

Let's talk about this gorgeous cover!  I loved the cover for The Jewel and I think they out did themselves with The While Rose.  LOVE IT!  By the way, the name "White Rose" has an actual meaning in the book and I thought it was pretty cool that they picked that as the title of the book.  

It's been more than a year since I read The Jewel, so it took a little while to remember where it had left off and who was who. The story pretty much picks up right where it left off; Violet and Ash are on the run after both were caught together by the Dutchess of the Lake. They also manage to find Raven, Violet's friend who was also a surrogate, but for another house.  She had been tortured and abused.  I felt horrible for her.  Now the three of them, with the help of some "allies", hope to get out of the Jewel.  It doesn't make it easy when there are Regimentals everywhere looking for them, especially Ash since he is being accused of raping Violet.  A lie that the Dutchess of the Lake created.  The only thing is that the Dutchess hasn't reported Violet missing.  She is up to something and I just can't quite figure it out yet.

The story takes a different turn and I have to say I am enjoying the story even more now.  in THE WHITE ROSE, we get to explore more of the Auguries and what they really are.  That whole back story plays an important role.

I know this series is targeted to the Young adult audience, but as an adult, I found it pretty disturbing with all the children being raped, tortured and beaten.  I understand that it's part of the story and how this world is, but it's still made me upset.  Luckily, I did enjoy the rest of the story enough that I couldn't put it down.       


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