Book Review: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

We’ll show all the people in this city.

Surrogates are not just silly girls, to be bought and sold and treated like pets or furniture.

We are a force to be reckoned with.

TheWhiteRoseGoodreads 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.

My Thoughts:

THE WHITE ROSE is a thrilling and twisty sequel to The Jewel. Seriously. I still have no idea what it is that draws me to this series but I enjoy it so much that I completely devoured this book within twenty-four hours.

The Jewel ended with Violet and Ash caught by the Duchess after Carnelian’s betrayal. Ash was beaten and thrown in the dungeons to be executed while Violet was locked in her rooms under round-the-clock watch. Except, while trapped Violet received a message from an unlikely new ally: Garnet. We pick up immediately after her arcana falls back into her jewelry box when she is visited by the now furious Duchess.

The book literally opens with a shocker, and I’m still not over it! From here things only get worse. With Violet, Ash and Raven on the run from the Jewel, we’re in non-stop action mode. Thrill after thrill after thrill with no moment to catch your breath. And boy, is it exhilarating!

There was a point in the book where Violet meets up with an old friend and has a discussion on freedom. ‘We could never be free as servants of the royalty’ Violet argues, with her friend giving her a much needed lesson on what freedom is.

Following this, we get to dive deeper into Ash’s past and where he came from as a companion. The backstory was nice, and held just as powerful a message on the topics of masculinity and gender roles and even child sexual abuse (so slight heads up if talking about sexual abuse triggers you).

Later on we get some much needed backstory on the Lone City and the surrogates and a plot twist that completely changed the feeling of the series — as well as set the plot of the final book in motion. And if you read my review on The Jewel, you will know that one of my main problems with it was how similar it felt to The Hunger Games. Well… not anymore!!

But while so many great and exciting things happened in this book, there were two things that bugged me:

Garnet and Ash both play much more critical roles in this book, but I had a difficult time telling the two apart. That whole muddling of the two voices was made worse by the fact that, in my head, they both look the same as well. There was a part where Violet uses the first Augury to change the color of Ash’s hair from brown to blond and literally had to take a step back because I always thought he was blond. It just felt like he should be a blond haired character.

Secondly, once the plot twist occurs I feel like things begin to speed up and rush toward the conclusion. Maybe the beginning part of the novel could have been cut down to better pace the second half, or maybe the book just needed to be a bit longer. There were some new characters introduced in the later half of the book who had their conflicts resolved so quickly that I had a hard time believing it. It was as though they magically changed their minds and that didn’t sit well with me.

With all that said and done, I sit here pondering whether or not ARCs come out for the final books in series because I’ll be damned if I have to wait over a year for the -still untitled- last book. Maybe if I beg Amy Ewing enough, she’ll take pity on me and give me some hints.

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