Series: The Lone City,
Published by HarperTeen
Published: October 6th 2015
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Violet is on the run—away from the Jewel, away from a lifetime of servitude, away from the Duchess of the Lake, who bought her at auction. With Ash and Raven traveling with her, Violet will need all of her powers to get her friends, and herself, out of the Jewel alive.
But no matter how far Violet runs, she can't escape the rebellion brewing just beneath the Jewel's glittering surface, and her role in it. Violet must decide if she is strong enough to rise against the Jewel and everything she has ever known.
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Book series worry me. You read the first book and are wowed by the addictiveness, by the story, by the characters. First books are new and different and can easily pull you in. You have the beginning of a romance, the beginning of the story, the beginning of everything. But a first books leads to a second book which can sometimes not live up to the expectations built by book one. Luckily for The White Rose that was not the case. Amy Ewing delivered and delivered it precisely.
The White Rose picks up where The Jewel ended. Violet is on the run after all hell broke loose when she and Ash were discovered. Now Violet, Ash and Violet’s best friend Raven are being helped by unexpected allies to get out of the Jewel and to a mystery house in the Farm. But as the 3 make it closer and closer to safety they all learn things about themselves and each other that could change everything.
Holy cow was there action in The White Rose. The book moved fast. Very fast, but not so fast that you had no idea what was actually going on. Basically it moved fast in the way that the story progressed. There was a lot of information about the past and what it meant for the present and Violet specifically, but it wasn’t overwhelming. All the action and information did was make me more and more invested in the plot and Amy’s narrative. Plus you can never go wrong with a good rebellion in a story. 😉
The thing I like the most about the setting of this series is that they almost play a character themselves. The Jewel is a very vibrant place where the most colorful and powerful people live. While the Smoke and the Farm are the working sectors. Just the names of these places alone can tell you what they are about and that is what I love about this story. First names and last names and places tell a story all by themselves and leave you with an image in your head that is clear and easy to pinpoint.
There is no denying what brings me back more and more for The Lone City series, the characters. I just love them. Violet is so naïve yet she is learning how things really work in the world and by learning she is growing. Raven hasn’t had it easy at all yet she continues on even with the struggles she faces on a daily basis. And Ash, oh my Ash. I just love him. He is different than any male character I have come across as he is the one with the “improper” job but he did what he had to do for his family. He struggles a lot in The White Rose for his place in all of this and his place with Violet, but they are understandable troubles and I love him even more for it. And don’t even get me started on Lucien and Garnet. They are two eggs I would love to crack and see what they are made of. 😉
I love this series. I love the story. I love the characters. I love the setting. I love the author. I can’t help it Amy has sucked me in and sucked me in good. She has tormented me with endings that are just not fair and yet I come back for more. Seriously I can’t wait for the last part of this addictive story.
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