Review: The Black Key – Amy Ewing

Review: The Black Key – Amy EwingThe Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Published by HarperTeen
Published: October 4th 2016
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For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

I started on the journey of The Lone City (The Jewel, The White Rose, and The Black Key) in 2014 not really knowing what to expect. I had just gone on a binge read of The Selection series and I needed more book crack. To be honest I picked up The Jewel because of the cover. I’m not going to lie. It had a pretty dress and I just finished a series that had pretty dress covers. Thankfully it 100% worked because I fell in love with the story and the characters and the unexpected twists that lead to The White Rose and once again being sucked in. And luckily, The Black Key followed suite. I didn’t love it as much as books 1 and 2, but it really was a satisfying ending for a series I was very immersed in.

I can’t really say too much without giving away some of the plot twists of the other two books so this part is going to be very very vague. What I can tell you is that I loved the changes and the growth that happened for Violet. In the beginning she was so naïve about life and the world surrounding her. She was sheltered and unsure about everything. But by the end she was so strong and self-assured. She still made mistakes and didn’t always do what was the best thing, but she did do what she thought was the best at the time of the decision. She really grew up as the trilogy progressed and that was by far the best part of the series as a whole. I also loved how she was willing to be a leader. She took a ragtag group of people and made something out of them. It was very reminiscent of the final season on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it really worked in this story.

The other thing I liked was the gender switch that took place a lot through this series. Instead of a woman acting as the role of “escort” it was actually the role of men to play that part, to be the (for lack of a better word) whore. That was actually refreshing. And it was refreshing to see Violet, the woman, be the one telling Ash, her companion, that he couldn’t do something so that he would be safe. That doesn’t happen a lot in books. Stereotypical gender roles are almost always followed so I love that Ewing went a different route.

Basically, I can’t believe this series is over. It has been 2 years that I have been wrapped up in this world that Amy Ewing created and now it is over. I’m half sad and half satisfied, but really I just want more Ash and Violet in my life. Okay and all the other fantastic characters, and Amy’s writing. I don’t think that is too much to ask. Pick up this series if you’re looking for something entertaining to read.

Reviews: The Jewel || The White Rose

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Blog Tour: The Black Key – Amy Ewing (Top 10 + Giveaway)

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Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Amy Ewing’s final book in the The Lone City trilogy, The Black Key. I have been a fan of this series (and Amy) since the beginning so I am very happy to take part in this tour and share one of Amy’s top 10 lists.

I had given Amy 3 options to pick from and I must admit I’m happy she went with the one she did!

Amy’s Top 10 Favorite Fictional Boys!

Because fictional boys are the best.

bk110. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings. Yes, Aragorn is also sexy as hell, but I always loved Legolas. Maybe because he’s sensitive and can commune with nature. Maybe because of his badass bow and arrow skills and his amazing hair.

9. Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights. He’s a classic bad boy with a heart of gold and the way he looks at Lyla Garrity makes me weak in the knees.

8. St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. Not only is St. Clair funny and smart with a sexy accent, but he is shorter than Anna. As a tall girl, this made me so happy.

bk27. Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier). Is it wrong that I like totally tortured guys with a dark past?

6. Khalid from the Wrath and the Dawn. See explanation for #7…

5. Dr. Reid from Criminal Minds. First of all, yes, I admit it, I love Criminal Minds. Call it a weird guilty pleasure. And I find a super genius nerd with an eidetic memory and long crazy hair to be extremely sexy.

bk34. Edward Cullen from Twilight. I know there are a lot of haters out there, but Edward Cullen made me swoon and I’m standing by that.

3. Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. I feel like I’m in the minority on this one, but I don’t care. Stefan Forever. Also he’s who I (physically) based Ash on.

2. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Peeta is sweet and sensitive and could make me bagels in the morning. I never understood the attraction to Gale when there was Peeta. True story: being single in New York can be hard, so sometimes I take out my battered copy of The Hunger Games and just read the Peeta parts. Peeta makes everything better.

bk41. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. I feel he requires no explanation. Just…Jon Snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: The Black Key – Amy Ewing (Top 10 + Giveaway)The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Published by HarperTeen
Published: October 4th 2016
Buy on Amazon
Add to Goodreads

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

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About Amy Ewing

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.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/26/2016- The Cover Contessa– Interview
9/27/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Excerpt
9/28/2016- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Guest Post
9/29/2016- Andi’s ABCs– 10’s Post
9/30/2016- A Dream Within A Dream– Interview

Week Two:
10/3/2016- Lisa Loves Literature Excerpt
10/4/2016- Literary Meanderings– Guest Post
10/5/2016- Fantasy Book Critic– 10’s Post
10/6/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
10/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book– Excerpt

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE JEWEL & THE WHITE ROSE. US Only.

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