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

Book Title: The White Rose
Author: Amy Ewing
Published Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Book Two in The Lone City trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads

Pre-Order Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

 
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
 
Review:
It was so awesome to be back in this world. I didn’t realize how much I had missed it until I started reading this book. I’ve been in a bit of a funk, so I wasn’t expecting to finish this book was quickly as I did. I finished it in about 4 hours total, maybe a bit less. So it was definitely captivating, interesting and so very, very good.
 
I was so excited that we got to see more of Raven. I absolutely love her and I love her friendship with Violet. I was worried things wouldn’t be as strong as it was in book one, but it was every bit as strong, if not stronger than book one. I think Raven was actually my favorite character in this book.
 
Violet and Ash were every bit as ship-worthy as they were in book one. I loved them together. I worried about Ash in the beginning of the book, especially considering how book one ended. I was a bit worried about a possible love triangle, but given certain events in this book, I can confidently say that there is no love triangle and in fact Garnet has his eye on a different girl.
 
The characters were the strength in this book. I loved how much we got to know about these characters, and even new characters that we got to meet. The characters were the reason I adored this book so much.
 
Oh my goodness, the ending of this book stressed me out. I was warned that there was another cliffhanger, but I wasn’t expecting THIS kind of cliffhanger. I was rendered speechless for a good 20 minutes. Every single time I tried to form words, nothing would come out. This ending was crazy-pants.
 
I really enjoyed this book. So addicting, captivating and awesome, and the ending was awesome. I’m giving it 4.5. It’s not a perfect read, but it was insanely good and I highly recommend it.

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