The White Rose by Amy Ewing (book review)

Overall Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

The White Rose follows the story of Violet after the unsettling conclusion of The Jewel in which Ash is taken prisoner in the House of the Lake. It does not take long for a rescue plan to surface. The bulk of the book actually concerns Violet’s powers and where they originated from. They were misunderstood in the first book and thus take on a whole new meaning in this sequel. A society known as the Black Key emerges as the supreme authority on royalty oppression. Violet and her new friends join forces with this mysterious league to plan a legendary revolt.

Brief Review-

For several reasons, I gave this sequel the same rating as its predecessor. In my opinion it is much harder for a story to maintain momentum than build it although I know that does not comply with traditional logical thinking. It is simple for an author to write an amazing storyline and then crush it with one flimsy chapter. It is much more difficult to continue a fascinating tale. This story maintains the impressive edge of the Lone City while adding depth to the surrogates. The story lacked in the area of heartfelt romance and did lag in some areas but altogether, this was a successful venture.

Extended Review:

Here are the reasons why I gave this book the same rating as The Jewel and also the reasons why this book was not a 5.

  1. Romance- This book continued the romance between Violet and Ash and also spawned a kindling relationship between Raven and Garnet. Unfortunately, once again I struggled with the relationship between Ash and Violet. They really only have a physical relationship. They fight frequently throughout this book and it is exhausting. It probes the question- why are they together? They do not have many meaningful scenes and seem to rub each other the wrong way- sometimes even on purpose. Their story is too realistic- I would much prefer a romance that was based on something more supernatural than just physical and emotional attraction.
  2. Blood- HALLELUJAH THIS BOOK WAS NOT COATED IN BLOOD! I commented that the Jewel made me woozy from the amount of pain and suffering. To my delight, this book maintained the feelings associated with loss and pain but did not constantly have unthinkable events bombarding the characters. It was a breathe of fresh air to listen to the characters work through what happened to them rather than watch horrible events constantly hurt them. I did not feel nearly as sick during this book! Nevertheless, the emotion was certainly still there.
  3. Twist/Storyline- I really enjoyed the history presented behind the surrogates. Furthermore, I am interested in seeing where the revolution goes as the war they are producing has a unique element within the surrogates powers. I was unimpressed to see the traditional pattern unfold- bad things happen, people revolt. However, I think a backbone was set firm to allow for a successful ending. The background of Ash’s, Raven’s, Rye’s, and Sil’s lives make the story meaningful while also displaying the magnificent plot that is slowly unraveling. The ending (with Hazel) was unexpected and a nice element to throw readers into a tizzy. The story developing among the royals also adds for an interesting twist. Will some of the other royals follow Garnet’s lead and revolt?
  4. Violet/Powers- Violet is certainly growing into a strong and dare I say feisty individual in this book. In the Jewel, she seemed to have no backbone but she most definitely stuck to her will throughout this tale. The powers that she had but did not know about where beautiful, lovely, and refreshing (once again- YAY THEY DID NOT INVOLVE BLOOD). The author had to do some serious planning to manipulate the story in the manner that she did.
  5. Theme- Rising from the ashes- This book has a distinctive theme that is so refreshing in this particular series. Those being walked all over and making a comeback but even more profound are the scarred individuals. Those who had to trade their purity and freedom for the royals are stepping up and saying I am not who they made me be. I think that is powerful. NO ONE is ever too far gone. I believe that and obviously Ewing did as well when writing the White Rose- even the title is a symbol of purity. No one is ever too broken to turn around and do good. I believe the symbolism in this story made it even more powerful- Violet’s flowers were white, the house was called the White Rose, and all the characters were healing. This book had a great theme that went beyond a silly love or revolution story.

The third and final book in the Lone City series is set to come out on October 4th, 2016 and I am looking forward to reading it. Please feel free to comment on your opinions of the White Rose!

Morality Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

This book was not nearly as heavy as the Jewel but still had some difficult scenes to process. Most of the tiresome features involved stories from the past. Sexual content was not present in this book but violence and suggestive themes were woven throughout. This is definitely a book for teens but I would still suggest older teens because of course one must read the Jewel before this tale which was much harder to swallow.




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