{Review} The White Rose – Running and Magic and Romance

Posted November 16, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} The White Rose – Running and Magic and RomanceThe White Rose by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #2
Publisher: Harper Audio (2015)
{8 hours and 31 minutes} (320 pages)
Also by this author: The Jewel, The Black Key
Also in this series: The Jewel, The Black Key
Reading Challenges: 2015 Color Coded, Read 2015


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.

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My Review

I liked The White Rose quite a bit more than I liked The Jewel. For one thing, we definitely learn more about the Lone City and the reasons behind why it is the way it is.

So Violet, Ash, and Raven are on the run from the Jewel. They are heading for the Farm where there is someone who will, supposedly, be able to show Violet what she is really magically capable of.

— Quick side note on the magic: So magic systems usually have to have a cost. With the auguries the cost is headaches and nosebleeds. With this other power there doesn’t seem to be any cost. To me, that just seems wrong since it leaves some people with a ton of power and nothing to stop them from using it. Anyway, back to what I was saying. —

Violet, Ash, and Raven have to escape the Jewel, make their way through the Bank and the Smoke, and find a way into the Farm. The whole task gets even more dangerous as Ash is a wanted fugitive with his face on posters everywhere.

Along the way they have help from Lucian and, surprisingly, Garnet the son of the Duchess of the Lake. They face a lot of challenges that have to be overcome. I did find myself caring a little bit more about Raven’s safety than Violet’s.

I want to say that while there was definitely insta-love in The Jewel, I enjoyed Violet and Ash’s relationship in this book. There isn’t a love triangle introduced, thank goodness, and they really seem to fit together better. Violet totally sticks up for Ash even though his past is in no way spotless. I liked that she accepted him for who he was.

If you enjoyed The Jewel, I totally recommend this book. My main issue with the novel was the magic system issues I already mentioned. That just didn’t work well for me. Still, this was a good read.

Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Color Coded Reading Challenge (White)



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