Friday, October 16, 2015

The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Series: The Lone City (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Dystopian Fantasy/Sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: royalty, classes, pregnancy, surrogates, slavery, abilities, love

Setting: The Lone City, and the middle sector of the city, The Jewel

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Violet Lasting

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 308 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  The White Rose is the amazing sequel to The Jewel. Lucien helps Violet escape. Violet was supposed to take a serum to make her appear dead, but she gave that serum to Raven. Violet find Raven in the morgue. Lucien is mad that Violet didn’t stick to his plan and that she also brought Ash along, who the Duchess is claiming raped Violet. Ash and Violet are in love, but since he’s a companion and she’s a surrogate, it’s completely forbidden. Violet, Ash and Raven make it to the bank with the help of Garnet, the Duchesses son, and Lucien, the male lady-in-waiting. Their final destination is the farm, the second largest circle of the Lone City.

I enjoy this series. The different circles are like the districts in the Hunger Games, but the book is pretty unique. It’s not a dystopian book set in our world in the future, but set in a fantasy world, on an island. The abilities that the surrogates have are known as auguries and they include color, shape and growth. We find out that there is more to the surrogates’ powers. They are suppressed by the royalty and forced to bear children for them and die doing so. It’s an awful life. Ash’s life as a companion is horrible to since he is forced to have sex for the pleasure of royal women. Also I liked how the people in the Jewel have gemstone names. I collect gems so I know what most of those names mentioned are.

I don’t want spoil the story, but I really liked what was happening once Violet and her friends get to the White Rose house in the farm. Violet finds out a lot of stuff and she work on her abilities. They make plans for how to start a revolution. There’s romance with Ash. We find out about Lucien’s past. Lots of stuff happens.

I recommend to people who like YA Dystopias and Fantasy. Fans of The Selection by Kiera Cass, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Bumped by Megan McCafferty, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Pawn by Aimee Carter, Defiance by C.J. Redwine and Incarnate will love this new Dystopian-Fantasy series.

Cover Art Review: I love this cover so much. The white dress and the rose put together are so beautiful. It’s like the cover of The One.

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