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The Tears of the Rose

(The Twelve Kingdoms #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,238 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, he
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Kensington
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

Princess Amelia has been pampered and coddled her entire life, treated more like a porcelain doll than an actually woman. This has led her to live a very comfortable and uncomplicated life. Her biggest concerns have been dresses and parties and looking beautiful.
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All that changes with the news of her husband’s demise and the discovery of her pregnancy. Her father the High King Uorsin wants her child as his Heir, while her Father–in-Law King Erich has laid claim of her future son as
Julia's Book Haven
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
*2.5 Stars*
I rounded up because the last 25% was pretty good. My main issue with this one was that for like 75% of the book I didn’t really like Amelia at all, and since it’s told in first person POV I had to spend a lot of time in her head and it got old quick. Luckily by like the 75% she started to mature and I liked her a lot more by the end. My other issue is this just abruptly ends, it literally feels like the book is unfinished. I know the next one probably picks up where this one stops
Jen Davis
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was the love story between Ami and Ash that made me jump in to the backlist of this series. They were the couple featured in the anthology Amid the Winter Snow, set much later in the series. I was so taken with them and with the world building in that novella that I went back to start the series from the beginning. Overall, I found the book captivating and I read it all in one sitting much like the first in the series. It wasn’t exactly like I expected, though.

Obviously, the novella meant mas
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
You might know by now that Voodoo Bride and I are big fans of Jeffe's work, so it won't come as a surprise we were very happy to get an ARC of The Tears of the Rose.

Book one in this series was about Andi, the middle sister of three. The Tears of the Rose is about Amelia, the youngest.

Now I will confess Amelia didn't really make a good impression on me in the first book. Not that she was unlikable, but she came across as a bit shallow and spoiled. Amelia being the heroine of this book I expected
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Amelia has to deal with the death of her husband, to the hand of her sister. It's very difficult, but what awaits her isn't easier. She is pregnant and her father, the King, and her father-in-law are fighting to claim her son their heir. Or is it a daughter like her sister claims?

The Tears of the Rose is the second novel in the Twelve Kingdoms series and I while I enjoyed it, I'm afraid I preferred the first novel, The Mark of the Tala. The main reason is that I loved Andi and Rafe a lot more th
Aly is so frigging bored
I wanted to punch Amelia in the face like... every chapter. In spite of that, I enjoyed how the story progressed and what we learned of the world.
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fitting sequel to The Mark of the Tala. Just as good as the first.

I couldn’t STAND Princess Amelia in the first book and she was possibly even more unlikable in the first part of this book. What a loathsome, self-centered idiot...but of course she was slowly and cleverly redeemed.

I love how the three sisters are fulfilling their separate destinies all to save the Twelve Kingdom.

Ended on a huge cliffhanger, so I’m off to read the third of the trilogy.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
NOTE: This review contains spoilers from the first book, The Mark of the Tala. Please be aware that a major event uncovered at the end of the first book is crucial to the entire plot of The Tears of the Rose, and therefore, is discussed in this review.

Picking up almost immediately after the dramatic conclusion of the first book in the Twelve Kingdoms series, The Tears of the Rose opens with Princess Ursula accompanying the body of her deceased brother-in-law, Prince Hugh, back to his home and pr
Dr susan
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The Tears of the Rose is a solid romantic long as you don't mind disliking the main character for two-thirds of the book. I just could not like Amelia. I read fast in the hope that a nicer Amelia would show up on the next page. I enjoyed the last 140 or so pages, as Amelia grew up and showed her true potential. I am interested in how Ursula's story will unfold. ...more
Samantha W.
Meh..... I'm not reading anymore of this series. The first book was just alright and this book was worse. If it's one of those series where the third one comes back to win it I guess I'll just miss out. ...more
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Nov 28th 2014:

Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: The world of The Twelve Kingdoms is seriously awesome, we’re talking kingdoms, so kings ans queens and intrigue and let’s not forget all the fantasy elements, magic, paranormal beings like shifters…so much goodness!
Characters: The thing about The Tears of the Rose is that the main character, Amelia, was one of my least favorite characters from The Mark of the Tala, the first novel in the series. Whin
Ren Puspita
3 stars

The Tears of the Rose is the second book of The Twelve Kingdoms series, a series that featured 3 motherless daughters which their true destiny and nature will be unraveled after they learn about their mother secret and war coming in their door.

Featuring Princess Amelia, or Ami, the last daughter of High King of Twelve Kingdom Uorsin, this book told from her POV and follow the event in the first book The Mark of Tala. Ami believed that she had found her true love, just to have her husband
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4-stars, z-2015
Review originally posted at

Amelia is the youngest of the three princesses. She was also the most beautiful. She is said to be the avatar for the goddess, Glorianna herself. She never had a love of politics or for any need to learn to fight. She had eyes only for pretty dress and court life. She fell in love with her her husband only to lose him less than year into their marriage (I don’t consider this a spoiler for the first book, since it’s in the blurb). This is actually where
Jani Brooks
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Twelve Kingdoms

Princess Amelia always knew that as the youngest and most beautiful of the High King’s three daughters, that her life would be perfect. She married the handsome, chivalrous Prince Hugh of Avonlidgh, and she was madly in love with him. But all this comes crashing to a disastrous end when Hugh is killed in a battle trying to rescue Ami’s sister, Andromeda from the Tala. Now, not only is Ami a widow, but she is pregnant. As the coddled, spoiled youngest, whose mother died shortly
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy
Shelves: nook, fantasy-romance
3.5...Nice Fantasy (Just a little slow to develop)

Three sisters - a warrior, an invisible middle child, and a spoiled young princess. The middle sister's story was told in The Mark of the Tala, introducing readers to Tala and 'mossbacks.' The magical kingdom of Annwyn is separate from the Twelve Kingdoms. The imbalance is felt throughout this realm. The first book revealed a few secrets of a mother's sacrifice. "The Tears of a the Rose" continues with the revered Princess Amelia's story.

May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, beta-male
"Having the most beautiful woman in the Twelve Kingdoms for your son's wife sounds great, until you realize she's the one who will be making the decisions when you're dead."

As Tears of the Rose begins, Princess Amelia is a pregnant eighteen year old who has just lost her new, and much loved, husband. Up to this time she has been your basic teenager. Unusually beautiful, she has been spoiled and sheltered and encouraged to focus on balls, gowns, and the adoration of those around her. Ami has neve
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasyromance
The adventure continues! This book is about the youngest princess Amelia. The spoiled and beautiful one. The one who liked to party, who married her prince charming at 16. The one people assumes has no brain cos she is so pretty. The one who is told to be an avatar of their Goddess, cos she is so pretty...

But that is not now. Now she is a widow. She is told her husband was killed by her kidnapped sister. Who now lives with demons. She is told a lot of things. And not all things true. She is a pa
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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So I had a hard time with this story. First I never warmed up to Amelia. When we met her in the first in the series she was superficial and spoiled and that did not change in this book. And while she does seem to change toward the end of the book a bit and she grows up for lack of a better word by then it was too late and I just didn’t care. I liked Hugh and maybe if he had been involved instead of dying in the first book then we could have enjoyed Amelia
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Happily, I discovered Jeffe Kennedy's work several years ago, and she's an auto-read author for me. THE TEARS OF THE ROSE strikes gold, showcasing the entrancing fantasy world of magic with shapeshifters and demons entwined with the political machinations of corrupt men. There is so much wonderfulness here to satisfy my love of romance and fantasy. I'm eagerly awaiting book three to follow the third sister's story, which I have no doubt will satisfy my continuing craving for the seductive and my ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I did not finish Tears of the Rose (Twelve Kingdoms #2). The first book was really good but the ending sucked. I was hoping book 2 would fix it, but nope. The book is a downer and depressing me.

The heroine's husband is killed in book 1 (I was hoping they'd bring him back in book 2) and she spends the first 7 chapters crying, throwing up from her pregnancy, trying to kill herself so she can be with her dead husband, pressing roses from her husband's funeral wreath to keep, blaming her sisters for
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I am really enjoying this series, the angles of the story and the characters are unlike anything I've read before. I'm excited about the direction the story is going and to have a small glimpse into the last characters. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, I'm anxious to know what happens with Ursula and Stella. ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I agree with a lot of the other reviews I've read on here, Ami is pretty much a pain for the first half of the book. Once she got her head out of her butt, I liked her a lot more and was a lot more invested in her journey. I'm really anxious to read Ursula's book now and see how everything is going to be resolved. ...more
DNF. The TSTL syndrome of princess Amelia was so off putting I couldn't force myself to continue. I'm sorry, I rarely meet such an unlikable heroine, so half way through the book I simply had to stop. ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finished this last night. Once the heroine grew up and gained some understanding of life and what it means to help and care for others, the story got better. I like the world. It's a fantasy world with castles, travel by carriages, magic, knights, etc. Very nicely done. ...more
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2.5 stars

When I finished reading The Mark of the Tala, I couldn’t wait to continue the series. I loved how intriguing this world was. I loved that it revolves around three sisters and their journey to living up to their potential. It’s interesting to see the politics in this story and how obsessed some people are with killing the Tala and using whatever means possible to make that happen. I found the Tala very interesting, though, I loved seeing them in the first boo
Jess Hale
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book worked SO MUCH better for me than #1 in the series!

Maybe it was that I was coming in with a bit more background about the characters and world-building, but everything flowed better from the start.

I thought it was interesting that Amelia was having to, for the first time in her life, deal with a REAL problem and grieving for her husband.

It was super satisfying to see her develop and come into her own - and do so largely on her own. She was manipulated at the start by her father, the h
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book even more than I thought I would. So much that I’m sad to see the story ended. I would absolutely have read another book’s worth of Ami and Ash’s adventures.

This book did something amazingly difficult, which was to start off with a heroine who is not only hurting immensely, but who has also been raised to be selfish and vain. For every reviewer who complained that Ami was unlikable at the beginning of this book: congratulations, you ALMOST got the point!! She’s *supposed* to be
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
Warning: Some spoilers for The Mark of the Tala

I loved The Mark of the Tala, so it was a no-brainer to pick up this book, despite knowing that it would start out under bummer circumstances. I honestly wasn't all that into Hugh (he was boring), so I was hoping Amelia would be able to move on quickly from his death.

To be honest, Amelia was my least favorite of the three sisters in this series and her personality was like nails on a chalkboard for at least the first third of this book. I almost DN
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off...this cover is terrible. Absolutely terrible. If I hadn't already read books by this author (including the first in the series), I'd actively avoid this book. Usually covers don't make that much of an impression on me, but this one did and not for the good!

Book Two follows Amelia, the baby sister, in the aftermath of her husband's death and throughout her pregnancy. She has to come to terms with what happened when Hugh died, with what her sisters did and did not tell her, and with the
A great addition to the Twelve Kingdoms - to really appreciate this world it's become clear that you do need to read the books in order as each builds upon the other. Much like the last novel the end approaches quickly and it feels like there is so much more to explore - because there is (just in later novels).

Each book kind of sets up the pieces for the changes in the war and the political machinations of our characters.

Just like in novel 1 the romance 100% takes a back seat. It's present but
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