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The Lone City #2

The White Rose

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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.

308 pages, Hardcover

First published September 17, 2015

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Amy Ewing

16 books2,288 followers
Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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49 reviews7 followers
December 10, 2016
I need this book so bad!!! am I the only one who kinda hopes she somehow ends up with Garnet??

**Edit 4/19/2016**

Finally finished. Quite disappointed. This book suffered from Second Book Syndrome, which can be hard to avoid. It was just so boring and anti-climatic.
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191 reviews8,441 followers
May 9, 2016
The first book was a fun caper; this one felt like a bad fever dream. God's sake, HOW is it possible to write such a tone-deaf, irresponsible, waffling protagonist? And Ash! Ash, go to hell! The dude is a hired companion and yet he has the cheek - the bare-faced cheek! - to talk about "common prostitutes" as if they're worthless! This dude telling us all about how awful it is to be a sex worker, talking shit about other sex workers whose job is EVEN MORE dangerous than his! And who are at far more risk than he is!* I knew from the first book when Ash guilted Violet into backtracking on the only smart decision she made (to break up with him) that he was a sack of shit, but damn, he's a piece of work in this one.

*Of course, the "common prostitutes" are women, and the companions are all male, and Ash is a misogynist, so the mystery of why he feels that the companions are superior to other sex workers is effectively solved. I hate Ash.

And by the way, this is the most poorly organised revolution ever: people [fucking Ash!] are given really important positions even when they aren't qualified for them, just so that their feelings don't get hurt. Should it not be Violet, who has actual magical powers, leading the charge? Oh, but no! Then Ash might cry his tiny male tears. We have to all make sure that he feels important, even if it fucks up the uprising and gets us all killed.

This book isn't boring - the pacing of this series is remarkably, brilliantly fast - but the plot is so flaccid. The plot just cannot get it up. Maybe it drank too much or it's just not in the mood. But shit, guys; you're going to have to do better than 250 pages of filler, a totally random colonisation backstory that makes no genetic sense, and then a mindless cliffhanger that we'd all give ten times as many shits about if Hazel had been more to us than a lump of bloody chalk thus far. I couldn't care less if I tried.

The only character I liked was Lucien. He had the good sense to hate Ash and to keep secrets from Violet, who is such a dumbshit that it's sheer luck that she's even still alive. He was smart and his backstory was fucking tragic, but I guess we're supposed to hate him because he doesn't indulge the self-importance of these thick teenagers? Bonus points to Ash for making fun of the fact that Lucien's body has been mutilated, not once but twice! Oh, Ash.

I'll give the last book four stars if Ash dies. Five if Lucien kills him.
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461 reviews11.1k followers
June 11, 2015
DNF at 30%. I started this because The Jewel had an evil cliffhanger and I really wanted to know what happened to the characters. Well, upon starting The White Rose, I realized that I remember NOTHING from the first book, which made it extremely had to remain invested in this book. So once I found out what happened to the characters, my interest took a nose dive and I knew it was time to put The White Rose aside.

If you enjoyed The Jewel, I highly recommend a quick re-read before jumping into this one.
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4,688 reviews1,266 followers
June 27, 2015
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I never paid for you,” I say. “And you are beyond priceless to me.”

This was a really good second instalment!

Violet was really strong in this book, even when the odds were stacked against her and she had everything to lose. It was also admirable the way she cared for those around her.

“If only someone would help me. If only someone would tell me what to do.”

The storyline in this followed Violet and Ash as they escaped from the home of The Duchess of the Lake, and then Violet’s journey to find out how she could help the resistance. There were some twists, and definitely some things that I didn’t see coming!

“She’s gone.”

There was some romance, although things didn’t really go as far as they did in the first book.

“Kiss me,” Ash murmurs.

The ending to this left us with a cliff-hanger again!

7 out of 10

And it's now on Edelweiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wow! Such a pretty cover!

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256 reviews504 followers
September 11, 2015






THE WHITE ROSE was the highly anticipated sequel of THE JEWEL that I've been eagerly awaiting for months. And although it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, it still had it's perks and has me eagerly anticipating the explosive conclusion I knows to come!

It was a lot slower paced then I would of liked. I mostly read fast-paced books with non-stop action and adventure, and though it did have it's moments with some action and adventure, it was no where near up to par with my standards. About the first half of the book had me contemplating putting it down. Like I said above, it did have mild action, but not the amount I hoped. And the first half was just Violet and her crew trying to make it out of The Jewel and to the farm where their sanctuary lied in The White Rose. And I got bored just having the story plotted around their travel. But once they finally did get to The White Rose it really picked up for me, and I started to enjoy it a lot more. Not that it's pace or action picked up, but the story unfolded and picked up it's plot, and I really got intrigued. And then that was when the magic began, and I was positively hooked. Violet's magic reveals itself and strengths tenfold from her capabilities in book one. And I really enjoyed the direction the plot took and is setting up for the finale in book three!!!

Another issue I had was the romance aspect. It felt strained and forced, and not the same sweet romance I enjoyed from book one. But surprisingly the lacking romance didn't really bother me that much. Ash was an okay love interest, I didn't really have anything against him, or any cause to love him either. But I still wanted more from the romance aspect. I would of liked more spark and chemistry, and though I appreciated that this book wasn't centered around romance like the first book was, but I still wanted more fire from their relationship and interactions. But I concede in a way it was understandable, because Ash and Violet were both going through their own struggles, and dealing with their own demons. So I guess it was okay for them to be a little distant in this middle book, but I expect more from their relationship in the next book!

What I really loved about this book was the fierce magic that was unleashed by the surrogates. It was breathtaking and beautiful to visualize the magical elements that was tapped into by the girls at The White Rose. And how they could make so many flowers grow, and then instantly die in a heart beat. How they could crack concrete, and then mend it back together with a flick of their wrist. It was exhilarating and riveting to watch all that power channeled with a force of magic that will hopefully become the savior of their world! And I can't WAIT to see all the surrogates come together and unleash all their power as one, and bring the end of the evil tyranny of The Jewel once and for all...

I also thought the writing Ewing created was alluring and descriptive, and was easily able to get lost in. The world-building was also a positive in this book. Since the first book I thought the setup of this world was different and intriguing. The circles of the standing classes, starting from the center where The Jewel lies, and the nobility rule, and working it's ways out from the ranks until you get the marsh, the lowest class in their system. And it was fascinating and intriguing, yet sickening and gruesome, how the nobility would use each lower class citizen, no matter their trade, gender or intelligence, and find some wicked way to use that person to their advantage, to help further their agendas regardless of what it was at the time.


After being sold at the surrogate auction, and forced to give her body to the Duchess of the Lake, Violet thought their was no hope left. But when she meets Ash, a companion to the Duchess's niece, he changes everything and gives her a reason to keep fighting. But then when they're exposed, Ash is beaten and taken away to be murdered, Violet knows time is running out. And if she has any chance of saving Ash and making her planned escape on time, then she will have to form an unlikely alliance, before all is lost and she is forced to give birth to the Duchess's baby.

But making it out of the Duchess's clutches is only the first part of their journey. And Violet and her crew will have to travel through each circle, facing pursuit and unthinkable obstacles, if their going to make it to The White Rose where their magic can be awoken, and their fight to take back the lives that have been stolen from them will begin...

Sadly THE WHITE ROSE wasn't everything I hoped it would be, but still had it's parts that I really enjoyed. It lacked action and adventure throughout most of the book, and the romance was definitely on the back burner with no spark to ignite it. But regardless it was still there, and I have very high hopes that the next book will bring all that and some. But nevertheless, it still had an interesting plot with determined characters, and a magical background that later emerged and took this book to a whole new level, and has me desperately craving the next book in the series to see how it all plays out.

Overall, THE WHITE ROSE had aspects I loved and also hated, but was still a fun read that paints the path for book three, including all the twist and turns that I'm sure is to follow this epic cliffhanger ending. I think book three will definitely be the best in the complete trilogy, and I'm more then eager to find out! So if you enjoy a slower paced dystopian, with a back-burner romance, and a fantasy twist with magic, and determined characters, then THE WHITE ROSE may just be the sequel you were hoping for!!!

NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Harper Teen for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
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747 reviews276 followers
December 6, 2017
This was such a quick read and I managed to finish it in less than a day even though I had classes. The book was gripping and in my opinion, better than the first part which is why I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
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2,010 reviews1,406 followers
November 3, 2018
Actual rating 2.5/5 stars.

I’m starting to understand what it is that is keeping me at a distance from enjoying this series. Whilst I am fascinated by the concept I feel everything that happens to main character Violet is second-hand, and she is just a passive participant of this adventure rather than the rightful protagonist. She has no agency of her own and is borne along on others’ plans. The reason the novellas worked so well for me was because Raven and Garnet, who featured in each, were actively fighting back against their treatment, in their own, disparate ways. The events detailed here were interesting but exuded no deeper emotion, as I could not seem to find it in me to want to fight for Violet when she hadn't shown much of wanting to fight for herself.
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Author 12 books5,133 followers
August 12, 2015
wow, another killer cliffhanger from Amy Ewing!! :0 :0 excited to read book 3 :) and, also, I want a black key tattoo now ;)
January 16, 2017

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In nature, animals with bright and beautiful colors are actually warning you off: "Do not eat or touch me! I will poison you! You will be sorry!" In the literary universe, books with beautiful colors appear to be similarly warning you off: "Do not read me! I will annoy you! You will be sorry!" The prettier the cover, the more likely the book is to be bad. This has been proven by science.*

*AKA, someone told me this once on a forum & I believed them.

Despite the questionable summary and the many reviews suggesting that this book was not for me, I decided not to heed the warning signals and bought the prequel to read - because it was on sale, and because I appear to have a knack for tempting fate and acquiring books I probably shouldn't be reading, but feel compelled to out of a very morbid sense of curiosity. I read THE JEWEL earlier today and it's a hot mess of bad world building, mixed messages, and two-dimensional characters.

It was also unintentionally funny - and surprisingly, disturbingly dark. I mean, here you have a costume dys-trope-ian fiction where girls - teenage and preteen girls - are sold at the auction block so people can artificially inseminate them. They get to wear pretty dresses and sparkly jewelry but they're also paraded around in chains, beaten, abused, and oh yeah - die after giving birth. Cool. Plus, teenagers are also apparently enslaved in brothels where they are groomed to be "companions" (read: escorts/prostitutes) to help young people of the opposite sex learn about love while also being "used" by the older members of the household and teenage and preteen males are also being castrated to be used as "ladies-in-waiting" (read: eunuchs) to serve the surrogates without being tempted by them.

The unintentionally funny bits are how dramatic Violet is, and how she pretty much falls for her love interest, a companion, the moment she sees him, and gets so territorial over him that she stops just short of peeing on the girl he's actually supposed to be romantically interested in and screaming out, "BACK OFF B*TCH! HE'S MINE!" The names are also ridiculous. I mentioned some of the highlights in my previous review, but there's some new winners in this sequel, with gems like Sable, Millet, Sienna, Cobalt, Olive, and Rye. (I think you're forgetting Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.)


If you want a quick summary of the previous book and the set-up, I do recommend checking out my review of the first book because I'm not going to be summing up everything again here. There's just way too many new things I want to talk about and discuss, because as dark as the first book was, THE WHITE ROSE says, "Guess what time it is? WTFUCKERY O' CLOCK, OFC!"

Regarding some of the questions I had in book one. Book two, to its credit, answers some of them. I know now why the surrogates can do magic, and why certain types of magic give them nosebleeds and headaches. I'm not 100% sold on that explanation (read: not at all sold on that explanation), but at least the author took the time to try and resolve that. Also, yes, apparently companions are not exclusively male. Girls get taken off the streets and used for "practice" in these teen brothels, too.

One thing that was NOT answered to my satisfaction was the origin behind this world. We get to know a bit of the history behind the Lone City, but I'm still not clear on whether or not this world of theirs is our world or a fantasy world that the author made up. The names of the other countries are different - but in one point of the story, Garnet drives Ash and Violet away in a car. So they have automobiles in this world? I don't recall them having roads. In fact, I was getting an 1800s vibe from this world, so please, tell me how this car fits into this agrarian- and factory-fueled society.

The reproductive aspects of this world still aren't really concrete, either. The author has explained what surrogates are (omg - it's kind of funny, it's so Avatar - and don't ask me to disambiguate, because both Avatar and Avatar: The Last Airbender apply) but not why the royalty rely on them for child-bearing...and what the heck is up with these accelerated pregnancies? In this book, they're saying that someone got pregnant in one day, and the crazy duchess was saying in the last book that she expected Violet to have a three-month pregnancy with one month designated per term??

Now I have more questions - like, still, what is the origin of this world? Why are the surrogates needed for child-bearing? Is this some sort of plague thing? Did the founders contract some sort of auto-immune disease from coming to a land that wasn't their own that directly impacts their ability to produce viable off-spring? If that's the case, why doesn't that impact people from the Bank/Farm/Smoke districts? I'm sure they're not all descended from the same lineage as the surrogate people. Why the heck was there a car? And regarding the end of the book, isn't that girl only 12? Is she really pregnant? Did a 12-y.o. really get pregnant in this book? And why does giving people lobotomies result in psychic powers? How do brains work in this universe? How does anatomy in general work in this universe?

As bad as the world-building was, I still have to applaud the author for going there. I felt so bad for Ash, knowing his history in this book and all the things he went through when he was essentially forced into sexual slavery by his family. Lucien's backstory was awful, too - his father tied him down and gelded him so he could be sold to the royalty as a servant. I felt bad for Raven, too, and Annabelle - oh my gosh, what happened to Annabelle was NOT COOL. Why is it that the heroine gets to make all these idiotic choices, but it's the people around her who suffer? That's hardly fair.

Honestly, at this point, I'm oddly charmed by this fustercluck of a series. THE JEWEL and THE WHITE ROSE are so cheesy and bad, but in a comforting and endearing way, like eating chips out of a sweatshirt hood while you watch Lifetime movies. Yeah, it's not good for you and makes a big ol' mess, but it was fun, right? Right. I had a good time reading through this nonsense, and I still want to find out what happens next, even though I know it will probably be even more ridiculous and leave even more questions unanswered. What can I say? I'm easily entertained.

1.5 to 2 stars.
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109 reviews14 followers
June 1, 2022
بهش ۴میدممم
چقد بهتر از جلد قبل بود»»»»
اواسط داستان باخودم گفتم شاید خیلی بهش بدم ۳بدم ولی هرچی گذشت دیدم خیلی بهتر شده داستان و این قابل ستایشه
روایت کتاب نفس‌گیر شده بود، حالت شل بودن و لعابی بودن جلد قبل رو نداشت
پایان داستان شوک خوبی داشت
انسجام داستان ب خوبی رعایت شده بود
توصیفات اضافی حذف شده بود و این سرعت داستان رو بالا برده بود
این که برای داستان هیستوری مشخص کرده بود این جلد ب کل مجموعه تازه هدف بخشیده بود
این جلد بنظر من تازه آغازگر مجموعه میشه قبلی فقط ی مقدمه ی کوتاه بود این جلد از هر نظر بهتر و دوست داشتنی تر از جلد قبل بود
همچنان با اینکه دوشس دریاچه تو این جلد نقش کمرنگی داشت ولی شخصیت مورد علاقمه، شخصیت مورد علاقه جدیدم سیناست، ریون هم هنوز روش تردید دارم
امیدوارم جلد بعد همینقدر ب خوبی این جلد باشه
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82 reviews26 followers
September 20, 2016
5/5 ⭐ Der zweite Teil war mal wieder genau so spannend wie der Erste! Schon wieder so ein übler Cliffhanger am Ende. Kann es kaum erwarten bis der 3. Band auf Deutsch kommt!
December 31, 2017
"La realeza toma más y más y nunca parece tener suficiente. Secuestran chicas para tener bebés, chicos para que los protejan, los seduzcan, les sirvan. Pero no somos objetos. No somos la última moda o el premio más costoso. Somos personas. Y ayudaré a que ellos lo vean".

En La Rosa Blanca, la segunda parte de la Trilogía de la Ciudad Solitaria, nos encontramos con una revolución que se está gestando desde los círculos más bajos hasta los palacios más lujosos. Con Violet escapando de las atrocidades de La Joya y aliándose con miembros clave de la Llave Negra, empieza un libro trepidante lleno de escapadas, descubrimientos y poderes e historias que habían sido sepultados largo tiempo atrás por la realeza.

Si bien La Rosa Blanca es uno de esos libros en los que el 60% se siente como una transición y desplazamientos del lugar opresor al lugar desde donde se gestará la revolución, nunca se hace tedioso ni lento de leer. Las dificultades y las pruebas por las que tienen que pasar Violet, Raven y Ash para sobrevivir son suficientes para mantenernos enganchados y no querer soltar el libro ni un minuto.

A medida que van pasando las páginas, cada uno va enfrentando los traumas que les ha dejado su paso por La Joya y entendiendo cuál es su papel en la revolución que van a montar. Además, si creíamos que todas las claves principales de la trama nos las habían revelado en La Joya estábamos equivocadísimos. En La Rosa Blanca conocemos de dónde vienen las habilidades especiales que tienen las sutitutas y por qué la realeza se ha empeñado a lo largo de los siglos en controlarlas. Y no sólo eso, sino que aprendemos la cantidad de atrocidades que se ocultan bajo vestidos finos, fiestas opulentas y sonrisas falsas de la realeza. Pueden brillar muchísimo por fuera, pero por dentro están podridos.

De La Rosa Blanca me fascinó conocer a personajes nuevos y claves como Sil o los miembros encubiertos de la Llave Negra. ¡Los amé! Y me gustó muchísimo también descubrir nuevas facetas de personajes que ya conocía, sobre todo de Garnet. ¿Y qué decir de las habilidades especiales de las sustitutas y el cómo se van a usar para destruir todo lo que la opresión ha creado? Está súper bien pensada la base de esos poderes y su naturaleza elemental, pero lo que me falló un poco fue el método mediante el cual las chicas pueden acceder finalmente a esos poderes... creo que fue muy fácil, pero es la única queja que tengo.

Por lo demás, La Rosa Blanca es un libro adictivo y que, como buena mitad de trilogía, acaba en punta. Ahora, con esta historia sucedió algo que hace mucho no me pasaba y es que terminé el segundo libro y tuve que empezar a leer el tercero porque el suspenso me mataba.
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1,691 reviews856 followers
December 28, 2020
#1) The Jewel ★★★☆☆
#3) The Black Key ★★☆☆☆

On occasion, I’ll stumble across a series that, despite all its objective flaws, works for me. There is something about this world, this series, that pulls me in. While I understand that a lot of other readers were disappointed with this sequel, I could not put it down. It was not a fun read necessarily, as it tackles topics like child prostitution and institutionalised discrimination, but it is so damn engaging.


• I like all of the characters. Violet is the perfect protagonist for this series. Ash is sweet. I like Raven and Lucien’s complexity and Garnet. His slightly sassy but mostly disgruntled/grumpy presence is the perfect relief between scenes.
• The romance is decent. It is not filled with chemistry or angst but it's sweet. I loved the lack of unnecessary drama. Both Violet and Ash support each other throughout everything they're going through. It isn’t perfect, but it is realistic.
• No love triangle! There easily could have been but there wasn’t.
• This doesn’t skate over the ‘dark’ topics. This is a brutal world and Ewing makes that clear. It is difficult to read about at times, especially as we found out a lot more about Ash and his upbringing in this sequel, but I really appreciate its inclusion.
• I like the idea of the magic system a lot.
• The fast pace kept me glued to my seat and Ewing’s effortlessly easy writing style allowed me to breeze through this in a single sitting.
• It talked about the different layers of prejudice and how they can be internalised. I thought this was an important discussion to include and Ewing handled it well.
• Female friendships!


• The politics need a little more fleshing out. I know that Violet does not know a lot about it herself, so it would be hard to make it feel organic in the story but I need more information about the Electress and the Duchess.
• The POC characters still have their skin colour described with food analogies. It is as awful as it sounds.
• I liked the idea of the magic system but it needs to be fleshed out a lot more in the sequel.
• While I think Ewing has created a really unique society, her actual world is lacking. I cannot picture any of it. There needs to be some more descriptive language about the landscape, the weather, the animals, all of that, please and thank you.
• This was very much a filler, in between book. It geared up the story for an epic finale so I really hope it follows through with its potential.

Overall? idek 🤷 This is not a series that I would recommend willy-nilly but there is something about it that compels me. I am invested in these characters and this world. I have the third book on hold from the library and I’ll be devouring it as soon as I can get my hands on it.

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421 reviews161 followers
May 25, 2017
Ich bin begeistert von diesem Buch. Zwar hat sich der Mittelteil ein kleines bisschen gezogen, aber die Reihe ist definitiv ein Highlight für mich!
Zum Glück habe ich Band 3 schon im Regal stehen und kann bald weiterlesen.
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449 reviews504 followers
December 22, 2015
3 1/2 stars. The White Rose came as a surprise to me. I had so many problems with the first book that I didn't expect much out of its sequel—so it came as quite a shock when I found that I was able to pleasantly enjoy this book.

Sure, the premise is a totally cliché fantasy/dystopian story about "the chosen" main character who has magical abilities. But I loved the addictive quality that kept me constantly turning the pages. Also, a bunch of problems I had in the first book were sorted out in this one.

In The Jewel I couldn't STAND the love interest, Ash. Physically, he was flawless. He had the face of an angel and the body of a Greek god. But that nowhere near made up for the fact that he instantly fell in love with Violet, had the tendency to treat her violently, and acted like a total jerk.

In The White Rose, Ash was given a backstory. He was humanized and revealed his flaws. He treated Violet with respect and gained my sympathy when he told her of the horrors he experienced in his companion house.

Violet was also nicely developed. She acted tough but had a compassionate side. She was a strong, determined young heroine, which may be a bit stereotypical in the YA genre, but I couldn't help liking her.

The plot was a fast-paced combination of flying chase scenes, breathless reveals, and one exciting incident after another. It had me hooked from the very beginning.

When Ash is wrongly accused of raping Violet, the two have to flee to the safety of The White Rose. There are more explorations of the politically twisted world full of surrogates, companions, and dictating royalty. What does it mean to be a person when you're treated like dirt in the eyes of the rich and wealthy?

I flew through this book. The White Rose may not be the most original or the best-written book of the year, but it had some exciting action and the plot that stood against objectifying humans gained my sympathy. I know I'll be reading the next one.
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1,569 reviews1,037 followers
May 27, 2015
The White Rose answered some burning questions I had while I was reading The Jewel. That said, it was still rather strange. No matter what, I don't really believe in this world building. Why do people with powers exist and why are they all female and surrogates on top of that? Why don't people acknowledge them more? I don't think the general population even knows surrogates have powers.

Violet is still obsessed with her love interest and I didn't care much about their scenes once again. Garnet, The Lioness and Raven on the other hand were more interesting than those two.

I knew what was coming when Violet kept mentioning her sister would be tested this year because what would a YA book be without a sibling-in-danger scenario?

And of course, the cliffhanger... I already said what I think about those in my review for The Jewel.
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726 reviews621 followers
October 2, 2015
3-3.5 stars

I read The Jewel only a few days before reading The White Rose, and I was completely taken by surprise. Most of the reviews from my blogging friends seemed to be lackluster if not downright venomous. I didn't expect much from the series at all, yet I totally enjoyed the first book! It's not perfect, and I understand why it wouldn't be a good book for some readers, but it worked for me.

With The White Rose, I didn't love it as much as The Jewel, but it's still a solid sequel and I'm excited to see how Amy Ewing finishes her series. One thing I really appreciate is the way she's handled the romance. Yes, The Jewel does have the "dreaded" insta-love, but I honestly didn't mind it that much and knew Ash and Violet's relationship had potential. Plus, Amy knows how to write a sweet scene or two. What's miraculous is that she avoids not one but two tropes that have becomes so popular in sequels these days: the love triangle, and the separation of or constant fighting between the couple for most of the book. Instead, Ash and Violet's romance is steady and ever-strengthening. They communicate and are honest with each other, and they have their fair share of tender moments. It was hard for me to read about Ash's life as a companion - he basically teaches the art of seduction to upper class daughters and is forced to sleep with the mothers - but I like that Violet not once holds it against him. She is supportive and fiercely protective of him. And he's just as devoted to her. Like I said, I really enjoy them together and think they make a lovely couple.

Once again, the book moves at a swift pace. Violet, Ash, and Raven are on the run, heading toward a hopefully secure place where they can start planning their rebellion against the royals. I do like the set up for the worldbuilding. It's not very complex, but it's frightening. Violet and Raven were both surrogates, their one purpose in life to have the royals' babies since they royal wives can no longer carry a baby to its full term. They've maintained their power over the city because of the way they designed it, erecting circular walls between the classes, the city getting richer the more inward it goes, with the royals at the center. More about the history of the island is explained in this sequel, which I was glad for. What I continued to struggle with, however, is the magic. Violet, Raven, and the other surrogates can perform what's called Auguries - changing an object's color or size with their minds. Though we're given a thorough explanation of how these abilities came to be, they're still ringing false to me. It's like the fantasy aspect never quite fits into the rest of the story.

Despite my issues, The Lone City is a series I'm really looking forward to finishing. It's been more than entertaining, and I do like most of the characters. I was especially pleased that we got more of Raven and Garnet, who I'm hoping somehow become a couple at the end. His charm and her fierceness are an intriguing combination. Ash and Violet, too, I want a happy end for. I can't wait to see how everything wraps up!

Special thanks to Andi from Andi's ABCs for sending me her ARC, and to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review!

This review can also be found at Love at First Page.
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882 reviews342 followers
March 17, 2016
A solid sequel to the Jewel. I did like the first book a little bit better, because this one was a little but slower. My issue I think is that I am not fully invested in these characters. I LOVE the story, but I don't really care about anyone except Violet, Lucian, Raven, and Garnet. But it was great and I am a bit !!! about this cliff hanger and can't wait for the final book.

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121 reviews61 followers
May 27, 2022
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اصلا نمیدونم تهش چی میشه ولی از اتفاقات جدیدی که داره میفته خوشم میاد✨
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391 reviews98 followers
April 27, 2017
"'If you admit you need people, you can lose them.' Her gaze sharpens, returning to the present. 'But needing people can save your life.'"

This was so great. So much better than the first book. The story got so much better. And my god, the characters. Violet as the protagonist is okay, Ash is exceptionally annoying but Garnet (<3), Raven, Lucien, Sienna, Indi.. What a clique! I'm SO excited for the third book, I can't even.
Profile Image for Beth  (YA Books Central).
415 reviews115 followers
August 16, 2015
So first of all....THAT COVER...I mean seriously?? What an gorgeous cover..I absolutely loved the cover of the first book in this series, The Jewel, and didn't think they would be able to top it..but they did.

I loved The Jewel so much and when I finished it and it left such a cliffhanger....I thought I would die until I got my hands on the sequel...So when I opened my mail and saw The White Rose...I literally screamed! and let me tell you....I was not disappointed..it was worth the wait!!!

The White Rose picks up exactly where The Jewel ends and we begin to follow Ash, Violet, and Raven as they begin their adventure to find the safe refuge called The White Rose. There are so many secrets revealed in this sequel that it is hard to not give something away...So I am going to try and keep this brief because the reader really needs to experience this book for themselves!!

I love how Amy uses this sequel to develop her characters and to explain their back stories which helps the readers to see why some chose the paths they did. I also love how some of the characters such as Garnet and Raven begin to develop closer relationships.

"I was wrong about you," Raven says. I didn't realize she'd been listening. She looks at Garnet with a single-minded ferocity "You aren't a coward." Her eyes become glassy. Double-focused, as I suppose I've come to think of it. "You've never had real friends. You just needed something to fight for."

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the fact that instead of placing a "love triangle" into this book...Amy deepens the relationship between Violet and Ash....FINALLY a young adult book that focuses on the relationship of one couple without all the drama of a third person.

There are so many intense scenes in The White Rose and I literally could not put his book down. The White Rose is full of romance, mystery, and intrigue and fans of Young Adult books will devour this in one sitting!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on the conclusion of this series and see where all these phenomenal characters end up.....

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628 reviews96 followers
February 6, 2017
Eine nette Fortsetzung vom ersten Band.
Leider hatte man hier so ein bisschen das 2.Band-Syndrom, dass viel in die Länge gezogen wurde, um einen Übergang in der Trilogie zu schaffen. Naja, es wurde viel geflohen und überhaupt hat mich dieser Band teilweise etwas gelangweilt, weil man an vielen Stellen die typischen, abgelutschten Elemente einer Jugenddystopie finden konnte. Insgesamt hat die Reihe aber trotzdem einige Innovationen. Gerade spannend fand ich die Szenen im Gefährtenheim und die neuen Charaktere, die in diesem Band dazukommen. Was ich besonders an dieser Reihe mag, ist wie der Machtkampf der Adelshäuser durch Vermählungen und Bündnisse auf die Spitze getrieben wird. Es handelt sich hier also weniger um eine Kritik an der heutigen Gesellschaft, sondern eher an der früheren Aristokratie. Das finde ich sehr spannend und mal eine andere Art von Dystopie. Welche sich übrigens auch besonders in diesem Band viel mit Fantasy mischt.
Alles in Allem hat mich der 2. Teil nicht so sehr überzeugen können wie der 1. Teil. V.a., weil die Protagonisten das Juwel und somit die Adelswelt verlassen. Und gerade diese Welt hat mich ja besonders interessiert. Naja, trotzdem habe ich das Buch gerne gelesen und freue mich auf den zweiten Teil.
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155 reviews13 followers
November 30, 2017
Interessante Wendungen und tolle Charakterentwicklungen.
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557 reviews1,136 followers
December 4, 2016
While I struggled to remain interested in the first half of this book, when the team were just moving from circle to circle, being hunted, the second half really grabbed my attention. I loved learning more about the origins of the Lone City and the explanation for Violet being the chosen one was great. What was even greater was the battle plan at the end. I love the idea of more than one person being a leader of rebellion.

I loved that magic played a bigger role in this book and that's what really sets this apart from The Selection or Wither. Though, I would have liked more development of the relationship between Ash and Violet. It was insta-love to begin with but I thought it kind of fizzled down too quickly!

The cliffhanger at the end was painfully good, and now I'm dying to read the final book!
Profile Image for Avada Kaddavra.
282 reviews47 followers
October 12, 2018
Richtig gut fand ich, dass wir in die Geschichte eingestiegen sind als hätte sie nie aufgehört. Mal ehrlich, wer braucht in einer Reihe schon diese seitenlangen Wiederholungen? Wer Teil 2 liest soll wohl schon Teil 1 gelesen haben.
Ansonsten hab ich die Geschichte eher als schleppend empfunden. Die brauchten echt ewig für die Flucht und das war etwas langweilig. Im letzten Drittel wurde es wieder interessanter und natürlich gibt's wieder nen super Cliffhanger😇
Alles in allem fand ich das Buch OK aber überzeugen konnte es mich nicht. Hoffentlich wird das Finale wieder so gut wie der erste Teil, den habe ich persönlich überragend gefunden❤
Profile Image for Jaime (Two Chicks on Books).
825 reviews400 followers
May 19, 2015
Ok this one was better than book 1! It had more back story, more magic, and more of my beloved Garnet. I will say there was 1 thing that happened that I saw coming from a mile away but I seriously can't wait for book 3!
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