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The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Author: Amy Ewing

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: October ?-21

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 7

Plot Development: 8

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

After that massive cliff hanger from The Jewel, I was eager to finally get my hands on the sequel; however, I felt like she skimmed over the beginning a little too much and made everything they had to do in that part seem too easy. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, because I loved it, but I do think that a lot of things they did were too easy to be realistic, even for a fantasy novel. But one thing I did enjoy was that we found a little more about the history of the island they are on and why things are the way they are there. There are many secrets revealed in this book that give an insight into some of the characters and the world around them. I don’t think this one was as good as the first one, but it is still amazing. Also, WARNING!!! ANOTHER BIG CLIFF HANGER AT THE END!! REFRAIN FROM READING UNTIL THE NEXT ONE IS OUT! Or not and you can suffer right along with me. 😉

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars

Let me know what you thought about this one or the first one below. What would you do if you were a surrogate who had to face the auction?



The Jewel by Amy Ewing

the jewel

Goodreads Synopsis: The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

My Rating: 4 stars

In the beginning, the story was kind of slow, and I get why, because it is setting up a whole world for us to follow, with new characters, and customs, so the beginning of the book was mostly world-building, and getting to know Violet Lasting. I was determined to finish this book, not only because it was part of my Epic Reads Challenge, but also because I had heard really great things about this book. If it were not for that, considering I was just getting out of a massive reading slump, I don’t think I would have finished this book. But I am really glad I did, because once things got rolling, I could not put it down. I have high expectations for the next book, now that the story is all set up for the most part.


The White Rose is supposed to come out October 6th, 2015.

Overall: I would definitely recommend this book, but keeping two things in mind: It takes a while to get going, and be emotionally prepared if you do not yet have the second book.