Ｔｉｔｌｅ：The White Rose
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
＊Ｎｏｔｅ：Review for Book 1.
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.
✩ Violet was still very sweet and protective of her loved ones. She was caring and brave as well.
✩ Garnet was still funny and bold, but he was also more mature and complex in this book.
✩ Ash was kind of a bit of an ass. There, I said it. He was very moody and anxious for most of the book.
❝ Surrogates are not just silly girls, to be bought and sold and treated like pets or furniture. We are a force to be reckoned with. ❞
The White Rose picks up right after the events of The Jewel (which is to say that things look pretty bleak for Violet and Ash). Fortunately, Lucien is not willing to give up on Violet and he makes plans for her escape from the Duchess of the Lake.
Most of the book is spent with Violet and Ash on the run (while intense at times) could get a little boring. I wanted more than just the characters looking over their shoulder, hiding, and running. I wanted the plot to move forward and for the characters to keep developing. I did enjoy getting to spend time in the other circles of the city. Most of the first book was spent in the Jewel so it was nice to get to explore the other places a bit.
I also enjoyed some of the character development, namely that of Raven and Garnet. What I liked about Garnet was that he was revealed to be a much more complex character than he’d been in the first book. In the beginning, he seemed to only care about making his mother’s life difficult but with time he developed more of a moral compass and he started doing things because they were the right thing to do.
As for Raven, her character took an interesting turn with her abilities. I also felt like we were getting a little more of her old self back. It’s definitely a process, but I got the sense that she was on her road to recovery.
And speaking of Raven’s new abilities, I was really excited to finally have some answers about the surgeries and the history of the island. This book did a lot to fill in the gaps and continue the world building that began in the first book. The White Rose definitely made the story more interesting and furthered the plot.
I can’t really say more if I want to avoid spoilers, but if you enjoyed the first book you’re sure to love this sequel! I’m really looking forward to seeing this series through to the final book!