Series: The Lone City #2
Published by HarperCollins on October 6, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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?
“I don’t see the knife in her hand–just a flash of silver as it whispers across Annabelle’s throat. Annabelle’s eyes widen, more in surprise than in pain, as a crimson gash opes on her neck.”
DNF at 59% (AKA very short and to the point review)
I didn’t really expect to love this one, honestly. I wasn’t exactly the largest fan of The Jewel, and the cover of The White Rose…well I forget who, but someone described it quite well–it looks like a prom picture gone wrong. So why did I pick this up?
Cliffhangers. I guess they really do work as a marketing strategy.
After the ending of The Jewel, I couldn’t help but be a bit curious as to what would happen next. And hey, one of my worst issues was the insta-love; there was no way that could be an issue this time around, right?
Insta-love wasn’t an issue, but damn. There sure were a ton.
I forgot just how much I’d started to detest Violet and how annoyed I was by her antics and her naivety. Her character was just so flat and immature, and after a while, I started noticing that this didn’t just apply to her. Almost all the characters were one dimensional and I couldn’t get a good grip on any of their personalities. There were attempts at complexity in all the characters, but in the end, these attempts did nothing except to highlight just how single minded they were.
(And, quickly, I’m going to talk about Lily who I thought was unbelievably simple minded at first, but did manage to show a hint of complexity by the end of her scene, so kudos.)
And then the writing. Oh God, how did I not notice the writing? There were a few sentences that were so awkward and so…abrupt. I just couldn’t fathom how they fit a character or into a scene and I felt like it just worsened the story so much more.
Speaking of things that worsened the story…the romance. It still felt forced and it was just so…weird. I couldn’t believe their love and their chemistry was kind of nonexistent except during make out scenes–which still felt incredibly awkward and bit fumbling.
Plot was. Kind of ridiculous in my eyes. The number of conveniences and the number of missed opportunities to create more tension, more intrigue was innumerable. Just. Nope.
If you adored the first one, you may very well love this one! If you didn’t…well, you probably shouldn’t read this one. (You think that’d be common sense, but evidently not for me.)