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Blog Tour: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

The Everlasting RoseTitle: The Everlasting Rose
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Gollancz
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Book Summary:

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

Book Review:

After reading the Belles last year I was interested in finishing the series to see 
where it goes so when an opportunity to read the next book in the series came 
up I was excited to pick it up. The Everlasting Rose is a good follow up to The 
Belles with the same great writing and characters.

I think that because I read the Belles so long ago I had basically forgotten a lot 
that happened but after reading a couple of summaries I was back on track. 
This did hinder my enjoyment a little but I don't think that this is the fault of the 
book so I can't fault it for that. 

The book does follow on straight from the last which leaves us straight into the 
action which works for a really engaging book straight away and makes it 
really fast paced meaning that I raced through most of this book. This is in part to 
Dhionelle Clayton's writing which is so compulsively readable.

Although I did like the plot a have seen a couple of reviews that mention that the 
book packs a lot into the story and that it seems like this book should have been 
made into two. I think that I do agree with this. I think the overarching story does 
seem like it has been put into one which can leave a lack of room for 
development at times. It does, however, make it the part which is clearly quite 
good for reading.

I also think that the characters were also quite good for the story but again I did 
forget who was who in many parts which did let the story down a touch but 
overall I did really enjoy them.

The Verdict:

The Everlasting Rose is a good sequel which has an engaging plot and kept me 
reading until the last page.

Have you read The Belles or The Everlasting Rose? If so what did you think
of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Charlotte B said…
This is a great review. I just picked up my copy on Tuesday and very much looking forward to reading it.

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