The Everlasting Rose ★★☆☆☆

The fact that I couldn’t get past the first chapter is awfully telling… Which is a shame, since I loved The Belles and was beyond excited for the release of The Everlasting Rose–I even pre-ordered it before I was approved to review it!

But, sometimes, the second one just isn’t as good as the first.

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. 

The saddest thing is that I had to DNF this one. I wanted so badly to get into the story. The Belles was one of my favorite reads in 2018, and I was hoping The Everlasting Rose would join the Faves Squad this year.

And I tried, y’all. I tried hard to get into it. I thought maybe it was me, that I couldn’t get into it because I was in one of those phases where I couldn’t focus on anything for long enough. But the harder I tried to get into it, the more I didn’t want to finish it.

So I took a good, hard look at why. The writing wasn’t nearly as grabbing as it had been in the first one. I was immediately hooked on the prose in The Belles, and I didn’t want to put it down. But the writing in The Everlasting Rose? It didn’t have the same cadence to it; it just felt stiff and boring. I wasn’t hooked, and the writing was turning me off the story in a bad way.

I wish I could say this book is as wonderful as its gorgeous cover, or it’s outstanding predecessor, but I just can’t.


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