Blog Tour: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Posted August 28, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: The Jewel by Amy EwingThe Jewel by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City
Published by HarperTeen on 9/2/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.


I really enjoyed the world in The Jewel, as twisted as it is.  You don’t know who you should trust because pretty much everyone has their own agenda.  It’s basically a catfight between all the females in the Royal families.  Everyone has to try to be the first to have their surrogate get pregnant.  But the things they put these young girls through is crazy.  There is constant fear of being reprimanded, and that fear is apparent in many of the girls.  I also don’t like some of the plans that a few of the royaly have for

I really felt for Violet.  She’s forced into a life she does not want, and tries to make the best out of it.  There are constant obstacles, and she’s trying so hard not to let The Jewel break her down.  She’s loyal to her friends from before the auction.  I love that she’s so caring, and there are times she feels empathy for those that have been awful to her.  My only complaint is the romance.  I think it felt forced, and it would have even been a great story without the romance.

I think fans of Lauren DeStefano’s the Chemical Garden and Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch will enjoy The Jewel.





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About Amy Ewing

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of THE JEWEL, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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