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.The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City
Published by HarperTeen on 9/2/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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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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