Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #1
Release Date: September 2, 2014
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 recently purchased this whole series from Book Outlet, because they were all so cheap. I had heard great things about it too, and the covers are gorgeous, so I thought, why not?
- Violet. She was a pretty badass character who was secretly rebellious from the start. I mean, the girl spent her Reckoning Day wearing pajamas because that’s what she wanted to wear and it’s what she felt comfiest in. She is a relatable character in that way.
- The world-building. I thought Ewing did an excellent job with her explanation of the world, and I bet that there will be even more to come in the future. I found the way that the world is set up to be so interesting too, with The Jewel (where the royals live) right in the center.
- The pacing. I never really felt like I was bored. There was always something that was keeping my interest, which is hard to find in a book nowadays.
- Ash. I loved him at first, I really did. But as I saw that an insta-love was beginning, I liked him less. He doesn’t seem to have much meat to him either, like there isn’t much to his character. I’m hoping that there will be more about him in the next book, but for now, I don’t like him much.
- The ending!! I want to know what’s going to happen next.