Author: Amy Ewing
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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. (Goodreads summary.)
|It started off so well...|
I absolutely loved this book in the beginning. I was so excited by the world and the Auguries, the surrogates and the Jewel itself. The start leaves you with so many questions and I couldn't wait to read on to find out some answers. As the story progresses I began to see a lot of elements that reminded me a lot of other dystopians I had read. With so many out, and having read so many myself, it is really hard for a dystopian to stand out and feel truly unique. This just had a few too many things that seemed too similar to other dystopians. I was enjoying getting know Violet, but her character is one that's a bit too naive at times.
|... then it all just goes down hill.|
And then as if it hadn't been bad enough, the book ends on the worlds most infuriating cliff hanger. It just ends. It feels as though it cuts off right in the middle of a sentence, it's that irritating. It's annoyed me because it kind of works to make me want to pick up the next book and see what the hells going on. But, luckily for me, that won't be out for ages and I didn't enjoy this book enough to continue the series. I might check out reviews for the sequels, just to see if you ever found out anything useful. But for me this is one series I know I am not going to be committing too.
The Jewel had such great potential, it could honestly have been the next big dystopian. It was interesting and intriguing in the beginning, very easy to get into and I struggled to put the book down. The book takes a sudden turn at the 50% mark when a love interest is suddenly introduced. The characters barely interact or talk, but suddenly they are declaring their love for one another. That took a rather enjoyable read and brought it down so far that it was hard for the book to redeem itself. The ending was abrupt and the cliffhanger is good, it does make me want to know what happens next. But, unfortunately, this is a series that I can't see myself ever continuing. The characters need a lot of work, the romance is awful and your left with a million more questions and little to no answers.
*I received a copy of this novel from the author/publisher/publicist via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review and received no monetary compensation for this review.