By Amy Ewing.
Genre – Teen Fiction.
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 very much enjoyed this novel and currently on the second book, this series is more aimed at teenagers but is still a light, easy and enjoyable read for an older audience. This is my first time reading any of Ewings work, I found her writing style is aimed more at teenagers than adults so it was something different for me to read but I did enjoy the story.Although I’m used to certain characteristics in a main female character that Violet our protagonist doesn’t posses she is still a likable character. The Lone city which is where our story is set is a really interesting story that captivated me in the first few chapters, although this is not the best novel I have ever read I very much enjoyed Ewings work. This is a nice easy and casual read that you didn’t really have to concentrate on this novel yet it still contained a well-written plot and it only took me a day to read. Ewing left the novel on a cliffhanger I didn’t really see coming and I’m very much enjoying the start of book 2. In saying that her characters are not the most developed, so if you’re someone who can’t stand those type of characters and can’t stand a rather rushed and sad romance (male interest doesn’t enter till over halfway through the book and the romance is forbidden and very rushed) this book might not be for you. But if you aren’t that fussy and want a pleasant fantasy novel that will only take a day or two to read; The Jewel should be on your list
The characters in Ewings novel were very enjoyable to read about and their growth in such a short period of time was really interesting, many reviews state her as being whiney or naive but I think Ewing portrayed her perfectly, she has Violet reacting to situations realistically which Ewing is not given enough credit for. She is able to get the reader to see that most people wouldn’t react in a ‘heroic’ way if they were put in this type of situation. That’s what really pulled me into the novel as you start to realize how spot on Ewing has been with character reaction. Her one downfall is the rushed romance between Violet and Ash, the romance came in and was pretty messy and rushed but it is starting to develop more in book two, so we shall see how this develops!
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