Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Jewel by Amy Ewing Review!


By: Amy Ewing
Review  by: Zairra DC
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.

When I saw The Jewel I immediately thought The Selection by Kiera Cass. Fans of The Selection would love The Jewel! Yes, there are some similarities but the plot is actually really different. They both have ball gowns, palaces, royalty, and romance but The Selection is about choice while The jewel revolves on Violet's lack of choices. and one's own will.

 In The Jewel, Violet Lasting is a surrogate. Surrogates from where she's from are supposed to carry noble women's babies, whether they want to or not. They have special powers that other people don't, and they come from the poorest circle in their city.

After the Auction, Violet finds herself in a world of pretty gowns, balls and beautiful palaces, but don't underestimate the dark side of the Jewel Violet finds herself in. It's a place of deception, wickedness and cruelty; she's stripped of her freedom and her power to make her own choices. Yet despite these, she finds herself caught in a forbidden romance and when she finally has the chance to be free again, she questions the steps she has to take and the options she doesn't have.

There's war between houses and forbidden love that gives it this Romeo and Juliet feel, and with a bit of X-Men/I am Number Four from all the unusual powers the surrogates have. The story is so captivating I actually couldn't stop reading! I also found myself really fascinated by how they run their city, with the surrogates, the politics between the Houses and all the dirty secrets.
The characters were wonderfully made, from Violet Lasting, who has a strong will with real concerns, love and courage, to the Duchess who was manipulative and twisted. The other characters like Garnet, the totally unexpected and mysterious son of the Duchess and Annabelle, the head- maid of Violet, were also nicely written. Ash, of course, is totally swoon-worthy!

The Jewel is fantastic! Readers will surely find their selves caught up in the wonderful and wicked world of The Jewel with strong characters and tons of plot twists! 4.5 stars, can't wait for the next book!

Ps. There's a cliff hanger and when I said tons of plot twists, I really meant tons.
Pps. Am I the only one pining for a love triangle here? Maybe some more Garnet?


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