Thursday, December 11, 2014
Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Summary from Goodreads:
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 wasn't sure about picking this book up (which is why I got it from the library) because there were some mixed reviews, but I'm glad that I still went ahead and read it.
The plot was both interesting and disturbing, plus the main character and the side ones were amazing (it has been a while since I liked almost all of the side characters).
This book has the record for the fastest one to make me tear up (it was around two or three chapters in) and the whole book was just an emotional roller coaster. Plus that cliffhanger, ugh, it was shocking and it made me want the next book right now.
I recommend picking up this book, it is a tad bit disturbing (more like a whole lot) but the plot and characters are great.
Five Stars Out of Five