*Yeah sorry lovely readers I couldn’t stop myself from pushing the publish button. Enjoy!
The Jewel (The Lone City, #1) by Amy Ewing
Paperback: 362 pages ,Hardcover: 358 pages ,Kindle Edition: 368 pages Barnes and Noble - Amazon - Kobo - Apple iBooks - Book Depository
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.
Plot~ Reading the summary, I had to read The Jewel. Since it was compared to The Selection Series, my heart ripped out of my chest went straight to barnes and noble, made a stop at Dunkin Donuts, continued her hike, stole it because she’s poor, and came back to me. Concluding that delightful scene, it wasn’t completely what I hoped for. Maybe it’s because I have ‘high’ standards. Confused? Allow me to break it down.
Amy Ewing generated the opposite of a ponderous idea. The caste system was intriguing to learn about because I’d never read a story where the character was already in servitude and had powers. Sure they were in the lower class but they weren’t slaves. When discussing the development of a topic like the relationship between two people, I get antsy.
I’m not sure about you but I relish in the path the characters go on while falling in love. Here they locked eyes-a week passed-the guy said he was in love. The guy attempted to stay away and the girl kept thinking about him. I didn’t feel the suspense for them to come together. The process and the feelings they held weren’t credible. The climax was bland once it arrived. I adored Violet and Raven’s friendship. They were for me the main highlight throughout the whole book.
The single moment I was filled to the brim with erratic suspense happened when Violet was about to be sold off to a stone cold hearted old rag and that took play in the beginning of the book.
Characters~ My personal favorite was Raven, Violet Lasting’s best friend. Her spunk and tough demeanor reminded me of mine ( Dev the hobo @Dev’sDailyReads ). She didn’t allow her problems to hinder Violet’s recovery from hers. On top of that, she had a vulnerable moment I couldn’t get enough of.
“She doesn’t like me very much. I told her I wouldn’t give her what she wants. She thinks she can take my memories away, but I won’t let her. I won’t forget you. I promise, all right? I won’t forget you.”
“Raven, you’re scaring me,” I say.
“You won’t forget me either, will you, Violet?” Raven says, backing away.
“No,” I say, tears springing to my eyes. “Never.”
Seeing this scene again brings to light where you know even the toughest people can’t keep it in forever! Violet was okay. I mostly followed along like a satisfied puppy on a leash. Ash, her secret lover/ mancandy slave of Duchess’s niece, isn’t different from other ‘swoon worthy’ guys.
The Duchess of the Lake gave me a throbbing headache a sack of cold peas are unable to cure. The hag went on saying how it wasn’t her choice keeping Violet and forcing her to do the unspeakable should not be on the list of reasons why she should go to hell. Yet she was the leader on the planned and executed murder of a little girl. The other characters dealt with their own problems but it wasn’t something I hadn’t seem before.
In conclusion I remain believing The Jewel has potential to expand it’s limits and I will go as planned to read the next novel in the series.
Has anyone read this particular book yet? Did you enjoy it? Have you read the Selection Series? From your POV do you find the relationship between two people more or less significant than the character’s personality themselves? Share your thoughts in the comments!
AND SCENE. Gosh writing this was great. I created this blog to do just that and now I’m gonna go bonkers and then some if I don’t review quickly. Thanks so much for reading! You are the bomb (in a good way). Have a great finishing to your week and see you next time!