Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Series: Lone City #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Girls & Women, Pregnancy, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
Despite reading more than a few negative reviews of THE JEWEL, I was somehow convinced that I would love it so I had to try it for myself. I probably should have listened because they were obviously on to something. That doesn’t mean my feelings about the book were all negative though, as I enjoyed some aspects.
If I had to summarize this novel I would say it’s an obvious mix of WITHER and THE SELECTION. Although the plot is somewhat unique on its own, it combines elements from the two books that easily reminded me of them, especially WITHER because of the surrogate/reproduction focus.
“Hope is a precious thing, isn’t it,” she says. “And yet, we don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.”
Very similar to how I get hooked on reality TV shows, this book really caught my attention and hooked me in at the beginning. I couldn’t help but be swept up in the drama and glitz and glam. Plus the writing flows really well. I also wanted to know more about this world and the surrogacy system
that was never fully explained but no resentment or anything *eye twitch*. However, things went quickly downhill towards the middle of the book.
As soon as the first hint of romance showed up (not even a hint because it’s like BAM! Romance time NOW) I was like:
Except it was more like “please noooooo,” because the romance really brought the book down for me. If you ever needed a true definition of YA Insta-Love, look no further, this it it. The ANGST, I swear. Not to mention the introduction of a love interest makes the main character’s personality totally flip-she begins to make the absolute worst decisions. Aimee’s awesome review on The Social Potato goes into detail about this and I definitely recommend her review if you want to know more about the romance.
Despite all this, I will be checking out the sequel-partly because of a HUGE cliffhanger
again, no resentment or anything *nervous laughter* and partly because I think the plot has potential and room for future development.
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