Here I am with another review! I’m not going to do a lengthy intro because I know you really are only here because you want to hear about the books, so here we go!
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy + Dystopian
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 decided to pick this book up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By glancing at the cover it looks like a Selection Series copycat, and the synopsis sort of gave me the same vibe. Fortunately, this book is SO MUCH MORE. It follows a girl named Violet who has been trained to be a surrogate for the royalty of the Jewel, who can no longer carry their own children. Violet is ranked extremely high among the others because of her magical ability, which gives her the capacity to help the baby develop into essentially the perfect child.
When Violet is officially bought, she goes to live with this Duchess, and she begins to grasp the full extent of what being a surrogate entails. The situations these girls are placed into are really horrendous at times, and Ewing uses these occurrences to show the reader Violet’s true colors and potential. As the story progresses, we dive deeper and deeper into the world, and the characters mind sets, and as the story unfolds, the reader is left questioning.
I found this book to be incredibly fascinating in fast paced. I read it in a single day, where I also attended school, and had to stay after for practices and such. As a debut novel, Amy Ewing did an excellent job establishing herself, and I’m excited to see more of what she has to offer, not only from this series, but whatever ones she writes down the road. What did you think of The Jewel? Tell me all about it in the comments down below!
Have a stellar day,