The Jewel by Amy Ewing Review

16068780Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 2, 2014 
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Edelweiss

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.


  The Jewel was a good read, but was a very typical dystopian world. Violet was also a fairly typical girl in this type of dystopian. I liked her, but she really reminded me of girls like Katniss in The Hunger Games, and Gaia in Birthmarked.    Violet was still a great character to read despite that fact, and I did like that she was at least smart enough to try to pretend that she was happy with her life. She wasn’t very good at it, but it was nice to see someone finally see that outright rebelling wasn’t going to work. I also liked that she did still have her moments of doing what she wished for herself.   The surrogacy aspect of this book was quite horrifying. If I were Violet I can’t imagine what I would do! There is no way to keep the baby because you are property, yet you’ve spent nine months carrying it. I don’t know how the girls never thought about the baby, perhaps it’s because they are all so young.   Amy Ewing does a great job of creating good characters in a standard setting, but what sets this book apart from the others is the surrogacy aspect. She also created a world where the tension is off the charts. I felt bad for all the surrogates, but especially Violet because she ended up finding Ash.   The romance aspect between Violet and Ash fell flat for me. I really wanted to like it, but it just felt like it moved too quickly. I liked that they kept it to themselves because they wanted something separate from those that owned them. However it just didn’t feel like these two had any real relationship.   There was quite a surprise at the end of this book, I’m not sure I would call it a cliffhanger but it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. This book gets 3 out of 5 stars because it was a good read. I do recommend it for fans of The Hunger Games, and dystopians in general.


3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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